So you’re convinced you want a tablet (along with the rest of the world) , but you don’t want to find yourself squinting at a screen that is essentially the same size as your smart phone. Then you’ve come to the right place. This page covers the best tablets in general.
But there are plenty of 10-inch tablet models that are still light and mobile enough to provide the convenience that a tablet promises without losing of the interactive quality experience of a larger screen.
It’s impossible to go wrong with any of these five – 5 of the fastest, brightest, and just plain best 10-inch tablets around. From there, it’s simply a matter of picking the subtle differences that will create the best experience for you.
Maybe you’re dead set on not owning an iPad or maybe you just want the best tablet for playing games. Whatever your need, you’re sure to find it below.
5. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
The Infinity is probably the least familiar name on this list. But hopefully that won’t be the case for long. With Full HD (1920×1200) on its 10.1-inch screen, the Infinity runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich using a 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. All of that is to say that it runs really well and really fast. It’ll launch your app quickly and sharply on its crystal clear display. And with 32GB eMMC Flash storage that’s a lot of apps.
That clarity will come in handy when you snap a picture with the back 8 megapixel camera. Or when you read an ebook. Or use the Micro HDMI to connect with a compatible TV or monitor.
The appeal of the Infinity rests largely in how much it does well. A lot of tablets have good displays, lots of storage, and flexible options like a USB port-but not all of them have them in one offering. The Infinity is the well-rounded choice.
So, if you’re an Android acolyte or if you’ve simply been looking for a tablet that does it all (and with the keyboard doubles as a type of netbook), then you can’t go wrong with the ASUS Infinity.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8
Tablets are great devices for casual users. If all you’re going to be doing is watching videos, checking Facebook, and maybe listening to a little music, then a table will get you just as far as a laptop or PC. If, however, you’re more interested in a tablet for its functionality and convenient mobility, then the Surface Pro might just be the workhorse you need. And let’s be honest, if you’re looking exclusively at 10-inch models, it’s probably because at some point you need your tablet to help you get your work done.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t have the appeal of your typical tablet with its 1.7GHz Intel Core, HD4000 graphics, or 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. It’ll run Netflix with the best of them. But in addition it’ll allow you to do that while also taking advantage of a 128GB options, more ports than your average tablet, and an Intel Core i5 processor.
In addition, the Surface Pro has some the best extras and add-ons that really complete the user experience, specifically the Type and Touch covers. The former is a keyboard with a small but functional touch pad that is expertly designed, with great spacing, responsiveness, and an easy but strong magnetic connection to the tablet. The Touch cover, on the other hand, is not quite the design masterpiece that the Type is, but for a membrane keyboard it remains functional and convenient.
There you have it. The Surface Pro has it all. And it has it all at only 2 pounds.
3. Sony Xperia Z
A lot of the best things you can say about this tablet sound like insults. The Sony Xperia Z is shallow. It’s all about appearances.
But when you take a look at the unit, it becomes clear why those are among the highest compliments you could pay. For starters, the Xperia Z is the thinnest and lightest tablet around that still touts a 10.1-inch display. Hovering just over 1 pound in weight and a little over a quarter of an inch in thickness, you’d be hard pressed to find a feather that’s lighter or more portable. Or more entertaining, as its display does a great job of presenting games and interacting media with comparatively better graphics and color or the inclusion of Near Field Communication technology.
Even without its beautiful image and lightweight design, the Xperia Z becomes a good choice for users seeking the most of convenience and mobility for other interesting functions. For example, the 8-megapixel camera features extra low-light capacity. And even more interesting, the tablet is waterproof (submerge up to 3ft. for 30 minutes!), making it easy to use in a number of environments without any fear of damage.
Convenient and unbelievably slim, the Xperia Z is on the cutting edge of design while remain a fun, functional tablet.
2. Google Nexus 10
For these next two entries it’s pretty much going to come down to brand loyalty and preference. For those in the market for a 10-inch android tablet the Google Nexus 10 cannot be beat.
It remains on the cutting edge of design and technology, offering the latest of everything you’re looking for in a tablet. For example, it’s the first to run Samsung’s 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU, making it maybe the fastest tablet around. It’s also the first with Android 4.2 which brings with it more developer options and photo editing for those that like to tinker as well as a cool feature called Photo Sphere that converts 360-panoramas into easily manipulated and explorable images.
Beyond this, the Google Nexus also boasts essentially the best-designed tablet in the game. A good balance between comfort (rounded edges), durability (solid housing), and other practical considerations (a slightly concave shape makes it fit in your hands just so), all of which is in service to the unrivalled screen experience. That screen, by the way, is a 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution, producing a sharper image than ever.
1. Apple iPad with Retina Display
Forget comparisons to other 10-inch tablets, plain and simple when it comes to tablets, the original does it better than all the others.
Everything about outdoes the competition, which-apart from Apple’s brand dominance-explains its place at the top of the heap. From Retina Display (2,048×1,536-pixel with colors to match) on the bright, 9.7-inch TFT (Thin-film-transistor) screen to faster/more powerful than anything Apple A6X processor with an extra graphics punch.
And apart from the quality of use, the iPad quite simply remains the most usable tablet around with fantastic apps, support, and great connectivity made even better by this model’s dual-band Wi-Fi and LTE mobile option.
Sure there are additional little details like upgrades to FaceTime (it’s now front-facing and records in 720p), but what other convincing do you need?
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