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 or 3s, 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.


With screen sizes between 5 and 6.5 inches, the phablets offer impressive displays that are (just about) small enough to fit in one hand. Combine this with full phone and text capability, and you're left with a really impressive piece of pocket-sized kit. The Samsung Galaxy Note series started things off here and is now on its third incarnation. Finally, other suppliers are starting to get the message.

  Sony Xperia Z Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Asus FonePad Note FHD 6 ME560CG

Samsung Galaxy Note Lenovo K900  

Although check
Region-lock issues
here and here

Almost Recomenmded
star star
Availabile July 2013 September 2013 September 2012 October 2013 November 2011 May 2013 Availability
Operating System The Google Platform 4.3 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.3 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.1 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.2 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.1 Jelly Bean The Google Platform 4.2 Jelly Bean Platform
Display 6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED 5.55" 6" Super IPS+ 5.29" 5.5" Display
Resolution 1920x1080 (387ppi) 1920x1080 (387ppi) 1280x720 1920x1080 (367 ppi) 1280x800 1920x1080 (400 ppi) Resolution
Apps Google Play Google Play Google Play Google Play Google Play Google Play Apps
Camera (front) 2 MP 2 MP 1.9 MP 1.2 MP 2 MP 2 MP Front camera
Camera (rear) 8 MP 13 MP with LED flash 8 MP with LED flash 8 MP 8 MP 13 MP F1.8 with LED flash Rear camera
Processor 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core 2.3 GHz Quad Core Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 1.6GHz Z2580 dual-core Intel Clover Trail Atom 1.4 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 Dual Core 2 GHz Processor
Benchmark   AnTuTu - 36,000          
Storage 16GB + microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB 16/32/64 GB + up to 64GB microSD 16/32/64 GB + up to 64GB microSD 8 or 16GB with an microSDHC slot 16/32 GB + up to 64 GB SDXC 16GB Storage
USB Ports Yes micro USB micro USB microUSB

micro USB

micro USB 2.0 USB Ports
HDMI out Via Micro-USB No No No No No HDMI output
WIFI a/b/g/n a/b/g/n/ac a/b/g/n a/b/g/n a/b/g/n a/b/g/n WIFI
Data GSM UMTS 4G 4G LTE 4G LTE 3G 4G LTE 3G Data
Battery 3050 mAh 3200 mAh 3100 mAh 3200 mAh 2500 mAh 2500 mAh Battery
Weight 212g 168g 183g 210g 178g 162g Weight
Flash Support More or less More or less More or less More or less More or less More or less Flash Support
GPS GPS, A-GPS, Glonass Yes w/ A-GPS Yes w/ A-GPS Yes w/ A-GPS Yes w/ A-GPS Yes w/ A-GPS GPS
Update plans     Might get Android 4.3 in October 2013       Update plans


Very stylish

Unsure smileGood build quality but 2nd to the Note 3 on power, camera and storage

Smile - good review ... pushing the technology to its edge yet again.

Unsure smileGot the lot, but premium price and complex functions

S Pen stylus with S Finder and TouchWiz User Interface package

Look out for region-locking issues discussed here and here

There's a stylus

Currently basking in an exceptional Amazon 4.6 approval rating.

There's a stylus offering "comprehensive control." There's a stylus Intel's Clover Trail+ Performance Looked Strong.
Very good AnTuTu benchmark. But queries have been raised as to whther the test was performed correctly


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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!

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Available since December 2010. Does not support dual core processors. Improvements to user interface, speed and battery life.


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 October 2013

Added Samsung Galaxy Note 3

18 June 2013

Added Asus FonePad Note FHD 6 and updated others


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