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    Which iPad alternative is the one for me?

    December 4, 2013 3:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Which iPad alternative is the one for me?

    In the run up to the festive period, sales of the latest gadgets go into overdrive. There are bargains to be found and if you look in the right places you can find some really good deals. To assist you in your hunt for a new tablet we have put together a list of the best tablets released in 2013 and some of the pros and cons associated with them.

    This article mainly focuses on large tablets rather than examples that fall into the ‘mini’ category and we haven’t included any laptops that are masquerading as tablets due to physical versatility of the hardware.

    This article will focus on the most recent versions of the following tablets; the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, the Microsoft Surface 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Nexus 7 and the Archos 80.

    Size

    Here are the individual proportions of each tablet:

    Kindle Fire:

    Microsoft Surface 2:

    Galaxy Tab 3:

    Galaxy Note 10.1

    Nexus 7

    Archos 80

    Height

    231mm

    275mm

    243mm

    243mm

    198.5mm

    154mm

    Lateral width

    157mm

    172mm

    176mm

    171mm

    120mm

    200mm

    Thickness

    7.9mm

    8.9mm

    8mm

    7.9mm

    10.45mm

    9.9mm

    The Nexus 7 and the Archos 80 are the smallest of the bunch but you’ll see they are also the thickest, with the Archos 80 being the widest too.

    Weight

    Weight is another thing that people consider when buying a tablet. Depending on what you are using it for, it can be beneficial to have something with a bit of weight to it or it can be better to have a lighter tablet.

    These are the respective weights of the units:

    • Kindle Fire: 374g
    • Surface 2: 676g
    • Galaxy Tab 3: 510g
    • Galaxy Note: 540g
    • Nexus 7: 340g
    • Archos 80: 440g

    The smallest tablets of the collection also weigh in among the lightest although the Nexus weights in lighter than the smaller Archos 80. The larger Kindle Fire also is very lightweight whilst unsurprisingly the larger tablet, Microsoft’s Surface 2, has the highest weight.

    Build and aesthetics

    Archos 80

    Surface 2

    Surface 2

    Galaxy Tab 3

    Galaxy Tab 3

    Galaxy Note

    Galaxy Note

    Kindle Fire

     

    Nexus 7

    These tablets are all made from plastic apart from the Surface 2 which uses metallic compounds and the Archos 80 which has a sleek aluminium casing. They are all carefully designed to be aesthetically appealing as well as being robust enough to take a few knocks. We feel that there isn’t much in it between these tablets in this category and that it will mainly be down to personal preference. Arguably the Galaxy units are the cleanest and sharpest looking of the collection.

    Battery

    The Kindle Fire is the standout unit here. The others have similar battery lives despite the variation in size.

    Output quality

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and the Kindle Fire provide the best user experience. They run quickly and are easy to use. If you are looking for something that performs perfectly for a new user, those two are arguably the best.

    The Nexus 7 has been regularly highlighted as a good starter tablet and the Google brand are known for the seamlessness of their online experience. Choosing this tablet is a great option for regular Google users.

    Starting Prices (inc VAT)

    • Kindle Fire (16GB version): £217.29
    • Microsoft Surface 2: £359
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: £259
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014: £400
    • Nexus 7 (16GB version): £177
    • Archos 80: £109.99

    The Kindle Fire gives you a lot of technology for a reasonable price. The value offered by the Archos 80 is also great.

    Summary

    The Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 are the standout tablets in this comparison, with the Note performing well but with a noticeably larger price tag and the Surface 2 lagging behind the rest in terms of usability and performance. If you’re on a tight budget the Archos 80 too is a good option and Google’s Nexus 7 is growing in popularity day by day.

     

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