Christmas 2012 round-up: The best new tablets

Here are some of the best tablets to choose from this Christmas

With Christmas almost upon us yet again, it's a great time to buy a new tablet. Apple's popular iPad may lead the way, but there's plenty of choice. Whether it's an Android tablet on the market or one of Microsoft's new Windows 8 RT devices, there's never been a wider selection of devices available.

The biggest decision you'll have to make when it comes to buying a tablet is size. The larger-sized, traditional iPad may have kicked off the tablet trend, but smaller tablets are now hotter than ever. Google's Nexus 7 is a prime example: it has proven to be very popular and can be used in a different way that larger tablets. Some might even argue that the Nexus 7 spawned Apple into creating the iPad mini, which is set to be one of the most in-demand tablets on the shelves this Christmas.

You'll then need to choose what platform you prefer. Apple's iOS software that powers the iPad and the iPad mini gives you the widest selection of third-party apps, but Google's Android software is more flexible and may be more convenient to you. Then there's the Windows RT tablets like the superbly constructed Microsoft Surface RT. It offers a refreshing new user interface based around vibrant live tiles and it's designed to be a tablet device for users who don't want to join the Android and iOS camps.

Browse through our 2012 Christmas tablet round-up below and click on each product to read our full review.

Previous Frame Next Frame
Item:
1 / 10
Apple iPad

The 4th Generation iPad is only a minor improvement over its predecessor but still remains the tablet to beat. An upgraded A6X processor, Apple's new Lightning connector and a better front facing camera are the main differences. All in all this is an iterative upgrade that should only interest those who don't already own a 3rd Generation iPad.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 14th Nov., 2012
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Apple
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • Pros:
  • 4G capable in Australia
  • Improved front-facing camera
  • Quality app ecosystem
  • Cons:
  • Only a minor upgrade over 3rd Gen
  • Lightning accessories are expensive
  • Gets warm with regular use
Show Comments


Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?