The mobile world saw a dramatic increase in users for both tablets and smartphones. Tablets are now actually outselling computers, so there’s no doubting they’re a big influence on the industry. Obviously, to cash in on the craze, companies released a plethora of new tablets in 2013. But just a few stood out, and were even worth the cash investment. So as this is the end of 2013 and we have new tablets to look forward to now in 2014, we choose the best tablets of 2013!
Best 7 Inch Tablet – Google Nexus 7 Mk.II
Here’s a new rule of the thumb. If you want a small and capable Android tablet, you have to buy the Google Nexus 7 Mk.II. If you buy any other tablet, even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, you’re just missing out on the obviously better deal. The new Nexus 7 is blazing fast, has an excellent display and will be readily given software updates for the next couple of years at the least. It can now be had for less than $200, and for that price no other tablet can match the capabilities of this device.
Best 8 Inch Tablet – Apple iPad Mini 2
The new Apple iPad Mini isn’t exactly an 8 inch tablet. No, anoraks will point out it’s a 7.9 inch tablet in fact. But no matter, this is such a stonking good deal now that buying any other 8 inch tablet is just a waste of money. The new iPad Mini has a 1536 x 2048 res display, so that’s a retina display on a tablet. Unsurprisingly, it is a terrific display and the upgraded internals only sweeten the deal even further. The iPad mini is no longer the poor person’s iPad. It’s a proper and well sorted-out tablet with a thriving mobile ecosystem.
Best 10 Inch Tablet – Apple iPad Air
Important thing to know is that the normal iPad is now called the iPad Air. With good reason too. Apple completely transformed the iPad for 2013, giving it a razor thin body and absolutely blazing internals. The display hasn’t been touched though, which might underwhelm certain people. Don’t worry though, it’s a fantastic display and you’d have to be trying really hard to find any faults with it. You can just rest assured when you buy the iPad Air that this will be a solid investment and will be supported by Apple for the next 4 years or so.
Surprise Best Tablet of the Year – Nokia 2520
The Nokia 2520 is a very different device compared to mainstream Android or iOS tablets. Its primary function is to serve as a substitute for your laptop. That’s because underneath the bold exterior, this tablet runs the very serious Windows 8 RT operating system. And although the OS doesn’t have much in the name of developer support, there are certain things that just work better on a Windows device. The Nokia 2520 is a very productive tablet for traveling writers because of that excellent keyboard accessory. We weren’t expecting much other than a large Windows Phone filled with a lot of tile icons but we were pleasantly surprised and that’s why it gets a mention in our end of year list.
Let us know what your favourite tablets of the year were in the comments below!