With the holiday season and end-of-the-year business write-offs- looming in the future, now couldn’t be a better time to purchase an Android tablet for your law practice. The problem for some lawyers is deciding what Android tablet is best.
Fortunately, there’s millions of sites on the internet feeding information, including Lifehacker, which posted its list of the five best Android tablets and their prices. Here’s the list, which Lifehacker built from readers’ responses:
- Google Nexus 10
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
- Google Nexus 7
- Asus Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″
I can’t say that I disagree with any of the choices, and though I haven’t played with the Nexus 10 or the Galaxy Tab 2, I’m confident they’re just like their counterparts.
If I had to rank the Lifehacker’s list of devices, here’s how they’d fall (prices reflect best Wi-Fi model listed on Google Shopper on 12/3/12):
- Google Nexus 10 ($499)
- Asus Transformer Pad Infinity ($449)
- Google Nexus 7 ($249)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($442)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ ($309)
Really though, the preference margins are so shallow between these devices that it’s difficult to rank them. Here’s how I sorted these devices:
I put preferences on 10″ or greater models, because I believe it’s hard to be very productive with a small-screen tablet. However, Futurelawyer’s love of the Nexus 7, and iPhone J.D.’s review of the iPad mini, have me beginning to think differently about my position. I also gave preference to devices that currently run Android 4.1, or have announced/ship with Android 4.2. Finally, I looked at “bang for the buck,” which is actually an immeasurable statistic I like to use to make myself seem more like I know what I’m talking about.
Like I said, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with any of these devices. My preference, since I already bought one, is the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity with the detachable keyboard (check out the CNet review here). Since it’s running Jelly Bean OS, it’s blazing fast, has a long battery life, and excellent outdoor performance. I’m getting ready to do more (including my ABA Techshow presentation) with the HDMI output (video is for TF100, but is the same process for the TF700):
Of course, if you’re a little cash-strapped at this time of year, or like me, you’re waiting to see what’s on the horizon for Android smartphones and tablets, you may want to wait a short time. Apparently, Samsung is expected to announce a new breed of tablets and phones in April. Yes, please. I’ll hold on to that upgrade eligibility just awhile longer.