Best Android Tablet

Top 10 Rated Android Tablets 2015

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The iPad is no longer the boss in the tablet arena – the increasing popular Android OS tablet is a huge competitor that is taking over the market. With a super sleek interface, frequent updates, a plethora of apps, unlimited customization, and more – this makes any tablet running Android a very good alternative the stale Apple OS on the iPad.

We picked our favorite Android tablets of 2012 and put it in a list for you below! Our criteria is based on:

1) Price
2) Manufacturer
3) Battery Life
4) Build Quality
5) Inputs/Outputs
6) Wifi/3G/Connectivity
7) Features
8) Version of Android

Sony Tablet S  8.5/10

$300-320
16GB
Ergonomic Design
Tegra 2 Dual Core CPU
Android Honeycomb

The Sony Tablet S is a gorgeous sleek tablet from…Sony! Running on the latest version of Android Honeycomb, providing a super sleek user experience. A blazing fast 1.2GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor powers through games and apps like butter. The Tablet also has a really interesting ergonomic design, with a slight swivel on the tablet to fit better in your hand. We like it!


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Barns N Noble Nook Tablet  7.9/10

16GB – $199
MicroSD expansions slot
WiFi Enabled
Android 2.3 – Customized
11 hours battery life

Everyone is getting in on the tablet industry, Barns N Nobles once plain e-reader too is now a full fledge tablet. The Nook Tablet has a vibrant 7” screen, built in Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage with an expandable microSD slot. The Nook Store features thousands of books and magazines, including your typical apps such as Netflix and Hulu. This tablet sports a full featured browser as well. It’s not simple an e-reader, it’s a full featured tablet. But, in our opinions it does sport the best option if you are heavy into e-readers and books, while also giving you other things to do.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2  9/10

8GB – $220 – $250
Android 4.0
7” 1024×600 screen
8GB Internal Memory (upgradable to 32GB via microSD)
WiFi and Bluetooth enabled

The Galaxy Tab 2 is a very very good Android tablet, running Android 4.0 OS, with a 1024×600 screen, 8GB internetal memory (expandable via microSD up to 32GB), Wi-Fi + Blue Tooth. Though the screen isn’t up past 1280 like most 7”, this screen is still very bright and vivid, though it could be better for video playback. This tablet features dual cameras, which most 7” tablets actually lack. The biggest problem to us was the screen again, as it isn’t up to par with other 7” tablets, but it’s still bearable. The smoothness of Android 4.0 on this tablets hardware makes for a pure and enjoyable Android experience. A great tablet!


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Google Nexus 7  10/10

8GB and 16GB versions for $199 – $250
7” 1280×800 HD Display
Android 4.1 Jellybean
8 hours active use on battery
Quad-core Tegra 3 processor

The Google Nexus 7 is one of the best 7” tablets to date. Just released this summer it has focused attention on 7” tablets. With a gorgeous 1280×800 HD display at 216ppi you are guaranteed the most crisp and HD video ever. This godly tablet has a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor that will cut through apps and games like butter. Speaking of butter, project butter on this tablets Jelly Bean Android OS is so smooth it will leave you trembling. Two versions, 8GB and 16GB priced respectively. Google Play is integrated and features tons of apps/movies/tv’shows. This tablet unfortunetly lacks expandability, but with the cloud services its no problem. This tablet is simply our favorite 7” and probably Android tablet period.


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Toshiba Excite  7.5/10

16GB – $369
10.1” Screen
Tegra 3 CPU
NVIDIA Graphics
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Toshiba excite is a 10” tablet designed for at home and on the go use. It has a super fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with GeForce graphics, great for gaming. Runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which is one of the best Android OS experiences. This is a quality tablet that is blazing fast with great hardware and software!


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Acer Iconia TAB   8.5/10

8GB – $199
Android Honeycomb OS
5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
NVIDIA GeForce Gpu makes gaming really good
MicroSD slot, expand memory up to 32GB

Running Android Honeycomb OS, this Tablet isn’t one to shy away from. Featuring awesome sound playback, something most tablets lack naturally from their speakers. Face-to-face video chats are extremely nice on 5MP rear-facing camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. 8GB of internal storage, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and a decent 1024x600px screen. Also note this guy sports a NVIDIA GeForce GPU, making gaming on this beast actually surprisingly good. You get all your other features such as Wifi, Bluetooth, 1 USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI out. This tablet has dropped in price to compete with the Nexus 7, and is priced to match the 8GB Nexus at $199 – at the end of the day, its personal preference.


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Motorola Xoom  8/10

32GB – $399
Android 3.1 (HC)
1280×800 – 10.1” Screen
10 Hours Battery Life
Wi-Fi Enabled

A very sleek 10.1” tablet with a big 32GB internal storage space, Wi-Fi, Android 3.1 (honeycomb), and 2 facing cameras. The display is 1280×800 which is perfect HD for movie playback. We love the huge 32GB harddrive, which is a lot compared to most tablets with only 8 or 16. With around 10 hours of battery life and a truly sexy looking design, the Xoom is a great looking and functional, quality tablet.


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Lenovo K1 IdeaPad  8/10

10.1” Screen – 1280×800
Android 3.1
WiFi
Tegra 2 Processor
32GB Hard Drive

Lenovo makes great products and most people don’t even know this. The Ideapad tablet is a sturdy quality piece of tech. With a 10” screen with a 1280×800 resolution for HD playback, a huge 32GB hard drive, Android 3.1, WiFi, and a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, you can expect a great experience. MicroSD reader and connector is included, as well as a docking port, integrated BlueTooth, and other great features. At around $470 its pricey, but you might be able to find some refurbished for as south as $200.


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8GB and 16GB – $379 – $429
1280×800 HD Screen looks amazing
Android 4.0
NVIDIA tegra 2 dual core processor

The Toshiba Thrive is a bit pricey compared to what you can get for a 7” tablet. The price is almost warranted if you have the money. It’s resolution matches the Nexus 7’s gorgeous 1280×800 – making for some amazing HD video playback on this tablet as well. It’s a big thicker and feels more sturdy then the Nexus 7. It runs Android 4.0 – and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Ontop of this is an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, making for some great gaming. Built in bluetooth, GPS, and more, its a pretty basic tablet but with more of a kick. Coming in a 32GB and 16GB version it is a powerful tablet, but with the prices of other tablets we cant justify the price tag. Wait a few months, and once it drops to the $199 range, pull the trigger. We love this tablet, just not its price.


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Dell Streak 7  7/10

$193 – 16GB
Android 2.2
Tegra T20 Dual Core Processor
Captures 720P video

The Dell Streak 7 features 16GB of internal memory, Android 2.2 OS, 1GHz nVIDIA Tegra T20 dual core processor, and a 800×480 screen. It’s an older tablet whoes price has dropped to compete with the Nexus. It doesnt beat the Nexus, due to its sub par screen, but its still a good experiene. Built in Wifi, and a very crisp 5MP rear camera, which is beyond good for a tablet. The overall design of this tablet though feels amazing in our hands, not to thin, not to thick, but good for someone with bigger hamds. USB 2.0 port makes it great, and it can even capture 720P video.


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Jon Bannister Jon Bannister has always had an interest in the latest technology and gadgetry. A graduate of the Georgia Tech computer science program, Jon has a very technical and working knowledge on how computers interact with and improve… See more about Jon

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