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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Top 5 Android 4.0 tablets

Finally! Enough Android 4.0 tablets are now in the wild to warrant a Top 5!

The biggest challenge in coming up with a list of the best Android 4.0 tablets was deciding whether to include only tablets that shipped with the OS installed or to also include Android 3.0 tablets that are upgradable.
However, once I realized that a "shipped-with only" list didn't fully represent Android tablets the way it should, the challenge of choosing became much easier.
So here it is. My list of the top (shipping with or upgradable to) Android 4.0 tablets (so far). Also, if you've no idea what Android 4.0 (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) is, the video up top should fill in the blanks.

All tablets should be using IPS or PLS panels. The A510 uses neither and (although you can't tell in this shot) suffers for it.
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Still a bit expensive compared with what the rest of this list offers, but the Acer Iconia Tab A510 gets points for Tegra 3 power, expandable storage, and Micro-HDMI. Read the full review.

The first Samsung tablet to ship with Android 4.0. Hopefully, we'll see some OS updates to its previously released tablets as well.
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Though 7-inch Android 4.0 tablets will likely soon be even cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with its $250 price, for now, this is one of the most highe-value full-Android 7-inchers on the market. Read the full review.

I've definitely warmed up to the folded-back-magazine look and feel of the Tablet S.
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Sony recently bestowed an Android 4.0 upgrade on the Tablet S, which retains the very distinct Sony aesthetic as well as its software features. Also, with its new, lower price, the S is one of the better tablet buys right now. Read the full review.

Yep. GPS actually (and officially) works here. No dongle required.
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The best full-size Android tablet value out there. It includes the expected extras like Micro-HDMI and expandable storage, but also a powerful Tegra 3 processor and a pretty fantastic camera.Read the full review.

Yep, I'm still waiting for Bladeslinger...
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The current big daddy of Android tablets, with fast performance, sensible and durable design, and a robust feature set, the Prime isn't only the best Android 4.0 tablet, but is second only to the iPad as the overall best tablet available. Read the full review.