2013 Top 10 Tablets Compared and Reviewed

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Display
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Ease of Use
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Features
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly BeaniOS 4.0Android 4.2 Jelly BeaniOS 4.0Android 4.0Android 4.0, upgradable to 4.1Android 4.0Android 3.2Android 3.1Android 2.3
Rear CameraN/A5.0 MP5.0 MP0.7 MP8 MP3.15 MP5.0 MP5.0 MP5.0 MP
Front Camera1.2 MP0.3 MP1.9 MP0.3 MP1.2 MP2.0 MP1.2 MP2. MP0.3 MP
CommunicationWi-Fi b/g/n, BluetoothWifi, 4GWi-Fi b/g/n, BluetoothWifi, 3GWifiWifi, 3G, 4GWifiWifiWifiWifi
Battery Life10 Hours10 Hours8 Hours10 Hours10 Hours10 Hours9.5 Hours10 Hours8 Hours8 Hours
Warranty1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year
Music Player
Acceleromator
Video Chat
GPS
Built-in eReader
HD Video Recording
Hardware
Processor Speed1.2GHz 1GHz
1.7GHz 1GHz
1.4 GHz 1GHz 1GHz 1GHz 1GHz 1GHz
Processor CoresTegra 3 quad-core DualDual-core A15DualQuadDualDualDualDualDual
Memory 16/32 GB 16/32/64GB
16/32 GB 16/32/64GB
32/64GB
16/32GB
32GB
16GB16/32GB8GB
Built-in Speakers
Built-in Microphone
3.5 mm Headphone Jack
USB
Display
Screen TypeTouchscreen "Retina" Touchscreen
Touchscreen Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
TFT Touchscreen
Screen Size177mm246mm254mm246mm256.54mm256.54mm256.54mm253.9mm238.76mm177.8mm
Screen Resolution1280 x 8001563 x 20482560 x 1600768 x 1024 800 x 12801280 x 800 1280 x 800 1280 x 8001280 x 800 600 x 1024
Height199mm241mm263.9mm241mm180.8mm175mm271mm248mm241mm190.5mm
Width120mm185mm177.6mm185mm263mm256mm170mm173.6mm172mm119mm
Depth11mm9.4mm8.9mm 8.63mm8.33mm9.7mm12.95mm8.80mm7.62mm11.43mm
Weight340g652g603g598.5g586g588g675g603g589.5g413.9g
Ease of Use
Built-in Stand
Stylus

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Tablets seem to be the latest trend that is taking the mobile computing world by storm. But with a new tablet seemingly being announced every day (like the new iPad) you may well ask yourself "What does a tablet give me that I don't already get out of my computer or smartphone?".

Why You Need A Tablet

To answer this question, you best start with thinking about what it is you need from your tablet. Whilst almost all tablets these days employ touchscreen displays for easy navigation as well as a portable, lightweight design and on-the-go connectability, there are additional elements that you need to consider when looking to buy a tablet.

In order to help you chose, TOP10Reviews has compiled a list of the top 10 tablets that are available in South Africa as well as in-depth tablet reviews so that you can make an informed choice!

Tablets: What To Consider


In order to find the best tablet, you need to consider how and what you will use the tablet for. Will it be used primarily for work or entertainment? Will you be looking to take photos? Does the tablet support an active app market (think Google Apps or Apple’s iTunes stores)?

Once you have an idea of the above, you can take a look at individual tablet reviews and compare features to find the tablet that is best suited to your needs.

Below are the criteria that TOP10Reviews use to rate the top tablets in South Africa:

Features
Features will be the primary starting point for any tablet comparison. This criteria covers the main functionality of each tablet – camera, GPS, music player, apps availability, video chat capabilities as well as eReader support are covered. A critical aspect of this section is the operating system – make sure you understand exactly how this choice will impact usability and navigation (for a detailed breakdown of Android vs. Apple iOS, read our comparison).

Hardware
The hardware will be a crucial consideration when determining which tablet to buy. You will need to look at processor speed as well as memory - although many tablets rely on cloud storage to expand memory capabilities, the onboard memory is a key consideration, especially if you plan on storing music, photos or videos on this device.

Display
The display is where tablets shine in comparison to conventional laptop and netbook devices. Look out for a responsive touchscreen that offers crips, clear colours and top notch display resolution. Consider what size of display you need – a larger screen will make your tablet less portable, but will be worth it if you want to use it to watch movies, photos or play games.

Ease of Use
Lastly we consider the general ease of use of the tablet. How easy is is to navigate the user interface? What additional accessories are available to expand the tablet capabilities – like a stand or keyboard? Are there any limitations in terms of file types or other potential issues that could impact your user experience (i.e. the iPad not displaying flash)?

After considering the above criteria and reading up on our tablet reviews, you should hopefully have a great idea of exactly which tablet to buy.

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★★★★☆
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★★★★☆
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