It’s been a big year for Android tablet releases, and if you’re considering making a purchase you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take a look at our three picks below before you head over to a retailer like Misco and make your decision.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Small enough to be portable but with a 10.1″ display that’s big enough to watch movies, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 represents an affordable entry point into the world of tablets. It runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and comes with a 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, so it’s not the most powerful tablet out there but handles day-to-day tasks just fine.
The front-facing speakers make this an ideal media tablet – if you’re spending a lot of time with videos, this could be the one for you.
Asus Transformer Prime
Transformers, roll out! At the pricier end of the spectrum, the Asus Transformer Prime is light and slim, coming with a detachable keyboard. This makes it ideal for those who expect to do a lot of typing on the go but want something less bulky than a laptop. It’s also great for gaming, with a fast quad-core CPU, and is available in both 16GB and 32GB hard drive sizes.
It’s a great machine for business or school use, with a top-quality screen and long battery life to boot.
Viewsonic Viewpad 7x
The first thing you might notice about this tiny tablet is that the Android 3 software it runs on has been tweaked a little to fit the 7″ screen. This was a smart decision by ViewSonic, allowing you to comfortably fit much more onto a smaller screen, and it also features a custom keyboard that adds several alternative layouts.
For a little thing, it’s surprisingly powerful, with a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor under the hood and excellent battery life. It’s also got a fittingly tiny price tag.