Android 4.1 Jelly Bean a sweet Android update
The release of Jelly Bean has improved the functionality of Android tablets toward a more user-friendly, productive, and fast-performing experience. The OS includes a new interface for smoother navigating, a better camera app, and Google Now, which rivals Apple's Siri.
The new features in Android 4.2 range from interesting to useful, but all are meant to enhance the functionality of your Android tablet. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets were the first to ship with Android 4.2. It's yet to reach other tablets, but at least now we know what to expect when the updates start rolling out.
Some of the new new features include faster access to notifications and settings, and Gesture Type, which interprets the swipes of your finger on the touch screen into text.
The following list comprises the very best of the Jelly Bean lot and will be frequently updated as more tablets are released or updated.
Asus Transformer TF300
For a full-size Android tablet that combines performance and value, look no further than the Asus Transformer Pad TF300. Its features include 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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Note 10.1 is the brightest star in the Samsung Galaxy tablet lineup with its simple design, fast performance, and useful features. The S Pen Stylus is a neat tool that can come in handy for precise tapping and drawing, or for simply giving your index finger a break. Read the full review.
Asus Transformer Infinity TF700
The Infinity is a fast tablet that houses a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 CPU and matches it with a 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution IPS screen that delivers a visually satisfying Android experience. It's a premium tablet, so it'll cost you, but if you consider performance and features hot commodities, this one's worth the investment. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 tablet is one of the top tablets with its superior design and performance. It impresses with its 2,560x1,600-pixel Super PLS screen, fast touch-screen responsiveness and accuracy, and sleek design aesthetic. The Nexus 10 also has an advantage in that it sports the latest OS, Android 4.2. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 7
When looking at performance and value, the Google Nexus 7 is king of the castle. Setting the benchmark for 7-inch tablets, the Nexus 7 features a sharp 1,280x800-pixel-resolution IPS screen, a fast 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, and portable yet stylish design all for $199. The Nexus 7, like the Nexus 10, also has an edge on the competition by shipping with the latest Android 4.2 operating system. Read the full review.
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