It’s been an interesting year for tablets. I wouldn’t say that we’ve seen as many great ones as we’ve seen smartphones, but there are still some magnificent tablets that were released. To name a few, Google’s Nexus 7, which was released earlier this year in July. Another great release was the Kindle Fire HD 8.9′ and The Galaxy Note 10.1′. Still, there were a lot of really bad tablet releases, like the Nexus 10. There are barely any apps that can support the Nexus 10’s resolution. If you have the Nexus 10’s screen brightness up all of the way, you’ll get a mere 5 – 7 hours of battery life depending on how you use it. The Nexus 10 was a great piece of hardware, but it obviously wasn’t ready for a full release, mainly because of the lack of compatible apps. Regardless, here’s my top three tablets:
[easyazon-link asin=”B008J6VYUC” locale=”us”]Google Nexus 7[/easyazon-link]: Google’s ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 is a simply amazing piece of hardware. It’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and is running on the latest version of Android, 4.2. Obviously the huge advantage of Nexus devices is the priority updates they receive, which is an outstanding feature to have when Google releases a massive firmware update. When the tablet first released it was sold in 8GB and 16GB versions for $199 and $249, respectively. Google recently refreshed their Nexus 7 line removing the 8 gig version from the line up. The 16 gig version was put in the 8 gig’s place. To replace the 16 gig’s place Google added a new 32 gig version of the Nexus 7. Overall it’s a great tablet device, has a OK amount of storage and runs extremely smooth. Not to mention that it’s a high-end tablet at a extremely cheap price point!
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[easyazon-link asin=”B008DWG5HE” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1[/easyazon-link]: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is essentially the tablet version of a Note II (albeit the tablet released long before the Galaxy Note II). There are a whole lot of cool things you can do with this behemoth. This is one of my top tablets of 2012 simply because of the video below:
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[easyazon-link asin=”B0083PWAPW” locale=”us”]Kindle Fire HD[/easyazon-link]: This device is simply amazing. The device is packed with hardware. It has a dual-band dual-antenna that increases download speeds by 40%, which is allegedly much better than the iPad 3’s download speeds. The device also features exclusive Dolby audio creating a clear and crisp audio experience. While the hardware is nice and all, the wow factor of this device lays on the software side of things. Amazon has essentially built this tablet for families. That said, you can set different options for your children when they are playing with the tablet (e.g. set time limits, certain permissions and etc). Now, the best part of this tablet — I would say — has to deal with having an Amazon Prime subscription. You can truly take advantage of the tablet’s HD screen with high quality movies. Not only that, but the HD screen makes it extremely easy to read books and even textbooks. Not to mention that it’s a whole lot less lighter than carrying a stack of textbooks around with you!
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What are your top tablets of 2012? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!