Great Multipurpose Tablet
Finally, and this may be petty, but it's the most professional device. In the field I know (law), partners at law firms and federal judges use iPads, not other devices to read briefs, send emails, etc. I've never seen anyone doing work on a Kindle device and I've never even seen another tablet in a professional setting. Part of this may be that it's a well-established product, and part may be that the 10-inch screen is nice for reading, even if it's bulkier.
Great display & Easier connector
Despite the above negative points, there's no doubt we're once again looking at a top tablet once again. Apple's greatest strength has always been fusing together some headline features with an OS that just works, and will appeal to the largest amount of people.
Sure, the price is a little high, and in a vacuum would be a real stick with which to beat the new iPad 4.
Quality app ecosystem
The 4th Generation iPad is only a minor improvement over its predecessor but still remains the tablet to beat. An upgraded A6X processor, Apple's new Lightning connector and a better front facing camera are the main differences. All in all this is an iterative upgrade that should only interest those who don't already own a 3rd Generation iPad.
Excellent Battery Life
The iPad isn't magical, as much as Apple wants you to believe this is the case. It is, however, a very entertaining device that's currently being held back by a lack of content and a number of missing features. The iPad will only get better and will ultimately succeed off the back of Apple's existing application and content ecosystem.
Love my mini
I love my mini iPad. Cost was more at amazon than I saw at a couple other places, but ordering was easy and came promptly, packaged well. I love the size and functionality of the mini iPad. I did trade a kindle for the iPad because I wanted the camera, front and rear facing camera. I also wanted ability to do FaceTime. I'm extremely happy with my purchase and would recommend it over any other.
Extremely light and portable
Can we see someone owning an iPhone 5, iPad mini and new iPad 4? Actually, maybe...and not just the pointlessly rich. The iPhone is the perfect device for hopping in and out of content, giving you the internet all the time and generally allowing you to play more simple games.
The iPad mini is perfect for a train ride: it's just the right size for a few TV episodes when packed nose to nose with fellow commuters before slipping it back into a bag or pocket when leaping for your platform.
Takes good photos & videos for a tablet
In the moment that the iPad mini was announced to feature a starting price point of $330, we were left wondering in confusion as to why? Factoring in its hardware specs and all, it would lead anyone to believe that this latest iPad is rather over-bloated at $330, which is still seen as a considerable investment over other highly prized tablets.
Stunning brushed metal design
Certainly the most desirable 7-inch tablet on the market, the iPad mini's £269 starting price is considerably higher than the competition but for that outlay you get a device that, although not specs superior, is a far more enticing option than much of what is already on the market.
Combining a brushed aluminium back with seamlessly curved edges and a fascia that will be familiar to full-sized iPad owners, the iPad mini is a device that looks and feels every penny that you pay for it.
Workmanship, feel, choice of materials and stability
From our point of view, Apple's iPad Mini is the perfect secondary device alongside a smartphone. It is not too small and not too big and unhandy for mobile use either. The available battery runtimes make a convincing impression. In view of the first sales figures, the iPad Mini could become the new leader of this size category despite a few points of criticism. In addition to selecting the ecosystem, it of course has to fit in the budget.
Higher pixel density than the original iPad and iPad 2
The iPad mini is a premium small tablet, with a price to match. It's a shame Apple couldn't have included a Retina screen and newer processor - expect the iPad mini 2 to get those updates when it launches later this year. This Wi-Fi only model also lacks GPS. It's not cheap by any stretch, especially if you want more storage spare or the 3G/4G cellular version, but it's great value compared to a full-size iPad.
More portable, still a big screen, light
The iPad mini is the new iPad to lust after. It's a lot more manageable. It a lot more kid-friendly, it's a lot more game-friendly. It is a lot more "you" friendly.
It's a lovely size, it's a lovely experience, and one that we can easily see cannibalising iPad 4 and iPad 2 sales in the future. That's not to say there isn't a place for the iPad in your tablet world, but just that this is good enough to become the "lead" iPad, at least in our minds.
Super thin and quite light
From the moment I put my hands on the iPad mini, I confess I loved it. It's that perfect tweener size: it doesn't feel as cramped and compromised when watching video or viewing web pages as 7" tablets and the 4:3 aspect ratio works so well for portrait use when reading eBooks, Word documents and web pages. It's supremely thin and quite light, and I found that just like my Nexus 7 (previously my 7" tablet of choice) I carry it everywhere. That's something I can't say about my 10" tablets.
Sort of expensive but VERY good
This was a gift to my son and his family. They played all day Christmas with the tablet. As soon as one put it down, the next one grabbed it and headed for the computer room. Ages 16- 47 and well versed in computer and tablet/pads.... the learning curve was very easy for them.
The Google Nexus 10 is clearly a brilliant tablet. It's got top-end specs at a mid-range price; that alone makes it deserving of attention. Add to that a generally stunning screen and near faultless performance and it really does start to look like an iPad beater.
But after spending some time with it we can't quite be as enthusiastic as we'd like. The lack of expandable storage combined with the fairly limited internal storage really hampers its media capabilities.
Incredible high resolution display
It lacks the razor sharp design of Asus top line Android tablets or the extended wealth of functionality available with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but hot damn, there's no arguing that the Google Nexus 10 triumphs over them with its hard to believe price point of $399! Considering that it's featuring the highest resolution display to grace a tablet thus far, it's absolutely hard to fathom how it's priced the way it is.
Superb display, fast performance, good ergonomics
I'll be honest, I didn't expect to like the Google Nexus 10 that much. It isn't that I don't like Android, in fact Android is my main squeeze, but on paper the Nexus 10 didn't set my heart on fire. Once I got my hands on the tablet that changed. Why? The display is drop-dead gorgeous and it's faster and smoother than any other Android tablet on the market, including the Nexus 7 that seemed to get a little slower with the Android 4.2 update.
Excellent performance from a dual-core chip
The 10-inch Google Nexus 10 squares off against the iPad -- and measures up well. With plenty of power, an eye-popping screen and the latest Android software, it'd be worth a look even if it wasn't so much cheaper than Apple's tablet. Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
There's no doubt about it, the Google Nexus 10 is a fantastic tablet that challenges and in the case of the 300ppi display beats - the iPad in almost every department. Google has produced a genuine contender that's slim, light and tactile; fast, effortlessly easy to use and a joy to play with.
The screen is a sensation and deserves the plaudits, but the Nexus 10 isn't perfect yet.
Gorgeous display is among the best on any tablet
So here you have a tablet that looks like every other tablet - yet another black rectangle. And yet, the pure Android 4.2 software (which is the best all-around Android experience out there) combined with the stellar internals and the awesome screen make it vastly better than any other big Android tablet before it. It's clearly the best 10-inch Android tablet you can buy right now. If only we had some apps to spice it up.
I purchased the Nexus 7 in October, 2012. Was the best investment for my money. It does exactly want I need. I like the google apps. Unlike other tablets,can't get all apps. With the Nexus 7 you can get any apps. I new to the android world and the lastest technology. But the Nexus 7 is so easy to use. I've tried other tablets, but I think this one was the best choice for me.
Quality hardware, NFC support
Like a bucket of water being used to douse the Kindle's flames, Google appears poised to reclaim any tablet ground lost since the introduction of Amazon's forked version of Android. It may not tread a lot of new ground, but the Nexus 7 is a solid performer and easily the best tablet around for the thriftier buyer.
Great battery life, Uniform responsive performance
In the end, if you're in the market for any tablet, there's no reason why the Google Nexus 7 shouldn't be on or near the top of your list. Sure, it's not a particularly cutting-edge device in the hardware front, but there's nothing else close at the moment that can match its sheer offerings at its phenomenal price point. This could potentially be the best-selling Nexus branded device thus far!
Good screen, Speedy performance, Handy form
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is one of the best tech bargains of the year. This 7 inch Android tablet is priced so aggressively that every low-cost tablet maker must be terrified. Just as important, it doesn't look or feel cheap either, thanks to the powerful quad-core processor and the texturing of the rear. It's not perfect, and that not all Google services are available in the UK yet is a shame, but this is undoubtedly the best sub-£200 tablet we've seen.
Well-equipped device for such an affordable price
Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us. If you're looking for a tablet under £200 then look no further than the Nexus 7.
Build quality, price, power
The impressive thing about the Nexus 7 is the quality of the device you get from Asus, at the price you're being asked to pay. The hardware and the build quality is top notch, there is plenty of power and the screen is fantastic. Add this to a pure Google experience, the latest version of Android and you're on to a winner from a software point of view too.
But there are also plenty of places where you can pick holes in the Nexus 7.
Great addition to our family of portable devices
Bought this as a gift for my husband for Christmas. He loves it. Much lighter weight than his laptop. We got the keyboard as well. Great battery life and works easily on our travels, off the hotspot on his iphone. Touch screen with Windows 8 is a real bonus and great support from ASUS!
Good design, Decent performance
The Asus Vivo Tab RT offers a super Windows 8 experience in a lightweight package. However, it hasn't matched its main rivals for price. That's a real shame and may put some buyer's off, but overall, the benefits of the Asus Vivo Tab RT do justify the substantial extra outlay.
Better camera performance than the Surface RT
When it comes down to it, the VivoTab RT merely goes to show that Asus can always stand tall in the face of competition - even if it's from the direct source. If you're considering picking up a Windows RT tablet, this is surely going to be one you'll want to check out. Frankly, there's a fair amount of value seen in this $599.99 tablet, which again, is bundled with the keyboard dock.
If Android or iOS tablets lacked something, then this might be the tablet for you. The new Windows RT devices usually blend into an existing PC environment very well and provide many advantages in contrast to other devices. When Microsoft minds its store just as well as Google has done with its Play Store or Apple with its App Store, the buyer would be satisfied with a vast collection of apps from the Microsoft Store for Windows RT devices.
Thoughtful design, but brings a mixed tablet experience
Tablets are all about the experience of software married to hardware. The Asus Vivo Tab's solid hardware provides the makings of a good experience, and Windows RT is a good foundation for that experience. But Windows RT's many software quirks and omissions may limit the Vivo Tab's audience to dedicated PC users who've recently purchased a Windows 8 laptop or desktop, and want to extend their new Modern UI software purchases across both systems.
Bright and clear screen, Great battery life
While its detachable keyboard dock remains a good idea and provides stellar battery life, the ASUS Vivo Tab RT has build quality issues, a cramped physical keyboard and is let down by a limited and frustrating Windows RT platform. At this price, it's really tough to recommend.
More than I expected. The only thing that I did not like about it was that it dropped the internet very often until I found a new driver for the wireless from Acer. This updated driver solved the problem. Beside that, no problems. I have tried a lot of tablets and have been using and I-Pad for the past 3 years. This Acer w700 has replaced it. I can do everything the I-pad does and more, more, more. I very seldom even use my desktop computer or my I-Pad. Great Product.
Clever dock system, Great connectivity
The Acer Iconia W700 comes the closest of all the tablets we've seen to being able to replicate the experience of a laptop, in a true tablet form.
While you certainly get a lot for your money here, we worry that the poor performance limits the life of this hybrid PC, and would push those looking for a rich Windows 8 experience to look at the Intel Core i5 version.
Strong 11.6-inch Full HD display
The Acer Iconia W700 is not a bad product, but it makes more promises than it keeps. It's neither a great tablet, nor a great laptop replacement as its battery life is too short and the supplied accessories too cumbersome. The only genuine bright spot is the screen, but it's not enough on its own to convince us.
Very good viewing angles
The price is still rigidly adhered to the manufacturer's RRP. However, a new price design will likely be announced with the release of Microsoft's Surface Pro at the latest. Nevertheless, Acer offers a good Windows alternative to iOS and Android systems with the W700. Users who want their familiar Windows environment but do not want a laptop could find a good alternative in this product.
Windows 8 tablet with a stand and keyboard
The Acer Iconia W700 works best if you plan to take it on the road without its keyboard and are comfortable using it on a desktop with a minimal variety of viewing angles. If you're seeking a Windows 8 tablet that will also serve as a laptop, look elsewhere.
Great value for the money, very good full HD display
As ever, Acer has managed a bargain with better specs and more goodies in the box than their competitors. What's new are the classy unibody aluminum casing and overall high end specs. This tablet has an excellent full HD display, good performance and the dock is included. The only thing missing is a digital pen for note takers and artists, but alas there's no active digitizer here.
Handy dock and wireless keyboard
The Acer Iconia W700 is heftier than a lot slates on the market, but it packs in standard laptop components to deliver some pleasing power for general use. The bundled dock and wireless keyboard allows you to use it as a standard PC at your desk and the Full HD screen shows off images and videos at their best.
Very fast processor
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is an Android 4.0 tablet made with note taking in mind. Unlike many other tablets, it comes with a special stylus - the S Pen, which offers precision superior to that of generic capacitive styli. In terms of specs, its 10.1-inch PLS TFT display has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, and its quad-core processor runs at 1.4GHz. A pair of cameras is also on board - 5MP main one with auto-focus and LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
Amazing Wacom S Pen is stylus heaven
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is ugly and innovative, powerful and limited, a success and a disappointment. With its superb quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it's the most powerful Android tablet yet, while its stereo speakers mean it's the best-sounding. Its Wacom-based S Pen and tailored apps/interface make it an amazing creativity tool, and it comes with some great pre-installed software like Photoshop Touch.
Granted, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 lacks the one competitive spec that other top-tier tablets specifically the Acer Iconia Tab A700, Apple iPad, and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 have at the same or lesser price. Samsung's rendering enhancements help lessen the sting of this omission somewhat, but the difference is clear, particularly with text-heavy content.
Stylish, superb media playback
It's a much over-used expression, but the Note is an iPad killer. We aren't pretending that Samsung has quite the same build quality as the Apple, and we know people are beholden to the iTunes ecosystem, but the Note has so much that's unique and features that we'd actually use. Its screen is its biggest letdown, but it's not bad, it just doesn't compare well to the iPad 3. It is, however, a great tablet and is very deserving of its score.
Cutting edge fast CPU
Samsung hasn't disappointed us with their new flagship tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has everything we wish for in a tablet except a full HD display: a bright and sharp display, active pen input, an excellent software bundle with customizations that improve usability, dual band WiFi, an AV remote and more. Though the casing is plastic, fit, finish and quality (including the internal hardware design) are excellent.
Fast performance from a powerful quad-core processor
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's best 10-inch tablet yet. It's propelled by a powerful chip and the S Pen stylus marks it out from the competition (so long as you have a use for it). While the underwhelming screen resolution and lack of Android Jelly Bean software are disappointing, if you're willing to shell out, it's still a sound Android tablet.
It's hard not to be immediately sceptical of a device that on the face of it is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with an S-Pen thrown in.
Once you spend some time with it, you begin to see the benefits and understand why having a souped-up stylus on a big screen makes more sense than having it on the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. It's the closest we've come to a real pen on paper experience on a tablet, but is that enough?
Not bad if you like your products rare
If this tablet were a little more "baked" it would be very good. 1st the good. The screen resolution / quality is quite good and the sound is more than ok. For most tasks it is speedy enough as well.Build quality seems ok. The acer software takes up too much space on the ssd; and contributes little, at least to me. The bad? Glitchy, has random reboots,just generally feels unstable. This may be win 8 and not the tablet hardware don't know for sure.
Cramped, shallow keyboard, Few full size ports
We're not big fans of Windows RT, so we can't believe we're saying this, but the W510 might have been better off as an RT device. Mainly for the Microsoft Office apps that are included with RT. Remember, Windows 8 doesn't come bundled with Word or Excel, so you'll be dropping even more cash to get your W510 functional. We say no thanks.
Lightest & cheapest Win 8 hybrid
The 10-inch Acer Iconia W510 comes very close to being our favourite Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop with Atom inside. It's smaller and lighter than 11.6-inch rivals, but doesn't compromise on resolution, connectivity or battery life to get there. It also sports a unique (at least for a detachable convertible) rotating hinge that genuinely expands it usability, while its screen and speakers more than hold their own.
Affordable and highly portable tablet that runs x86 Windows 7 apps
All told, the Acer Iconia Tab W510 is a very capable Windows 8 tablet that can handle light x86 Windows app use and is more than capable to run Live Tile apps that are built-in or downloaded from the MS app store. For those of you who love the MS Surface RT form factor and weight, the 1.3 lb., 0.35" thick Acer Iconia W510 adds the ability to run Windows 7 apps, and that's a key feature at this price range and size.
I have been using this tablet for over two weeks with and without the keyboard dock. So far I am very pleased with my purchase. The battery life is great, the display is vibrant, and the accuracy of the pen is exceptional. I have read reviews from other users who have problems with their speakers (blown speakers or crackling sound ) and the functionality of the left/right click on the keyboard dock... I have not experienced any of these issues.
Stylish and metal-clad
The Asus Vivo Tab TF810C is probably the best Atom-based Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop we've looked at and, if you can live with its limited specs, the hybrid we would most recommend. Its beautiful IPS screen goes brighter than those of rivals, it's nicely designed, offers good usability, and a full-size Wacom stylus. It also leads the pack when it comes to battery life, as it lasts up to a whopping 19 hours on a charge.
Keyboard with good feedback
Asus complements its Windows RT VivoTab TF600 (Tegra 3) with a device for traditional Windows fans, the VivoTab TF810C-1B026W including keyboard dock. But you really have to be a big fan; the extra charge of 350 Euros (~$467) is immense. For this price you get the X86-platform with real Windows 8. It is only 32 bit but it can run all familiar applications (no limitation to Windows RT apps).
Light and comfortable it feels to hold
The ASUS VivoTab 810 is a Windows 8-based tablet that offers a good overall user experience. It's not fast, but it's zippy enough for basic Web and note-taking tasks, as well as watching local video files. Its keyboard dock is useful and its battery life is long. We just wish it came with more internal storage space and a better price tag.
Good quality materials
The Asus VivoTab TF810C is a lovely Atom Windows 8 transformer whose launch has been hampered by spotty retail presence, a lack of drivers for the first two months and an enormous price tag in the US. Now that Asus has the drivers mostly sorted out, we're more bullish on the tablet, but given its small retail distribution and absent review program, we're not sure how strongly Asus is behind this product.
Love this tablet
After some extensive research I decided to go with the Toshiba excite 7.7. Wanted something a little bigger than 7in. Found this to win out over the 7.7galaxy which was pricey and the iPad mini. The excite was over priced but was able to score a decent deal on amazon about 330.00. Got it using gift cards so only spent 90 of my own money.
The size is perfect. The screen disply is awesome. Runs smoothe.
Solid construction, Vibrant AutoBrite AMOLED display
No longer regarded as a newcomer in the Android tablet scene, Toshiba is doing a great job in building up its reputation with its new line of Excite tablets. Just like its names, there's a lot of excitement surrounding the diminutive Toshiba Excite 7.7, as it boasts top-notch hardware in a compact body. From its rigorous performing quad-core processor to its stunning "AutoBrite" AMOLED display, there are a lot of things that reels us into this tablet.
Gorgeous display, classy build materials, fast quad core with ICS
The tablet lists for $499 (16 gig). That's a high price for a 7" class tablet, and in fact it's the same price as the Toshiba Excite 10. I know many of you expect smaller tablets to be less expensive, and Toshiba's pricing is surprising. That said, it's currently the best 7" class tablet on the market. The 0.3", 13 ounce tablet is thin, light and stylish. But it's not just good looks: the 1.3GHz Tegra 3 quad core is every bit as fast as 10" Android tablets.
Super thin and super lightweight
Toshiba hasn't skimped on the Excite 7.7. It is a fantastic tablet that hits the mark in almost every way. The battery life isn't the best, but everything else about this tablet is great, especially its screen and build. It's one of the lightest and best-feeling tablets we've used.
Superior battery life and a much nicer display
I think the Toshiba Excite 7.7 is probably going to wind up being lost in the shuffle, and that's a shame because it's worthy of attention. Toshiba learned a lot from the Thrive and they're clearly willing to experiment a bit with the technology if the AMOLED display is any indication. That display alone may be worth the price of admission; either way, the Excite 7.7 is at least worth considering.
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