Choose From Th­ese Ten Pop­u­lar An­droid Tablets

If you are in­ter­ested in purchasing a tablet, this ar­ti­cle will point you to the ten most pop­u­lar An­droid tablets and in­form you on their strong points.

OpenSource For You - - Contents - By: Meghraj Singh Beni­wal The au­thor has a B. Tech in elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, is a free­lance writer and an An­droid app de­vel­oper. He is cur­rently work­ing as an au­to­ma­tion en­gi­neer at In­fosys, Pune. He can be con­tacted at meghra­js­[email protected]­iff­mail.c

Digi­ti­sa­tion has made peo­ple ev­ery­where use elec­tronic de­vices like smart­phones, com­put­ers and lap­tops to per­form all kinds of tasks in a smarter way. Tablets are an­other way of ac­cess­ing the In­ter­net, play­ing games and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers. They fit in your palm and are light enough to carry any­where, eas­ily. With a tablet, you can do as many things as you can with a com­puter or smart­phone. You can browse the Web, play games, send and re­ceive emails, and much more.

A tablet is a thin, flat mo­bile com­puter with a touch­screen dis­play and many other fea­tures. The touch­screen dis­play recog­nises fin­ger prints or ges­tures, which it takes as in­puts, re­plac­ing the mouse and key­board. It is also equipped with many advanced fea­tures and sen­sors in­clud­ing dig­i­tal cam­eras, mi­cro­phones, etc. Tablets are typ­i­cally larger than smart­phones with screens mea­sur­ing 17.8cm (7 inches) or more. They have the func­tion­al­ity of the mod­ern smart­phone and run on a ded­i­cated mo­bile op­er­at­ing system. You can read a book that you have loaded onto the tablet, or you can play games and surf the In­ter­net.

An­droid tablets are dif­fer­ent

To­day, An­droid de­vices dom­i­nate the world in com­par­i­son to Black­Berry and Ap­ple de­vices. There are many ver­sions of An­droid, with ad­di­tional func­tion­al­ity and new in­ter­faces com­ing out ev­ery day. The An­droid plat­form has been made avail­able un­der a de­vel­oper-friendly open source li­cence that gives more free­dom and flex­i­bil­ity to de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers when de­sign­ing their prod­ucts. An­droid is dif­fer­ent from iPhone, Black­Berry or Sym­bian in pri­mar­ily two as­pects—flex­i­bil­ity and di­ver­sity. An­droid is more user-friendly and, be­ing open source, any­one can ac­cess and cus­tomise it as per their needs.

An­droid tablets in­clude al­most all the key fea­tures found in a reg­u­lar tablet PC, in­clud­ing of­fice ap­pli­ca­tions, games, Web browsers and many other pro­grams. They are cen­tred on ap­pli­ca­tions or apps. Hence, the An­droid icons are prom­i­nent and the home screen is sim­ple. You can delete and mod­ify all the apps ex­cept the di­aller, ap­pli­ca­tion tray and Web

Earth. There are four but­tons for nav­i­ga­tion and a won­der­ful no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar at the top of the screen.

The wid­get is the key fea­ture of An­droid tablets and in­cludes weather, cal­en­dar, clock, GPS and Blue­tooth. In ad­di­tion, you can cus­tomise the An­droid tablet to suit your needs. Geeks of­ten re­place the en­tire func­tion­al­ity of the An­droid op­er­at­ing system with a cus­tom read-only mem­ory.

An­droid tablet hard­ware

There are many va­ri­eties of An­droid tablets avail­able in the mar­ket. You can find many dif­fer­ences be­tween An­droid tablets be­cause they are man­u­fac­tured and de­signed by dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies. Hence, it is very dif­fi­cult to sum up their spec­i­fi­ca­tions. An­droid tablets are re­ally just spe­cialised com­put­ers. In gen­eral, most tablets con­tain the fol­low­ing hard­ware com­po­nents: A pro­ces­sor

Mem­ory chips

Blue­tooth chip

FM tuner

At least one cam­era

A stor­age chip and pos­si­bly a slot for ad­di­tional stor­age

A bat­tery

A graph­ics pro­ces­sor


A va­ri­ety of sen­sors like ac­celerom­e­ters, a com­pass and light sen­sors

GPS re­ceiver

Wi-Fi an­tenna

How to choose an An­droid tablet

Be­fore buy­ing an An­droid tablet, you need to ask your­self a few ques­tions, like how much are you will­ing to spend and whether you are pre­pared for a de­vice that in­volves a sharp learn­ing curve. Navigating an An­droid de­vice is a learn­ing experience. On the other hand, the op­er­at­ing system is friend­lier and, be­ing open source, you can tweak the set­tings and cus­tomise the de­vice for your­self. An­droid tablets are bud­get-friendly, but there are dozens of dif­fer­ent An­droid tablets from var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers avail­able on the mar­ket. The price of the tablet in­di­cates the ma­te­ri­als used to make it and the ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing system.

Top 10 pop­u­lar An­droid tablets in the world

If you are look­ing for a tablet and think­ing about buy­ing an An­droid de­vice, then there are many op­tions for you. Let us look at some of the best­known An­droid tablets (a com­par­i­son of th­ese tablets is given in Ta­ble 1).

1. Google Pixel C

This is per­haps the best An­droid tablet at its price and comes with many spe­cial fea­tures. Google Pixel C has a fan­tas­tic dis­play, a fast and pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor, and a pre­mium de­sign. How­ever, it is a bit heavy to carry and ex­pen­sive. Its key­board dock is not fully utilised by the An­droid in­ter­face. This tablet is equipped with a very good touch­screen. It has a clean stock An­droid in­ter­face, metal body and a great screen. It comes with a big 25.9cm (10.2-inch) dis­play, a 34.2WHr bat­tery and the An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low OS. The Pixel C is pow­ered by NVIDIA’s Te­gra X1 pro­ces­sor and comes with 3 gi­ga­bytes of RAM. It comes with a non­re­mov­able bat­tery, and you can up­grade the de­vice to An­droid 7.1 Nougat.

2. Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2

This tablet comes with a thin, light de­sign, a great screen, a good bat­tery life and a de­cent cam­era. There are plenty of rea­sons to in­vest your money in the Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2. You can use this tablet for both read­ing and Web surf­ing. The videos work bet­ter be­cause of the power of its pro­ces­sor. The Tab S2 is avail­able in 20.3cm (8 inches) and 25.4cm (10 inches) vari­ants, with the smaller op­tion be­ing more portable and cheaper. This tablet is pow­er­ful and has a slicker ver­sion of Sam­sung's Touch Wiz in­ter­face.

3. Sony Xpe­ria Z4

The Sony Xpe­ria Z4 tablet comes with a gor­geous dis­play and a new im­proved user in­ter­face. It is one of the best An­droid tablets in the mar­ket right now. It is wa­ter­proof, im­pres­sively thin, and has a su­per-sharp screen. In ad­di­tion, the Sony Xpe­ria Z4 has a

nice-look­ing de­sign. It has a great slate screen and im­pres­sive per­for­mance. Its user in­ter­face is good and it comes in two vari­ants, with 64 gi­ga­bytes or 32 gi­ga­bytes mi­croSD slots. It comes with a 2K dis­play, and is one of the gen­uine al­ter­na­tives to Ap­ple’s iPad.

4. Google Nexus 9

Google cre­ated the Nexus 9 and this tablet is built by HTC. It runs the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid and you will con­tinue to re­ceive timely soft­ware up­dates for Nexus 9 tablets for an­other year. It has a 22.6cm (8.9 inches) dis­play and an NVIDIA Te­gra K1 pro­ces­sor. You can buy the Nexus 9 tablet with ei­ther 16 or 32 gi­ga­bytes of on­board stor­age. This tablet also comes with a big 6700mAh bat­tery and weighs only 436 grams. Nav­i­ga­tion, switch­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, play­ing games and stream­ing movies or videos in this tablet are a breeze. It also has a nice soft-touch ma­te­rial at the back that makes this tablet easy to hold, sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal Nexus 5 tablet. It comes with an 8 megapixel back cam­era and 1.6 megapixel front cam­era. It has a pow­er­ful 64-bit pro­ces­sor, Boom Sound speak­ers, a long last­ing bat­tery and speedy An­droid up­dates.

5. Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

The Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 comes with a smaller 20.3cm (8 inches) dis­play that makes it con­ve­nient and easy to carry around any­where. This tablet is only 5.6mm thick and weighs just 265 grams. Its suc­ces­sor, the Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2, makes it an even bet­ter op­tion. It has plenty of power to keep you go­ing through all your tasks with­out any lag. It is rather sim­i­lar to an iPad, and comes with 3 gi­ga­bytes of RAM and 32GB/64GB of mi­croSD stor­age, ex­pand­able up to 128GB. In ad­di­tion, it comes with an 8MP rear cam­era and a 2.1MP front cam­era.

6. NVIDIA Shield K1

The spec­i­fi­ca­tions and de­sign of this tablet are pretty much the same as other tablets. How­ever, it ad­di­tion­ally has a rub­berised sur­face next to the speak­ers. It also comes with brushed metal let­ter­ing on the rear side of the tablet. This brand was al­ways ex­pen­sive, but now the com­pany is try­ing to cut costs by not in­clud­ing the charger or sty­lus. The spec­i­fi­ca­tions of this tablet are listed be­low.

It comes with an 20.3cm (8 inches) LCD dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 1920 x 1200.

It has a 2.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Te­gra K1 pro­ces­sor.

It comes along with 2 gi­ga­bytes of RAM and a non-re­mov­able 19.75WHr bat­tery.

It has 16GB of on­board stor­age with mi­croSD card ex­pan­sion.

It also has a 5MP rear and 5MP front built-in cam­era.

It runs on the An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low op­er­at­ing system and you can up­date it for a later ver­sion.

7. Asus Fonepad

Asus Fonepad is one of the sleek­est tablets in the mar­ket. It has a 17.78cm (7 inches) IPS LCD ca­pac­i­tive touch screen with a res­o­lu­tion of 800x1280 pix­els. You can use it to make calls over 3G net­works. It runs on An­droid ver­sion 4.1, and you can down­load all the lat­est games and ap­pli­ca­tions from the Google Play store. Asus Fonepad sup­ports multi-touch, and has mul­ti­ple sen­sors like the prox­im­ity sen­sor, G sen­sor and am­bi­ent light sen­sor. It comes with the In­tel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor, en­abling it to run graph­ics-rich games with­out glitches.

8. Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S

This tablet comes with an ex­cel­lent screen and plenty of power to mul­ti­task, but it has less stor­age ca­pac­ity. It has a thin screen and is very light to carry. This tablet is avail­able in 21.3cm

(8.4 inches) and 26.6cm (10.5 inches) vari­ants. The Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S has a high speed 2.3GHz quad-core pro­ces­sor with 3 gi­ga­bytes of RAM. It also comes with a mi­croSD slot,

an 8MP rear cam­era and 2.1MP front snap­per. It runs on the An­droid Lol­lipop op­er­at­ing system. Both the vari­ants have fin­ger­print scan­ners for added se­cu­rity. How­ever, the plas­tic body may put you off. This tablet is a bit cheaper be­cause of its spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

9. Len­ovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

This tablet is packed with me­di­afo­cused fea­tures, and sports a unique and a dis­tinc­tive de­sign. It has a builtin stand, which is handy when us­ing the in­te­grated pro­jec­tor that al­lows you to en­joy big screen en­ter­tain­ment away from your TV. It is one of the best portable tablets in the mar­ket.

10. Sony Xpe­ria Z3 Com­pact

This tablet has a slim de­sign and is wa­ter­proof. It comes with a 20.32cm (8 inches) dis­play and 3 gi­ga­bytes of RAM. It has a high ca­pac­ity bat­tery.

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Fig­ure 4: Google Nexus 9

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Fig­ure 5: Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

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Fig­ure 7: Asus Fonepad

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Fig­ure 8: Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S

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Fig­ure 6: NVIDIA Shield K1

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Fig­ure 1: Google Pixel C tablet

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Fig­ure 2: Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S2

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Fig­ure 3: Sony Xpe­ria Z4

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Fig­ure 10: Sony Xpe­ria Z3 Com­pact

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Fig­ure 9: Len­ovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

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