Currently, small version of tablets (7 inches) is whopping the crowd already with their convenient size, ergonomic designs but high level performance as well. If you are planning to buy a 7-inch tablet for this season then you cannot miss to see our list of best 7-inch tablets, which shows you the most deserving tablets currently available in the market.
Google Nexus 7
Asus made Google’s Nexus 7 is the most affordable and most value for money 7-inch tablet to buy, it’s simple and has ergonomic design with sturdy build quality and a rubber texture on rear gives you fine grip to hold it with one hand.
It is powered by powerful quad-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chip and it takes the full fledge support of Android 4.2 and its phenomenal features can be seen on its amazing IPS LCD screen which has a display resolution of 1280 x 800, giving you the sleeker and spurring experience.
Unfortunately, there is no rear camera or any SD card slot for expanding the storage and it lacks tablet-optimized apps but one can use it to the full extent with its 1.2 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and with the 16/32 GB of storage space, suffice it to say that for storing applications, documents or movies it works great.
With 4325 mAh battery and advanced connectivity options such as NFC chip for $199, makes this device the most desirable tablet in this 7-inch realm market.
Note: If you want to buy Nexus 7 in India, there is an excellent deal running at HomeShop18 – You can pick it up for a price of only Rs. 14,799. I think it’s a steal at that price.
Apple iPad Mini
If you really like Apple products but can’t afford the super pricey 4th Gen Retina iPad, then iPad Mini is the right choice for you. This is also a right choice for Apple fan boys who hate carrying the 9.7 inch iPad around.
This iPad Mini is amazingly designed and its 7.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with a display resolution of 1027 x 768 are packed with lesser pixel density compared to other tablets available in the market but then colors are still vibrant and bright. One of the best things of this iPad Mini is that there are more than 250,000 applications that are tablet-optimized.
The 4490 mAh battery in the iPad Mini performs well enough to keep it away from charger for more than 2-3 days in normal use. The applications load pretty fast, thanks to its A5 chip which has dual core Cortex A9 CPUs and PowerVR SGX533MP2 GPU. The scrolling of the web pages are pretty smooth and 5 megapixel autofocus camera on back captures HD videos and 1.2 megapixel on front gives you an option of having a HD FaceTime chat, stereo speakers on bottom are add-on to it.
Sadly, the price of $329 for what this lightest tablet offers is quite expensive compared to other 7-inch tablets available in the market but it could be your best choice if your requirement matches with it.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an affordable tablet, its minimalistic and simple design with a plastic make on rear tends to lose the flexibility of holding the device. It sports a 7 inch PLS LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 which is relatively low compared with other tablets but still the display tends to be brighter with a better contrast level.
There is a 3.2 megapixel camera on back for still and recording HD videos and the VGA camera in front for video calling are measurably good compared to Nexus 7. The TI OMAP 4430 1.2 GHz dual core and PowerVR SGX 540 are well enough for all applications and games run smooth enough for an enjoyable experience.
The best part is, it has the storage expansion option which is really helpful when you want to store downloaded applications or any documents or movies. The battery performance is pretty good but failed to defy the Apple iPad Mini in endurance but it still runs for 2 days without charging.
It is recommended for those who relatively looking for an affordable tablet with enormous storage capacity and mainly, cellular connectivity. The Galaxy Tab 2 price in India is around INR 18,000 and that makes it one of the best-selling 7 inch tablets with 3G integration, at least in India.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Fire HD is the successor to Kindle Fire, with a refined and polished interface as the custom Amazon UI is based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. It is a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS LCD HD display, gives you brilliant color reproduction and better viewing angle.
The top and bottom bezel makes this tablet little uncomfortable to hold with one hand and it is slightly heavier than the Google Nexus 7. It is tightly integrated with Amazon media services, while it’s TI OMAP 4470 1.2 GHz dual core performance is impressive in some tasks but sluggish in performing some tasks, might be due to un-optimized software stack.
There is no rear camera but a front- facing HD camera for having a video chat. There is no memory expansion slot but free unlimited cloud storage is enabled for storing Amazon content like movies, eBooks, music and many more. You cannot take the complete advantage of Google play store since it locked up to Amazon App Store.
It is available for the price tag of $199, which is worth it if you want to take full benefits from amazon services and extra $15 is taken to get rid of ads; it is more of Amazon tablet than any 7-inch tablet. It is a good tablet if you have already invested enough in Amazon services such as Amazon Prime or you can root this device to install stock Android with Google Play Store.
Barnes and Noble Nook HD
If you are looking for a tablet which is more of E-reader but which is also good in performing tasks that recent tablets do such as browsing and apps, then Nook HD is the best fit for you. It’s light and comfortably designed form factor make this device distinct from other 7-inch tablets.
It comes with Ice Cream Sandwich version from Android, with a custom designed skin making it look more of like Nook Tablet OS. Its 7 inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 900 display resolution is amazing for that size with full-fledged content ecosystem from Barnes & Nobles for watching movies, reading books, streaming videos is simply astounding on this impressive sharp screen. It is powered with 1.3 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, similar to Kindle Fire HD, uplifting the response time and delivering the smoother interface.
For reading, this tablet deserves more than any other but with app ecosystem and complete multimedia content it cannot withstand with its competitors and the special feature is user profiles which come handy for those who want to lock their profiles from others, such as when there is only one tablet at home which is used by everybody. For $199, what Nook has to offer is pretty reasonable but the internal storage is limited to 8GB though memory expansion slot is allotted but for that price tag, competitors are offering 16GB from start.
So there you have it – The Top 5 best tablets of 2012.