DL AWARDS 2014

Best android tablet

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Asus Transformer Pad TF701

With a high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600 pixel screen, the Asus Transformer Pad is among the top tablets in terms of pixel density.

Powering this display is Nvidia's strong Tegra 4 chip running at a whopping 1.9GHz with 2GB of RAM.

Besides the top-notch hardware, the Asus Transformer Pad has a keyboard accessory which extends its already impressive 13-hour battery life by another four hours.

Attaching the keyboard dock adds a USB 3.0 port and an SD card reader, transforming it into a laptop.


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Google Nexus 7

For Android purists, the Google Nexus 7 is undoubtedly the tablet to get. But even non-Android users will appreciate the stunning 1,920 x 1,200 pixel display on this 7-inch tablet. There is a negligible air gap between the LCD and the protective glass, which reduces reflection.

Equally attractive are the Nexus 7's quad-core processor, dual cameras and support for wireless charging. The clincher may be its competitive price tag, starting from $429 for the Wi-Fi model.


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LG G Tablet 8.3

LG's G Tablet 8.3 should be on your shortlist if you want a small, handy tablet. It weighs just 338g, but packs some impressive hardware, including a quad-core CPU and a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel display.

Then, there are the apps. The Q Pair app lets you get notifications from a supported LG Android phone when you are using the tablet. Apps can run next to each other using the QSlide Function feature.


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Samsung Note 10.1 2014

The refreshed Samsung Note 10.1 gets a high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600 pixel screen and a more streamlined design, with a textured back that is easier to hold. Though it is lighter, it still feels sturdy.

The S Pen stylus remains its chief distinguishing feature. Samsung has improved the stylus software. The Note is one of a few Android devices that supports app multitasking in multiple windows side by side.


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Sony Xperia Tablet Z

The 10-inch Z slate is so slim and light that it can slip from your hands in a careless moment. Released early last year, it is still one of the thinnest tablets in the market. It has a high-resolution 1,920 x 1,200 pixel screen and a quad-core processor.

Its water-resistance feature is impressive. It can survive being under 1m of water for up to 30 minutes.