Not everyone wants an iPad. In fact, many Apple haters would argue no one needs an iDevice, when there are so many other great options. Happily, if you’re looking for an alternative there truly are plenty of compelling options — many that cost less than Apple’s slates. Google and Amazon offer full-featured slates for $229. Newcomer Hisense even comes in at a very compelling $149. Those willing to spend more will find a host of versatile tablets, from models with detachable keyboards to those that offer pen input. There are even kid-friendly specific options for parents who want to raise a tech-savvy child. And while all of those options are Android options, there are Windows 8 tablets hitting the shelves that might worth a second look. Here are our top 10 iPad alternatives.
Google's first Nexus 7 tablet was one of the best we'd ever seen when it was released in 2012. For it's encore performance, the search giant has given the $229 Nexus 7 (2013) a significant specs boost and sleeker design than its predecessor. The new Nexus 7 packs a razor sharp 1920 x 1200 resolution and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. There's also the addition of a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera to complement the original Nexus 7' 1.2-MP front camera. With specs like that, it's safe to say this is the best Nexus tablet yet.