PROs: Very thin at just 6.9mm and very light at 495 grams (17.46 oz). Quality build and design to the point of being fully submersible in water. Anti-shatter tempered glass screen. Designed by Sony the Xperia Z is among the best tablets 2013 and scores very high marks when it comes to quality entertainment value. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z sports a 10.1 inch HD Reality Display for sharp and crisp viewing and is powered by BRAVIA Engine 2. For HD video and pictures there is an 8 mega pixel rear camera and a 2 mega pixel front camera complete with Sony’s Superior Auto focus feature. NFC one touch sharing with other Sony devices as well as built in TV remote capabilities. All these rich features puts the Sony Xperia high on our list of the best tablets 2013. But it doesn’t stop there. Continue reading
PROs: Very light at just 1lb (beating the Sony Xperia Tablet Z) and very thin at just 7.5mm (still behind the tablet Z). This may seem quite a simple design makeover but make no mistake that it’s an extraordinary feat. The tablet has become an everyday staple in the life of the average Joe. Soon it will be as ubiquitous as a pen and a piece of paper. By reducing the size and weight of the iPad Apple has hit a stroke of genius ushering the tablet that much closer to a must have essential tool for everyday life from being seen as a luxury item. For these reasons the new iPad Air is one of the best tablets 2013 and will certainly headline for the best tablets 2014. Alongside the new outer design the new iPad Air has incorporated Apple’s new A7 64-bit processor. This is a new and powerful architecture which many believe is just the tip of the iceberg since most apps are not yet able to take full advantage of this. No other tablet on the list of the best tablets 2013 could make this claim when Apple released this new iPad but I’m sure they will catch up. Other nice improvements include an upgraded HD front facing camera to expose all your flaws on Facetime.
CONs: One big downside to the iPad Air is Continue reading
It’s that time of year again to stock up on stocking stuffers. Which of the best tablets of 2013 would be ideal for family, your significant or friends? Since its probably the most popular gift giving season you will most likely have to spring for a few gifts. This implies that cost will play a more important role that it normally would. Here is where we would normally tell you to focus on Android on our list of the best tablets 2013. But with so many iOS options these days it makes sense to examine a few for your list.
If you compare tablets you will see that the iPad mini can be had for as little as $299. This is of course with a normal screen (no retina display) and 16GB or storage. This cost just $70 more than you would pay for a similar sized 16GB Nexus 7 tablet. This more affordable iPad option is there if you really want to get an iPad. However the target audience is also very important. Whilst you maybe able to give this to your older mom, grand parent, young child or just someone getting there toes wet in the tablet world, it would not be ideal for most other users. When it comes to tablets these days, pictures, apps and now video rule the day and they all take up a lot of memory. So for more experienced users you would need to spring for a more expensive iPad tablet with more memory. For this you would have to get an iPad mini Retina (only 16GB available in the regular iPad Mini), and for 32GB that’s $399.
If you compare the value added in upgrading from one iPad to the next to that of the Nexus 7 then you will quickly realize the bargain factor of buying an Android based tablet. For just Continue reading