Device Devotee: Which is the right tablet?

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z 2013-08-01T13:27:08Z Device Devotee: Which is the right tablet?Travis Kipper Tech Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

As you might have heard, the technology trends are influencing throngs of the tech-savvy elite to do away with their laptops and netbooks and instead purchase tablets. These tablets are slowly cutting dependency on phones and standard laptops for media consumption, but which one is right?

Apple iPad mini

With the form factor of 7.9 inches, Apple aims to produce a tablet with ultra-mobile media consumption in mind. Made months after the Asus Nexus 7, the iPad mini aims to take on the affordable android driven tablets while keeping their high standards for production.

The tablet features an A5 CPU which sports just 512MB of ram, which simply said, is a bit under powered compared to its competition. In addition, the display is less sharp than all its competitors. While the operating system has been remarked as dated, the OS still holds up as one of the easiest to use of all tablets. However, some may not be able to overlook its $329 dollar price tag.

Google Nexus 7

With direct collaboration with many of the technology field’s top producers of smartphones and computers, Google has been able to produce hardware that is both affordable and functional. With a price tag starting at $199, the Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet features a 7-inch IPS display and a quad-core processor making it handle many applications at once with the greatest of ease.

As with the iPad mini, it has its shortcomings. The 7-inch display falls short in the categories of brightness and vibrancy and saturation of colors displayed. In addition, though the Google Play store is growing in apps designed for tablets, Apple still has a commanding hold on apps available for tablets.

Microsoft Surface

With the introduction of the Windows 8 OS, it became clear to savvy consumers that Microsoft was going to be releasing touch-centric line of devices. Though the Microsoft Surface offers a 10.6-inch display, it is one of the the largest and heaviest tablets currently available for the general consumer. The tablet features a kickstand styled to keep it level on flat surfaces. Microsoft uses the same processor found in Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, however it increases the ram to 2GB.

That may sound like an excellent increase, but like many perks it has its negatives. When working heavily in many apps at one time, the Surface seems to become lethargic and unable to quickly process certain applications. Another large drawback; its $499 dollar price tag. While Microsoft is working on smaller form factor tablets, they are still in the early stages.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

While still technically an Android device, the Amazon Kindle Fire 8.9 features a heavily skinned android experience brought to you by Amazon. The device features a crisp 254 pixel IPS display offering good color ratios and deep blacks. The base tablet debuted with a $299 price tag but has since been brought down to $269. These prices may sound like a bargain since it has a larger screen and a fantastic build, but it too, has its faults.

The device is heavily centered around the Amazon store and it does have a rather extensive collection of content, but the user experience is brought down with ads. If you wanted to get rid of the ads it is an additional 15 dollars. In addition, the tablet suffers with often slow performance.

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