The biggest difference between an Android tablet and an iPad is the operating system, Android and iOS. iPads may be good as one-fits-all solution, but this may not suit everyone. Android tablets offer so much choice, from screen size, specifications, to different manufacturers and apps – it really depends on what is right for you.
Google Nexus 10 – best for a high resolution display
If you have room in your life for a 10-inch tablet, make sure you check out the Nexus 10. This tablet boasts a better than HD resolution screen, which is superior to the iPad Retina display, videos and photos look absolutely stunning on this screen.
Stylishly slim with great build quality, the Nexus 10 has an impressive dual-core processor, the Nexus 10 offers 16 or 32GB of storage, and lacks the expandability of memory card slot. Just like the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 also has the Android 4.2 ‘Jelly Bean’ operating system.
Google Nexus 7 – best for the latest Android version
Currently running Android 4.2 ‘Jelly Bean’ operating system, the smaller brother of the Nexus 10 has the advantage of being a Google-branded product. This means, just like the Nexus 10, this tablet is one of the first to receive any future software updates.
Jelly Bean brings some new and improved features to the table – such as an improved keyboard with Gesture Typing, updated voice search (a beefier version in comparison to Apple’s Siri) and offline voice dictation (perfect for vocally composing emails and texts).
The Nexus 7 has great build quality, a crisp 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, and a quad-core processor. There are no expendable memory card slots; the Nexus 7 has a choice of 16 or 32GB storage space, which should be enough. The Nexus 7 is also available in a 3G + wi-fi, and a wi-fi only model.
If you can hold off purchasing now, Google is set to launch a newer version of the Nexus 7 in July 2013, with a more powerful processor and higher resolution screen.
Read our review of the Nexus 7 to find out how this tablet stacks up.
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T – best for a tablet/hybrid
Tablets may be great for consuming content but when you actually want create content, tablets fall a little flat. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T differs from other tablets in that the screen slots into a keyboard dock, turning into a laptop.
The TF700T packs in a bright 10-inch 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution display, a quad-core processor and offers 32 or 64GB of storage space. In addition to adding a physical keyboard, the dock also has an expandable memory card slot, and adds a few extra hours to the tablet battery life with an integrated battery.
Read our Google Android Jelly Bean guide for more information on the latest Android software.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – best Android tablet for drawing
The Galaxy Note 10.1 sets itself apart from other tablets with an included stylus – Samsung expects that users will want to be more productive and creative with this tablet. It lets you hand-write notes, sketch pictures or just doodle directly on the screen.
Borrowing nearly all its looks from the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, this tablet has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution screen, and a quad-core processor. In terms of processing power, this means that Note 10.1 is fast enough to handle all tasks with aplomb. The Note 10.1 is available in 16, 32 and 64GB storage capacities.
If you’re looking to draw or even jot down notes when on the move, this tablet is worth considering. However, it doesn’t support the latest Android 4.2 software.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review to see how it fares against the competition.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch – best alternative to the Nexus 7
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch model builds upon the successful design of the first 7-inch Galaxy Tab with some improved features.
The Galaxy Tab 2 has a meagre 1024 x 600 pixel resolution screen, considerably less than the Nexus 7. This tablet also has a dual core processor and is available in 8, 16 and 32GB storage space. However, if you’ve run out of storage space, you can take advantage of the built-in memory card slot, and shift some of your content onto a portable memory card.
Samsung has aggressively priced this tablet at approximately £149 and as such, has cut some corners on screen quality. If you’re looking for more solid 7-inch laptop, definitely take a look at the Nexus 7.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 -7-inch review to see how it performed in our lab tests.