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Your guide to the best PC tablets

After you look past the fancy touch-screen technology and slim, portable design, tablet computers are really just laptops in disguise. Thus, you will be looking for the same core set of characteristics: a good processor, a reliable operating system, plenty of hard drive space and a good warranty. In addition, you will be interested in reviews of a tablet’s touch-screen responsiveness, its connectivity options and the number of apps that are available for download.

The tablet market is segmented into two main sections: Mac tablets and PC tablets. Here, we’re focused on PC tablets, particularly Google Android tablets (that run Google’s Android operating system) and Windows tablets (that run Microsoft’s Windows operating system).

Here are our recommendations for the top-performing PC tablets on the market:

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ASUS Transformer Prime

The ASUS Transformer Prime is one of the top Google tablets on the market, offering an optimal blend of affordability and solid performance. It is a fast tablet computer, and with the option of adding up to 32 GB of storage space, you’ll have plenty of room for storing files and media. It also has an optional keyboard dock, which makes it function more like a standard laptop if you choose to add it. However, the big knock against the ASUS Transformer Prime is that it is incompatible with mobile broadband Internet technology, leaving you solely reliant on Wi-Fi connections.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 10.7 inches wide x 6.9 inches wide x 0.51 inches thick
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz dual-core
  • Hard drive: 16 or 32 GB of additional storage with optional web-based storage
  • Internet connectivity: Wi-Fi only (not compatible with mobile broadband)
  • Cameras: 1.2 megapixel front camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • I/O ports: SD card reader, HDMI mini output port, two audio jacks
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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung tablets are among the best-reviewed electronics in the world of portable computing. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is considered by some to be the only member of the Google Android tablets family that can match the Apple iPad. This is a powerful, sleek, stylish and light tablet computer that offers tens of thousands of apps and provides excellent value for its price. However, one drawback is that it can be sluggish and slow when running media-rich applications.

Specifications:

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz
  • Hard drive: 32 GB
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches diagonally
  • Internet connectivity: Wi-Fi only (future versions are expected to be 4G compatible)
  • Cameras: 2 megapixel forward-facing camera, 3 megapixel backward-facing camera
  • Battery life: 10 hours
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Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom has a very fast processor, excellent battery life and a flashy high-resolution display, supported by two powerful high-definition cameras that make image capturing fun and easy. However, the Motorola Xoom is one of the thicker and heavier tablet computers on the market, which is a major drawback considering that lightweight portability is one of the main selling points of a tablet computer in the first place.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core 1 GHz
  • Hard drive: 32 GB
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches diagonally
  • Screen resolution: 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Internet connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • I/O: USB 2.0 port
  • Battery life: 10 hours