15 Most Popular, Useful & Best Tablets in the Market
In this era of technology, people are lured with different brands of technology, which offers same but slightly different features. So, every one look for their matching one. One may find their match in iPad whereas, other in Surface and Galaxy, Nexus and Kindle are also one of the popular and mostly heard tablets, but there are others in market too. You may find what you were looking for this long. We have summarized 15 of most popular, useful and best tablets in the market these days. So, let’s start with recently launched surface.
Microsoft Surface is a series of tablets designed and marketed by Microsoft. It was announced by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at a Los Angeles event on June 18, 2012, at Milk Studios.
The Surface comes in two versions, one with Windows RT and another with Windows 8 Pro. The Windows RT model uses an ARM CPU, while the Windows 8 Pro model will use an Intel CPU. Both models are able to install new applications via the Windows Store, however only the Windows 8 Pro model allows the installation of traditional third-party desktop programs.
iPad mini 3- Third Generation of iPad (2012)
The third generation of Apple iPad, mostly known as iPad 3, is a tablet computer designed by Apple Inc. It was released in March 2012 and was much praised for its retina display and fast processor. The specifications that distinguish it from other tablets available in market include its quad-core graphics processor, 5 mega-pixel camera, multi touch, 1 GB Ram and iOS 5.11.
Google Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer designed and developed by Google in conjunction with Asus. It is the first tablet in the Google Nexus series, a line of consumer devices implementing the Android operating system and built by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner. The Nexus 7 features a 7-inch (180 mm) display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
Incorporating built-in Wi-Fi and near field communication (NFC) connectivity, it is marketed as an entertainment device with integration with Google Play, serving as a platform for multimedia consumption of e-books, television programs, films, games, and music. The tablet was the first device to ship with Android version 4.1, nicknamed “Jelly Bean”.
Google Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is a tablet computer developed by Google and Samsung. It is the second tablet in the Google Nexus series, a line of consumer devices implementing the Android operating system and built by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners. Following the success of the 7-inch Nexus 7—the first Google Nexus tablet—the Nexus 10 will be released with a 10.1-inch, 2560×1600 pixel display, which is the world’s highest resolution tablet display.
The device will be available in two storage sizes, 16 GB for US$399 and 32 GB for US$499. Along with the Nexus 4 mobile phone, the Nexus 10 will debut version 4.2 (“Jelly Bean)” of Android, which will feature: 360° panoramic photo stitching called “Photo Sphere”; a quick settings menu; widgets on the lock screen; wireless display sharing via Miracast; gesture typing; an updated version of Google Now; and multiple user accounts for tablets. The Nexus 10 was announced on October 29, 2012, and will be available on November 13, 2012.
iPad mini 2
The iPad 2 is the second generation iPad, a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It serves primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, presentations and web content. The iPad 2 has a lithium-ion polymer battery that lasts up to 10 hours, a dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.
The device is available initially with three storage sizes, 16, 32 and 64 GB and two varying connectivity options, Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular. Each variation of the device is available with either a black or white front glass panel. However, upon the release of the 3rd generation iPad, only the 16 GB variation with two connectivity options and two front glass panel options is available.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a tablet computer entry in the series of Android-based tablet computer designed and manufactured by Samsung, introduced on 13 February 2011 at its Samsung Unpacked event in Barcelona.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a large, wide-screen display that looks sharp and bright, and it rests inside a body that is incredibly thin and light. This 10-inch tablet weighs less than a number of smaller tablets on the market, yet it still packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and the latest version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the world’s first Android tablet computer with a quad-core processor, and a successor to the dual-core Asus Eee Pad Transformer. It runs Android 4.1. The Transformer Prime was announced by Asus on 9 November 2011. It was released in Taiwan on 1 December 2011, and in Canada and the United States during the week of 19 December 2011.
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is a tablet computer with a 10.1″ IPS+ multi-touch screen with a resolution of 1280×800 and an Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip (SoC). It has a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module and a microSD card reader.
The optional docking keyboard features full QWERTY keys, trackpad, one USB 2.0 port and one Secure Digital (SD) card reader as well as an additional battery that increases overall battery life from 12 hours to 18 hours. There is also a sleeve which protects the tablet when not in use. This has similarities with the iPad 2 Smart Cover, but folds in an origami like fashion.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
The Kindle Fire HD is the second generation of Amazon’s color touchscreen Kindle Fire tablet line announced on September 6, 2012. It is available in two form factors, 7 inch and 8.9 inch. The 7 inch version was released on September 14, while the 8.9 inch model was released on November 20, 2012. It is available for pre-order as of September 6, 2012 in the United States and October 25, 2012 in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The 8.9 inch model will currently only be released in the United States.
Acer Iconia Tab A501
The Iconia Tab A500 tablet runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. As of 4/28/2012 the tablet has been updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It is equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 2 Processor and is 13.3mm thick with a 1280×800 screen resolution and 1080p HDMI capacity. It supports Wi-Fi connectivity (The Iconia Tab A501 supports 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity). Iconia Tab A500 tablet also features a 5 MP rear-facing camera plus an HD front-facing camera, for video chat.
Specs of highly powerful Acer Iconia Tab:
10.1″ TFT LCD Display LED Backlight 1280×800 Resolution
Nvidia Tegra 250 1 GHz Dual Core
DDR2 1GB Memory & SSD 8-32GIG Storage, 64GB storage available in some countries
Android 3.0 Honeycomb, upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 since April 2012.
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth Enabled
HDMI & Dual USB 2.0 Ports
Li-Ion 3-Cell Battery Lasts 8–10 Hours. Standby 12–15 Days.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
The ThinkPad Tablet from Lenovo is part of Lenovo’s series of Android-based tablet devices and is being labeled by the company as a business tablet. Lenovo’s tablet offerings from Lenovo are available in both ThinkPad and IdeaPad variants. While the ThinkPad Tablets are designed as business and enterprise devices, the IdeaPad tablets – like the laptops of the same name – are meant for home and personal use. These tablets are different from Lenovo’s X Series Tablets, which are essentially convertible laptops.
Sony Tablet S
he Tablet S (formerly named S1) is the first tablet computer released by Sony. Featuring a “unique asymmetric design”, the Tablet S runs Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 operating system and features a 9.4 in (240 mm) multitouch display, 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, Wi-Fi ability, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, and an infrared sensor. It is also configured with access to the Sony Entertainment Network and is PlayStation Certified and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatible.
Motorola Xoom Tablet
The Motorola Xoom is an Android-based tablet computer by Motorola, introduced at CES 2011 on January 5, 2011. It was the first tablet to be sold with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Verizon branded Xoom was the first tablet to run Android 3.1. The Motorola Xoom went through the FCC on February 10, 2011 only 14 days before release. The 3G version was released on February 24, 2011, and the Wi-Fi version was released March 27, 2011. It was announced concurrently with three other products: the Motorola Atrix, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Cliq 2. CNET named it the “Best of the CES” 2011.
Toshiba Thrive 16GB
The Toshiba Thrive (AT100 in the UK} is a 10.1″ tablet computer running Android 3.2.1. PC World praised its full-sized and versatile SD card slot, HDMI port, and USB ports with host functionality and the ability to handle large external drives (up to 2TB) as well as standard peripherals like USB Keyboards, printers and cameras. The review concluded that there were minor disadvantages including a bulky form and poor sound quality.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet computer made by Research In Motion. It was first released for sale on April 19, 2011, in Canada and the United States.
The PlayBook is the first device to run BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on QNX Neutrino, and runs apps developed using Adobe AIR. It was later announced that the BlackBerry Tablet OS would be merged with the existing BlackBerry OS to produce a new operating system, BBX (later renamed BlackBerry 10) that would be used universally across RIM’s product line. A second major revision to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS was released in February 2012. The PlayBook also supports Android OS applications, allowing them to be sold and installed through the BlackBerry App World store.
Asus Eee Pad Slider
It’s not a straight iPad or Surface competitor, it offers something different. The slide-out keyboard offers flexibility and functionality not on offer elsewhere.
It’s a different prospect to the Transformer Prime above, in that it cannot be disconnected from its keyboard, nor does it pack the Tegra 3 innards.
But what it does do is make it easier to work on the train, type emails and documents with the convenience of not needing a dock or peripheral. What’s more, the screen is the best we’ve seen on a 10-inch Android tablet, and it’s also the most responsive. So, one of these 15 most popular tablets is yours?