The pick of the best tablets in 2013

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Industry reports state that tablets are expected to overtake laptops in sales by the end of 2013. With tablet popularity increasing, so is the choice and here are just a few of the most popular tablets available on the market.

Whether you are a fanboy or not, there’s no denying the popularity of Apple’s ubiquitous ‘i’ products and the iPad is now the tablet of choice for 90% of business users. The iPad 4 is one of the most powerful and pricey PC tablets available; if you buy the 128GB version you will find yourself £600 lighter. The fourth generation iPad sticks to exactly the same design and dimensions as the iPad 3 but the A6 processor is alleged to be twice as fast as the iPad 3’s A5 chip.

The retina display and high-resolution graphics are a selling point, and the battery life is an impressive 10 hours if you are simply browsing the web. Rumours are that Apple may release the next generation of the iPad sometime in autumn 2013.

For half the price of the iPad 4 128GB you can buy the Galaxy Tab 3 but you’ll only receive 16GB of storage. If you’re not too worried about storage size then the android Galaxy Tab 3 offers a large 10.1” screen size although 7” and 8” sizes are available. The Tab 3 features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560, which is respectable enough unless comparing it to the iPad 4. This is decent tablet that is great for viewing films and is extremely portable although has been called pedestrian by many.

If you are looking for a tablet that’s kind to the eyes and packs a punch power-wise then the Microsoft Surface Pro will be a good choice. This hybrid PC tablet features a 10.1” High Definition display screen and is a full scale Windows PC Intel featuring a Core i5 processor with 4GB of memory, and 64GB or 128GB options. You can use the digitising pen for drawing on the screen and you can add a keyboard to turn the tablet into a notebook. This is a great choice of tablet for business users and if you are thinking of sticking it on your business account then it will set you back around £700.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has been called the best tablet in 2013, yes even better than the iPad 4. Sony knows how to make great products and it’s certainly produced a stunning looking tablet in the Xperia for less than £400. At just less than 500g this tablet is extremely lightweight, impressively slim and offers a crystal clear Full HD Reality screen with 3D surround sound for a superior cinema-like viewing experience. This beautiful looking tablet features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Processor and 16GB of storage, and if that wasn’t enough, it’s also waterproof.

Tablets have exploded in popularity recently and whatever your needs and your budget, there is one out there for you. Just make sure you do your homework first.

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