Apple iPad 2 Display Ranks the Best in Face-Off Against Android Hordes

At a Glance

The Transformer stands well on its own, but it's notable when paired with Asus's terrific optional keyboard dock, which adds an SD Card slot, USB port, touchpad, and extra battery.

Pros

  • Pairs well with keyboard docking station
  • IPS display provides better-than-average images

Cons

  • No ports beyond a docking connector
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At a Glance

A versatile size and 3D video capture add to this tablet's appeal, but poor speakers and a high no-contract price limit its reach.

Pros

  • 3D video capture
  • Midrange size is versatile in various situations

Cons

  • Speaker volume is too low
  • Screen has a greenish cast
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At a Glance

Samsung's flagship Tab is a sleekly designed, lightweight tablet that features some mostly useful TouchWiz software tweaks.

Price when rated: 499

Pros

  • Sharp, crisp display
  • Thin, lightweight design
  • Android 3.1 preloaded

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Battery charges painfully slow
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At a Glance

With a few software tweaks and an appealing price, Samsung’s Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab should appeal to anyone who wants a 7-inch Android tablet with no pesky service contracts attached.

Pros

  • Brilliant, bright screen
  • Manageable size is conducive for one-handed use

Cons

  • Screen doesn't support high-definition video
  • Proprietary connection port
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At a Glance

Acer Iconia Tab is a great, reasonably priced choice if you want to access your content via USB sources, but the current limitations of Android 3.0 and what you can do with that content via USB, coupled with this tablet’s display quirks, still make it a qualified recommendation.

Price when rated: 450

Pros

  • Software customizations are helpful
  • USB host port and microSD card slot

Cons

  • Fine touchscreen grid is bothersome on display
  • Heavier and bulkier than other other tablets
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At a Glance

The first Honeycomb tablet remains a solid choice in large part due to its strong overall performance and complement of ports. But newer models are lighter.

Pros

  • HDMI-mini output
  • Runs Android 3.0 for smoother tablet OS experience
  • Good performance
  • MicroSD Card slot allows additional storage
  • Solid design

Cons

  • New OS has a few stability issues
  • Images don't render properly in Gallery viewer
  • Expensive
  • Heavy, at 1.6 pounds
  • Middling display
  • Video looked blocky
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Where to buy

At a Glance

The iPad 2 remains the tablet to beat, even though its improvements represent just a satisfying aesthetic and spec evolution over its predecessor.

Price when rated: $629
Lowest price: $350.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
  • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds

Cons

  • Tediously slow to charge
  • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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