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Tablet Comparison Table
The Apple iPad effectively had the tablet market to itself for a couple of years 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.
These tablets are physically smaller than the original iPad, which has a 9.7 inch screen. Most of these slates feature 7" screens, ideal for those seeking a more portable device.
There are a lot of products in this area so the cheaper ones have their own page...
And the phablets - small enough to fit a (larger) pocket and doubling as a proper mobile phone - now also get a separate page.
|iPad Mini||Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5100||Barnes & Noble Nook HD+||Google Asus Nexus 7||Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7||Asus Fonepad ME371MG||Amazon Kindle Fire HD||Sony Tablet P||Archos 80 G9 Turbo|
|Available||November 2012||April 2013||January 2013||September 2012||August 2012||May 2012||April 2013||October 2012||November 2011||April 2012||Availability|
|Operating System||iOS 6.0.2||
with S Pen and side-by-side app features
|4.1 Jelly Bean||4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)||4.2 Jelly Bean||4.2 Jelly Bean||4.1 Jelly Bean||4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich - modified)||3.2 (Honeycomb)||4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)||Platform|
|Display||7.9" LED||8" TFT||8"||9"||7" IPS LCD||7" WSVGA PLS TFT||7" LED WXGA IPS||7" IPS LCD||Two 5.5" screens||8"||Display|
|Resolution||1024X768||WXGA (1280 x 800, 189ppi)||1024x768||1920x1280 (256 ppi)||1200x800||1024x600|| 1280x800
|1200x800||1024x480 - combine to 1024x960||1024x768||Resolution|
|Apps||iTunes App Store (700,000+)||Full Google Play Store||Full Google Play Store||NOOK Apps||Full Google Play Store||Full Google Play Store + Samsung Apps||Full Google Play Store||Amazon AppStore||Full Google Play Store||Full Google Play Store||Apps|
|Camera (front)||1.2 MP||1.3MP||0.3MP||No||Yes||VGA||1.2 MP||HD||0.3MP||720p||Front camera|
|Camera (rear)||5 MP||5 MP with LED flash||5.0MP||No||No||3 MP||No||No||5MP||No||Rear camera|
|Processor||1 GHz||Exynos 4412 (1.6 GHz x 4)||AllWinner A31 Quad Core||Dual Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A9||Dual Core 1.2GHz NVidia Tegra 3||Dual Core 1GHz||Intel® Atom™ Z2420 1.2 GHz||Dual Core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460||1GHz Tegra 2 processor||OMAP4 smart multi-core ARM CORTEX A9 1.5GHz||Processor|
|Memory||512MB RAM||2GB||2GB||1 GB||1GB||1 GB RAM||1 GB||1 GB||512MB||512 MB RAM||Memory|
|Storage||16 / 32 / 64 GB||16/32GB
microSD (up to 64GB)
|16GB + 32GB via TF or micro SD||8GB / 16GB + microSD up to 32GB||16 or 32 GB||8 / 16 / 32Gb + up to 32 Gb on MicroSD||8 / 16GB + up to 32 Gb on MicroSD||16 Gb||4GB + SD/microSD||8GB + microSD||Storage|
|USB Ports||With adaptor||micro-USB||Yes||Yes||Yes||Need adaptor||Micro USB||USB 2.0 (micro-USB connector)||Yes||Yes||USB Ports|
|HDMI out||With adaptor||MHL Port||Yes||Yes||No||Via dock||No||Yes||No||mini-HDMI||HDMI output|
|WIFI||802,11 a/b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n dual-band MIMO||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||WIFI|
|3G / 4G||4G option||4G option||No||No||No||No||3G (Micro SIM)||No||3G||Via Archos 3G USB stick||3G|
|Battery||4490 mAh||4,600mAh||7-9 hours||9 hrs||10.5 Hrs||4000 mAh||9 Hours claimed on 16 Wh battery||11 Hrs stated||6 hours with WiFi||7 hours video playback||Battery|
|Weight||308g||340g||594g (screen than most, but this is quite heavy)||515g - but it is larger||340g||440g||340g||395g||370g||465g||Weight|
|Flash Support||No||Yes||Yes||More or less||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Flash Support|
|GPS||Yes with A-GPS||A-GPS (3G/LTE), S-GPS(WiFi) + Glonass||No||No||Yes||Yes||GPS and Glonass||No||Yes||Yes||GPS|
|Update plans||Update plans|
|Comment||Review saying the Mini iPad is cool and pretty but the Note 8 does much more||
|Discussion Board for a number of Chinese "brand" mobile devices||
With no cameras and the little carrying eyelet, this looks good for the restaurant waiter to take orders with.
Also maybe good for magazine reading.
|First tablet to hit the mainstream market with an Intel Atom chip||Novelty folding design, but not a great success.||
Optional 250Gb internal hard drive increasing weight to 599g
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Platform options (Operating Systems)
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' compatibility mode, giving the users a chance to experience non-optimised apps in full screen.