Even though Apple is a leading brand in the market without any doubt, the reality is that not everyone is a fan of their products, not to mention that their high price can put many others off. The great news is that there are great (and more affordable) alternatives for anyone who doesn’t want to go for an iPad. Amazon, Google and ASUS offer all-inclusive tablets for a fraction of the price that you would pay for an iPad Air or Mini. If you want to invest more, you can get additional features such as a removable keyboard and pen input. There is a wide range of Android options but you may also want to consider Windows 8 devices. To enjoy all the features that a tablet can offer, you do not need to go for an iPad. Here are the best alternatives:
Google Nexus 7
Google’s first Nexus was an spectacular addition to the world of tablets. The Nexus 7 offers a slim design, attractive features and an outstanding performance for less than $230. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM and crystal clear resolution of 1920 x 1200. To complete the experience and reassure this device as the best Nexus so far, Nexus has a potent 5 megapixel camera and an impressive battery life of over 9 hours.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch
The next stage of the Kindle Fire HD, the Fire HDX is an 7 inch tablet that provides a sharp 1920 x 1200 resolution display. It is better than its predecessor in many aspects. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM enables a powerful performance and thanks to its Mayday feature, you can count on quick access to continuous support. It’s battery life will give you over 8 hours and a half of entertainment. All for under $230.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
This tablet shows that Microsoft is taking the right path in their goal to make a big impact in the mobile devices industry. The stunning design, amazing audio and efficient performance of the Surface Pro 2 are available for just under $1000. On top of all the speed and responsiveness that this tablet offers, the battery life reaches over 8 hours, making it a very complete device.
ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7
A beautiful HD screen, potent audio, impressive power performance and two cameras (back and front) make this tablet one of the best Android devices available in the market. The battery life goes beyond any of the other options and offers almost 10 hours of non stop entertainment. You would think that all these features would make the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 one of the most expensive tablets you can get but it actually is the most affordable as it costs less than $150.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
The 8-inch Galaxy Note 8.0 includes the S Pen feature and an IR blaster that allows you to control your TV. The S Pen offers a very realistic handwriting experience that replaces keys with a drawing space so you will feel like adding notes in your old diary. A great multitasking device in a compact size that can be bought for under $400.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung stepped up their game with the 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Air Command option has improved substantially the pen interface. The tablet comes with great features such as Scapbooker, Screen Write, Action Memo, S Finder and apps for anything you want to do including writing on your screen. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has a sleek design, high screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 and an impressive octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM. You can get one for just over $500.
Lenovo Miix 2
This is a tablet that will allow you to complete work wherever you are, thanks to the inclusion of Microsoft Office and a complete Windows 8.1 experience. With Lenovo Miix 2, you get great performance and a bright, clear image display for less than $300.
Fuhu Nabi 2
Nowadays, children are exposed to technology from an early age. For parents that want to give their kids the chance of getting used to the tablet experience, the Fuhi Nabi 2 is the best choice. It is designed to last and to endure heavy use thanks to the plastic chassis and bumper protector. It comes packed with apps that are appropriate for children and all the functionality and power of an Android tablet. The parental control dashboard allows you to ensure that your kids cannot access websites or download apps that are not suitable for them. The Fuhu Nabi 2 is available for less than $180.
ASUS Transformer Book T100
An extraordinary battery life of 12 hours and a half is just one of the things that make the ASUS Transformer Book T100 one of the best devices available in the market. You also get the powerful performance of its Intel Atom Bay Trail with full Windows and a detachable keyboard for a price that is below $400.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch
This full sized tablet comes with access to all the content from Amazon Instant Video and access to their e-book library, as well as a stunning high resolution screen. Just as with the 7 inch version, you get technical support every day at anytime, through their Mayday feature. The best part is that you can enjoy all the entertainment and functionality that the Kindle Fire HDX can offer for almost 14 hours without needing a recharge. That is an impressive battery life for a very reasonable price: less than $380.