The 4 Best Android Tablets on the Market Right Now

Many people don’t want to get locked into the ecosystem of Apple products and resist buying an iPad or an iPad mini because of this. The fact is however that, these days, Android has plenty of excellent tablets on the market that are giving the iPad a run for its money. Not only are they just as brilliant, helpful, portable and just downright cool, they’re also quite a bit cheaper in most cases.

All four of the tablets that we’re going to be featuring here in our blog today are quite capable, powerful and excellent for home use as well as for small enterprise. When combined with the myriad of apps that Android provides you’ll definitely get an experience that’s right up there with the iPad but for a much more affordable price.

Our favorite around here is the Google Nexus 7 and, even more, it was just upgraded and now is even better. Asus is in charge of manufacturing their hardware and the new 7 inch display has been upgraded to a 1920 x 1200 HD display which is quite brilliant. It has a pixel density of 323 per inch, two choices for storage between 16 GB or 32 GB in excellent 5 megapixel rear camera. The forward facing camera is a little bit of a letdown at 1.2 megapixels but the rear definitely makes up for it. The new and very efficient software keyboard allows you to use Android’s 4.3 ‘Jellybean’ operating system and take advantage of everything that this highly capable OS can do. Also, since it’s a tablet that is Google branded, your software updates are guaranteed and automatic. With the powerful battery that lasts up to 10 hours as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional cellular and NFC, this is one tablet that’s already giving the iPad a run for its money. If I could upgrade it with one thing it would be a slot to add memory but, besides that, this is one fine tablet.

Samsung is producing some excellent tablets these days as well and their Galaxy Note 10.1 is an excellent example. It’s their flagship tablet so keep that in mind when you’re looking around because it’s going to carry a flagship price but, with top-notch hardware, a 10.1 inch screen and many other features it’s definitely worth it if you’re looking for a tablet to compete with the iPad. The Galaxy Note 10.1 uses Android’s ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ software which is excellent but, if you’re a fan of their ‘Jelly Bean’ software, you can easily upgrade to that. It also comes with the S Pen, a stylus that is specifically designed to work with some of the tablet’s apps. If you’re into doodling or actual work like a spreadsheet, it’s quite handy.

 

Next on the list is the Google Nexus 10, a bigger version of the Nexus 7 with a 10 inch screen (thus the name), 2560 x 1600 display and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera that’s a good step up from the 1.2 megapixel that the Nexus 7 has. With a battery that delivers 11 hours of use this is definitely a tablet that’s going to give you an excellent Google experience and, just like its little brother, your OS updates are going to be coming direct from Google instead of trickling out from hardware manufacturers when they feel like giving them. The only downside is that, just like its little brother, the Nexus 10 doesn’t have the ability to expand your memory with a card slot. Besides that, it’s definitely a tablet that should be considered if you’re looking for something to compete with the iPad.

The iPad Mini took the tablet world by storm when it was released and put smaller tablets like the Nook and Fire to shame. Stepping up to compete however is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.8. Although it’s a little bit overpriced it’s still less than the iPad Mini, comes with all of the best things about Android and will give you a tablet experience that’s on a par with the Mini but for a better price and without the need to get locked into the Apple web. It doesn’t come with the stylus but that’s a small price to pay for this excellent little tablet.

Just for the record, were not saying that the iPad or iPad Mini are ‘bad’ tablets in any way, shape or form. They are however quite a bit overpriced and, as we mentioned at the start of this blog, using them locks you into Apple and  iTunes and basically won’t let you go anywhere else or use any other apps. The way we see it, with the Android OS becoming better and better with every new Samsung or Google tablet, why spend the extra money and get locked into a difficult and sometimes wonky system when you don’t have to?