Best Android Tablet 2012
The year of the tablets
2012 may well be the year of the Android tablet, because as each day passes we hear that a new one will appear or already did. This is making things even more confusing than they already were for people who try to start using one and are at a loss as to which to choose. We complied a list of the best, in our view, tablets that were released recently in 2012 or a year ago and are still viewed as the best even at the start of the year.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
When the Apple iPad 2 was launched, it was perceived as a standard to be reached by every major company. Samsung started the war with its very own tablet, the $596.68 Galaxy Tab 10.1, but funnily enough it was invested with the same design as the Apple gadget. The performance is very good and we say this because of many things. The touchscreen, for one, is very easy to use and it shows everything from colors to details in a very professional manner and it is very responsive; so is the virtual QWERTY keyboard. The nVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core 1GHz CPU lends the Galaxy Tab 10.1 so much speed that you will be amazed of the possibilities. The two cameras with different megapixel are ideal for taking photos and doing video chats with the people you love most. For Internet matters, the gadget’s Android browser app works in a phenomenal way. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a life span of 8 hours.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Asus came forth with a tablet that is still used even today thanks to the quality it oozes through its every component. The Eee Pad Transformer is cheaper than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 – $460.54 -, but that’s not an indication of it being worse than that one. Quite the contrary. The 1GHz processor nVidia Tegra2 Dual Core is, of course, responsible for superb speed and no lags. The 1GB of memory are not enough, but they are accompanied by 16GB/32GB of additional storage and WebStorage (for backup and extra files). The Eee Pad Transformer powered by Android is on the big side compared to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its edges are rather sharp, which will affect your hands. The generous screen resists scratches and is backlit, offering the best in sharpness, colors and all that images need to look astounding. The ease of use provided by the operating system is a gem. The cameras aren’t brilliant. The connection to the Internet works smoothly, but the Eee Pad Transformer has no mobile broadband option, only Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi. The battery works almost 10 hours if the tablet is not very busy with workload and 15 hours with the dock.
Apple iPad 2
The $515 Apple iPad 2 is seen as the king of tablets. While we don’t share that opinion, we can’t deny that this is a gadget which will sweep you off your feet from the very first time. The dual-core A5 chip is heaps faster than previous Apple tablets and there are 3 models with different memory storage (and prices): 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The 9.7″ display with LED backlighting brings clarity and crispness to another level. There is no retina display to behold, but the FaceTime feature enables face-to-face communication with your friends, provided that they have the same technology to play with. One of the best pre-installed apps on this tablet are the eReader, the iBooks and the AirPlay, the latter wirelessly connecting the iPad 2 to an HDTV. 10 hours is also the maximum of the battery life, one of the best in our tests.
Motorola Xoom 2
The $454.72 Motorola Xoom 2 powered by the best Android version has many ingredients that make it compelling to tablet seekers. The 10.1″ screen is wondrous in terms of bright and clear images, the dual-core 1GHz processor is equally wonderful with its lightning speed performance, the 32GB memory is large (but there aren’t options of expanding it), applications are varied and fun to use and everything else is as it should be. As for battery, the Motorola Xoom 2 is famous for delivering 10 hours of multitasking.
Sony continues to make valuable gadgets and the $596.36 Tablet S it crafted continues that tradition. Holding it is one of the most comfortable things in the world and the speed of the dual-core, 1GHz nVidia Tegra 2 CPU is already legendary, as is the ease with which the consumer can connect to the World Wide Web. The weight and size will make you think of the iPad. The Sony Tablet S has only one fault: the 9.4″ touchscreen will get a little dim at times. Other than this minor issue, the gadget comes with applications such as eBooks and others and features such as streaming content to a TV. This tablet is powered by Android OS a Sony PlayStation Certified unit and it works for 10 hours.
As the year progresses and new tablets will appear, we will update the list with the best Android tablet in 2012 to include them. So stay tuned to this blog to find out the latest info on the topic.