Best Android tablet

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by itsmeorthedog, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. itsmeorthedog macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2013
    What's the best android tablet on the market?
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  3. OhHaiThere macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2011
  4. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Best one I've used so far is the GPad 8.3 (without the LG software). Wouldn't have minded getting the GPE version.

    Cyanogenmod 11 does for now however!

    Previously owned the 2013 Nexus 7 but then extra screen size on the 8.3 does make things better.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't own one, but I think the Nexus 7 is a good tablet. If I were to get an android tablet, that's the bad boy I'd purchase :)
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    It is a good tablet, however, I'd get the Galaxy Note 8.0.
  7. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Currently I cannot recommend Note 8. I would go for the LG G Pad.

    Samsung will step up big time in the tablet market. Just look into their devices at CES.
  8. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Get the new Samsung 8.4 tablet recently announced.
  9. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
  10. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    The 2nd Gen Nexus 7 or the Galaxy Note Tab 2014 are good choices.
  11. tbayrgs, Jan 18, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2014

    tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I've owned both generations of the Nexus 7, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and the LG G Pad 8.3 (GPE) and the LG is by far my favorite. It has the optimal size display for a smaller tablet with much smaller bezels than the Nexus, great materials and build quality, expandable memory and runs stock Android. Only negative is the display--while sharp, it's on the warmer side, almost yellowish in tone. TBH, I only noticed when putting in alongside the Nexus 7 and an iPad Mini.

    The latest generation Nexus 7 is also very nice--I just find the 7" display too small.

    The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is a big step forward from past Samsung offerings but still has some noticeable flaws. TouchWiz is still too heavy handed with features of questionable utility and performance and results in an inconsistent and occasionally laggy experience. I also do not like the use of hardware buttons as it makes use in portrait orientation a PITA. The S-Pen works well but Samsung's accompanying software needs some improvement and expanded compatibility (more multi window compatible apps and syncing outside the Samsung environment).

    I'm curious about the recently announced Samsung Tab 8.4 with it's super high res display but worry about the hardware buttons and Samsung's UI skin.
  12. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    The value of this tablet indeed can't be beaten. However, a Note Pro 12" or a 10" 2014 is definitely much more capable - at at least twice the price point. (Actually, the Note Pro 12" is so freaking expensive that I'd certainly prefer the Surface Pro 2 to it.)
  13. Fanaticalism macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2013
    What tbayrgs said.

    The 2014 has the sharpest display I've ever owned on a tablet, but the inconsistency in performance forced me to return it. Contrast (particularly black levels) was also lacking which was evident in a darker environment, not to mention the flash lighting on the one I had was terrible.
  14. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    If I was in the market for another tablet I would get the GPE Gpad 8.3
  15. T-Mac macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm typing this on my nexus 7 2013. Best tech purchase I've ever made. The bang for the buck is unbeatable.
  16. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    The Nexus 7 is hands down the best Android tablet. The most underrated tablet is the Lenovo Ideatab s5000 because it greatly outperforms its specs.
  17. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    Another BIG thumb's up for the new Nexus 7. The 16gb version is occasionally on sale for $199, but even at the standard retail price it's a great value. Best small tablet available right now.
  18. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    The galaxy note 8 has the much slower exynos 4 and a much lower resolution.
  19. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Bit of a pointless thread as we don't know what size you want?

    But I have a 2012 Nexus 7 and would not hesitate for a second to replace it with another Nexus 7. It fits in my pocket and is nice and powerful and runs native Android and games like a boss. Their is a nice Nvidia Tegra 4 7" tablet but it has a low screen resolution.

    So 7" - Nexus 7
    8" - The LG tablet or the Note tablet
    10" - Nexus 10 or Note 10" or the Asus Transformer TF701T
  20. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Bought one for my daughter for Xmas. She chose it over an iPad Air.

    Build quality is decent....typical of a Samsung device. Visual quality was supberb, almost as good as my iPad Air. S-Pen is really a nice feature on a tablet of this size.

    If you really want to stay Android, likely the best in class right now. Pricey, however.
  21. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    summary: everyone recommends a device from Samsung

    I don't like their bloatware. Is it possible to install CyanogenMod on the new devices? Which one do you recommend me for CyanogenMod? I like 7"
  22. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1, you've misread the thread - Samsung is the king in the high-end, particularly if you want windowed multitasking / Wacom.

    2, in the lower-end, the Nexus 7 2013 is the best.
  23. Robisan macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2014
    The new Nexus 7 is NOT low end at all. It has a beautiful 1920 x 1200, 323ppi screen, a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1500 MHz processor, 2gb of ram and clean Android 4.4 Kit Kat.
  24. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    I used the expression lower-end. I certainly didn't mean low-end.

    BTW, I love mine too(albeit I use my iPads a hundred times more, particularly now that they could be JB'n under iOS7) and have also recommended it above.
  25. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    I'm so sick of Safari crashing on my iPad Air. I picked up another (had one previously but sold it) Nexus 7 32GB 2013 for $180 on an open box deal. Curiously this thing is brand spanking new, the factory wrapping was never removed.

    Google has addressed the issues that drove me nuts from the first Nexus 7 I had. It runs great. Even though Chrome is nowhere near as quick as Safari on the iPad Air, I can open 10+ tabs and it never closes my tabs or crashes.

    The bad thing now is that I'm used to the light weight of the iPad Air with the big 10" screen, the 7" Nexus is too small now, so now I'm checking out the Sony Xperia Tablet Z which has the same specs as the Nexus 7. I've been reading about it all day and I think it's overall the best Android tablet right now, taking into account build quality, size and weight. This thing is thinner than the iPad Air and is waterproof!

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