Since the launch of the first Android operating system many technology giants have produced a range of tablet computers to run it. Some are exceptional devices with great features whilst others fall well short of the mark. In this article we look at some of the top Android tablets on the market today and highlight the capabilities of each. Some feature for their advanced functions and build quality whilst others make the cut due to their value for money.
Sony Xperia Z4
The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet hits the top spot for us as it beats all competitors in most areas. Firstly it looks great. The tablet is slim with great contours and importantly light weight. It is the only Android tablet to come anywhere close to the Ipad Air 2 in this department. The screen is a 10” 2560×1600 display featuring Sony Triluminos technology and looks fantastic. You will not find another tablet that produces such stunning visuals. The screen is made with scratch resistant glass with an anti-fingerprint coating and the two features keep the screen in great condition.
The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet comes with a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 810 CPU is an Octa core processor capable of delivering unrivalled performance. This CPU will run any Android application without breaking a sweat. The tablet features an 8.1 MP rear camera and Bluetooth built in.
The standard model comes with 32GB internal storage which can be expanded upon using the Micro USB port. The tablet is available in both black and white. The Sony Xperia Z4 is one of the higher priced Android tablets but still easily competes with the Ipad and if you want the performance of an Octa core processor you need to be prepared to pay for it. The Sony Xperia Z4 Android tablet takes our number 1 spot due to its look, its performance and its price.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro
The aim of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro was to provide a tablet solution that could replace the need for a laptop or desktop PC. The device comes with a 12.2” high definition display which will really enhance your entertainment experience. Samsung provide the Hancom Office solution that is designed to meet your working needs on a portable device.
The tablet is thin and light weight and its 4 million pixel clarity will make your movies and video content look stunning. Many of the applications are built with the S Pen in mind and as far as tablet pens go the S Pen is very accurate indeed! It gives great control of the device and the free hand writing is excellent.
Under the hood the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro comes with a 1.9GHz quad core Exynos CPU capable of delivering some complex applications and games. You get 3 GB of RAM and the choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (up to 64GB additional storage is possible via a micro SD port). The camera is rear mounted and 8 MP.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro looks great but feels rather heavy but this has to be expected if you want the large 12.2” screen. This is one of the pricier Android tablets and is comparable to the cost of the IPad Air 2. That said the tablet is aimed at those who wish to replace their home computer and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro certainly achieves this.
Google Nexus 10
The Google Nexus 10 is a tablet from the developers of Android themselves. It features a sharp 10” screen enclosed in a neat hard wearing rubber case. The screen is a 2560×1600 Super PLS display which can produce higher resolutions than most other tablets. It features a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos Dual Core CPU with 2GB of RAM. This level of hardware will deliver the majority of available Android applications but falls short of other devices in this product review. The device is available in two storage sizes, 16GB and 32GB with additional storage possible through micro SD cards.
The Google Nexus 10 runs Android 4.4 Kitkat and with both the hardware and software produced by Google the two complement each other well. This tablet is certainly cheaper than the Ipad but is still far more expensive than some of its Android competitors.
LG G Pad 10.1
The LG G Pad is a 10” Android tablet and possibly wins the value for money award. Its display is capable of a 1280×800 resolution which is not up there with the top tablets in this article but it comes at less than half the cost. It comes with a Snapdragon 400 quad core processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz. You get 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.
This design of the LG G Pad will not set your world alight but it is thin, light weight and fit for purpose. One of the unique features of this device is its ability to run two applications side by side which many of the more expensive devices cannot do. The LG G Pad is for you if you want a low costing device to knock about your house that will run the bulk of Android applications.
The Tesco Hudl2 is a budget tablet. It takes its rightful place in this post as it is one of the few budget tablets that is worthy of the Android operating system. The device has an 8.3” full HD display capable of 1920×1200 resolutions. Surprisingly for the money it comes with a quad core processor and 2 GB of memory.
It comes with 16 GB internal storage and a 5MP rear camera, The Tesco Hudl2 is not for those who want performance but if you want to browse the web and watch video content it will achieve this with ease. Most budget tablets have limitations in different areas but the Tesco Hudl2 seems to tick all the boxes. At less than half the price of an Ipad Mini the Tesco Hudl2 is a budget tablet that is well worth the purchase.
Lee is a writer for Home Media Portal and a big fan of the Android operating system. Lee has reviewed a huge range of Android devices and released many tips and tricks to really get the most out of them.