questionswhat is the best tablet?


Get a Nexus 10 if you want a 10" else get a couple of Nexus 7.


Without knowing what you want/need it to do, it is impossible to answer. Do you want expandable storage? HDMI? USB port? 3G/4G capabilities? Keyboard dock? How much storage do you want? All of these are important considerations in purchasing a tablet. Other considerations include the type of phone you use (Android? iOS?) because you would be at least partially invested in the infrastructure. Do you need to do any kind of artistic work (stylus incorporation)? etc...


Moderage storage, I don't need space for music or tons of movies. I mostly want it to surf the web, play games, take pictures, occasionally read books. HDMI either way, USB would probably be good though. No 3/4G, just WiFi. It would mostly stay home, I'll probably use it to view an IP camera used as a baby monitor.
We have an Android phone. I don't really care either way about it (HTC Sense). I rarely play games or do much with it. The camera is slow.
The pictures are the big thing. I'm starting to think I should just buy a cheaper tablet and get a nice camera. I really want a nice tablet too though (we have a cheap tablet, a Coby Kyros, I hate it) Incorporating them would be ideal, if there is one that has a great camera. Getting decent pictures in low light of fast moving kids is a pain.
Also a good case for whatever tablet I get. My boys are 4 months, 3 and 5 and destroy things. They probably won't be playing it, but that doesn't mean they won't get their hands on it some time.


I was also looking at the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which seems to have the best camera so far. I'd like a iSomething, probably to see what the hype is about. Forgot to mention it would probably replace most of my PC usage on our laptop/desktop. I usually have multiple things going at once.


Theoretically speaking, there is no such thing as a best tablet. I'd say they're all pretty equal.

It all matters on what tablet interests you the most. (UI, look, feel, weight, etc)

So the best advice I can give you is to go to a brick & motar store and test drive all the tablets you can find, ask questions if you need any from the people working there, and then go from there.

Feature-wise at the $500-ish range, as long as you're going for something from a reputable brand(ie; Samsung, Apple, etc.) and also popular (like a Galaxy, Nexus or iPad) without getting ripped off then you shouldn't have to worry about getting anything crappy.

In my opinion, if you prefer full control on your tablet interface experience.. go with Android. But if you prefer a straight-up minimalist and controlled environment, Apple is pretty good at doing that.

IP-cam wise, I've done the same thing with my iPad 3. Finding the perfect app for that though (especially free ones) is pretty hard to find.


Cameras on tablets (especially tablets) are just a gimmick.

To be honest, my iPad 3 camera really sucks especially indoors (the pictures get noisy). On top of that holding an iPad to take pictures is really awkwardly hard (both to self and others) to take pictures with.

If you're looking for better quality pictures, why not just get a dedicated camera? I would then just hook it up with Eye-Fi to wirelessly transfer pictures to my iPad so I could view and share the pictures.

For a $500 budget I would go with..

Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD 7" ($200)
Find a camera from (this link @ <$300)[!general=price&price=300&type=digicam,mirrorless,boutique]

I personally would recommend the Nikon V1 @ $300 which is what I use and it's a pretty awesome interchangeable lens camera, but if you require flashes often (I don't).. the V1 doesn't come with one and you'll need to fish an extra $150 for one.

Also more Eye-Fi info here


This is a GREAT resource. You can compare tablets side by side and it will look at all of the permutations.

Here is a buying guide from CNET

I think you are on the right track with the Asus. The Nexus 10 is having screen bleed issues in the early batch and that would be a shame. If you want USB there are OTG cables that can be used with an APP on Android tablets, but it is an extra that you need to have with you. With the Asus, you can get the dock in your price range that includes the USB (full size) port. The older Acers and the Toshiba Thrive have full size USB ports included, but are definitely a generation or two behind.

I hope you find this helpful, it is definitely not all inclusive, but using the above tools may help.


@joshobra: Whoops. Didn't get to proofread my last one.

Hope I helped!

Edit: You didn't have to go for a Nexus or Kindle. There are other $200-ranged tablets out there that are similar in specs.


Have the newest iPad, a Nexus 7 and a Kindle Fire in the house. For absolute portability, the Nexus 7 is fantastic. I assume the quality of the Nexus 10 is just the same. Snappy and a great amount of apps.

As a previous Android fanboy though, I have to admit, I LOVE my iPad. I use AppPrideDrop to keep me in the know of cheap or free apps. I also have the Logitech keyboard/cover for it. It goes to meetings instead of my laptop.

If you want to tweak, you can on iDevices, but there are a great amount of options on Android and the community support is nuts.

I would recommend going to a store that has both. Some big box type of store. And think about what you will use the device for and putting each option you are considering through its paces there in the store. That is what helped me make my last purchase.

There are some very sturdy cases for iPad as well. My nephew (2 yrs old) has an iPad with a very durable case. Its surviving so far. Camera? Get a dedicated one.


I have an HP touchpad/ The software that came with it was OK but the up graded software like the ice cream sandwich, ICS makes it run better,smother and is more internet friendley


I always liked the Ten Commandments ( 2 tablets ).


I'd say a Nexus tablet will probably be a good bet.
Also, there's no such thing as a good camera on a mobile device. The very nature of how tiny the lenses and sensors and flashes are means they're all just varying degrees of terrible.
I would suggest maybe getting a Nexus 7 and also shelling out for a real camera, maybe a DSLR. That's the only way you're gonna get both a good tablet AND a good camera.


I recently purchased an TF700T Asus Transformer Pad Infinity For $430 at Best Buy, and I love it the apps are plentiful and are easy to download from Google and Amazon. I especially like the one that lets me run my desktop from it Splashtop 2. Its screen is bright and you can connect it to a HD TV with an optional cable, also has a slot for a micro SD card. Keep an eye on prices you should be able to find a similar price.



My main reason for wanting the camera integrated is because I know from experience that I'm more likely to use the cell phone even though the (now broken) Sony point and shoot camera took better pictures. Mostly because of the ease of instantly sending or uploading the pics and not having them in 2 places to sort and delete (and there are a lot when you're taking pics of babies/kids). Also because I'm more likely to have the tablet handy, charged and ready. That being said, I have never looked into the Eye-Fi, so thanks! I'll be checking it out.

I'll try and get my hands on some to play around with and see if I can decide with I think I'll prefer. I do think I'll like an Android or Windows based OS better, but the Apple hype really makes me want one.


I second the Asus Infinity. I had the Prime before but I broke the screen. I liked the Prime better. However, I think I am the only one to like it better; maybe I got the only viable one. The Infinity is the upgrade for the Prime, and I like it very well. Runs tons of apps very smooth. I prefer the Android OS to iOS, but that is a personal preference. If you do not like your phone (Android) try the iPad out. Good Luck!



Well, for me it's quite the opposite.

Reason #1: Finding the camera app.
I usually keep my camera app button in the same place on my iPhone, or use the shortcut on my lockpad.
But what happens when you're on a different page on the phone? Or what if you're using an app? It'll take around 15 (more or less) seconds to find the camera app. Plus the amount of time the camera app takes to load (for my iPhone, the more pictures stored on my phone, the longer it takes to start up).

Reason #2: Picture quality. Already discussed.

Reason #3: Bulkiness. In my opinion, a point and shoot camera (from the $200-300 range) would fit better in a bag, pocket, purse, etc. and would weigh less. Compared to lugging a two-pound iPad (without a case) with all that real estate space it takes up wherever your store it. Plus the fact that you're going to have something extra to take care of and avoid breakage to the tablet.

That's just me, and just go with whatever you're comfortable with.


I think Eye-Fi would be pretty great. I haven't tried it myself yet, but it promises a lot. I just don't have it yet because I would need the Pro X2 for what I do, and the price tag on that is awfully hefty. I think the Mobile X2 is good enough for the casual user.

Plus it pretty much takes out the hassle on having to have a transfer cable (or card reader) to upload pictures, store on computer, upload on Facebook etc.

At least with Eye-Fi (I'm going off the top of my head on this one), it backs up the photos to your phone/tablet automatically or into the cloud (premium service). You can easily share photos from the Eye-Fi app as well which is pretty neat and if you're the type of person that doesn't really need to edit photos much or need to do advanced things like photoshop.

According to DPS, it doesn't even require a router to transfer files using direct mode.


FYI, Eye-Fi is a woot today