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Tired Of The iPad Trend? Here Are 10 Great Alternatives Including Galaxy Tab & Surface

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ipadApple iPad may be revolutionary, but not everyone is keen to own the said device. Some say Android-based tablets are much better. Others prefer more productive models like the WIndows 8 hybrids that have popped on the scene lately. Whatever your preferences, if you are looking for tablet other than the one carrying the Apple logo, there are many picks that you can choose from. And the 10 alternatives listed in this list are just a scratch of the proverbial surface.

#10 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5


Samsung is Apple’s bitter rival and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is one of the few that can easily beat the iPad to a pulp. The bright display alone outshines that of the iPad’s. Its 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display boasts a vividly colored screen and multi-wide viewing angles, providing excellent user experience whenever you pop photos, movies and Youtube videos. Games also pop with color on this bad boy. Also, the SideSync app connectivity allows you to take calls from your Samsung Galaxy phone through the tablet.

#9 Microsoft Surface Pro 3


Microsoft Surface Pro 3 flaunts a massive and crisp 12-inch screen (2160 x 1440 pixels), which significantly improves viewing experience. It also boasts much versatility, transforming itself to a small laptop once you pop the kickstand and activate the keyboard. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 utilizes a pen for easy note taking and sharing. While the 7.5-hour battery life is way below the average, the Surface Pro 3 makes up for it as a solid content making and sharing machine.

#8 ASUS MeMo Pad 7


Priced at $149, the ASUS MeMo Pad 7 is regarded as one of the best priced tablets out in the market today. Running on Android, the MeMo Pad 7 is fitted with an ultra fast quad-core Intel Atom processor. 16GB of built-in storage which you can expand via MicroSD allows you to jack the device’s memory without worrying about space. The HD display is decent when it comes to viewing experience, too. If you want something adequate without shelling out much cash, the MeMo Pad 7 from ASUS should get you covered.

#7 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch


If you are looking for something premium without the premium price tag, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch is a solid contender. Available for $229, this device has a 7-inch vivid 1920×1200 screen and is powered by a fast Snapdragon 800 processor. This gadget can go for up to 8.5 hours without charging. And since its from Amazon, you get the company’s premium features, such as the highly touted parental controls.

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#6 Google Nexus 7


Crisp and loud colors pop out from its full HD screen (1920 x 1200 pixels) and speed is a non-issue with its Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, the Google Nexus 7 is one device you would surely want with you if you’re not that keen to own an iPad. 8.5 hours of battery life plus a 5-megapixel camera makes the Nexus 7 the best of the Nexus series yet.

#5 ASUS Transformer Book T100


One of the best tablet slash laptop models out there, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a flexible hybrid that can do whatever you demand from it and more. Rigged with an Intel quad-core processor, you certainly won’t experience lag issues with this bad boy. As far as storage is concerned, you get 32 or 65 GB onboard, depending on the variant, and 500 GB inside the keyboard attachment. But its most impressive feature is its battery life, which can give you 12.5 hours of abuse in one single charge.

#4 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 proves to be a great pick if you want an alternative to the iPad mini. The most impressive feature is its Retina Display, a sharp Super AMOLED screen that enhances viewing experience with its wide angles and better contrast. It is also thinner and lighter than the iPad mini.

#3 Sony Xperia Z2


The Sony Experia Z2 is a lot better than the Apple iPad in so many ways. It has an impressive battery life, which clocks out after 9.5 hours in a single charge. It flaunts a sharp Triluminous display which really adds zing and life to the screen. It’s more lightweight and thinner compared to the iPad Air. But its outstanding attribute? That Sony Xperia Z2 can take more than the occasional water splashes. It’s nearly waterproof, being able to operate even after submerging it in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.

#2 Dell Venue 11 Pro (Atom)


Versatile and functional, the Dell Venue 11 Pro is a top contender on the tablet scene with its comfortable keyboard attachment setup and a whopping 15 hours of battery life when you switch to laptop mode. You can also attach the Dell Venue 11 Pro to an optional desktop dock, which indicates just how flexible this gadget is.

#1 Lenovo Miix 2


The Lenovo Miix 2 features a powerful Intel Bay trail processor, fitted inside a slim and light casing. Running on Windows 8, users get the full brunt of the Windows experience, including Windows Office. Other features include the 8-inch screen and 8.5 hours of battery life.

By Louie Andre

B2B & SaaS market analyst and senior writer for FinancesOnline. He is most interested in project management solutions, believing all businesses are a work in progress. No stranger to small business hiccups and drama, having been involved in a few internet startups. Prior to his for-profit ventures, he has had managed corporate communications for a Kansas City-based Children International unit.

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SlaneBane says:

Not that I recommend Surface, but it works for me because I'm after productivity. I work on a lot of content and having my tablet in sync with my PC Windows/Office apps means I don't have to worry about lost features or tools in my documents when I'm out of the office. Google Docs has still a long way to match MS in terms of productivity, that's why I'm not getting an Android any time. I have an iPhone, so that gives me access to iOS apps in case I need one.

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