Whether you are a fan of online gaming, or perhaps you just prefer to download games, tablets are starting to play an increasingly important role. The initial reason for this is size, they are portable enough to take with you on journeys, college or work, whilst at the same time being big enough to provide the user with a better gaming experience than a cell phone.
Add to this the fact that tablets are coming with increasingly powerfully processors, higher resolution screens and a far bigger selection of games than you could ever get from any of the major games consoles, and you are left with a package that can attract real gamers.
Whilst there is no need for Sony or Microsoft to panic just yet, we are reaching a point where people are considering purchasing a tablet for the purpose of gaming, so if the time has come to renew your iPad 2 contract and you are planning on using your tablet for gaming, then here are three of the best tablets on the market today.
• Nexus 7: Thanks to its quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 7 inch screen, the new tablet from Google is ideal for gaming. It’s just the right size to hold in your hand comfortably whilst still being large enough to fully appreciate the gaming experience. Not only will this little baby handle the best of games available with very little compromise, the size ensures you can hold it, or even lie down with it in the air, for prolonged periods without losing the feeling in your arms. It’s also great value for money; however, if you are considering getting the Nexus, it’s worth spending the extra few $ for the 16GB as with the 8GB you could find yourself running out of space quickly.
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: The high contrast AMOLED screen on the Samsung is something to behold. The picture quality is more vivid than that of the Nexus and with the extra .7” the screen just about wins out. You can also upgrade the storage space, which is handy. However, it’s a lot more costly than the Nexus and for me it’s not superior enough to warrant the extra outlay.
• iPad: The latest version from Apple comes with an A5X dual-core processor with quad core graphics and as such is a serious competitor for games consoles. Power hungry games such as Infinity Blade II pose no problems for the iPad Retina. On top of this you have picture quality that is unrivalled anywhere in the tablet market, nothing else even comes close. For me, the only two down sides are size and cost, it doesn’t feel quite as comfortable as its 7” competitors when playing over prolonged periods and the 64GB version still costs a whopping $700. However, if money isn’t an issue then this is still the tablet to beat.
When comparing these tablets the iPad wins out on practically everything except price and size and perhaps this is something Apple has taken into account with the design of the hotly anticipated iPad mini. If the new mini addition to the iPad tablet world doesn’t sacrifice picture quality or power (and I suspect it won’t), then this will be the granddaddy of gaming tablets for 2012.
Guest Author: Kerry Butters contributes this article on behalf of Broadband Genie, the consumer advice site for finding an iPad 2 contract.
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