The Best Tablets of 2012: A Year in Review

by Anurag R on December 30, 2012

New iPad2012 has been an eventful year for the tech world, and the tablet market was a great demonstration of the rapid pace at which the ‘post-PC’ world had been evolving.

There were a number of notable tablets released in the last 12 months, each of which was unique in its own way. Read on to find out about which tablets we’re talking about!

 
iPad (3rd & 4th gen)
 
The 3rd generation iPad was Apple’s first attempt at putting in a high resolution display (or, Retina display, as Apple likes to call it) in its bestselling line of tablets. An endless supply of content, including apps, media and ebooks in the iTunes Store elevate the standing of any Apple device, but make no mistake, Apple left precious little room for cynics to criticize its new iPad. The 4th gen version of the iPad surprisingly saw a release this year as well, though it was barely more than an incremental update to its already impressive predecessor.
 
Rating: 9/10
 
Google Nexus 7
 
Google Nexus 7The Nexus 7 was the first Android tablet that was widely accepted by consumers, and with good reason. A 1280×800 resolution screen, Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a price tag of $199 made it irresistible to the buying public.
 
Rating: 8.5/10
 
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
 
Kindle Fire HDThe much-awaited update to the bestselling Kindle Fire HD tablet came in two sizes (7 inches and 8.9 inches), powerful TI OMAP processors, high resolutions (1280×800 and 1920×1200 respectively) and attractive base prices of $199 and $299 respectively. Amazon certainly outdid itself this year with its tablet offerings.
 
Rating: 8/10
 
iPad Mini
 
iPad MiniApple decided to enter the portable tablet market at long last, albeit with the rather overpriced and slightly underwhelming iPad Mini. Despite some justified quibbles with it, the Mini offered consumers a chance to enter the iOS ecosystem at a lower cost than before, and it proved to be a huge success after all.
 
Rating: 7.5/10
 
Microsoft Surface RT
 
Microsoft Surface TabletMicrosoft took the plunge into becoming a self-sufficient tablet manufacturer this year with the Surface RT tablet. Windows 8 RT had an innovative tiles based UI (‘Metro’), and the Surface RT had Office 2013 preloaded free of cost in the device. The TouchType covers were impressive as well. However, any new tablet that had to contend with a limited number of offerings in the Windows Store, an unfamiliar and sometimes buggy Windows 8 OS, and a far from attractive base price of $499 was bound to have some teething problems.
 
Rating: 7/10

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