Last week we let you know about the Top 7-inch Tablets that should be on your Christmas shopping list.
With Black Friday just around the corner, this week we thought we’d take a look at the Best 10-inch Tablets around from the big brands including Apple, Google, Amazon and Nokia.
The Nexus 10 is Google’s stock Android tablet, and it’s going to be able to run anything you throw at it with a 1.7GHz dual-core A15 processor and quad-core Mali T604 GPU. The 2GB of RAM definitely helps things along as well. It’s not as light or sleek as the iPad Air, but it’s powerful and you’ll have the advantage of getting timely updates straight from Google so you’ll always have the latest and greatest version of Android on your device. Prices on the Nexus 10 from £319 on Google Play or from £305 on Amazon which means you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
The iPad Air hasn’t been out long, and it’s the one of the priciest tablets to make our list, but it’s also one of the best. The iPad Air sports a 9.7-inch Retina display with a whopping resolution of 2048×1536. The A6 chip makes all your apps and games hum, and it definitely lives up to the “Air” moniker by being the lightest tab on the list coming in at only 1 pound. While the price (starts at £399) may be a little too high for some, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck and iPad’s always hold a lot of resale value whenever you decide to upgrade.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Amazon is no stranger to the tablet world as they’ve put out solid tablets for a few years now that sell like hotcakes. This year they brought 3 new tablets to market, and while the Fire HDX comes in at under 10-inches it’s a great fit for our list. The Fire HDX comes with an 8.9-inch HD display that sports a resolution of 2560×1600. The 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 provides a lot of power and 2 GB of RAM put the specs into beast mode territory. The only weakness to the tablet is due to the fact you’re locked into Amazon’s App Store and can’t access Google Play or other apps without some trickery. That said, the prices from £329 which is a great deal for what you’re getting.
Nokia Lumia 2520
Android and Apple’s OS may get the most attention, but Windows tablets gained some traction this year. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a great choice if you’re looking for a Windows tablet, and it packs quite the punch. The 10.1-inch display has full HD with a resolution of 1920×1080, and that lovely screen is coated in Gorilla Glass 2 which is never a bad thing. The ppi is a bit low at only 218, but the ability to run programs you can’t on the other OS’s makes up for that. Throw in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage and you’ve got yourself a top-tier tablet. If Windows 8 is your thing, you can pick up a Nokia Lumia 2520 starting at £399 in the US but UK pricing and availability hasn’t been confirmed as of writing.
Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
Last but certainly not least is the Galaxy Note 10.1 from Samsung. The big tablet boasts some impressive specs and has the same resolution of the Nexus 10, but more memory (3GB), better cameras, and a speedy 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 processor. It also comes with that cool S-Pen Stylus that Note owners rave about. The 299ppi is higher than that of the iPad Air (264ppi), but the starting price is also higher at around £340.
Adam is a tech aficionado that enjoys gadgets, Game of Thrones, and all things Android.