Tablet use is at an all-time high, both in the office space and at home. Portability may be the main draw, with most tablet sizes being smaller and weighing less than even the thinnest laptops. Tablets’ increasing hardware-based comparability to personal computers has made the days of slow-loading and limited tablets a thing of the past. Now tablets are a featured component of most offices, especially as content and document management software enables file access on-the-go. It is now possible to access and complete your work entirely from a tablet. Below are the five most acclaimed, brand-new tablets for users of all experiences, with OS options in Apple iOS, Windows, and Android:
Apple iPad 5
Apple’s iPad was not the first tablet, but its popularity has propelled the tablet industry into a whole new realm of success. This September or October will mark the release of iPad 5, Apple’s newest version that is long-awaited by fans. Consumers can expect the iPad 5 to retail at $499. Among the very few confirmed features include virtual drafting tools like compass, stencil tools, protractor, and a ruler. Some rumors allege thinner hardware and improved video. Expect it to sell like hotcakes for good reason.
Sony VAIO Duo 13
The newest in Sony’s VAIO series, the Duo 13 is one of the most upscale tablets one can purchase. Well, some would classify it as a tablet/laptop hybrid, with both a touch screen and traditional keyboard access. Although it retails for $1399, users can expect ultra-fast performance and beautiful imagery from the 13.3 inch touch screen. PC Magazine has already given the recently released Duo 13 a positive review, so if you’re looking for a tablet powerhouse with Windows 8 this is one to consider.
Archos 116 Platinum
Many fans of the Android OS can’t wait to get their hands on the Archos 116 Platinum, a tablet from the rising French electronics company that offers commendable specs for the $349 price point. The 116 model sports a quad-core CPU, eight-core GPU, Android 4.1, and 2GB, mostly comparable to the iPad. With a gorgeous high resolution screen, the 116 model from Archos represents a solid alternative to the iPad for those who prefer Android.
HP SlateBook x2
Tablet users seeking a more affordable tablet/laptop hybrid may opt for the HP SlateBook x2, which is only $479 compared to the Sony Vaio DUO 13 at nearly 3x the price. The performance isn’t as cutting-edge, but the SlateBook x2 offers a tidy look and several cool features, including dual batteries for extended life, a dazzling 1080p display, and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor for stunning video quality. The HP SlateBook x2 is another great alternative for Android users.
Google Nexus 7
Along with the Samsung Galaxy, the Google Nexus line offers the main competition to Apple’s dominating iPad. Nexus 7 has drawn rave reviews for its superb design propelled by Google’s Jelly Bean OS, which promotes easy-to-use features like offline voice typing. The $199 price point also makes it the best-value tablet currently on the market. And at only 12 ounces, you can bring the Nexus 7 anywhere. Google’s entry certainly represents one of the strongest in the tablet market, and the ultra-HD screen is perfect for pulling up your corporate documents through your web-enabled document management platform.
VERDICT: For its price and functionality, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is the best choice for consumers looking for a perfect mix of work and play. Small enough to use as an e-reader and large enough to quickly approve your content on the go through a web platform, the Google Nexus 7 packs all the punch you need at a ridiculous price.
About the Author:
|Mike Mineo is a writer and PR professional who enjoys writing about music and technology. He is the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, a music site that features independent artists, and also runs Obscure PR, which seeks awareness for independent talent. Also an experienced tech writer, he was impressed by Computhink’s software and staff, which prompted him to join Computhink’s team. Mike has a BA in Communications from Fordham University.|