I’m with Chris on this…… I use my apple air all the time and love it …but the ipad is not a business tablet. For kids who want to play games and watch tv ..ok but grown ups with business needs will find that this tablet is far from a top performers! I’m not even interested in what the Ipad 3 has to offer …I know it will not serve my business needs!
Chris you are a woefully inexperience user… their are over 500,000 apps for the iOS (that’s what runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) many of them are free versions or lite versions. You absolutely don’t need to pay $15 to copy and paste text. It’s inherent in just about every app. You could also download one of about 5 free apps (Including registering for iCloud) that would allow you to access files from a variety of places. i.e. Drop Box which is free.
Meredith – what kind of business are you in?? Probably low level… I’ll grant that you are not going to be able to do accounting work using the spreadsheet apps available but you are able to review documents that are very sophisticated. There engineers using the iPad to preview and comment on industrial design work. Once back in their offices they can use their primary computer to make their changes. Part of understanding the iPad is knowing what it does extremely well (better than all other tablets) and when it’s time to use computer.
I have to say I’m a little surprised the Blackberry Playbook didn’t make the list. Yes it lacks apps right now. But the second version of the OS will have Android support. It has hi def graphics, Flash support, true multi-tasking, even great sounding built in speakers. Blackberry has it’s problems but they make a heck of a tablet.
Ummmm what about the Toshiba Thrive????????????? Full HDMI slot AND a full size usb input. Yes $400 is alot but it runs as good if not better than any of these on the top 10 list. So how did the BN nook tab make it on the list? A company who has been shutting down its paperback stores in bulk and may go down forever. No future support makes this one a hard one to swallow.
@Meredith, for grown ups who have grown up with computers ( AKA old folks) it is wonderful. I really tend to ignore my iMac the inbox is is unread because I read them on my iPad. RSS feeds are wonderful on the iPad so no need again. I even have a Twit.tv app! DirecTV allows me to even watch TV on it!
I don’t think anyone suggested they were read to “serve my business needs”. If you don’t care for tablets, ignore them.
I am glad you speak for all business users, you must not be a very senior person with your closed mind and shallow responses. I guess doctors, librarians, musicians, editors, photographers, electronic maintainers, soldiers, sales associates are all just kids watching tv and playing games.
You don’t need to buy an app to copy on an iPad. You either don’t know what you are writing about or are deliberately lying. I do serious work for business every day on my ipad2. It has completely replaced my lugging around a laptop.
I can’t help but think that Steve Jobs would be rolling on the floor laughing if he saw the Lenova Thinkpad with a stylus tied to it by a string!! If Steve thought the iPad needed a stylus, there is no way it would leave the design room like that. The stylus would be Bluetooth, and if it was out of range (lost), it would alert you.
What happened here? Was an INTERN told “hey we need to publish something about tablets” so he/she picked the first 10 they came across and published it. Had they did a little homework the THRIVE would have made top review. Sad, Sad, Sad…..
Yes, I concur with Darcey above, the RIM PlayBook is a great piece of equipment and should have been in this list. And more apps are coming by the day. I am a business user and this tablet is perfect for me, of course has to be paired with a BB smartphone to maximise its potential. I am anxious to see the version 2 of the OS.
RIM’s PLAYBOOK should be included in the list. If not for the size of screen and lack of rich app market, it would definitely become #1 tablet in the market.
ability to multifunction, best front and back cameras, HD video recording, kick ass processor……… best one ever, and at the moment cant beat the price!
Playbook, has the best Internet browsing, support more movie formats, beautiful screen display, smaller size for carrying, 32g memory and $250 price, it should be the best value tablet on the market. I would buy it just to storage music videos download from Youtubes.
Not sure why everyone is touting the tablet they particularly own as the best, but the two that are worth looking at are the iPad 2 and Transformer Prime. That’s it. The others work just fine, and fulfill the needs of many, I’m sure, but in the search for the BEST, Apple’s offering beats most in terms of the OS, usability, and App support, especially in the medical field (for which there is little to no competition on Android. At all. If you’re a doctor, close this article and go buy an iPad.) Purely circumstance though. iOS was out well ahead of Android, and as such has had a monumental headstart in App development. That being said, in terms of something to replace my laptop for work (documents, email, attachments, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.) I would only choose the ASUS Transformer Prime. The other Android Tablets, in comparison to the iPad, are mediocre (With the exception of the Galaxy Tab 10.1). The Toshiba Thrive falls into this category, because of it’s bulky size and yawn-worthy specs. I get it. You own one, it works great and does everything your heart desires. But it simply isn’t jaw dropping game-changing stuff. Same goes for the Playbook, although an OS update could certainly help.
Moral of the story? Cut the writer some slack. IPad users will never acknowledge the existence of a comparable device, and most of them are unaware that the superiority comes solely from the ease of use and App selection. Android does have one champ right now, and that’s the Transformer Prime with Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich.
For Home Users: it’s a personal Choice, however Apple offer easy to use interface, unique performance & features for housewives , kids, teens,….etc
Apple wins overall ( Apple next iPad will charge your credit card if you breath a non “Apple” O2)
Unfortunately, sometimes people are driven by their emotions when publishing reviews and / or need to find an excuse for their purchase.
Excuse my sarcasm, sometimes I can’t hold my self.
Hope this will help.
my mom used to have an iPad and it was crap. She sold it and got a toshiba tablet and it’s much better, I have the Acer A500 and I loveee it! I also have an ipod touch and it too is junky. the only reason i still use it is because of the music that’s on it
BB Playbook OS destroys both IOS and Android. You know the people who wrote this are TECHNO-Tarded (technically challenged) when they include readers and skip over the best platform available. They probably took some kids word for it at Best Buy.
i believe the sony s tyablet should be top on the list with its unique design feeels like a book and can use as an ebook reader yet have the capability to control just about and media device you can think of of any brand,you can control cable boxes,dvr ,dvd-vhs,blueray,tv,stereos,projectors cant do that on apple also i have been able to install windows xp on my tablet and also run ics on it so has multi uses unlike the ipad there are other markets like google that offers free apps not found on the market and u can get virtually any app for free off the internet without having to fork over a dime. has sd slot which ipad does not it is an offical playstation device so has playstation games and can download more also wii and ps3 remotes work great when playing super nintendo emulators or any game for that matter,last about 10 hrs of battery life .and not restricted by apple is the best .no plan needed i have rooted my android so i can teather virtually anywhere i want to use my tablet without a monthly fee for it .Ipad sux Sony is stepping up there game
A lot of hype behind this tablet and I am not a fan. I need a tablet I can use for everything; school, work and entertainment and the ipad is far from achieving that. The ipad is a toy, worthless for any practical use. It operates on Apps, which will cost money if you need real use out of it. There’s no SD card slot, USB or HDMI ports. Without any of these option, I find ipad to be extremely user unfriendly.
Asus prime is the best hands down……. Hears my reason why: for one you have to buy songs from i store for two for the 32 g cost almalmost 800 dollors and last but not least to watch and down movies once again you have to pay….. I feel it is best for rich people
not the common person….. Now if you want to spend all your hard earn money to make somebody else rich hay go aheead, not me….i work to hard for my money to give it away to apple……But asus prime is the best everything is free…..
Can you try making a word, excel or ppt doc or download a music file attach it to your mail to sent it to some one. Atleast transfer a contact from some other device. Concept of a tablet was try and replace your laptop with a more portable device. Ipad is incomplete without a computer (itunes) unlike android. Android may not be as polished as IOS but it does everything every ones wants to do with their tablets or phones without the support of a second device or a PC suite. Try android and see what u can do, then compare with apple ( at expense of just $200). Android handles almost every format of everything, even torrents. Play divx, mkv, flash , audio files etc just by drag and drop or direct download (all this for free).
I vote for any Android device mostly because I am an old school Linux user and Android is practically a first cousin to Linux. Android is easy to edit, code and build apps and custom Roms to make the OS into whatever you like. I have a variety of Tablets to play with. They are all rooted and I enjoy them all. (Dell Streak, Samsung Media Player 5.0, ViewSonic Gtab, Acer A500, Samsung 7″ and 10″, and half a dozen smaller brands straight from China, France, etc…)
I avoid Apple and Microsoft as much as possible because I don’t like being restricted in anyway by a tyrannical company like Apple, Microsoft or if we want to get political… the Obama Death Machine and its band of Obamites trying to run us into the ground.
@draeger, funny stuff dude. Truth is try before you buy. Im an android guy. Apple seems really slow to me. My wife and i use droid phones and could not be happier. Her work phone is a new iphone and when she gets home she puts it down for the rest of the night and stays on her droid till she goes to bed. She is a law assistant and uses her iphone for phone calls only. Everything else she does on her DROID. Ive played with it some and im not impressed. With that said, it’s all about personal prefrece and needs. I have many friends who love their apple products and i love to show them what i can do they cant. Or what i can do faster. I want to give a shoutout to Microsoft,, yo Microsoft, you suck.
U can say apple has 500,000 apps or so but many are sub standard giving u just the minimum as compared to android. I was an apple hardline user until lately i switch to android partly bcos of flash and the limitations of apple’s close source apps compared to android open source system. I can hardly find a free non-web based Call Recorder from apple app store buy now i am using android free Call Recorder app with full features! Bluntly put, u can get what u cannot get from apple in android!
Looking to buy a new tablet and getting very confused with all the options available. My main requirements are basic cheap tablet that i can connect to my TV (HDMI port or may be an additional adapter). Seems like Google Nexus is cheap and a nice choice but not sure if it can be connected to TV. Any other options you would recommend? Would prefer the price range to be less than $300.
Thanks for your help.
I really was looking for a great low priced tablet … i just dont want an ipad. To me it seems like everyone says its butt. Well the way i see it this article really didnt help. And if anybody has any suggestions of a tablet that is great for entertainment, id like to see it. Thnx! : )
I am trying to choose between a asus transformer and a Samsung galaxy tab 2
I am a photographer so do a lot with my photos, I use the Internet a lot and uploading things and a lot of these things my ipad2 does not do like my emails cant upload things , I can’t view word documents or change them and this annoys me , now I want the best for its money and storage as wel which dol you think is better ??
I recommend the transformer. I have used both. I ultimately chose the infinity and am very pleased. Much better than display than the galaxy. Much smoother and quicker browser. I use mine mostly for internet browsing and watching videos, and sending emails w/ attachments, lol. You can get a micro sd card to expand memory. Also, you can buy a keyboard dock that has a usb port suitable for your flash drive etc. And asus confirms it will receive an upgrade to android jellybean. The infinity is $500 for 32gb internal memory; $600 for 64gb internal memory. Both have micro sd slots for cards that can add up to an additional 32gb.
Many tablets are out there and many are good generally but some excel in specialty areas. Apple has marketig and a slew of options that work to varying degrees both good and bad but who cares, it is an Apple right. The Android models are just as good and are generally better priced than Apple but perception is the marker here. What everyone is missing is that when you compare price, quality security and speed the Blackberry is the winner hands down. What they don’t conform to is trying to be everything for everyone and focus in on what they do well. The speed and security of BB is untouched by any of the others but struggles with the App index even though 60% of the Apps offerred by Apple and Android machines never get used. Simple inventory, security, quality and unbelievable pricing make BB the hands down winner never mind the marketing BS.
I agree with some of the frustrations of other post about the IPad for business users. I purchased the Samsung series 7 slate PC Tablet. Finally sonmething that the business user can use for work. My iPad is great for checking email fast and searching the web. My PC tablet running Windows 7 and office 2010 is great. I like everything I can do with exel, PowerPoint,publisher.word and even Note with the stylis pen is fantastic. My PC tablet also has iPad like desktop with apps too. I don’t think the are are all that yet, but I’m going to partition 20 gigs and run the new windows 8 operating system. I will probably purchase a second PC tablet from Microsoft for my wife when they come out because the IPad her company bought her for showing presentations like exel, PowerPoint don’t work well on the iPad. My wife and I are willing to pay a premium if a tablet will do all the things a business user needs. Looking forward to Microsoft launch of the Suface PC later this month.
I’m wondering if someone can help me. I am looking to buy my husband a tablet for his birthday. He is a musician and the tablet will be mainly used for light recording. Is there a tablet that stands out for this purpose? Also, is he able to plug his guitar in to one of them and record that way? Any help would be awesome. Thank you
If you are looking for a tablet that will let you plug in a to record your music iPad is for you. FYI being a long haul truck driver I use my iPad every day. Yes there are some problems with it however as for me I have used 8 tablets and I will stay with my iPad. You name it iPad has it or it is on the way. What I have is the 32GB with 3G, that is all I need. As a truck driver there are a lot of FREE apps I use. For you RVers my apps will work for you to.
As a professional User, Ipad is for home use and for child. Android is better when coming to the professionnel way as it’s more easier to to link to professionnal soft (talking about real professional software not on word , excel…)
Perhaps win8 on tablets will win in the pro market as some are with PC processors, big ssd and rugetized tablet.
I just don’t understand why legitimate sites like Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the ohters listed in there “as seen” section allow this company to advertise their products. As soon as I saw the add, I knew it was a scam, too good to be true, but was amazaed to see it avertised on a legitimate news site (even if you don’t agree with its political views, it is still legitimate). By accepting these ads, and allowing htem to use their logo and “as seen on” as part of their site, they add more legitimacy to this product.
With the release of the iPad Mini iv found myself in a rut as whether to get the iPad Mini or spend that extra hundred to get the new iPad. It really does just boil down to that considering the iPad Mini phases out, in terms of specs, the iPad 2 completely. Is a iPad vs iPad Mini review out??
After shelling out $550 for the Transformer Prime and docking station(keyboard) I’m not thrilled that it has been returned 3 times with no resolution to my USB & SDHC problems. I either get “No Problem Found” or NO documentation at all on what was found or not found. It
In addition, wifi operation is so bad that it doesn’t work at most web access points(McDonalds).I get 1 bar, 20 ft from my wireless router. My other laptops get 4 or 5 bars at the same distance.
If you would check out the Transformer Prime forums, you would find that all is not happy is ASUS land.
I don’t understand why the iPad mini gets an editor’s choice despite it’s inferior screen and jacked up prices. I feel like the price of the product is taken into account for all other products except for Apple. I really like this website, but hate feeling like there is an Apple bias. I realize the iPhones are good phones for so many, but the iPad mini, in my opinion, definitely falls short.
I have got the Blackbery Playbook along with several of my family and my main gripe is the lack of decision making at RIM, for several months there has been talk of offering Android to the tablet but nothing but the real issue and where i’m sure has cost Blackberry brownie points big time is the dragging of feet at RIM of allowing Skype a dedicated platform on the Playbook, come on RIM we live in a world where people need choice and not be the Apple of the past where you try and control what people want, if the Playbook had the Skype facility i’m sure it would have entered the list high up as the graphics and speakers are excellent along with the build quality…..
There is another whole world of tablets that live below the radar- some include Kocaso & AGPtek with great customer reviews. Why aren’t these mentioned by the tech reviewers from Cnet, PC World or Laptop ?
Woah JeffHarvey. Not to disrespect you here but do you really own a Playbook? They have had Android compatability for over a year now. You can even side load Android apps if you’re into that sort of thing. And from what I understand about app programming, it’s Skype who provides the app for RIM, not the other way around. RIM has nothing to do with it.
I’ve owned the Playbook since it’s release. It is a true multi-tasking tablet with HD graphics, front and rear cameras, HDMI output, fully funtional internet surfing and business ready machine. It handles the kiddie stuff and office needs with ease. With its solid QNX platform, it almost never crashes and if it does, it’s usually third party software related. The only and I mean only complaint I have with it is its 7″ screen and if RIM releases a 10″ version, Apple best look out, I’m not kidding. The Playbook is also getting lots of kudos as a gaming platform. Swipe gestures and no buttons makes usage a breeze. With all of the “best tablets of 2012″ reviews floating around out there, with a price point of around $250 for the 32 GB version right now, the omission of the Playbook from many is really laughable.
I’m in the market for a tablet for my dad, but it’s been very hard to decide between Apple and Android. My supervisor at DISH is an Apple Fanboy and one of my coworkers is all about Android. I spent all day listening to them argue about which is better, and it’s honestly very tiring. I appreciate that this list contains ten various suggestions because it’s making things a lot easier for me. My dad was always complaining that he misses his football games while he’s away from home so I got him a Sling Adapter for his birthday so that he could download the DISH Remote Access app to his Smartphone. Now he never misses a game when he’s out of town because he can watch them live or as recordings from his DVR. I figured a larger screen wouldn’t hurt, but who knew it would be so hard to decide which is best!
I got my mom one of these (the Apple iPad Mini) for Christmas and she loves it! I also got myself Lenovo’s IdeaTab A2107 (I needed offline GPS, which only Samsung’s 3G/4G Galaxy Tabs and Lenovo’s IdeaTab offered at the time of purchase, and the Lenovo’s lower price was compelling enough for me to pick one up).
The performance and simplicity of the iPad are amazing… but I clearly told her to keep it locked down since she is taking it with her to many different places and the iPad is so hot, that lots of people, including a few thieves, want one.
As for my 7″ Lenovo tablet, it’s been a great tablet as well, though it was thicker (and half the price) of the iPad. I especially like the Lenovo’s offline GPS and it’s virtual keyboard, which works great in landscape orientation. I was more comfortable typing on the Lenovo than I was typing on the Apple, so between price, keyboard and GPS, that sealed the deal for me.
I recommend BOTH the Apple and the Lenovo. I also like Samsung’s Galaxy tablets (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note series).
Just got the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ….Still trying to use it to its fullest, but it will take some time as it does so much. Got a good deal at Best Buy, $450.00 now its back up to $499.99 . Hated to spend so much money but it was worth it. Hope apps. will keep coming out for years to come.To many features to list but the upgradeable memory and the pen etc are great.
I’ve owned a few tablets… I currently own a nexus 7 and note 10.1…. I had a company iPad and hated it. IOS just plain sux at multitasking the gnote 10.1 is the best tablet I’ve used for work… Real multitasking and able to actually take notes…
I’m confused and don’t know what I’m looking at. I’m looking to buy a tablet for my hubby’s birthday and it needs to have wifi so he can use utube and I also want to put my own movies and tv shows onto it without any trouble. Please help.
I have an Ipad 2 and an Ipad Mini. All I can say is that the Mini is amazing .. I simply love that is it smaller and it fits everywhere.
Thank you for taking your time writing this review for us.
IMHO the IPad Mini is inferior to the Samsung Galaxy 7.7, a product launched more than 6 months before the former. Better screen, great battery life and faster processor. I fail to understand why there are fewer articles comparing these two products. Would the editor care to comment?
These reviews bring out the Apple cult in droves. Most of these Ipad lovers have probably never even tried an Android device. Once they drink the apple flavored kool-aid the blinders come on and subjectivity goes out the window. I’ve worked with both. Apple products are good, but so are many, many others. I worked in a newsroom that converted from PC to Mac and regretted it from the start. Hardware problems were incredible. But that doesn’t mean I dislike all Apple products. My Atrix2 has been a joy. My IPod served me well. Hell, I thought for the year and bang for the buck my Commodore Amiga was the best thing going. Apple lovers relax. It’s OK for some of us to prefer something else.
Fortunately I had the chance to experience apple in the 80′s and 90′s. Love it but only for battery life and updates that it offers. After praying my galaxy phone which I do everything on i’m in love even more with Android. Yeah there are some glitches but hopefully they’ll get worked out sooner than later. Android is for productivity. I say in church and created a doc that I needed to print before the end if service on my phone. I’ve tried various tablets and I say galaxy note, especially if you constantly need to write or go between items. But to each their own. And because of the fact tablets are more popular I like being able to customize mine and Android doors that.
I purchased an ipad 4in December 2012. I was attracted to apple due to it having fewer virus attacks. However, I find the ipad limiting because I like to experiment with material from different sites and really the ipad is for window showing and scanning articles etc. The free apps are limited in what they can do. I also fel that I waste valuable time accomplishing nothing while I try to find out how to do x or y with my ipad. I should just turn it off and go use my computer. Hopefully I will get more into this habit and stop wasting time on my ipad.
I add my voice to the observation that there are users of lots of different tablets which meet their needs and which they love to distraction . I wonder, however, how many of them have had real experience with another tablet besides the one they love. However, it is true that several people have stated that they have had experience with the iPad, were disappointed and have switched to other devices, mostly Android based tablets, it appears, but not vice-versa.
I think this is a case of “different strokes for different folks”, or if you prefer, “à chacun son goût”. And also, that the various tablets are aimed at different segments of the market. For example, early on, Apple managed to take over the primary school market as well as other market segments by providing well designed software that meets the needs of that segment rather than trying to be everything to all things. The best publicity is word of mouth and positive experience with a particular tablet can be contagious, specially when the person praising is respected.
In any case, a review should include an evaluation of a wide variety of instances of the thing being reviewed. This is what is attempted here. To limit it to 10, is artificial and a result of the plethora of “top 10″ lists, but some limit is appropriate. And it is reasonable if you have a limit, to include only those which are in wide use at the time the article is written, with the possible exception of new tablets on the market that show special promise, for example, perhaps the RIM tablet?
I own an iPad 2, I pod mini, Google nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy tab, and a windows phone. From my experience the windows platform is excellent. Yet I have been in grad school for sometime and thrive on Microsoft apps. I also love the freedom to load any website I choose. As android is cool but a lot of the apps have cookie type 3rd party adds, plus other junk. Apple is cool if u like the speed and simplicity but I find apple is limited with web surfing. Microsoft is great for web surfing, downloading and downloading stuff. Microsoft is like a mini computer. The only limitation are the variety of apps u find on android and apple. So I would say think about what you want to use a table for andbuy according to that. I am not an app lover but I love to search , research , write-type
I own an iPad 2, I pad mini, Google nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy tab, and a windows phone. From my experience the windows platform is excellent. Yet I have been in grad school for sometime and thrive on Microsoft apps. I also love the freedom to load any website I choose. Android is cool but a lot of the apps have cookie type 3rd party adds, plus other junk. Apple is cool if u like the speed and simplicity but I find apple is limited with website loading access’ some sites are not compatible with apple platform. Microsoft is great for web surfing, downloading and documentation that can sync to a windows base computer. Microsoft is like a mini computer. The only limitation is the variety of apps u find on android and apple. So I would say think about what you want to use a tablet for and buy according to that. I am not an app lover but I love to search , research , write-type stuff and then finish what i started on my tablet on my home computer. Plus windows 8 is really neat!
I work in education and we’re about to dip our toes into the Tablet market. Personally I have owned and used a number of tablets, from the original iPad, Asus Transformer, Acer Iconia W500, Galaxy Tab, Surface RT and having spent several hours trying them out in a number of electrical retailers, i plumped for the Surface Pro. As a Windows Phone owner for over 2 years (currently using a Lumia 920) I liked the style of the O.S but my Surface Pro is now loaded up with much of the software I used on my powerful Desktop PC. That said, when the device is in my hand and not on a table with the stand and keyboard out, it’s a fast, friendly and impressive tablet. The iPad and iPhone are tired, with small (and expensive) incremental annual updates that are simply not worth your money. Android is too fragmented (sorry, the app experience across 3 different Android tablets has been flaky at best). The Windows 8 route is the most expensive, no doubt, but it’s the most flexible. People talking nonsense about Microsoft locking down the system, think again; Windows 8 is a FULL O.S, not a stripped-down mobile O.S. iOS is slick, tried and tested…but old.
What is offered by the editors pertaining to the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 was the same editorial stuff offered about the original ThinkPad Tablet. Businessperson’s choice. NOT! TPT-1 is junk hidden behind wonderful Gorilla Glass (the best part of the tablet). Lenovo has major problems with the TPT and has stuck its head in the ground. Thousands of users left to fend for themselves because of an engineering design flaw and Lenovo wants nothing to do with it. (No, I’m not guessing. I’m an engineer and the guy who designed the power switch knew nothing of physics.) I doubt very much that Lenovo has changed their tune for the TPT-2. For thousands of TPT-1 owners, a tablet that will not turn on or off is pretty useless. Lenovo could have gained great customer loyalty if they had stood behind this major design error. But, alas, after decades of IBM ThinkPad products, I will purchase no more Lenovo stuff. Editors, check some durability facts before choosing a favorite.
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