A Strong Contender for Best Tablet
Sony delivered in a big way, and it appears that they've learned from their mistakes in previous, rather anemic tablet offerings. The combination of a great hi rez screen, decent sound, expandable storage, ease of extended use, battery life, raw horsepower... plus features like universal remote control and waterproof... really do make the sum of the whole the best there is, in my opinion.
Really light, Beautiful screen
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a triumph, a tablet that genuinely deserves consideration when you're in the market for a new top-end gadget. If you're against the iPad for any reason, or even just agnostic over your OS, the Sony has taken the best of Android and fused it with its own innovation to make a device that delights in more ways than we can count.
Four-speaker system with virtual surround modes
Sony's best and brightest tablet, however, has to face the formidable iPad franchise competition when it ventures outside of the Android world, with the hundreds of thousands of tablet-specific apps available for it. Thankfully, the Xperia Tablet Z is positioned quite differently, as it sports a thin and light watertight chassis against the more premium, but thicker and heavier aluminum build of the iPad 4, and offers more features like expandable storage, IR blaster and quad-speaker system,...
Dust and water resistant, High performance
In our verdict about Sony's pre-series device we wrote: "The test device Sony lent us from the pre-series certainly whet our appetite." We would like to have seen improvements in the areas of camera and speakers -- but alas. However, Sony did improve their display -- at least in some respects. It glows more brightly now, but the contrast is now a little weaker. The display's color accuracy is also somewhat improved.
Feels extremely good in your hands
Sony has made a very desirable tablet in the Xperia Tablet Z. We particularly like its striking svelte design and features that you don't get with rivals such as NFC, its waterproof casing and infrared. However, its slightly lacking performance means the Nexus 10 will save you some money or the iPad 4 will give you a smooth experience for the same price.
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 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.
Great with exceptions
A very good tablet! Preferred over the Kindle Fire because of the Micro SD Card port. The B&N Nook Store, unfortunately, is quite small; lacking the apps available on the Google Play store. It's dual-core 1 GHz processor is more than enough to plow through any game I've been able to throw at it. The 1 GB of RAM is also more than enough to handle anything. The battery life is also very good, lasting all day even if I play some graphics intensive games. I've never had it die on me.
Very sharp looking display, great for reading
Staring deeply at the $270 price of the 16GB base model of the NOOK HD+ ($300 for the 32GB version), there's no arguing that their intent is to keep Amazon itching with anticipation. Rightfully so, they're able to do just that, as the NOOK HD+ has the more detailed display of the two - while also being lighter as well. However, it's missing out on several key features to make it an instant buy over other highly-prized full tablet offerings on the market.
Stylish, well priced, fantastic screen
There is the feeling when you're using the Nook that it's really not all that fast, at least in terms of raw processing power. Sometimes when performing fairly simple tasks we'd find the graphical transitions would stutter and lag. Strangely, this doesn't really affect the performance in other ways. We could play videos with few problems and when you're looking at eBooks, there's really no problems at all, even with heavily graphical books.
Profiles for multi-user households and kids
The Nook HD+ is an excellent choice for people who want a simple, easy tablet experience focused on consuming books, video, and other media. At $270, it's a better value than the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which costs $285 without ads, doesn't perform as well, and isn't as nicely designed.
I stalked this tablet for months before purchasing. I went to stores and tried it out. And finally I found one day on Amazon for $429!...That was the best price I have seen anywhere. I am enjoying my tablet but at times the internet seems slow to me but movies games everything else runs seamlessly.
Gorgeous sturdy design and build
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T costs $500 and at that price faces direct competition from the new iPad, so - despite the fact that one runs on Android and the other on iOS - comparisons are inevitable. They both feature brilliant screens, but they are brilliant in a different way. The Asus Infinity has the brighter, better suited for outdoor use one, while the iPad claims an advantage in the sheer level of detail and image quality.
Fantastic screen, Powerful, Superb build
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a fantastic Android tablet. It has tweaked the design of its predecessor the Prime, upped the clock speed and shot the screen's pixel count into the stars. There's very little to dislike about this tablet, even if it does trade in a few hours of battery life for its upgrades. The price is high but, for now at least, it justifies the premium.
Bright display with stable viewing angles
The display deserves special praise. Asus uses the Super IPS panel which has great viewing angles. The screen is bright, has great contrast and is very sharp. The touch screen works well which makes the use of the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T a real pleasure - indoors and outdoors. And that is what every tablet buyer wants, right?
Slim, stylish, multipurpose
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 takes over from its predecessor as the top Android tablet available. You get high performance mixed with high style, and you don't have to make a lot of sacrifices to get both. Other tablets - including the Prime, which is expected to drop in price once this model gets into the market - may provide better value, but no other Android tablet will give you the full package that the Infinity does.
Lightweight, Fantastic screen
Is the Nook HD the best 7-inch tablet on the market? In short, no.
It's cheap and cheerful design and interface at a sub-£200 price tag would have blown us away a year ago, but such is the fast pace of the tablet market these days, the Nook has been left behind by superior competition.
Sharpest display on a 7-inch tablet is great for reading
Here's the deal folks. If reading is more of your forte than anything else, there's no question that the NOOK HD is the ideal tablet for you, especially when it has a healthy and robust ecosystem in that particular category. And with that snazzy looking display, it's sure to be swell for other things - like watching movies and surfing the web.
Lightweight, with good ergonomics
In terms of hardware alone, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD is an excellent tablet-ereader combo. It's lighter than the competition, and clever ergonomics make it the comfiest 7-inch tablet to hold one-handed. The screen is excellent too, with more pixels on show than any rival. Its issues are all in the software. The custom Barnes & Noble interface is easy to use, but it could be quicker.
Cheap 7 inch tablet with a stunning HD screen
We can hardly find fault with the hardware, but UK-specific content - including magazines, newspapers, books and apps - is sorely lacking. Much is promised, but you're taking a risk if you jump in and buy a Nook HD right now. As with the Kindle Fire HD, the Nook HD will be good option for anyone wanting something that's easy to use, and there's the bonus of user profiles as well.
Great little device with Windows 8
The Envy X2 is a sleek hybrid laptop\Tablet that runs Windows 8. This isn't a Windows RT device like the Surface, the Envy will run all your Windows desktop applications. This tablet has a dual core Atom processor which is not the speediest processor in the world but the trade off is fantastic battery life. The Envy has a battery in the tablet portion and a second battery in the keyboard base giving you around 12 hours of total run time.
Well-built, Attractive design
The HP Envy x2 is a beautifully built Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop. As long as you don't stress its Atom processor it's generally a pleasure to use and sounds great. Unfortunately similarly specced rivals offer better wireless and physical connectivity, bundled Wacom styli, and longer battery life, all for £100 less. In other words, unless you really want the x2's premium looks, its full-size SD card slot or its decent speakers, there's little to envy here.
High-quality workmanship, Viewing angle stable IPS screen
The functional tablet-laptop combination is quite worth considering if the user can disregard these restrictions and is willing to pay a steep price of just under 900 Euros (~$1221). However, users who are not dependent on Windows will find many just as attractive (and usually much cheaper) models among Android devices.
Viewing angles are close to 180-degrees
We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.
Good battery life, brushed-aluminium build, screen looks quality
There are plenty of positives to take from the HP Envy x2, but its the price which more or less rules out this Windows 8 laptop-meets-tablet hybrid. It's well built, includes future-thinking tech like NFC, has a long-lasting battery life but the limited performance from the Atom processor and near-£800 price point is more likely to incite fury than your friends' envy. Not a bad product, just one that's poorly positioned on the price ladder.
Works well both as a tablet and a laptop
No, it's not cheap but it's one heck of a portable Windows 8 transformer style tablet. The materials and build quality are the best we've seen so far in an Intel Atom Windows 8 ultraportable, and when docked it's the only transformer that looks and feels like a laptop rather than a tablet with a keyboard accessory. The tablet is a pleasure to use by itself since it's reasonably light, has an excellent IPS display and good performance with Windows 8 Live Tile apps and MS Office.
Great device. It is fast, responsive, great on battery life, and feels great in your hands. Sure it may have issues with GPS, but that is a minor fault. WiFi is pretty good, just a bit below perfect since it is only 2.4MHz and not 5.0Mhz. It is still very quick and the graphics are very fast for games. Also, it charges super quick. Probably in half the time of an iPad and with similar battery life.
Super-fast quad-core processor
All we can say at this point is WOW! Unquestionably, this is the tablet to own right now if you're in the market of buying one, and trust us, you won't be disappointed at all. First and foremost, we have to give Asus credit in taking the opportunity in delivering such a high-caliber tablet that's no doubt a benchmarker in almost every category.
Tegra 3 processor
The performance of the Transformer Prime is top-notch. The design is stylish, and the addition of the keyboard is a great way of turning what many see as a consumption device into a creative device. The promise of an Ice Cream Sandwich update means that the tablet should be as fresh at the end of 2012 as it is at the end of 2011.
The biggest bugbear some might have is the lack of 3G connectivity.
Excellent display and fast
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is currently the thinnest, lightest and arguably fastest tablet (the iPad 2 is faster on some OpenGL graphics benchmarks). We love the looks, the attention to detail in manufacturing (no creaks, no gaping seams, perfectly smooth edges and ports) and the look of the swirled aluminum back. Coupled with the keyboard dock, it's truly a beauty to behold and gloriously compact. The Super IPS+ display has great colors, excellent contrast and is extremely bright.
We can't make our minds up if this is more tablet than laptop or vice versa, but we can be sure of is that this is a great all round piece of kit that also looks the part. It's packing one of the best keyboard docks we've seen and is supremely powerful thanks to the quad-core architecture.
Android 4.0 gives the Prime an added gloss particularly in the camera deparment but is missing some of the quirkier features such as Face Unlock and Beam.
Great design, awesome keyboard
This is a truly compelling piece of hardware, featuring excellent design language, high-end hardware, next-generation processing power and masses of utility thanks to its attachable keyboard. We cannot praise Asus enough for what it has achieved with this tablet device.
Wonderful product and incredible support from Amazon
I purchased the Kindle Fire ten months ago for my daughter. Three weeks after she got it, it was stolen. Amazon worked with our police department to find the person who had taken it. Amazon first put a hold on the person's account and shut down the Kindle Fire so it wouldn't work. Then, once Amazon had a subpoena, Amazon gave the police all the information the thief had registered to my daughter's Kindle Fire and the police were able to recover it and get it back to us.
If you've ever played with a Kindle, it shouldn't surprise you to learn that the fourth-generation is one solid device. The hardware is well made, the processing is snappy and the screen is extremely easy to read. It is, however, sorely lacking in the bells and whistles department, with a renewed, almost one-track focus on reading. Nowhere is this more evident than in the lack of a keyboard or touchscreen, making browsing quite the chore.
When compared to the better 7-inch tablets, it is rather limited the Amazon Appstore is not as rich as the Android Market (or Apple's iOS App Store), but still has lots to offer. The interface is not as polished and misses the Google Services (like Gmail, YouTube, etc) but hopefully additional software will compensate for this.The Kindle Fire is, however, definitely affordable, with a price tag that puts it in a class without rivals , except the Barnes & Noble Tablet or promotional sales.
Excellent connectivity to Amazon services
Those wanting a complete Android experience with iOS-like performance out of the box are going to get neither with the Kindle Fire. Let's face it; the Amazon tablet has less games, less apps, less features, less screen real estate, less customization and less hardware than the competition. Instead, what you'll be getting is a solidly built, no frills device catered to the Amazon user. With this in mind, the Fire is a nexus to Amazon services.
Falls far short of providing a full and satisfying tablet experience
The Kindle Fire makes trade-offs to achieve its $200 price. It's easy to dismiss some of the trade-offs and weakness of the Kindle Fire as the sacrifices necessary to achieve a price point, but the reality is that the Fire may not meet your expectations if you're looking for Apple iPad 2-like tablet.
Affordable, good quality, excellent.
The Kindle Fire isn't a game changer in the world of tablets, but it's a very intelligent evolution of the Amazon ecosystem. With one device, Amazon can sell you eBooks, MP3s, videos and apps--they're all just a dangerous "1 Click" away. As an affordable Android tablet, the Fire does a passable job thanks to good quality hardware like the IPS display and dual core CPU, but it lacks the Android Market, Bluetooth, cameras and a GPS, which are all standard fare on general purpose Android...
I loved the tablet. It's a little heavy, but still very portable. Be aware that you don't need to buy a fancy stylus, since it comes with one. It also comes with a white case/sleeve which is OK, except that you have to take it completely out of the sleeve to use it.
It's very fast and responsive, and the stylus is fun to use.
My biggest issue is the weird connector they use, an "up and coming" HDMI/USB combo.
It's missing some media features we've come to expect, it's expensive, it has relatively poor battery life and it doesn't have software suited to a tablet. If this had come late last year, we'd probably be raving about it, but things have moved on, and we have to recommend an Android 3.0 tablet or the iPad 2 over it.
We came, we saw, we doodled. The HTC Flyer is the result of a well thought-out and executed plan by HTC. It is truly differentiated from the Android tablet pack with its robust aluminum construction, Magic Pen inclusion, and more responsive interface, and aside from a few imperfections and a general immaturity of tablet-specific software, it's as competently designed a tablet as we've yet seen.
Mesmerizing and high quality display
In reality, we're not all that concerned that HTC decided to move forward with having Gingerbread on board with the Flyer as opposed to Honeycomb mainly because they did a fantastic job with Sense running on top of it. Undeniably, we love how they carefully thought out the interface and its many core apps to make the experience ideal for tablet usage.
The HTC Flyer has lived up to our expectations in terms of the experience it delivers. It's beautifully made, easy to use, fast, and that stylus is great. However, not only do we have reservations about the current and long term app support but currently it's severely overpriced. Until it drops well below the Â£500 mark, it's not the tablet we'd go for.
The HTC Flyer is a superb-looking tablet with enough processing power to drive its multimedia functions. Its high price tag is more of an issue than its use of the older Android 2.3 OS, given that other aspects of this likable tablet are so advanced. We await version 2 eagerly.
Well built tablet
The HTC Flyer is a giant phone without the phone calling capabilities, just as the iPad 2 is a giant iPhone without the calling capabilities. The Flyer sports HTC Sense, it has the same aspect ratio as a phone, and even runs a phone operating system (Android 2.3.3). By those terms it means that its competitors are the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Dell Streak 7, the ViewSonic and Archos tablets and a whole range of mediocre products in-between.
Easy and fun to use out of the box
Is it an oversized phone (minus voice and 3G) or a really cool tablet? The HTC Flyer is both. It runs the phone version of Android OS and honestly looks like some of HTC's higher end Android smartphones, just bigger. But HTC's software turns this tablet into a compelling offering, especially for less technical types who don't want to hunt for apps that meet their needs.
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