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The best tablet computers

Updated on July 13, 2015

Do you want to know what the best tablet computers are?

Why do we need the best tablet computers? Telecommunications play a big role in day to day life and the majority of people like to remain connected, in touch and contactable whenever and wherever. In days gone by the cell phone licked off the revolution, however technology has rapidly improved and the new gadget to have is the tablet computer.

Tablet computers not only allow us to send/receive emails, communicate via the various social networks and surf the internet on the go but also watch movies and video footage, view photographs, read e-books and listen to music. Some tablet computers even allow us to take still photographs, record HD movies and even make and receive calls.

Tablet computers are powerful devices that can be used for both business and pleasure therefore there is a mass market for them. The amount of tablet computers is vast and the number of models is continuously growing. The world of tablet computers is a dynamic market that is forever evolving and keeping up to date can be very confusing.

With so many different products available choosing the best tablet computers can be a real headache however this need not be the case. This lens focuses on the most popular, and arguably the best tablet computers currently available. So if you are thinking of buying a tablet PC and want a shortlist of the best tablet computers currently available check out the products below.

Best tablet computers - Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2

Arguably, the Apple iPad can be credited with kick starting the tablet computer market and making them so desirable and popular. The Apple iPad really needs no introduction as everyone knows what it is and what it's about, unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years that is.

The iPad - arguably the coolest tablet computer eve made.

Apple iPad 2 for Dummies

The Apple iPad 2 is a powerful tablet computer with a lot of features and functions, and trying to work them all out for yourself is going to be a long and time consuming process. If you really want to know the power of the Apple iPad 2 and get to grips with exactly what it can do I would suggest buying a decent book.

iPad 2 For Dummies
iPad 2 For Dummies

The Apple iPas 2 for Dummies is an excellent book that starts right at the beginning with all the basic features and then moves on to the more advanced features, letting you know what is what throughout. If you only buy one Apple iPad 2 related book make sure it is this one. This is an excellent book for both newbies and those who have had an Apple iPad 2 for a while.


Best tablet computers - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is thin and sleek however it doesn't have the style of the Apple iPad 2, but then no tablet computer does. That said, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 does look pretty decent and you certainly won't be embarrassed owning one. This tablet computer is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32 GB sizes, therefore there is a model for all budgets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is available with a 7 inch screen or a 10 inch screen therefore if you want a tablet computer that is more portable than other tablet computers and can live with something a bit smaller the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 may be exactly what you need.

The processor is fast and powerful, which makes the Galaxy Tab a great tablet computer for playing games, watching movies, listening to music etc. This tablet can also be used for business use however there are better tablet computers if you want one for primarily for business use.

Some users comment the screen is dull, the touch screen isn’t very responsive and the browser isn’t user friendly, however I have never noticed none of these issues. I mean, what do these people expect? The Galaxy Tab 2 is another excellent tablet computer and one that is well worth investigating if you are looking to buy a tablet computer.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a great tablet PC that is well worth investigating if you are looking to buy a tablet PC.


Best tablet computers - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 review

If you want to see a video review of the awesome Galaxy Tab 2 tablet computer take a look at the following footage, courtesy of Youtube.

Best tablet computers - Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire 2
Kindle Fire 2

Compared to other tablet computers, such as the Apple iPad 2, the Kindle Fire is absolutely tiny. Given the Kindle Fire has a 7 inch screen and is the same size as a paperback book this is to be expected. If you want the smallest, lightest and most portable tablet PC currently available the Kindle Fire is the model to go for.

Best tablet computers - Amazon Kindle Fire review

For the official Amazon video release of the Kindle Fire check out the footage below. There is also a (long) detailed and hands on review of the Amazon Kindle Fire for your enjoyment. The Kindle Fire offers great value for money and gives the most bang for your buck, as shown in these clips.

Amazon Kindle Fire Accessories

If you really want to unleash the full potential of the Amazon Kindle Fire and get the most out of it you are going to need to buy some awesome accessories. There are many different types of Amazon Kindle Fire accessories made b y a number of different manufacturers. Some of these accessories are top drawer and well worth buying, whereas others are simply a waste of money.

So, before you get your wallet out check out the Amazon Kindle Fire accessories below.

Amazon Kindle Fire cases

If you want to keep your Amazon Kindle Fire looking like new and safe from harm you are going to need to invest in a good case. There are loads of different Amazon Kindle cases available, ranging from executive leather types to thin skin type covers. Check out the products below for some top Kindle Fire cases. Alternatively, use the Amazon search facility and you will find plenty of others.

If you want a case that is totally individual and unique you could even try and make your own.

Anti glare screen for Amazon Kindle Fire

Many people underestimate how good and useful and anti glare screen cover can be. An anti glare screen covers don't just prevent screen glare in bright conditions since it also protects the touch screens from scrapes and scratches and also keeps it clean. If you only buy one accessory for your Amazon Kindle I would make sure it is an anti glare screen cover.

Power Monkey for the Amazon Kindle Fire

In order to be able to use your Amazon Kindle Fire where and when you want to it is important to keep the batteries topped up with juice. This is fine if you are somewhere with mains electricity, but what if you are on the road, or in the wilderness? In these situations one of the best Amazon Kindle Fire accessories you can own is a portable solar charger, like the Power Monkey. These charges don’t necessarily need sunlight to work since they will also charge by simply being out in daylight.

Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 5V and 12V Solar Portable Charger
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 5V and 12V Solar Portable Charger

If you want the best portable solar charger the Power Monkey is the one to own. It is tough, durable, easy to use and very reliable. It may be a bit more expensive than other solar chargers but it is well worth spending the extra bucks on the Power Monkey purely because it is so good.


The Amazon Kindle Fire Bible

If you want to use your Amazon Kindle Fire to its full potential and know exactly how everything works on it, there are two things you can do.

Kindle Fire For Dummies
Kindle Fire For Dummies

The first is to play with the Kindle Fire and experiment, however this is going to take some time. Alternatively, you can simply buy the Kindle Fire for Dummies book and speed the process up.


Best tablet computers - Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom
Motorola Xoom

Android’s offering to the tablet computer market is the Motorola Xoom and all things considered this is a great product that has mass appeal, even though there aren’t as many android applications available as there are Apple applications. This should not be too much of an issue in the long term as the Android applications market is growing all the time, and at quite a pace at that.

MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)
MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)

The Motorola Xoom is jam packed full of features including 32GB of internal memory, a 10.1 inch high resolution screen, front and rear facing cameras, HD video capability and loads of wireless options to name but a few. This is a top spec gadget and as such it is fast, powerful and will give the Apple iPad 2 a run for its money. Surfing the internet is enjoyable, the pages load up quickly and navigating around the menus is like using a PC.

You can use the Motorola Xoom for all media requirements, including watching movies, playing games, listening to music, taking photographs, capturing video footage etc. etc.

Even though the Motorola Xoom is powerful it is also a big and heavy beast, so you need to take this in to account before buying one. Overall, the Motorola Xoom is a great tablet computer and one that is well worth investigating if you are looking to buy a tablet computer.


Best tablet computers - Motorola Xoom review

The Motorola Xoom is a cracking tablet computer that is definitely worth investigating. For a (very) detailed and hands on review of the Motorola Xoom check out the footage below.

Best tablet computers - Blackberry Playbook

Blackberry playbook tablet
Blackberry playbook tablet

The Blackberry Play book is a tablet computer aimed at the lower end of the market, just like the Kindle Fire, which means everyone can afford to own a tablet computer. The Blackberry Playbook is not as fast as other tablet PCs nor does it have such an extensive range of features but then you do need to remember the Playbook is a lot cheaper than its rivals.

BlackBerry PRD-38548-003 Playbook 7" Tablet, 64GB
BlackBerry PRD-38548-003 Playbook 7" Tablet, 64GB

Like all tablet computers the Blackberry Playbook can be used for all your multimedia requirements including watching movies (which are in fact in full HD 1080p – which is pretty impressive), listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks, receiving/sending emails, surfing the net etc. etc. The Blackberry Playbook is not as fast and powerful as other tablet PCs and it is noticeably slower to use. That said, the Blackberry Playbook is quick enough to not be annoying. Given the cost of the blackberry Playbook the performance is actually quite impressive.

The good points of the Blackberry Play book are the bright and clear screen, the full HD 1080p video play back and the fast dual core processor.

One of the biggest disadvantages of the Blackberry Playbook is that you can’t flip the view between landscape and portrait like you can with other tablet computers.

If you are on a budget or simply can’t justify the cost of an Apple iPad 2 or any of the other top end tablet computers, the Blackberry Playbook is a great alternative and one that is defintoely worth investigating if you are looking in to buying a tablet computer.


Best tablet computers - Blackberry Playbook review

Blackberry's offering to the tablet computer market is the RIM Blackberry Playbook. For a hands on and in depth review of this great tablet computer check out the video footage below.

What tablet computer would you buy?

Tablet computers
Tablet computers

There are plenty of tablet computers available, and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Even the mighty Apple iPad 2 has some elements that need a bit of work. However, all things considered what tablet computer would make you get your wallet out and part with your hard earned cash?

What do you think is the best tablet computer?

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Even more tablet computers for sale

If after evaluating the top tablet computers above you are still undecided and want even more options to look at, check out the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search facility below and you will find plenty of other tablet computers, at least one of which I am sure will be perfect for you.

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