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Alpha Phoenix
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[Help] Best 10" Android Tablet?

Looking to get my cousin a gift, and I'm looking for the best 10" Android tablet out there. I'm kind of torn between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, or the Samsung Nexus 10.

What do you guys think is the best of those choices, and why? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Just Rachel
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I would go for the Note 10.1 simply because I have the Note II phone. It is a totally awesome device. I believe the tablet has all of the same features (including the S Pen), though, I have not read up on it.



Alpha Phoenix
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Just pulled up some side-by-side comparrisons. What do you guys think?

»www.phonearena.com/phones/compar···935,7551
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chmod
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reply to Alpha Phoenix

Nexus hands down.



PeteC2
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In terms of pure screen quality, the Nexus 10 hands down.

However, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has some advantages in terms of connectivity.

The Galaxy Tab 2 would be a distant third...not especially close.

IMHO, the hands-down best 10.1" Android tablet though is still the ASUS TF700T, with the best low-cost 10.1" going to the ASUS TF300T.

The TF700T has a great feature set that works very well all-around. It has a truly brilliant screen, great color, and is only a small step behind the Nexus 10 in resolution.

The TF300T shares most of the TF700T features, with the exception of a plastic back (versus metal on the TF700T) and a very decent, but less outstanding IPS screen.

P.S. Samsung uses the touchwiz overlay, which while not the worst layer over the Android OS, never the less is an uneeded addition and ensures that any Android OS updates to the Samsung tablets will come slower than for the ASUS tablets...something to consider.
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Alpha Phoenix
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Thanks for that great feedback.



nekkidtruth
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Great information in here. If I had to choose between these, it would be the Nexus 10 as well. To be honest I wouldn't even bother looking at the Tab 2 10.1.

I also agree if you're looking outside of these particular tablets, the Transformers are easily top of the list.
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Robotics
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I have the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Jelly Bean and love it.



Alpha Phoenix
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Been leaning more towards the Nexus 10, but wanted to get more feedback from you guys. The reviews on it look pretty good.



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The only "off" thing about the Nexus 10, and it would not be a problem for me, but certainly could be for others, is the lack of an external memory slot.

Having seen the Nexus 10, I must say that the display is downright stunning compared to the last generation screens, and after all, for a tablet, the screen is your interface.

What I like about the Transformer series is that they are well-appointed as far as connectors go. I would probably have a tough time choosing between the TF700T versus Nexus 10.
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Hayward
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I am still of the opinion that in 10" tablets the ASUS Transformer line is hard to beat for most bang and function diversity for the buck.

And if you don't have to be current cutting edge, you might look into refurbished older models like the T201 (basically the same as the T-300) which if comes ICS is OTA upgradeable to JB.

Currently I have the T-201 (JB) and am very happy with it.
It is quite capable... In fact just a few min ago I was Juice app streaming a TV video to my Roku/tv, doing two downloads, moving some keeper stuff to USB HDD, and putzing around doing mail, WWF, browsing etc.... all at the same time!!
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Nexus 10 has best resolution. Go for it!

2560 x 1600 pixels, 10.1 inches (~299 ppi pixel density)




Alpha Phoenix
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Resolution is great, but I'm also looking for usability and functionality, longevity with lifespan as far as the hardware being fast, powerful, etc. and not going to start lagging and slowing down after a while because it didn't have enough under teh hood to sustain quite a long time of use.
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said by Alpha Phoenix:

Resolution is great, but I'm also looking for usability and functionality, longevity with lifespan as far as the hardware being fast, powerful, etc. and not going to start lagging and slowing down after a while because it didn't have enough under teh hood to sustain quite a long time of use.

Roger that! Well, the Nexus 10 has plenty enough "horse-power".

The question may be more one of flexibility. The Google Nexus tablets are high quality, no problem there, but where they are lacking is in the omission of a memory slot.

Now, based on your usage, that may or may not be an issue. For example, I do not require a memory slot as I have no wish to use the tablet to store my music or movies (Anything I am going to watch, I do not mind streaming, and I seldom am not around available WiFi).

If you do wish to do those things, the Google Nexus tablets become markedly less attractive, in which case the ASUS Transformer series may make better sense.

Again, amongst the brand name players, there is not much junk out there in the latest iteration of android tablets, they are all reasonably capable. It is more a matter of details based on your individual plans of usage.
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Alpha Phoenix
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Well I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and with 32GB and no expandable memory and in the more than a year that I've had it, I've never had a problem. Only annoying things that annoy me are that it uses that proprietary 30-pin Samsung connector, instead of a Micro USB port, the battery life is great, but it take FOREVER to charge (compared to cell phones and other devices, but that's probably why it also has such a long battery life, because it's most likely charging via a slow charge which is better for your battery life, as opposed to a fast charge, which isn't as good as a slow charge), and that there is no USB port for transferring data (either I have to use that proprietary cable and connect it to my computer and use Kies to transfer files on, or I use a regular USB stick and use the USB adapter (which is what I do) because that's just seems faster and more convenient.

In all that time, expandable memory probably would have been nice, but not really a big issue at all for me. I've still got about 13GB free on my Tab. My cousin is mot a power user like I am. Granted, you never really know, because once having the options and tools to do something, that may spur someone's usage to increase, but I doubt it in this case. I don't see him loading it up with tons of movies, music, etc that's going to eat up crazy memory like that.
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