Tablets For All Budgets (Part 3) - Apple New iPad, Asus Transformer Infinity TF700

9/11/2012 1:03:28 AM

Expensive Tablets

If you're going to spend money, you might as well spend it on something good. And these are the best. Yes, they might cost more than your average desktop or notebook, but look at it this way: if you have one of these, you probably won't need any other computers.

Apple New iPad

Description: Apple New iPad

The device that (for some reason) Apple doesn't want you to call the iPad 3 should be a familiar sight to any would-be tablet owner. Powered by a 1 GHz Apple A5 CPU, featuring a 10" Retina display and running (of course) on iOS, this is still, for all Apple's faults, one of the best tablet experiences you can get right now. Available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, in 3G and wi-fi only versions, it straddles a variety of price levels, but even in its cheapest incarnation it's still a luxury device. Don't forget that you're paying as much for the Apple name as the technology inside it. As with the still-available iPad 2, the best reason to buy one is if you're already running an iPhone and/or Mac, since your app purchases will be immediately transferable. Be careful, though - Apple's release schedule is as regular as clockwork, and it's likely that there'll be another iPad released early next year. The later you leave it to buy this one, the more likely you are to feel cheated out of better hardware.

Asus Transformer Infinity TF700 - $959

Description: Asus Transformer Infinity TF700

Asus's latest convertible tablet is the successor to the Transformer Prime, and a fine choice for those looking to replace their laptop with a tablet rather than accessorise with one. The detachable keyboard, in particular, will make it perfect for students who might need to bash out an essay or two while on the move - something tablets are, historically, not great for. A 1,6GHz Tegra 3 and 1GB of RAM makes it one of the more powerful devices on the market, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage means you'll have plenty of room for entertainment and apps. The 10" 1920x1200 resolution isn't quite retina-quality, but it's pretty darn close, while a pair of cameras and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) makes it a worthy iPad alternative for Android fans. The only hitch? It's not out in the UK until 31st August, so if you want one in time for school, you should probably get a pre-order in now...

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