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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Samsung's 10-Inch Android Tablets: Which Is Best?

With its Nexus 10 tablet, Samsung risks cannibalizing sales of its existing 10-inch tablets. Let's look at the key differences.

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Samsung makes a wide array of tablets. Some have small screens, some have medium screens, some have large screens. The company is currently selling several different 10-inch tablets that might be hard to choose among. There's the Tab 2 10.1, the Note 10.1 and the Nexus 10. Which one is the best?

The specs of the Tab 2 10.1 and Note 10.1 are similar. Chief among them, both have displays measuring 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels. They both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. They also have approximately the same dimensions (10.1 x 6.9 x 0.38 inches versus 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.35 inches) and weight (1.29 pounds versus 1.31 pounds) for the Tab and Note, respectively.

Other shared features include W-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Google services, generous storage options, headphone jacks and microUSB ports.

They differ a bit more when it comes to the key internals. The Tab 2 has a dual-core 1.5-GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, and the Note has a quad-core 1.4-GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM. The Tab 2 has a 3-megapixel / 0.3-megapixel camera setup, and the Note has a 5-megapixel / 1.9-megapixel camera setup.

The biggest difference between the Tab 2 and Note is the presence of the S Pen stylus with the Note. The Note has a number of apps that work with the S Pen to make note-taking and other creative tasks easier. The S Note software is robust and can be used for fun and games as well as for completing professional-grade tasks.

[ Microsoft looks to move in on the tablet market. See 8 Cool Windows 8 Tablets. ]

The Tab 2 10.1 is available with and without 3G/4G. The Wi-Fi version is available for $349.99 with 8 GB of storage. Sprint is selling it with LTE on board for $549.99. The Note 10.1 costs $499 for 16 GB or $549.99 for 32 GB. It is sold only with Wi-Fi.

So, what about the Nexus 10? Well, it is a next-generation device when compared to the Tab 2 and Note and pretty much puts the slightly older tablets to shame.

First, the display. It measures 10.055 inches, but includes an eye-dazzling 2560 x 1600 pixels. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2. It uses a dual-core A15 processor that's mated to a Mali T604 graphics processor and 2 GB of RAM. On the wireless side, it has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC (for use with Android Beam). It has a massive, 9,000-mAh battery, a 5-megapixel / 1.9-megapixel camera setup, microHDMI, microUSB and support for magnetic inductive charging. It measures 10.39 x 6.99 x 0.35 inches and weighs 1.33 pounds.

Perhaps most importantly, it is a Nexus device and ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the newest version possible. It will always run a clean, stock version of Android, and will receive system updates much sooner than other Android devices. It comes in two variants: 16 GB for $399 and 32 GB for $499.

For my money, this purchase is a no-brainer. The Nexus 10 is a vastly superior tablet and costs the same as its in-house competitors. The only drawback is that it doesn't offer cellular 3G/4G data, where the Tab 2 10.1 (at least) does.

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User Rank: Apprentice
11/5/2012 | 2:57:52 AM
re: Samsung's 10-Inch Android Tablets: Which Is Best?
Let see if you NEED a stylus (there are multiple of us that consider to be super important) then the choices are skimp the Note 10 or the old HTC JetStream or the Lenovo ThinkPad. And the newest is the Note 10 so for me the Note 10 is a the ONLY choice (from your list).
If someone needs 4G then the Tab2
So only for someone that 1- does NOT need a Stylus 2- Does not needs 4G then and only then the Nexus 10 is a possibility.
This article is almost as biased as any article about iPads.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/3/2012 | 1:13:01 AM
re: Samsung's 10-Inch Android Tablets: Which Is Best?
Two other tablets become available in November through a new site called TabletSprint - which offer some impressive features and stack up against the iPad and the Google Nexus 10 inch tablets for nearly half the price and are worth comparing -- One model is the Novo 10 by Ainol electronics, a tabletmaker which received a CNET/CES 2012 "Tablet of the Year" award for another tablet they produced earlier this year - The Novo 10 offers a Quad Core processor and a pretty amazing 1920x1200 Liquid Crystal 10.1" screen (like iPad Retina display) and will retail for about $269 and feature an advanced 10-Point Multi-Touch, HDMI with 1080p (HD) output to a TV, Dual Cameras, Bluetooth, WiFi, Built-In GPS, a Micro-SD Memory Card Slot, a Micro-USB port, a Strong Battery (10,000 mAh), Android 4.1 O/S (Jelly Bean) and Google Play access (400,000+ Android Software Apps). A similar model is also available in November that is produced by another Asia firm, Ramos Technology, that's called the W30-HD, which also has many of the same features, Plus 3G built in that works with any GSM carrier (AT&T & T-Mobile) and is expected priced at $319. One of the first places that carry these models in the U.S. so far is at TabletSprint -- which also offers a few nicely priced, quality 7-inch tablet models.
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