There can be no denying that the latest iPad is a great device. Apple knows what they are doing and lots of people rate their operating systems, but it’s always worth checking out the alternatives. There are plenty of other manufacturers out there with quality tablet devices of their own. Let’s take a look at a few of the other tablets that have hit the market recently.
The Google Nexus 7
This smart looking 7 inch screen tablet runs with Google’s own Android based “Jelly Bean” operating system and is a great way to get into the tablet game for anyone looking to upgrade or try something new. It’s in the lower price bracket but still packs a punch and the screen is very bright and sharp. It comes with Google Chrome as the standard browser.
The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
With a full HD screen that’s just over 10 inches and a stylish brushed metal back, the ASUS Infinity is one cool looking tablet. It runs a standard Android operating system with all the usual features and its top of the range quad core processor makes it very fast for gaming and HD video playback. This tablet was made with gamers in mind, so if you are looking for that as a feature, this is the one for you. You can always get rid of the iPad for cash and pick one of these up, if gaming is your main priority.
The Microsoft Surface
Microsoft’s first tablet device has a really cool feature, especially if you don’t get on very well with touch screen typing applications. It comes with a touch sensitive cover that when laid out flat at the base of the screen becomes a keyboard. If you spend a lot of time writing with your tablet, this could be perfect. It’s as powerful as the Apple version (though lacks the depth in the applications market) and runs the new Windows RT operating system.
The Sony Xperia Tablet S
With a 9 inch display, this option gives you more size for your money than most. If you are looking to use a tablet to interact and sync with other devices in your home, this is a great choice. It has an advanced remote control option, making it the perfect Home Entertainment interface device out there. Another helpful function is Guest Mode, where you can quickly and easily switch to another user account so other people can use the tablet, without having access to all of your stuff. This is a handy function if you have kids or nosy friends.
Whatever you do, don’t buy the first thing recommended to you. Have a think about what you’ll use most with a tablet device and pick the best one for you.
Carl McDonald has been reviewing and recommending phones and PCs for nearly fifteen years, both online and in magazines. If you ever feel the need to get rid of your iPad for cash, be sure to check back here for the best replacements.