Written on 4/03/2012 02:56:00 PM by poison_ivy
Sure, Apple's iPad is king of the tablet world but for those who don't like Apple's closed environment, there's always Android. But here's the rub, there's a pletora of Android tablets in the market each vying for the anti-Apple market, so which one's the best? Here are my top 10 list.
1) Asus Transformer Prime
With a quad core to boast, 32GB of internal memory and an optional keyboard dock, the Asus transformer prime is currently king of the Android tablet. However, stocks are low and some reports say the Transformer Prime is experiencing some GPS issues but its nothing that a software update couldn't fix, in fact it seems Asus already issued an update addressing the issue. If you can find one for less than £450, grab one.
2) Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus
For those looking for a tablet smaller than 10 inches, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus should be on top of your list. It’s one of Samsung's latest tablets released in the last quarter of 2011. Its claim to fame? It’s the first tablet to have the Super Amoled Plus display technology which means, clearer and crisper pictures and videos. The build quality is also not half bad, with an aluminum back housing. HSPA+ technology also ensures you have fast internet connection 24/7.
3) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
While not exactly cutting edge since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is already a year old, it remains one of the thinnest 10 inch tablets so this still remains an option for those who likes 10 inch tablets. The Galaxy Tab packs a dual core processor, 1gb of RAM, 8 megapixel camera that allows you to record full HD videos. Plus the 2 megapixel front camera still smokes most tablets, iPad included, which still have VGA front cameras.
4) Motorola Xoom
The Motorola Xoom is on of the first honeycomb tablets and I've included it in my list because the price for this tablet is getting cheaper. If you can grab the 32gb variant for £200-£250, then better grab the deal. Sure, the wifi Xoom has some issues but putting in your custom ROM solves most of those issues. Again, if you can get it for £200, then it has its place as one of the best Android tablets.
5) Acer Iconia Tab A100
I've seen the Acer Iconia A100 go for as low as $190 for a refurbished unit in the US. If you can find one in the UK for along that price point then the Acer A100 is in the running for one of the best Android tablets. A 7 inch screen, dual core processor, honeycomb OS, plus dual cameras makes this tablet hard to resist if you can find one for £150-£200.
6) Kindle Fire
This would have been higher up in my rankings if its available directly from Amazon UK but if you go to eBay UK you can grab one for around £160. That's by far the cheapest dual core tablet you can find. The reason I didn't want to rate it higher is that you have to root it to gain access to the Android market and you can't directly purchase from the Amazon appstore without going through the hoops. It also doesn't have any cameras so if you can find a dual core android tablet with a camera for less than £200, that would be the better deal.
7) Motorola Xoom 2 Media edition
The Xoom 2 Media edition is Motorola's follow up to its original Xoom tablet. This tablet has an 8.2 inch HD screen, 1.2 Ghz dual core processor, and has a thin profile at 8.9 mm thin. What make's this tablet appetizing is the price. Even though it’s been recently released you can find a brand new one for around £300.
8) Samsung Galaxy Note
Sure, the Galaxy Note has a dual personality as it's in between a tablet and a phone thus the monicker phablet, but the fact that Samsung sold around 5 million of these in just 5 months, it just means people want an in-between device too. The Galaxy Note is more expensive than most tablets but the fact that you don't have to carry two devices...yeah, it’s still an expensive tablet but if you could get one for free on contract, you'd save a lot by having a phone and a tablet for free.
9) Archos 80 G9 Tablets
Archos has a series of tablets with different specs and comparing those specs with branded tablets, Archos comes out on top in terms of price. Of course there's durability and customer support to take into consideration but Archos is the best alternative for those looking for a budget tablet but don't want to scrimp on specs.
10) Blackberry Playbook
Yes, it’s not an Android tablet but the latest OS build lets you run Android apps plus the current market price makes this tablet hard to pass up. Oh, and the promise of Blackberry OS 10, you can have the best of both worlds for a tablet less than £199.