Some of the most popular tablets on the market, like the Apple iPads or Google Nexuses, don't have one important feature that maximizes the usability of a tablet: expandable storage. The inclusion of a memory card slot opens the door to more possibilities and functions of your gadget.
From storing music, movies, or photos, to apps and games, expandable storage options can ensure that you get the most out of your device by letting you save more data and operate more programs than what the internal storage capacity allows.
We've rounded up the top tablets that let you increase the amount of storage available and maximize your user experience.
Microsoft Surface RT
The good news is that the Microsoft Surface RT tablet boasts a solid build with thoughtful design, an innovative gesture-driven menu system, and can house a microSD card up to 64GB. The 10.6-inch tablet is great for productivity with its cool split-screen function, easy-to-use keyboard accessory, and USB port that can also be used as an external storage option via flash drive. The bad news is that Windows RT eats up a significant amount of internal storage, making the expandable storage options less of an option and more of a required function to offset the inconvenience. Read more here.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
The Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update recently rolled out to the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 and upgraded it to 2013 relevancy. The once top-performing tablet now houses an older Tegra 3 CPU that no longer impresses on a 10-inch tablet, but its 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution screen and thin and light design still resonates with today's standards. The TF700 features a microSD expansion slot that supports up to 64GB. Read the full review.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
The Nook HD+ is a steal at $149. In addition to its microSD expansion slot that can support up to 64GB, it has a portable thin and light build with good performance and a sharp screen. It also has access to Google Play and all of the apps and services accessible through the store. Barnes and Noble is changing their role in the tablet business and selling their Nook inventory through the holiday season, so if you're in the market for a well-built, good-performing, inexpensive tablet with Google Play, the Nook HD+ could find a new home with you. Read the full review.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is like your one skinny friend that eats whatever they want without ever gaining weight. The 10-inch tablet is one of the thinnest and lightest we've reviewed but doesn't sacrifice features or performance for its slim design. It dons a sharp 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution screen, good gaming performance, NFC, and has microSD expansion capabilities up to 64GB. Read more here.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 stands out as a stellar -- although pricey -- small tablet and features a stylus that's mostly handy (pun intended) for artists. If you are indeed making artful use of the S Pen, saving and backing up your work, as well as having the ability to creatively work without fear of running out of storage space, is crucial. The featured microSD expansion slot can save up to 64GB of your masterpieces and, with a purchase of the Note 8, you also get 50GB of free space on Dropbox. Read more here.