Best tablet out there for $149!
This is a really great tablet. I got it for $149 so I didn't have my hopes too high with it being this cheap but it's an excellent tablet. I would say this is by far the best tablet for $149. The build quality seems to be really good, not cheap and creaky like the Hisense Sero 7 Pro from Walmart. The back is mildy grippy like the nexus 7. It's super light only weighing 314g! It has front and rear cameras that aren't that great but it's better than nothing.
Low Price, Decent Build Quality, MicroSD Card Slot
Dell's Venue 7 is a very affordable Android tablet that does a decent job but just has enough small items that make it just an average tablet. It is nice to see that it has a decent level of quality considering its very low price tag and it is easy to expand storage with the microSD card slot. The problem is that the Atom processor just doesn't perform as well in terms of battery life or smoothness with the Android operating system as comparable ARM based tablets.
You Get What You Pay For
Compared to my iPad 3, obviously the Fire HD is not as "good" so to speak. I mainly got it because I wanted something smaller. I also mainly used the iPad to surf the web, watch videos, and play some simple games. The Fire HD accomplishes this and does so much more. If you are expecting an iPad killer, or a desktop replacement, or a productivity machine, then you should look elsewhere.
I bought this to be a media device, and I believe that is what Amazon meant this to be.
Sharp, warm screen, Unmatched media library
Unusually, given its populist design philosophy, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a bit of a niche product, aimed at those who feel intimidated by typical tablet interfaces or who just want to be left alone to their media consumption.
It represents great value for money, offering a highly capable and solidly built tablet for well under £200.
Decent screen, Good value, Has a video output
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD isn't for everyone. Although based on Android, it trades-in many of the system's charms in favour of an interface geared towards getting you to use Amazon services such as Amazon Cloud Player, LoveFilm and the Kindle bookstore. As a result, some tablet basics suffer, and some non-techy types may get confused by the idiosyncrasies of the interface and the divide between local and Cloud content.
Bright IPS display, Great outdoor usability
Is the Kindle Fire HD 7 better than the Nexus 7? The raw power, options, customization, and extreme flexibility of a skinless Android UI are - to our eyes - too hard to give up for an Amazon-centric device. The Kindle Fire simply feels too restricted and controlled when up against the open-ended nature of a Nexus or Android-based device.
Very easy to use
If you're after a 7in tablet that's very easy to use, you don't need GPS and don't want to stretch your budget to £200, the Kindle Fire HD is a good buy. However, although Google's Nexus 7 has half the storage for the same price, it's more versatile and has a better range of apps and games and is faster, too.
User interface is nicely integrated with content
All in all, the Kindle Fire HD is a nice safe tablet. It's a better choice than some of the cheap tablets out there, but the fiercely competitive price of the Nexus 7 makes this a harder device to sell. The integration of the content is nicely done, but beyond that, you're a slight step behind.
Keyboard for prolific typists, S-pen input
The ATIV Tab 3 will suit everyone who is looking for an uncompromisingly good mini-keyboard in connection with an economic as well as a handy Windows tablet. Users who are expecting the power of a laptop should back away and take a device with an Intel Core processor. A list of appropriate contenders can be found in the sidebar; we deem the Intel Core systems to be particularly recommendable.
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 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.
Long battery life with standard and extended battery, Very portable
You need to work all day and into the night, and you need to be mobile from office to office, whether that's across the building or across the state. The Dell Latitude 10 can help. It can interface with your corporate network, servers, and programs, while giving you up to 20 hours of continuous battery life.
Full-fat Windows 8, Removeable battery
So can we recommend the Latitude 10? Yes, but with one key caveat - it is not a laptop replacement if you do intensive tasks of any sort. A workhorse PC it is not. We certainly wouldn't recommend its use on a desk as a PC replacement, but it is handy as a second desk screen for keeping an eye on social feeds or email. And it's handy in meetings, too.
Full size USB and SD card slot
The Dell Latitude 10 is a capable Windows 8 tablet that's hindered by slow internal components and a design that isn't in balance. Among the growing crop of Atom-based tablets, the Latitude is among the better devices we've tested. There are still too many drawbacks to fully recommend it over the ThinkPad Tablet 2, and even that didn't get a definite thumbs-up. We're still searching for our dream Windows 8 tablet.
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?
Smart design, Great keyboard, Fast to wake
The Lenovo Miix is more than capable of serving the needs of some people, but it's a definite niche. If the question is should the average person get this instead of an Ultrabook (even a low-end one that comes in at a similar price point), then the answer is no. The Asus VivoBook S200 is almost certainly a better bet.
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