Readers’ Choice: You Pick the Best Tablet of 2010

You picked your favorite netbook: ASUS Eee PC 1215N. You voted for your favorite notebook: Sony VAIO Z. You even fought to help the BlackBerry Torch take home the prize for best smart phone of the year. But now is the time to give your support to the best tablet of 2010.

Some might call this the year of the tablet, thanks to the ever present iPad. But Apple was not the only game in town this year, and there’s no doubt that a larger flood of tablets is on the way. But talking strictly about 2010, we reviewed 14 tablets in all. Some of them were so bad we wouldn’t recommend them to an enemy, but a few were good enough to earn 3 stars or better. Those three contenders are here to compete against the Apple iPad. They include the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Archos 101, and the Viewsonic ViewPad 7. We also added in the ExoPC Slate to this mix on the standing that it garnered enormous support during our first annual Tablet World Series, despite its 2.5 star rating in our review. We considered including the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, but as its status of including the full Android Market is still merely rumor, it didn’t make the cut.

Now it’s time to make your selection. Choose wisely, encourage your friends to get in on the fun, and feel free to talk some friendly and good-humored smack in the comments below. Voting ends at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, December 27.

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. Jesse B Andersen Says:

    It’s going to be the iPad. It’s the first slate tablet to reach tons of people. Apple did a really good job and now a lot of other copycats are “following”.

  2. W. Says:

    It’s funny though, Jesse, because the iPad lost in the first round against the ExoPC. And it wasn’t close at all.

  3. jb82 Says:

    The ipad isn’t the greatest slate but for now the competition aren’t quite up there yet. They are catching up fast though. 2011 will be interesting.

    I really like the idea of a win 7 slate. However they currently have a poor touch keyboard and weak battery life. Touch gaming is limited. The processor needs a boost from the atom too although is okay for most things. They can do more, have great video playback, external storage, usb devices etc. The hp slate looks good with its active digitizer and specs but has a small screen. The exopc looks good too but currently the ui and app store is not finished. Better devices are promised around the corner.

    Android slates don’t have a wide enough array of apps (what about a pdf editor please?), the os isn’t the best and really doesn’t add much to differentiate from the ipad whilst being inferior in many respects. The 7″ ones are interesting but are too expensive and have no phone capabilities in the US. The others tend to be cheap but with poor hardware, not the latest os etc.

    The ipad has a lot of flaws but many people can live with them. Also it is so easy to use and appeals to children, less computer-technical people and the hype has really made it number 1 this year. It has set the standard for viewing angles, battery life, number of touch apps and ease of use.

    So I have to give it to the ipad this year.

  4. FREDDY Says:

    JB82 You said..”The ipad isn’t the greatest slate but for now the competition aren’t quite up there yet.” You are contradicting yourself, you are basically saying that the iPad is the best tablet. Which, yes, I agree!

  5. mrsamo Says:

    The votes especially from the Exopc side isn’t quite accurate. Also consider that this is laptopmag which is wintel first and everything else later.

  6. badgerbadger Says:

    How can something thats not available in 2010 be chosen for “the best of 2010″? ExoPC

    I vote for the 2013 iPad the “Best tablet of 2012″ now.

    Im not an Apple user (OK, besides an iPod) but crap jb82 you are really showing your “I hate Apple” bias right out in the open for everyone to see.

    jb says: “Also it is so easy to use and appeals to children, less computer-technical people and the hype has really made it number 1 this year.”

    Children? less comp-tech? sigh.

    Heres how I want my PC and my tablet to work: (1) turn on (2) start using. Just like my car, just like the hot water in the morning, just like my coffee maker.

    Having to do anything more than that doesnt make me non “computer technical” it just means I dont want to spend my time screwing around with stuff to make it work.

    And thats where the iPad comes in in spades. Every time I play with one its just so smart, and Im often saying, cool, nice, fun, easy. Many words I would not use to describe my PC using experience…

  7. Sundaytwins Says:

    @ badgerbadger:
    You need to inform yourself a bit better. You’re right, the Exopc wasn’t there from the beginning, but is widely available around the world at the moment. So why wouldn’t the Exopc belong in the poll?

    Second: did you ever try an Exopc? I did use (try) both iPad and i currently own an Exopc. I must say, the Exopc wins in quite a few points here. Turn on and start working: the Exopc does it. Run any windows program? the Exopc does it too and really fast! (starting MS Word 2010 takes literally less then 3 seconds). So much versatile then an iPad. Appstore? No need for on the Exopc, there are already millions of programs available for it. Want to write an app yourself without interference of the guys at cupertino +> you’re in on the Exopc.

    And as of ease of use: it’s the same as the iPad. The only point where the iPad has set the standard is the screen quality. (ie. the viewing angles). All the rest : sorry I stick to my Exopc.

    And if your ‘PC using Experience’ is bad…. maybe you ought to think it might be you then…..

    Oh and by the way… before you start ‘naming’ me an Apple-hater: I do have an iPhone (which I’m more then willing to exchange at the moment (too ‘closed’ format for me) and I regularly work with Mac computers (as well as Linux, Unix, Mainframe, HP Non-Stop, Windows PC’s and many others).

    So people: everyone has the right to choose whatever tablet he likes (that’s called ‘the market’) but please stop giving unfunded comments to things you don’t know.

    Merry Christmas to you all and happy holidays!

  8. jb82 Says:

    Mrsamo… i meant there is much greater potential out than the current ipad…. it just hasn’t been developed yet or finalised.

  9. JDL.Lyons Says:

    badgerbadger – The ExoPC is available now! I have one and I am using it right now!

    Anyone who says “Windows is terrible”…well…it is the end-users fault. As a Computer Scientist, programmer, and engineer…100% of the time when an OS fails, it is the fault of the end user. You did something to mess your machine up!

    The ExoPC has raised the bar on tablet computing! Sure, the iPad covered new ground with its ideas, but ExoPC improved on them. If Apple was serious about the tablet business, the iPad would run OSX…not Mobile OS. If OSX is so great, then it should be SUPER EASY to put it in tablet form! Does OSX even have native touchscreen support? NOPE!

    The fact remains the same…the Apple iPad is old. It is yesterdays news! The only thing keeping it alive are the Apple Slaves who buy whatever Steve Jobs tells them to buy.

    Windows > Mac in EVERY respect! Simply put, Windows is more versatile!

  10. jb82 Says:

    @badgerbadger I wasn’t saying the ipad ONLY appeals to children and less computer-tech minded – i’m just saying it reaches out to these people whilst win 7 slates and android devices don”t anywhere near as much… the ipad’s appeal stretches much wider to people not normally interested in gadgets. Its ease of use is a big strength.

    I also appreciate the instant on. I often use my ipad in situations when turning on my computer (even with a fast ssd) seems like a chore or even going to the computer room to do something seems like a waste of time.

  11. NameHere Says:

    The problem with the ipad is that it is intentionally missing components and features. When it has SDHC, USB, and the ability to get content on the device with NO RELIANCE on itunes, it might be worth another look. For now the ExoPC is the one.

  12. mjk333 Says:

    The iPad is a great toy, if WAY too expensive. It’s also got a great headstart on touch-based software since it uses the standards set up by the iPod Touch YEARS ago.

    The ExoPC is a terrific start for a tablet PC. The screen size won’t please everyone (too large for some, and too small for others – I’d love a tablet with a screen the size of my 14″ laptop’s – as a reader of hardcover novels, a little more weight wouldn’t really bother me), but the main strike against it is that there’s very little touch-oriented software available for Win7 yet. Until the final version of the UI is available, and until the store has more properly dedicated software, The Exo is mainly working on potential. Right now the availability of software is about where the iPod Touch was when it was very first released (remember way back to several years ago?), so it’s difficult to compare them directly.

  13. KnobJockey Says:


    Do you really have a “computer room” ??!! What a tw*t!!!!!!!!!

  14. Jade Says:

    “Apple did a really good job and now a lot of other copycats are “following”.”

    Copycats? The iPad wasn’t the first tablet PC by years …. They were the first popular one, but first, no… not by a long-shot. And since most tablets these days actually give usability ports and cameras… it’s not exactly like anyone is copying the “large iPod Touch which doesn’t even have as much RAM as the iPhone 4 despite being significantly larger.”

  15. kems Says:

    Je suis vraiment content que l’on est pas oublier les utilisateurs de windows 7, peut-être moins beau que l’ipad mais je pense plus efficace au quotidien car non limité par un logiciel tierce.

    j’arrete pas de le dire dans tous les forums où je passe mais l’exopc est la tablette ultime; On peut travailler ou installer des logiceils comme surson pc de bureau et on peut l’utiliser au doigts comme une vrai tablette tactile grâce à son UI exopc. De plus, c’est pour l’instant, la seule tablette sous windows à avoir un app store: l’exostore.
    J’ai chosi l’exopc parce qu’il est vraiment utile pour moi.

    Exopc, le meilleur des deux mondes :-)

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