The Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets dunked in water
Even if your tablet appreciation never deviates from pragmatic, functionality concerns, you'll at least have to admit that a thin tablet has its advantages. Thin tablets are usually sleeker, sexier, and easier to handle. Also, their relative girth does not necessarily preclude them from including plenty of useful connections.
By their nature of being so thin, all tablets on this list are the lightest on the market within their screen-size category. The tablets on this list were chosen with respect to both their weight and girth.
|Thickness (in inches)||Weight (in pounds)||Screen size (in inches)|
|Sony Xperia Z||0.27||1.09||10|
|Apple iPad Mini||0.28||0.68||7.9|
|Google Nexus 10||0.35||1.33||10|
|Apple iPad (fourth gen)||0.37||1.44||9.7|
|Barnes & Noble Nook HD||0.43||0.68||7|
Barnes & Noble Nook HD
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD is the thickest on this list but it also matches the iPad Mini as one the lightest. With its comfortable design, low price, and sharp screen, it's a great option if you want the lightweight benefits of a thin tablet but with some girth. Read the full review.
Apple iPad (fourth generation)
The Apple iPad is like a supermodel that was once on top but has slowly fallen from grace and lost its appeal with the influx of newer, thinner options, yet is still beautiful and relevant in its own way. Its had upgrades and a lot of work done since the iPad 2, most noticeably the Retina Display and faster processor. The most recent version is thicker than some of the previous iPad models, but it still has a design that's thin and light enough to catwalk down this list. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 10
The Google Nexus 10 is a light yet durable tablet with a beautiful, sharp screen and fast processor. As one of the best-performing Android tablets, it's also one of the thinnest and lightest without sacrificing screen size. Read the full review.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 barely beats the Google Nexus 10 with its slightly thinner and lighter design, but like the Nexus 10, it features a beautiful screen and fast processor. If this were a beauty pageant, I'd hate to be one of the judges. Read the full review.
Apple iPad Mini
Two Apple iPads on one list? Bring out the pitchforks...and measuring tape, because the iPad Mini is one the thinnest and lightest tablets on the market, no matter what critics have to say. Read the full review.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is set to make a splash on the tablet scene with its superthin profile that is not only waterproof but houses a quad-core Qualcomm processor and sharp 10-inch 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen. The tablet has yet to be released, so check back with CNET for a full review when it becomes available, but for now have a look at our First Take.