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The Best 10-inch Tablet: what's the situation right now in 2012?

Updated on July 27, 2012
iPad is the best tablet, period.
iPad is the best tablet, period.

Since the iPad hit the market, the world of the tablet PC has exploded. This trend in PCs continues to grow and develop. Many computer manufacturers have developed competent rivals to the iPad. There are numerous tablets in a variety of sizes. The most popular is the 10 inch tablet. If you use the touch keypad, the screen is almost cut in half. The best 10 inch tablet and most popular is still the iPad.

The iPad is still the best tablet with 10 inch display. However, the display is actually 9.7 inches. The unsurpassed quality of the iPad is difficult to beat. The iPad software and quality hardware make this tablet a favorite among consumers. It has surpassed the sales and popularity of the iPhone. The wonderful iTunes and iBooks applications add to the appeal of this beloved tablet. Several other tablets that boast a 10 inch screen have also become popular.

The Archos 101 boasts a 10.1 inch display. The sleek design is only 12mm thick and weighs less than the iPad. You can purchase the Archos in either the 8GB or 16GB version. The battery will last up to 10 hours if surfing the web and will last up to 36 hours if you are just listening to music. It is significantly cheaper than the iPad, which is appealing to consumers.

Viewsonic has announced its plans for the release of a 10 inch screen. The price is higher than the Archos. The Viewsonic 7 inch was quite popular and many people that loved the 7 inch display are anticipating the release of the 10 inch. It has a sleek design and is intended to become one of the top tablet PC contenders. It will be released in Europe before making its way to the U.S. market.

The new iPad 3 is still the best 10 inch tablet

The best 10 inch tablet is still the iPad 2 and even though many new tablet PCs will hit the market, it will not affect the popularity of the iPad. While the iPad is more expensive, it is worth the price. However, if your budget does not allow the cost of an iPad, you can choose one of the more affordable tablets on the market. The best way to stretch your tablet dollars is to make sure you shop around. Currently, there are many fantastic deals at local retailers and you will find great prices online as well. Many online retailers are offering free shipping which is an added bonus.

The challengers

If you ask me, Android tablets are set to surpass Apple in a few years to come, as already ASUS has managed to offer a product with better capabilities: the ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700T, world's first Quad Core tablet and Full HD display. It's wonderfully built and features great design, plus you can add that mobile docking keyboard with a second battery and a full size USB port and SD card reader.

Probably the iPad 4 will be a quad core tablet too that will retake the crown, but the point is others are getting closer and closer to building the perfect tablet. Maybe Google will invest more time into its Android operating system and will regain the lost ground in the apps department, but that won't happen until Android 5.0.

Samsung is yet another brand to follow, since they'll going to push the Galaxy TAB brand even further. In 2011 they had the Galaxy TAB 10.1, so expect better products in 2012 like the Galaxy Note 10.1, an artist oriented tablet (thanks to a stylus and screen digitizer), also slimmer and lighter than the iPad 3. Just hope the software will keep up, as it was always the weak point of all Android tablets.

Situation for 2012 - 2013

As expected, manufacturers have started to catch up with Apple in terms of weight, slimness, specs and even price, undercutting the Cupertino company by a few hundred dollars.

The 10 inch tablets are still more expensive than 7 inch siblings that have dropped to as low as $199 for the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. Still, if you want a more versatile tablet you have to go for 10 inches and your options are: Asus Transformer Pad 300 or Transformer Infinity (first quad-core tablet with 1920 x 1200 px display), Samsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 Note, Acer Iconia A700 (or 510), Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, Toshiba Thrive or the Motorola Xoom 2 (last three are from 2011 essentially).

As you can see, in 2011 things are better in terms of offers, and 2012 announces to be even better, with a swarm of quad core tablets being designed as we speak.

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