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Best of 2013: 10 tablets that users found irresistable

December 06, 2013 09:01 IST

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In just couple of years, sales of computer tablets have picked up so much speed that more than 70 per cent of mobile developers are now targeting tablets versus 93 per cent for smartphones and 18 per cent for feature phones, according to Wikipedia.

Let's take a look at some tablets that captured the imagination and wallets of users around the world in 2013.

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Image: A woman sits on a bench and looks at her tablet in a park in Kiev, Ukraine.
Photographs: Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters
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iPad Air

Manufacturer: Foxconn

Release date: November 1, 2013

Operating system: iOS 7.0.4

Storage capacity: 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB flash memory

Memory: 1 GB RAM

iPad Air, which received rave reviews on its launch, was a major design departure for Apple as it was thinner and smaller than iPad 2. Although the price tag is hefty, but the sleek look, lighter chassis and beautiful design somehow justifies the cost. It would take something special to overthrow this baby from the throne.

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Image: An employee carries a stack of iPad Air tablets inside the Apple Store in New York.
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iPad Mini 2 with Retina

Manufacturer: Foxconn

Release date: November 19, 2013

Operating system: iOS 7.0.4

Storage capacity: 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB flash memory

Memory: 1 GB RAM

iPad Mini 2 with Retina, whose aluminium back, a superfast A7 chip and large screen oozes style from every corner, packs in pixels in a smaller space thus offering greater sharpness to text and pictures without draining the batteries out - which is a miracle in itself.

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Image: A man holds an iPad Mini 2 with Retnia display in San Francisco, California.
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Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Manufacturer: Sony Mobile Communications

Release date: February 9, 2013

Operating systems: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 Kit Kat

Storage capacity: 16 GB

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Sony Xperia Tablet Z, which is dust protected, low pressure water jet protected and also waterproof, features a 13.1 MP Exmor RS camera sensor as well as a full HD (1080p) display.

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Image: A visitor holds Sony Xperia Z tablet during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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Google Nexus 7

Manufacturer: Asus

Release date: July 26, 2013

Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 Kitkat

Storage capacity: 16 or 32 GB

Memory: 2 GB DDR3L RAM

Google Nexus 7, which won praise for its size, design, display, price, inclusion of a rear-facing camera, etc., is expected to see sales hit eight million in 2013 alone.

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Image: Nexus 7 tablet is demonstrated during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco, California.
Photographs: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

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LG G Pad 8.3

Manufacturer: LG Electronics

Release date: October 2013

Operating system: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Storage capacity: 16 GB flash memory, microSDXC slot (up to 64 GB)

Memory: 2 GB

LG G Pad 8.3, which is currently available in a WiFi-only variant, has a 8.3-inch WUXGA TFT screen with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixel. It also features a 1.3 MP front camera without flash and 5.0 MP AF rear-facing camera. The tablet can record HD videos.

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Google Nexus 10

Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics

Release date: February 5, 2013

Operating system: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) upgradable to Android 4.4

Storage capacity: 16 or 32 GB flash memory

Memory: 2 GB 12.8 GB/s LPDDR3 RAM

Google Nexus 10, which was sold out as soon as it hit the shelves, comes with a 10.1-inch, 2560×1600 pixel display, panoramic photo stitching, a quick settings menu, widgets on the lock screen, gesture typing, an updated version of Google Now, and multiple user accounts for tablets.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Manufacturer: Microsoft

Release date: October 22, 2013

Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Storage capacity: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB

Memory: 4/8 GB dual-channel DDR3-1600 (25.6 GB/sec)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2, which succeeds the Surface Pro released in February 2013, features upgraded internal hardware, such as 1.6 GHz fourth generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 10.6-inch 10-point 1080p multi-touch digitizer LCD display with a Wacom stylus pen and a fourth-generation (Haswell) Intel Core i5 processor.

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Image: Microsoft's Surface 2 in New York.
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iPad mini

Manufacturers: Foxconn, Pegatron

Release date: November 2, 2012

Operating system: iOS 7.0.4

Storage capacity: 16, 32, or 64 GB flash memory

Memory: 512 MB DDR2 RAM

iPad mini, which is a sub-series of the iPad line of tablets, has multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, front-facing 1.2MP and rear-facing 5MP cameras, and 7.9-inch (200.66 mm) diagonal LED-backlit Multi-Touch display.

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Image: A student tries iPad mini at an electronics store in central Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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Tesco Hudl

Manufacturers: Tesco

Release date: September 30, 2013

Operating system: Android Jelly Bean

Storage capacity: 16 GB flash memory

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Tesco Hudl, which is marketed by the British retailer Tesco, has a seven inch screen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 16 GB of internal flash memory.

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Image: Tesco Hudl.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Manufacturers: Samsung Electronics

Release date: April 11, 2013

Operating system: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (upgradable to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean)

Storage capacity: 16/32 GB flash memory, microSDXC slot (up to 64 GB)

Memory: 2 GB

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which fits into a new size category in the Note series, has multi-touch screen, digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensors, accelerometer and Wacom digitiser and 5.0MP AF rear facing and 1.3 MP front facing cameras.


Image: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet is pictured during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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