Best Tablets of 2012: Apple iPad 4, iPad 2, Google Nexus 10, Microsoft Surface RT, Samsung, and Asus Tablets tops the list

Tablets are available for sale in all sizes and shapes and before buying one it is important to know all the choices which are available.

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Tablets are available for sale in all sizes and shapes and before buying one it is important to know all the choices which are available. Tablets are broadly divided in to two major sizes. The first one is the compact tablet with a screen ranging from 7 to 8 inches. The second variety is the conventional tablets with screen size 8.9 inches and more.

The tablets can also be segregated on the OS platforms they use. There are mainly the following OS which are used- Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s 2012 upstarts, Windows 8 and Windows RT. Here are some of the most notable tablets for 2012.

1. Apple iPad Fourth-Generation 2012 Version

  • Base price $ 499 (WiFi-only), $629 (4G LTE)
  • Highlights- Great hardware, chic design
  • Downside- Cost factor

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The iPad 4th generation is a good update of its predecessor, which itself is a good device. The iPad 4th generation was released so quickly after the launch of iPad 3, there was not many upgrades as compared to its predecessors. How is iPad 4th Generation different from the iPad 3? The first is the processing power. The iPad 4th generation features the Apple quad-core A6X which is twice as fast as the A5X which is featured in the iPad 3 and also in the latest iPad Mini.

The iPad 4th generation also comes with the Lighting connector which has taken the place of the cumbersome 30 pin adaptors which were featured in the earlier devices. The front facing camera has also gotten a facelift and now transformed into a FaceTime HD camera for high-definition video-chatting and can also double as a camera which can take1.2-megapixel still images. The primary camera is just like its predecessors and is capable to take pictures at 5 megapixels. It can also record 1080p video.

The iPad 4th generation comes with the personal assistant SIRI preinstalled. The iPad 3 can also support the SIRI application but only through an update to the iOS6.

One important fact, which must be noted, is that Apple has not increased the price of its devices since the advent of the iPads. The iPad 4th generation is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Each one of the three storage capacities is available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi-plus- cellular version. The 4G versions are available with Verizon, AT&T and Sprint models. The device is available in Black or White colors.

The Wi- Fi only iPad 4th generation is suitable for persons who do not need roving connectivity. For users who are always on the move, the cellular models are the best. Apple iPad has become a regular feature in corporate meetings, in place of Lap Tops.

There are an array of apps, music, photos and videos on the iPad and the 32 GB model is the best for any average user.

2. Apple iPad 2

  • Starting price- $399 for 16GB Wi-Fi only model 
  • Highlights- Great hardware, chic design
  • Downside- Poor camera, No flash support, Cost factor

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It is some time since the iPad 2 was launched but its features makes it still far ahead of the emerging tablet market. The iPad 2 stands apart with its incredible features which includes quick performance, a thin design and support for FaceTime. The latest OS also brings in major browsing improvement.

However, the device has its own share of downsides. The camera is jerky and of poor quality. There is no Flash support and USB port, and users have to shell out extra for HDMI and SD-card adaptors.

The iPad was the brain child of Steve Jobs, the charismatic CEO of Apple who took this average company to dizzying heights of success and glory. The very fact that more than 15 million iPads has been sold is a testimony of the vision of Steve Jobs. The launch of iPad has opened new avenues for developers to make money by creating the ever increasing apps for Apple.

3. Microsoft Surface RT

  • Starting price: $499
  • Highlights- Great hardware, clever keyboard
  • Downside- Software in its infancy

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The tablet has not made large progress into the corporate table and this exactly where Microsoft is trying to make presence. The Microsoft Surface is available with two keyboard module accessories. The Keyboard accessories enable the tablet to be used as a productive tool. Another advantage, which the Microsoft Surface offers to the corporate world, is it comes with the Microsoft office unlike the Android OS and iOS Office suites.

Microsoft Surface RT is powered by a Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 ARM processor chip with 2 GB of RAM. The RT version of Surface do not run x86/x64 Windows software programs and only runs Windows Store apps in it. Surface comes with Windows RT and Office Home and Student 2013 RT pre-installed in it. By default, Surface is having Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games app in it. You can install thousands of apps via Windows Store available in your Surface to make it more productive, entertaining and useful.

Surface RT measures 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in and weighs 1.5 lbs only. The outer casing of Surface is made of VaporMg material, comes in Dark Titanium color and have physical Volume and Power buttons on it.

The best thing about Surface is its display, it features a 5-point multi-touch 10.6? ClearType HD Display with stock resolution of 1366×768 pixels and aspect ratio of 16:9 (widescreen). The screen size actually allows you to work on multiple apps simultaneously without losing the feel of a standard PC screen workspace.

The Microsoft Surface comes with two keyboards- one with touch sensitive keys and it also doubles as a flap case. The second keyboard looks like a traditional keyboard with keys. However it must be noted that the development support of the tablet  apps and games have not been proven and is surely not user friendly like the iOS or the Android.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • Starting price at $499.99
  • Highlights- Digital Stylus and affordable price tag
  • Downside- Screen has low resolution and cheap looks

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The device can be safely called the bigger version of the Galaxy Note 2. The unique feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is its 10.1 inch screen. This screen is unique because it uses a digitizer. It is something which is not seen in any tablet. The process works with a stylus and lets the touch screen sense different pressure levels. The other capacitive touchscreen featured in other tablets can sense if a finger or a stylus point touches the screen. However, they cannot differentiate the varying pressures.

The digitizer is very useful for engineers and creative artists and can make a great drawing tool. True the device may not be having the chic looks of an iPad 4, but it is not a pushover. The screen resolution is average, and there is not much to talk about a screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels

The device runs on the Android OS, v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and is upgradable to v4.1 Jelly Bean. The device has in its heart an Exynos 4412 Chipset, CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 and GPU Mali-400MP.

5. Asus Transformer Pad 300

  • Base price at $599
  • Highlights- Digital Stylus and affordable price tag
  • Downside- Screen has low resolution and cheap looks

Asus Transformer Pad Best Tablets of 2012: Apple iPad 4, iPad 2, Google Nexus 10, Microsoft Surface RT, Samsung, and Asus Tablets tops the list

The Asus Transformer was the first device which brought the concept of convertible tablets. Convertible tablets are tablets which when docked with certain accessories can become a productive unit much like a lap top.

The Asus Transformer Pad 300 is the most economical member of the Asus family. However, there is a price which one has to pay for economy. The device will not have the metallic body or the ultra high resolution screens like its illustrious cousins like the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

The Asus Transformer Pad 300 has a keyboard and a quad core processor which gives it speed as well as reliability. The tablet has features for expanding the memory and an unrestricted Android OS version.

6. Google Nexus 10 by Samsung

  • Price: 16 GB for US$399 and 32 GB for US$499
  • Pros: High resolution crystal clear screen, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and price
  • Cons: cheap plastic body, ugly shape

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The Nexus 10 was announced by Google back in October of this year. The tablet has stolen the limelight of market because of its dazzling 2560-by-1600 (300ppi) display and ultra-powerful graphics processor, and base price. It is incredibly thin 8.9 mm and weighing just 603 grams. Nexus 10 was created in partnership with Samsung and comes with a blazing fast dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor and advanced MIMO WiFi, giving you web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than normal WiFi.

The Nexus 10 ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as its operating system. It features a Samsung Exynos 5250 system on chip, a dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 central processing unit and a quad-core ARM Mali T604 graphics processing unit. The device also includes a primary 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera with LED flash, able to shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second and take 2592×1936 resolution images with features such as autofocus, face detection and geotagging, and a secondary 1.9-megapixel, front-facing camera.

The Nexus 10 was announced on October 29, 2012, and became available on November 13, 2012. The device is available in two storage sizes, 16 GB for US$399 and 32 GB for US$499.

Which one you owns among these tablets? Do you like your tablet or looking for a change? Do share with us in comments.

This tech savvy lady from New York is currently pursuing her masters in computer science in LA, CA. She has been writing reviews and articles for different web sites for the last six years, and she is the chief-editor here. She has an in depth knowledge of all the gadgets and apps available.

  • abc123n10

    Garbage. IPad mini has A5 not A5X where as the iPad 4th generation is not a quad core. How is the galaxy note 10.1 affordable and iPads expensive, while both cost the same?