Android Tablet Summer Buyer's Guide Series, Part One: High-End/Enthusiast Edition


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Jan 5, 2011

Are you in the market to get a new Android tablet this Summer, but are confused about which one to get? With so many options, it can be a daunting task to pick the best tablet for your needs. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood Forum Founders came up with a brilliant idea! We decided to write-up a handy-dandy Android Tablet Buyer's Guide to help you out a bit. What we have done is cull our three favorite tabs from three different categories (in no particular order), and hopefully that will help you decide from the best of the bunch. The three categories we will include are the following: High-End/Enthusiast-Level Tablets, Mid-Range Tablets, & Budget-Friendly Tablets. This list is obviously not exhaustive, so if none of these tabs pique your interest, don't forget to peruse the rest of the forums to find an alternative that might suit your needs.

This will actually be broken up into a three part series, and this first one is the High-End/Enthusiast Category. Enjoy!

High-End/Enthusiast-Level Tablets: (If you want/need the best Android tablet that money can buy, or just want an Android tablet with the most bells & whistles, then this category is for you.)

Our top three tablets in this category were hard to choose, because several new entries have come forth recently. For now, we would have to go with the feature-rich Acer Iconia A510, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and the even newer Asus Transformer Infinity. These tablets offer the best power to performance ratio in the high-end category. If we had to pick a favorite from the three, the Transformer Pad Infinity would probably edge out the others, although for the price the Acer Iconia A510 packs a ton of features.

Obviously, there were some other good choices that didn't quite make it, but are worth honorable mentions. The Toshiba Excite 10 is a good product, but at retail $520 and up, was just a little too pricey to be included. Additionally, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 looks like it could be a real contender, but it isn't quite available just yet. It's price could be significantly higher than the others in this category as well, with an expected retail in the $700 dollar range. It might be perfect for an even higher-end, business class, "price-is-no-object" style tablet.

Update: We just received official word that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will launch on August 16th for just $499.99 for the 16GB version and $549.99 for the 32GB version. This is in stark contrast to the previous rumors suggesting a $700 pricing structure. Although we obviously haven't had a chance to actually get our hands on this tablet yet, this will more than likely be the best deal on a high-end tablet in the market. Remember that this is a tablet with the most advanced hardware features of any tablet on the planet (except the OS). Here's a recap:
  • 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 10.1-inch WXGA LCD display
  • Samsung’s S Pen stylus system
Because of how close this was to the original posting of our Tablet Buyer's Guide, we felt it was our duty to update it and share this info with you guys!

Here's a breakdown of each of the winners:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 - $399 at Amazon
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 10.1-inch Multitouch 720p HD Screen (1280 x 800)
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • A microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • Wireless N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
Acer Iconia A510 - $399 at Amazon
  • 10.1” HD Multi-Touch Display: (1280 x 800) resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Android™ 4.0 Operating System (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 Quad Core Mobile Processor (1.3GHz) Super 4-PLUS-1™ Quad Core with Battery Saver Core
  • 1GB DDR2 Memory
  • Ultra Low Power (ULP) High Performance 12-core NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MicroSD memory slot up to 32GB
  • Dolby® Mobile 3 Technology
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Dual-Analog Microphone
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR
  • 1- Micro USB 2.0 Port
  • 1- Micro-HDMI™ Out
  • 5MP Rear-Facing Camera with Auto Focus
  • 1MP Front-Facing HD Camera
  • Sensors:G-Sensor, E-Compass, L Sensor, Gyro-meter
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer Battery
  • Up to 11-hours of Video Playback via Wi-fi(1)(1) Battery life varies depending on product specifications, tablet settings and applications or features launched.
  • Up to 13-hours of Video Playback one system(2) (2) Battery life varies depending on product specifications, tablet settings and applications or features launched. Video Playback on system (Not streaming Wi-fi off)
Asus Transformer Infinity - $488 at Amazon
  • 10.1-inch WUXGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi touch display for brilliant Full HD entertainment and intuitive navigation. 178° viewing angle (1920 x 1200) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 4-plus-1 Quad-core processor @ 1.6Ghz with 12-core GPU
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • Front (2MP) and rear (8MP) cameras
  • Optional Docking station with QWERTY keyboard adds additional 4.5 hours of battery life, to instantly turn the Transformer into PC mode with up to 14 hours of battery life
  • Ultra-slim and light (.33" thin and 1.32lbs light) with stylish swirl design
That's it for our first in the Android Tablet Summer Buyer's Guide Series. Our next edition will be the Mid-Range category, so be looking for that next week! Also, feel free to chime in your thoughts on our choices. In many ways it's even more important to hear from you guys than from us. Share your opinion to help out all the curious consumers who don't have their favorite tablet yet.
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When your spending this amount of cash, I think the Infinity comes out tops. For me though I will still wait a bit longer before I buy, because what I actually want is 3G, USB3 and Jelly Bean wouldn't go a miss, got a cheap pad at the moment but without 3G can't see the point in upgrading
I did a tremendous amount of reading. I went with the Transformer Infinity 64GB. It will be getting an upgrade to Jelly Bean and I should be getting it on Wednesday. I am also installing an additional 64GB microSD. I have read that several people are running 128GB of memory!