Compare Android Tablets

Tablet Screen Size Storage Android Version Adobe Flash App Store Price
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
7.0 inches
(177.8 mm)
8 GB Android 4.1 No Samsung Apps Marketplace & Google Play Store White (Wifi Only)
On Sale
Gold-Brown (Wifi Only)
On Sale
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
7.0 inches
(177.8 mm)
16 GB or 32 GB Android 4.3 Google Play Store 16 GB version
On Sale
32 GB version
$258.00
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-Inch
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-Inch
7.0 inches
(177.8 mm)
8 GB Android 4.0 Yes Google Play Store On Sale
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A Guide to Android Tablet Comparison

Choose a tablet pcThe Android tablet market has exploded over the last year as hardware manufactures attempt to replicate the success of the Apple iPad. It seems that every major (and minor) electronics company is selling Android tablets these days. With so many choices, how can you tell which tablet is the best for you? Here’s a guide to buying the best Android tablet that meets your personal needs.

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The first thing you’ll want to consider is how much you want to spend on a tablet. You should decide on your price range before you start comparing tablets. This will allow you to stay on budget and also limit the number of tablets that you need to investigate. Decide if you want a budget tablet (below $200), a mid-range tablet ($200 to $500) or a luxury tablet (about $500).

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For tablets, probably the single most important component is the screen. It’s not only the display device but the main input device as well. You don’t want to ruin your eyes looking at a bad screen and you don’t want to loose your mind trying to get your tablet to recognise your input commands.

The two major types of touchscreens are “resistive” and “captive.” You will see these terms quite often when comparing tablets, but what do they mean and how do they effect how you use a tablet? It’s good to know just a few points about each type of screen.

Resistive screens are made up of several layers of glass or plastic. When a hard object like a stylus or finger tip is pressed against the screen, the different layers make contact. Any hard object can be used on a resistive screen and they are especially popular in cases where a stylus will be used.

Captive screens work very differently, instead of using layers of glass and physical pressure, they use a special coating that detects the body’s electrical fields. This makes captive screens especially good at detecting fingers and allows for much more accurate multi-touch functionality. The downside to captive screens is that your body’s electrical field must make direct contact with the screen. This means that you can’t use captive screens with gloves or with a standard stylus.

It’s also important to look at the screen’s resolution when making a tablet comparison. Gernally, the higher the resolution the better. More pixel density is a good indication that the screen will display text and pictures better. The screen’s brightness is also something to consider if you need to use it outside.

Size

In the tablet world, size really does matter. It’s important to think about what you want to do with your tablet and how you want to carry it around. If you need to fit it in a pocket or small bag, then a 10 inch tablet is probably too big. You should also compare the weight of different tablets because holding a heavy tablet is no fun after a few minutes.

Android Version

Android LogoNot all Android tablets were created equal. Some come with very old versions of Android, some with customized versions, and a few come with the latest and greatest directly from Google. Knowing what type of Android you’re getting is really important. Here are a few of the varients you will come across when doing an Anrdoit tablet comparison.

Android 2

Many budget tablets still ship with various versions of Anrdoid 2.x. You will see tablets with Android 2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread). These versions of Android were made for smart phones and never intended for use on tablet sized devices. In a rush to get to market, many companies threw this older version of Android on their hardware despite Google’s objections. Some of them used stock Android and many customized the interface for their own needs. For example, Amazon’s Kindle Fire has a customized version of Android 2.x with a completely new interface and without official Google support and apps.

Android 3 (Honeycomb)

Google’s first official tablet version of Android is called Honeycomb. This version was made specifically for tablets and was featured on many of the top tablets in 2011. Being designed for the tablet format from the beginning, Honeycomb offers a much better tablet experience.

Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android 4.x combines the smart phone version of Android with the tablet version into one unified and polished package. Most new tablets in 2012 will feature Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Many consider that this release of Android is the best yet and if you can find a tablet in your price range with ICS, it is certainly the way to go.

Processing Power

The processor in your tablet will determine how quickly you can load programs and get work done. This is one area where budget tablets really skimp, and this can be okay if you’re willing to wait a few extra seconds for apps to load or to surf the web. If you’re planning on playing games or really using your tablet for a lot of work, you’ll want to make sure you can get the best processor you can afford. The two things you should look for are speed (usually indicated in Ghz) and the number of processor cores. A 800 MHz single-core processor in a budget tablet might be fine for web surfing and reading books, but the Nvidia Tegra 3 1.4 GHz Quad-core processor is what you want if you’re going to be doing lots of multimedia and gaming on your tablet. Just like with desktop computers, faster is better and more cores means you can do more things at once.

Connectivity

Most Android tablets come with wireless internet through WiFi, but some also include 3G or 4G connections. If you plan to use your tablet mostly at home or in places with abundant WiFi access, then spending the money on a 3G tablet might not make sense. If you’re a road warrior and need internet access on the go, you might want to consider getting a tablet with 3G or 4G braodband access.

Storage

How much storage a tablet has is also a very important point to consider. Most manufacturers use storage space as a selling point (and also as a way to up-sell you). Consider what you plan to store on the tablet. Do you need to store all your music and movies or just a few documents and settings? Many people can live with 8 MB of storage without problems. Others want their tablets to be a multimedia center and need gigabytes of storage.

If you think you might need more storage in the future, try to find a tablet with expandable storage slogs like SD or microSD. This will allow you to add more memory as you go by buying cheap memory cards. Also consider cloud storage as a solution for storing your media. Both Amazon and Google offer cloud storage for music and movies.

Compare App Stores

No matter how good the hardware, no tablet is very useful without great apps. When comparing Android tablets, you should check to see which app stores are supported. Most tablets support Google’s Android Market, but some companies who choose not to work with Google may have different app stores. This happens most often in the budget category where you might find strange app stores like AppsLib or GetJar. These should probably be avoided if you’re the type of person who likes to install the latest and greatest apps. Amazon also has their own Android app store which you can load on most tablets and comes as the only option on the Kindle Fire.

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Extras

Extra features that you might need could include HDMI or VGA support for connecting to an external TV or projector. This is especially useful if you want to use your tablet for making presentations. Power users will also want Bluetooth support for connecting to their mobile phones or cars.

Taking some time to consider all of these decisions before you start shopping for a tablet will help you make an informed decision in less time. Now that you know what you’re looking for, get started with our tablet comparison chart.

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