Tablet Wars | The Best of the Best


By Adam Sharrock, Select Group Real Estate Services

Personal computers have evolved from monstrous machines that take up entire rooms to compact devices.  Tablets are the latest rage and are much more than a “toy”; they are slowly overtaking desktop computers for business, creative arts and entertainment.  However, the tablet boom brought forth an influx of brands, models and headaches for consumers.  Thankfully, three brands are considered the top choices by experts and consumers alike.    Here are the top four most recognized tablets that can be a great purchase for consumers.

tabletNote: prices listed are for the lowest tiered model.  Price increases depending on features and storage.

Apple iPad Mini: $329

ipad mini

The originators of the tablet boom are always going to be in the discussion.  The original iPad came in a 9-inch variety, but last year Apple released a 7-inch version of their popular tablet: the iPad Mini.  This was Apple’s way of tapping into the 7-inch tablet market, an area that has been rising in popularity lately.  It sports a dual core A5 processor, 5MP camera, 16gb, 32gb or 64gb of storage space and 1080p video recording.  While these are some impressive specs, the iPad Mini lacks the gorgeous retina display that its big brother iPad currently has.  Another knock on the iPad Mini is its price.  While $329 isn’t bad for an Apple product, its competitors have it beat in that compartment, especially when it has inferior specs compared to other tablets.  The 512MB of RAM is proof of that.

Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) – $229

nexus 7

Google is the toughest competition Apple has faced thanks to the flexibility of the Android operating system and its open source philosophy for developers and users.  Because of this, the Nexus 7 has become a very attractive option for tech enthusiasts.  Unlike the iPad Mini, the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 has a 1920×1200 hi-definition display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 5MP camera.  The ability for Google and Asus to pack that much power in such a small package at an even cheaper price than the iPad Mini makes it a force to be reckoned with.

Microsoft Surface RT – $349, Microsoft Surface Pro – $799


Microsoft is the latest company to enter the tablet world with its Windows 8 operating system.  Microsoft is touting the fact that its newest operating system can be seamlessly used between tablet, smartphone and desktop.  The Surface RT has some pretty impressive specs: 1366×768 screen resolution, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core NVIDIA Terga 3 processor, 32GB or 64GB of storage and two 720p HD cams in the front and rear, as well as a MicroSD port for extra storage, and a USB 3.0 port for better connectivity.  Microsoft also has a Pro model, which sports a higher resolution screen at 1920 x 1080, and can run previous Windows programs such as PowerPoint and Publisher, as well as Windows 8 apps.  While the fact that Microsoft has made Windows 8 universal, the lack of native Windows 8 apps and the highest price of all other tablets makes it a tough sell to the average consumer.

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