Whenever you want to buy an Android tablet, you always have to keep in mind the specs you?re looking for. Always keep a list in mind of which features are most important to you; size, weight, processing power, battery life, display, etc. With so many choices available, your prioritized features are going to guide you on which device can meet your needs.
We?ve rounded up the best tablets in the market for 2014 so far. With the first quarter of the year just behind us, you can find that there is a great selection of Android tablets for work and play:
Google Nexus 7 ($299)
Despite coming out last year, the Nexus 7 beats almost all the other Android tablets in the market based on specs to price value. It has a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200 HD display and a pixel density of 323 ppi, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. Since it?s a Google tablet, you don?t have to wait for the newest Android firmware; you get it as soon as it comes out! The only complaint we?ve ever heard is that it doesn?t allow for expandable storage, but nonetheless comes in 16 and 32 gigabyte models.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 ($499)
Samsung seems to have gotten it right with the Tab Pro 10.1. They designed it to work as a great BYOD device and it offers great functionality for professional use with the lauded S-pen and split screen multitasking. It comes with the latest Android KitKat 4.4 firmware,? a display of 2560 x 1600 pixels with 299 ppi, an 8 MP rear camera with flash, a 2 MP front camera and 16GB internal storage. To round up the great work functions, you get $25 Google Play credit (to get your MS Office right away), and 50 gigabytes of Dropbox space. The only drawback is the UI, which is still the horrid Samsung Touchwiz.
Sony Xperia Z2 tablet ($679)
Not a lot of tablets can say that they?re the enlarged version of their phone counterpart. But the Z2 is exactly that; complete with the dustproof and waterproof features. What it also has to offer more than any other tablet in the market is that it is lighter than the iPad Air. With specs like Android KitKat 4.4 for its OS, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, a 10.1-inch 1,920 by 1,200-pixel display, an 8.1MP rear camera, a 2.2 MP front camera and the 16GB and 32GB internal storage models, the Z2 tablet could be the best choice for stylish and clumsy users.
Kindle Fire HDX (starts at $199 with special offers)
Even if the Kindle Fire HDX boasts one of the lowest prices on a branded Android tablet, it doesn?t make users suffer sub-standard specs. It comes in both 7 inch and 8.9 inch variants and with Fire OS 3.0, a highly modified version of Android. It has a 2.2GHz quad-core processor with the 7-inch showing a 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) display while the 8.9-inch has 560 x 1600 (339 ppi) display. Both feature a front-facing HD camera, while the 8.9-inch version also has an 8MP rear-facing camera. It has a wonderfully-long +11 hour battery life and Dolby audio. This tablet is better for budget-concerned users and fans of reading and viewing other media.