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Top 10 Current Tablets to Buy - A summation of the very best tablet technology available today

Phablets, Faces and Tablet Choices

Bah, regular phones? That’s so 2009 and/or 2010; didn’t you know that tablets are the way forward? Well, they are for the person that actually likes to get stuff done on their device, anyhow, since they are bigger, faster, and generally more functional as a dedicated work tool than a phone. Sure, phones that are so large that they can double as tablets are knocking about – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a beast of a device after all – but some people simply like to make a call without having to hold up a miniature TV to their face and make a fool of themselves on the train. For these people, we have the current generation of tablets (and the odd phablet. They’re powerful, they’re compact, and for the most part, they are exceedingly stylish, but if you don’t know your Asus from your Nexus then choosing a tablet can be extremely overwhelming and actually a little annoying. Sit back and cast your eyes over this list of the very best tablets you can currently buy. Oh, and there’s ten of them in this list, just for conciseness’s sake.

iPad 4 (with Retina Display)

ipad with retina display

But of course, the mighty Apple appear on yet another list on yet another website, but for very good reason: their iPad continues to impress both consumers and critics across the world with an operating system that simply works, a market-leading design and of course the power to back it up. The A6X processor gives the device some impressive speed, the retina display is among the sharpest and most detailed you will see on the market, and even the battery life is much improved from the iPad 3. Android users aren’t going to be impressed however, since Apple make no attempt to cater for customization in either their operating system or physically in the form of expandable memory. Still, this one is a keeper.

The iPad 4 is no longer available to get on contract in the UK. You can buy it at Amazon at the lowest price or opt for the iPad 5 (Air) instead.

iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Simply put, it’s like the iPad but smaller of course, though it still packs a punch. This is Apple’s first 7-inch tablet and packs a better battery life than its full-sized counterpart and of course possesses the same operating system that is by far the most intuitive available. This tablet doesn’t have the larger iPad’s retina display however, resulting in a noticeably lower resolution. Still, the brushed metal construction makes it one of the most desirable devices to hold in the hand and its compact nature means portability is increased.

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Google Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10

Android lovers will love this tablet from Google from a series of devices which has led the way in affordable yet premium technology. The Nexus 10 has a 10.1 inch display which has an insanely high resolution, offering 300 ppi pixel density, which is superior even to the iPad Air which is imminent from Apple. Its dual-core 1700mHz chip and graphics processor give it a great bit of power, though in practice this device isn’t as speedy as its specs would suggest, and the battery life is rather poor in comparison to other devices.

The Google Nexus 10 is currently not available to get on contract in the UK. You can buy it at Amazon at the lowest price.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

This device is to the Nexus 10 what the iPad Mini is to the iPad 4. In terms of functionality, running on Android will always put you ahead of the comparatively restrictive iOS operating system, and its affordable price makes it a fantastic choice for those not entirely committed to the tablet lifestyle. This is the 2013 device that is an improvement on the original Nexus 7 and contains a quad-core 1500 mHz processor making it a very speedy device. The display also has an impressive pixel density and therefore beats the iPad Mini in this respect. The only downside is the lack of internal memory and the inability to expand, which has always been Nexus’ downfall in both the phone and tablet world.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung have always been a solid option for Android devices, so long as one doesn’t mind paying through the nose for this quality. Samsung refuse to be beaten on speed here, proven by the 1500 and 1300 mHz processors, both quad-core and given room to maneuver by a 3GB chunk of Ram, making this a terrifyingly swift device to own. The Note 10 has split-screen multi-tasking, an 8 megapixel camera, and one of the highest resolutions currently available. Even the battery is as impressive as the rest of the specs, allowing everything to keep going like a Duracell bunny, with 2230 hours of standby time making this one of the longest-lasting tablets of the moment.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is currently not available to get on contract in the UK. You can buy it at Amazon at the lowest price.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

This smaller version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is quite the compact little powerhouse, with a quad-core 1600 mHz processor and 2GB of RAM to play with. The 8-inch screen is of course more compact than its larger relative, though its camera is inferior to the 10.1 at only 5 megapixels. Buying this tablet will ensure that you do have one of the best small-sized tablets on the market, but its hefty price tag will leave you feeling a little cheated since there are others that provide the same level of power and number of features but at a fraction of the cost.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is currently not available to get on contract in the UK. You can buy it at Amazon at the lowest price.

Asus FonePad and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

Asus FonePad

One doesn’t immediately think of an Asus when choosing a tablet to purchase, but this dark-horse company have some decent entries into the tablet market. If you don’t mind sacrificing a rear-facing camera then the Asus Fonepad may be just the thing for you, allowing you to do all the tablet-y stuff you want to do whilst also giving you the ability to make calls as well. Its 7-inch display is smaller than its competition but its great battery life and micro-SD storage allows you more space to contain your work than even the Nexus tablets. This tablet is cheap as well, making it extremely affordable, though you do sacrifice speed for this low cost.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro

Now, now, now; what does Microsoft have for us here, then? Why the Surface Pro of course, a device that runs on the Windows 8 operating system that is being pushed so heavily at the moment. Its 10.6 inch screen makes it gargantuan compared to its competition, and a dual-core 1700mHz Intel Core i5 makes it reasonably powerful. The touch/type keyboard options make this device rather unique, though this comes at the price of having to use Windows 8 which has its share of skeptics out there. It doesn’t have a graphics card and so isn’t an ideal gaming device but its speedy processor allows smooth running of even the most demanding of apps. The biggest issue with this device is the battery life, which is poor in comparison to other tablets, so don’t choose the Surface Pro if you want something that will last the day with heavy use.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is currently not available to get on contract in the UK. You can buy it at Amazon at the lowest price.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

If waterproof tablet usage is among your wants or even needs for your tablet then you’re almost certain to take a shine to the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Taking after its smaller, more phone-like brother, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is fully waterproof in case you fancy a spot of near or actually underwater web browsing or catching up on your busy work (if that’s what people actually do on their tablets; I’ve yet to see anyone not just using a tablet just for Facebook), though this device does so much more than that. This device prides itself on being extremely slim and very light, though the battery doesn’t provide a particularly impressive battery life and its camera is lacking, which is simply unacceptable in this competitive age of technological innovation.

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Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

What began as a device purely for reading has now developed into its own fully-fledged tablet with a great reputation as being functional and stylish as well. The user interface of the Kindle Fire HD is extremely well-designed and of course, being a Kindle, has a fantastic library of media for you to keep yourself entertained. The Kindle has never really been a versatile tablet like the Galaxy Note, however, and lacks the functionality of its competition.

The Fire HDX HDZ 8.9 is a different story, however. This device has a 2200 mhz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and with this kind of power you can see why this is often compared to the iPad 4. A 339ppi pixel density makes it a very sharp tablet in terms of display, and at $479, this device is as affordable as it is powerful.

Get both the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX from Amazon only.

iPad 5 (iPad Air)

iPad 5: Air

Ok so technically, we’re past 10 devices now but how can we discuss tablets without mentioning some soon-to-be released devices? The iPad 5, also known as the iPad Air, is going to be released on Nov 1st 2013 and will yet again be Apple’s hopeful answer to the question of what will be the best tablet of the next year. Apple’s fifth generation tablet will have a 9.7 inch screen with the usual retina display that makes our eyes so impressed with the sharpness and lack of pixels they are seeing. Its dual-core 1.3 gHz processor doesn’t sound impressive but this is what I though about the iPhone 5S, which managed to trounce its competition in terms of speed and processing power. This is an expensive device considering that it has no expandable memory, but people pay through the nose for Apple’s products year after year because they simple work and look fantastic, and this device shall be no exception.

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iPad Mini 2 (iPad mini with retina display)

iPad Mini 2

Later in November (according to Apple’s Website) will see the arrival of the iPad Mini 2, which is essentially like its predecessor but with the retina display that it lacks. The Apple A7 dual-core 1300 mHz processor is speedy for this device, and its dedicated graphics processor allows some brilliant detail in any games you wish to play. The fingerprint scanner of the 5S is lacking here, which is somewhat disappointing, but this device is one of the best small-sized tablets you can buy (or at least will be able to very soon. 

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