Top tablets: Best buys (August 2011)

PC World's best buy tablets are a rank of the top five tablets based on perceived value for money

Looking for a tablet on a budget? You should look no further than PC World Australia's best buys. These tablets are a rank of the top 5 models based on perceived value for money.

Although the tablet market is dominated by Apple's iPad, the market leader isn't exactly the cheapest proposition. It is here in the best buy category that Google's Android platform shines through, making up four out of the five selections in our August list. The other is HP's TouchPad: made available for just $98 from Harvey Norman, after HP effectively killed the device and its webOS platform. The bad news is, good luck finding one.

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HP TouchPad

It's a shame the HP TouchPad has so many issues in its current form, because it's an impressive device to use on the whole. It does boast some class leading features, and its interface is in our opinion the best we've seen on a tablet device. But a chunky design, sluggish performance, a lack of dedicated apps and software that is still very much a work in progress makes it tough to pick over competitors.

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  • 22nd July, 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • HP
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  • Pros:
  • webOS UI suits tablet form factor
  • Core apps are well designed
  • Account support is impressive
  • Cons:
  • Bulky and thick design
  • Sluggish performance
  • Limited third-party apps
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