I am often asked about tablets better than the iPad so I think it’s about time for this post. Although there are other good tablets out there, Apple’s marketing prowess convinces most of us that the iPad can’t lose to any other tablet. Really, it’s more than the marketing. It’s a fact that the iPad is the top overall tablet in the market — the right combo of its hardware and software makes it better than all other current Android tablets today. But there are tablets that have better specific traits than the iPad. There are those which have better screens, faster processors, louder sound, cheaper price and so on. So although this doesn’t make them better, this makes them the best alternatives to the iPad. Check them out below.
Google Nexus 7
Probably the most popular Android tablet this year, Google’s Nexus 7 is much cheaper than the iPad and can directly compete with its speed. There’s two reason for that speed: a quad-core CPU and the latest Android system. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 inside the Nexus 7 is among the top processors in any device and has more cores than the iPad’s. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is also much more compatible with tablet hardware than its predecessors. It also has a good screen although not as good as the iPad 4 but definitely better than the iPad Mini (the Nexus 7 overall is actually a better buy than the iPad Mini). Besides speed, the Nexus 7 can also match the iPad’s battery life (10 hours). NFC is another good thing that’s present in the Nexus and absent on the iPad.
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity
This tablet is not cheap — actually it’s price tag almost equals the iPad — but that’s because it has lots to offer. On paper, it is the fastest Android tablet available today thanks to its quad-core chip being clocked at 1.6 GHz (the iPad is clocked at 1.4 GHz, BTW). It is thinner and lighter than the iPad, has better cameras, and has an external storage option (microSD). But the best thing about the Infinity is that you can use it as a laptop through the optional keyboard dock. Not a big deal? how about the fact that the dock increases the battery life of this tablet from 9+ hours to 12 hours? The Transformer Pad Infinity is also the ultimate gaming tablet not only because of the premium Android games you can play on it but also because it supports XBox 360 and PS3 controllers. One of the best tablets ever, really.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9
The Kindle Fire HD has the weakest hardware on this list and thus has the weakest argument as a tablet better than the iPad. But there’s something that this tablet has that Apple may never have: an integration to the world’s largest online retail store. This is the single best reason why you would ever consider buying the Kindle Fire; free movies, books, games and other special promos from Amazon are just clicks away! The Kindle Fire HD also has made improvements (processor, sound, overall design, Wi-Fi connectivity) to slightly narrow its gap with the iPad. And yeah, the friendly price is still there too although it’s now matched by the Nexus 7.
|Apple iPad||Google Nexus 7||ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity||Kindle Fire HD 8.9|
|Operating System||iOS 6||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Android 4.0 ICS (upgradable)||Modified ICS|
|Dimensions/Weight||9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 in/1.44 lb||7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in/12 oz||10.35 x 7.12 x 0.33 in/1.32 lb||9.45 x 6.46 x 0.35 in/1.25 lb|
|Display||9.7" 1536 x 2048 px||7" 800 x 1280 px||1o.1" 1920 x 1200 px||8.9" 1920 x 1200 px|
|Processor||1.4 GHz dual-core Apple A6X||1.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3||1.6 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3||1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470|
|Storage||16/32/64 GB||16/32 GB||32/64 GB||16/32 GB|
|Camera (rear/front)||5 MP/1.2 MP||1.2 MP||8 MP/2 MP||1.3 MP|
The Nexus 10 and Galaxy Note 10.1 can also be considered as good iPad alternatives. But if you have to money to spend, I would still say that your first choice should be the iPad 4. Do you have other tablets in mind that you think are better than the iPad? Let us know through the comments!