S21 Best Tablet awards 2013
By S21, 2 Dec 2013
So, you like tablets? Here we pick the very best tablets of 2013 and explain just why we love them so much. This year the competition was intense, the choices were hard, and a huge number of mince pies had to be consumed before the winners finally emerged. But here they are - the very best tablets of 2013!
We cheated slightly and awarded two top prizes. The first is for the best tablet regardless of cost, and the second is for the real world where value for money is just as important as being the best.
Today's best buy: Apple iPad 9.7" 32GB from Laptops Direct (£284.97)
Best Tablets of 2013
|Apple iPad Air
If your budget is unlimited and you simply want the best tablet, then the iPad Air will be your first choice. Wafer-thin, superfast, and with the best screen on any tablet, the iPad Air outperforms the competition in every area. But be prepared to spend big bucks - you're looking at £400 for the entry-level model and more than £700 for the 4G version with extra memory.
|Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Even thinner than the iPad Air, and virtually matching it feature for feature, the Sony is a stunningly beautiful and high-powered 10 inch tablet. Equipped with a powerful quadcore processor and an NFC chip, it has the twin advantages of being waterproof and including 4G connectivity. At £400 it kills the iPad in the value for money stakes, and is our overall favourite tablet.
|Google Nexus 7
It may not have the build quality of the iPad Mini, but its screen is just as sharp and has perfect colour balance. It's a speedy quadcore tablet with a massive 2GB of RAM. It's superslim, ultra lightweight and exceptionally good value for money. The Kindle Fire HDX is another superb tablet if you don't mind being tied to Amazon.
|Asus Memo Pad HD7
A budget tablet needs to be priced as close as possible to £100 as makes no difference. It must be tough so that the whole family can use it. It must be versatile and not lacking in any area. That makes the Asus the perfect low-cost option, although the Tesco HUDL is another good choice.
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