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What's the best Android tablet? Google Nexus vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Al Sacco | Sept. 19, 2013
If you're in the market for an Android tablet and have your eye on both of these terrific tablets, how do you choose which one is for you? Here's a quick breakdown designed to help make your decision.

The only Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 device with a cellular radio is the Tab 3 7.0, and it's exclusive to AT&T in the United States at this point. Unless you're an AT&T customer or are willing to become one, the Galaxy Tab family may not be for you if a cellular radio is a necessity.

Nexus vs. Galaxy Tab 3: Screen Size Matters - and So Does Price
Another important question to consider before choosing an Android tablet: What screen size is right for you? The answer will depend on individual preference and planned usage, but smaller, 7- or 8-inch tablets are much more portable than their larger counterparts. If you plan to travel frequently with your device, or to carry it around on your person regularly, a smaller size might be better for you.

If you plan to use your device along with a wireless keyboard to simulate a netbook setup, on the other hand, the larger display might be right for you. This will give you more screen real estate and a more "laptop-like" experience.

The best way to find the right tablet size for you is to envision how you will regularly use the device and also to go to a retailer such as Best Buy so you get your hands on a device before you buy it.

I prefer smaller tablets. I use my tablet mostly for reading - reading on the couch, reading on trains and air planes, and reading in coffee shops. And the 7-inch form factor just works best for my needs. I can slip a 7-inch tablet in my back pants pocket - I don't need a separate bag to carry it. And I can hold it comfortably in one hand while reading.

In addition to size, price is also likely an important consideration. Here's a quick breakdown of pricing for all Nexus and Galaxy Tab 3 models.

The Google Nexus 7 comes in three versions:

  • Nexus 7 16GB Wi-Fi: $229
  • Nexus 7 32GB Wi-Fi: $269
  • Nexus 7 32GB Wi-Fi and LTE: $349

The Google Nexus 10 comes in two versions:

  • Nexus 10 16GB Wi-Fi: $399
  • Nexus 10 32GB Wi-Fi: $499

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is available in four versions:

 

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