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The Best Tablet Out There (Q4 2012)

Which tablet should I buy?
Which tablet should I buy?

I rarely blog, but nowadays when I do, it’s to write down an answer to a question that people tend to ask me, so that I don’t have to keep re-typing my answer, and can point people to this post instead. It’s amazing how much effort a lazy person can put into getting out of tedious work.

Anyways, I’ve got a few friends and relatives asking me which tablet should they get. As always, I never like to give a straight answer for this, as a proper answer would involve many factors, such as their budget, usage patterns etc. I’ve listed some of the key points below that will hopefully help whoever is reading this can purchase the right tablet. I strongly disagree with people who like to recommend someone product X without asking how they intend to use it. How comfortable would you be if you went to your doctor and asked (without being examined) if you should take medication, and his answer is that you should take 2 aspirins every hour?

So let’s get started. Here are a few factors that I think you should consider before purchasing your tablet:


Why I’d get the Galaxy Nexus over the Galaxy S III or HTC One X

Galaxy Nexus

I tend to have a slightly different take on the Android ecosystem than others, the main thing being that I place a lot of importance on the stock Android experience (or vanilla Android as we sometimes call it) over manufacturer customizations. I realize that my stand gets me some strange looks from time to time. I’ve spent quite a bit of time answering the same question over and over again, so I figured it’s best that I post my explanation online.

I’d like to start of with a disclaimer on some things, so that you may better understand where I’m coming from:

  • I don’t own an Android device. I’d love to, but I don’t have the spare cash. I have borrowed some to use from time to time, though.
  • I’m using an iPhone 4, and I’m think it’s a great phone, but it’s not the only great phone in the market
  • I’d put myself in the prosumer market. I don’t have the time to delve deep into the phone’s internal workings and I tend to focus more on the experience that the manufacturer offers.
  • I value diversity in the marketplace very highly, instead of having one product dominate and stifle innovation
  • End-user experience is a very important aspect of products, from my point of view
  • I’m not taking into account possible hardware issues with each phone model as those are generally engineering/hardware issues, as opposed to a philosophical issue, which I’m discussing here
  • It might occasionally sound like a Galaxy Nexus VS Galaxy S III post, but I’m trying to avoid that. I do make comparisons because those two phones are rather similar, and are both manufactured by Samsung
  • These are my reasons for preferring the Galaxy Nexus over the other two phones, it doesn’t mean that the Galaxy Nexus is the better phone for you. In the end, if you’re happy with your phone, then you’ve made the right choice

Now, down to the nitty gritty!