Tablet Comparison Table

The Apple iPad effectively had the tablet market to itself for a year, but now there is a bewildering array of options to consider. To help you choose between the Google Nexus and the new generation of Samsung Tab 2s, we have prepared a chart of specifications.

At first, they can all look pretty similar, but some now have quite significant differentiators. To be honest, some also have significant problems.

Our comparison chart is split into handy tabs for you to compare similar devices side by side.

High Resolution Tablets

This chart is for tablets with resolutions of greater than 1280x800, for a super-sharp visual experience. Currently the iPad Air is clearly the most famous resident here, but the previous 2 versions, also shown here, actually have the same resolution and are still avaialble.

  Apple iPad
Apple iPad
(4th Gen)
Apple iPad (3rd Gen) Asus Transformer Infinity TF700T Google Nexus 10 Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 Sony Xperia Tablet Z Acer Iconia A700 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 FNF iFive X2 Asus Transformer AiO Archos 97 Titanium HD Onda V972  

Recommended 3 starWhy star star Almost 3 starWhy 3 starWhy                
Availabile October 2013 September 2012 March - October 2012 July 2012 November 2012 February 2014 May 2013 August 2012 Q1 2013 June 2013 Q2 2013 Q1 2013 January 2013 Availability
Operating System iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 7 The Google Platform 4.2 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.2 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.4.2 Kitkat The Google Platform 4.1 Jelly Bean Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 (Customisted) The Google Platform 4.1 Jelly Bean The Google Platform4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 (switch via physical button) The Google Platform 4.1 Jelly Bean The Google Platform Ships with 4.1 Jelly Bean - can update to 4.2 Platform
Display 9.7" 9.7" 9.7" 10.1" 10" 10.1" 10.1" 10.1" 8.9" 8.9" IPS 18.4" 9.7" 9.7" Display
Resolution 2048 x 1536 (264 PPI) 2048 x 1536 (264 PPI) 2048 x 1536 (264 PPI) 1900 x 1200 (224 ppi) 2560 x 1600 (299ppi) 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi) 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi) 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi) 1920 x 1200 (254pp) 1920 x 1200 (254pp)
450 nits brightness
1920 x 1080 (119 ppi) 2048 x 1536 (264 ppi) 2048 x 1536 (264 ppi) Resolution
Apps iTunes App Store iTunes App Store iTunes App Store Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Amazon App Store Google Play Store Full Google Play Store and Windows Store Full Google Play Store Full Google Play Store Apps
Camera (front) 1.2 MP 1.2 MP VGA 2MP 1.9MP 2.2MP 2.2MP HD for video calls 1.3MP 2 MP TBC 2MP   Front camera
Camera (rear) 5MP five-element f/2.4 autofocus lens with IR filter and captures video at 1080p 5MP five-element f/2.4 autofocus lens with IR filter and captures video at 1080p 5MP five-element f/2.4 autofocus lens with IR filter and captures video at 1080p

8MP F2.4 with flash

5MP with flash 8.1MP 8.1MP 5MP with LED flash No 5MP TBC 5MP   Rear camera
Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor A6X chip with quad-core graphics A5X chip with quad-core graphics

NVidia Tegra 3 Quad Core (1.6 MHz)

1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.3 Ghz 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core 1.3 GHz quad-core 1.5 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3188, 1.6GHz, Cortex A9 quad core Intel Core i3 or larger processor and NVidia Tegra quad-core 1.6GHz dual-core A9 AllWinner A31 Quad Core Processor
Benchmark           AnTuTu 32,000 AnTuTu 20,500   AnTuTu 7250 AnTuTu 16,900
Quadrant 4,877
Storage 16/32/64GB 16/32/64GB 16/32/64GB 32 or 64GB + microSD 16/32GB 16GB RAM + microSD 16GB RAM + microSD 16/32/64GB RAM + microSD 16/32 GB 16GB & TF Card slot 8GB + 8GB + microSD up to 64GB 16GB + TF card up to 32GB Storage
USB Ports Via dock Via dock Via dock Yes No USB 2 and micro USB USB 2 and micro USB micro USB Yes micro USB TBC microUSB Yes USB Ports
HDMI out Yes (proprietary cable) Yes (proprietary cable) Yes (proprietary cable) mini micro HDMI via MHL or DLNA via MHL or DLNA micro HDMI Yes Yes TBC No Yes HDMI output
WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual channel and MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n TBC 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n WIFI
3G/4G Optional Optional Optional Optional No No No No No No TBC No No Data
Battery 10 hours of video 11,560 mAh (10 hours of video) "Monstrous" 11,666 mAh. But around10% lessendurance than iPad 2 25 w/h - up to 9.5 hours 9000 mAh (9 hours video playback) 13 hours 9 hours 9000 mAh Non-removal Li-on battery (TBC) 7000mAh TBC Non-removable Li-on battery (TBC) 8000mAh Battery
Weight 469 g 652g 653g 598g 603g 426g 495g 665g 567g 460g 2177g 640g 649g Weight
Flash Support No No No Yes More or less Yes Yes More or less More or less More or less More or less More or less More or less Flash Support
GPS A-GPS in 3G model A-GPS in 3G model A-GPS in 3G model Yes GPS A-GPS support and GLONASS A-GPS support and GLONASS Yes with A-GPS No No TBC Yes No GPS
Update plans Seems like a bigger screen version might be coming                         Update plans
Comment Model MD786FD/A  

Discontinued in favour of 4th Generation iPad

Has the old style connector / socket

Over The Air update to Android 4.2 now avaialble.

Dock contains a very useful extra battery. Sold for less without the docking station shown above.


Very, very high resolution

Frequently listed as sold out at the Google site


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CNET Review (4/5)

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    Website, instructions and some pre-installed software in Chinese Tablet docks into Windows 8 'base' with separate CPU.

Undocked tablet runs Android by default but base can send Windows 8 via WiFi.


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Platform options (Operating Systems)

Android Jelly Bean 4.2

Ice Cream SandwichThis is quite a minor increment compared to Ice Cream Sandwich, but it has been generally well received. This version of the platform was introduced along with the first tablet to be sold directly by Google - the Nexus 7. One feature that has been particularly well recieved is the ability to have multiple user-profiles on one device - meaning multiple users can use the device while keeping settings and preferences walled off from eachother.

Android Ice Cream (or Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS)

Ice Cream SandwichThis is hoped to be the saviour for Android tablets. It's been launched for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphone in the UK. The source code has also been released, resolving what was looking quite a big issue for Honeycomb. There is so far just one tablet avaialble - and that's in China!


This is Apple's wildly successful mobile operating system. While it only works on Apple hardware and does not support Flash, it has withstood the attentions of more (and more demanding) tablet users than any of the alternatives.


The official Google Play Store now has 600,000 apps (July 2012). However, a number of tablets are not officially recognised by Google who appear to want all devices running Android 2.x to be fully functioning mobile phones, despite their size. As a result, many tablets are not officially permitted access to the market. In most cases, the manufacturer has added some sort of library of their own. Generally, these aren't very successful. However, the more ambitious user can follow reasonably simple instructions to download an unofficial copy of the Android Market and install it. This market should work properly, giving you access to free and paid apps and taking your money in the normal way. However, paid apps are not available in all countries.

Until recently very few of the apps available were optimised for Honeycomb. Developers of the most popular apps, however, have taken the time to optimise their apps: one compendium estimates that there are around 400 apps optimised for Honeycomb (August 2011). It was also recently announced that Honeycomb 3.2 will feature a 'zoom-to-fill' compatability mode, giving the users a chance to experience non-optimised apps in full screen.



1 June 2014


Added Sony Xperia Z2 - 10-inh

27 January 2014


Apple iPad Air added

14 June 2013


Added Xperia Z properly

21 March 2013


Google Nexus 10 and Archos Titanium 97 now available through Amazon. Asus Aio price update

7th January 2013


Page created with the first few high resolution tabs added.


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