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When I set out to write last week’s poll — which mobile OS is truly the best Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Put all biases aside and ignore your actual phone for a minute. Now tell us the truth, which is the best mobile OS out there? Read More (regardless of what you’re actually using) — I expected it to be a battle between two giants and two underdogs. You’d think that iOS and Android would beat Windows Phone and Blackberry out of the water. Turns out you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the news. If you still think iOS is the most popular mobile OS out there, prepare to be surprised.

No less than 3,870 of you voted in this poll, and we appreciate your enthusiastic participation. It makes the results that much more reliable, even if somewhat surprising.

9% of the voters think iOS is the best mobile OS out there, 24% think Android is the one to beat, 29% think the winner should be Windows Phone, and (are you ready for this?) a full 37% of the voters think Blackberry has the best mobile OS of the lot. An additional 1% voted for “none of the above”.

What can we say? It seems it might be time to try Blackberry OS!


Comment Of The Week

Last week’s comment section was home to some great debates, and some very interesting opinions regarding which operating system is truly the best. Some of you also pondered about what “best” actually means, is it about features, or about personal needs?


There were many excellent comments to choose from, but in the end, there can only be one winner. And this week, it’s Monty, with a detailed comment about why Blackberry 10 is the best OS out there. If you’ve never used a new Blackberry before, this comment is quite educational. For this useful comment Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Put all biases aside and ignore your actual phone for a minute. Now tell us the truth, which is the best mobile OS out there? Read More , Monty wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt:

BlackBerry10 really is the best OS for me. The features packed in are based on making the most common functions & tasks one will be doing most often on a communications device the easiest way possible.

Accessing text-based communications (BBM, email, twitter, facebook…) are all accessible with a simple thumb-movement from within any screen. Responding to a message from any of these apps will allow you to without ever leaving the Hub — so you don’t have to open the facebook app to respond to a message, then open twitter to respond to a tweet, then go back and close them, then finally return to whatever task you were working on before you got the messages. With the hub, just slide up and right, open the message, respond, swipe to the right, select next message, respond, swipe up to go back to the home screen and select the active frame of whatever you were working on.

Unable to take a call at the moment? Decline, and select a custom response to send via text such as: “I’m driving right now, but I’ll call you back in a minute.”

The browser handles just about any website I throw at it fairly well. An occasional hiccup here and there, but it is certainly a browser that I don’t have a problem with relying on.

The picture password available on 10.2.1 allows the user to have a password that can be entered in plain view of an entire crowd and not easily duplicated, but there is a slight possibility of someone trying to guess happening upon it. I prefer this password method over a 4-digit PIN.

Then there is the ability to run Android apps. While I will always choose a native “Built for BlackBerry” app over it’s Android counterpart, this closes most of the “App gap” argument. It is as simple as finding the correct APK, which there is a fairly extensive list available on some BB enthusiasts’ sites, and downloading it onto the BB10 device. This is able to be done without a connection to a computer, so no “sideloading is difficult!”. If you really need to have that app that isn’t available on BB, it’s a simple procedure.

There are other features that make this OS the best for me, but this is already long in the tooth. I’m sure that there are apps available on other platforms that allow the user to have similar experiences, but these features are built-in straight from BlackBerry. No need for extra apps for these features running through battery life.

And as far as the argument as “BB is dead”, this isn’t a poll on which company has the best business plan, or who has the most money in the bank. This is a poll for the best OS. And again I say that the BlackBerry10 OS is the absolute best.

Do You Own A Tablet?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Tablets seem to be taking over the world. When the first iPad came out, people were excited, but they were also baffled: what is this thing really good for? As useless as tablets may seem, their popularity is definitely on the rise, and even those who couldn’t see the point at first have by now been tempted. In fact, it looks like tablet sales have taken over PCs this recent holiday season.

Where are you in all of this? Do you own a tablet? Did you use to and gave up on it? Do you plan to become a tablet owner soon?

And now for the juicy part: which tablet do you own? Why did you choose it over other options? Or if you don’t own one, why not? Please share your opinions!

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  1. Frank P
    January 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Toshiba thrive, AT100. it maybe big, it may be bulky. but I have full hdmi, full USB and mini USB. no need for special adapters, or custom cables.

    thankfully everything is plug and play ;)

  2. Prateek J
    January 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    i have an Indian brand tablet (Lava etab Xtron) based in rockchip JB7 which i got for roughly 100 $ (1 $= 60 INR).

    It had crappy version of Android 4.1 and i had decided to toss it out or give it away to my cousin who is a kid.

    Luckily somebody posted a way to root the tablet and also provided a baked Android 4.1 ROM on XDA forum which made my tablet fast and fun to work with. It is running very smoothly now and will use it until i feel the need to upgrade.

  3. williamworlde
    January 9, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I finally settled on the Lenovo Miix 2 8" Windows 8.1 tablet. I say "finally" because I initially bought an iPad 2 which I swore I was going to keep, as well as a Dell Venue 8 Pro, a device very similar to the Miix. What factored into my final decision? –––– The Miix is good-looking; it's the lightest 8" Windows tablet; runs cool; and with an OTG cable, I have been able to connect 2.0 and 3.0 USB sticks, a USB hub and my 500GB USB HDD! –––– I have been able to work with Word and Excel documents and have installed Outlook 2007! And yes, my movies and YouTube look way better than on the iPad 2! –––– I wish if the finish was more Apple-esque, but that might have cost an extra $100! I am not saying it's bad though. And I wish Lenovo had done a better job at providing accessories. –––– All that said, at under $300 and extremely portable (more so than my sub-3lb. notebook) it's a fantastic piece of kit!

  4. williamworlde
    January 9, 2014 at 3:43 am

    I finally settled on the Lenovo Miix 2 8" Windows 8.1 tablet. I say "finally" because I initially bought an iPad 2 which I swore I was going to keep, as well as a Dell Venue 8 Pro, a device very similar to the Miix. What factored into my final decision? ––––

    Although the Apple device is super fast, extremely beautiful and dare I say, perfectly constructed, I couldn't run my business on it. I could have lots of fun though, even if that meant looking at movies with huge letter-boxing and YouTube videos that were amazingly at lower quality than a non-retina 1280x800 Windows device! Hmmm..... ––––

    The Dell seemed marginally faster than my Miix, but it almost always ran hot. That is not good and add the fact that I still don't trust Dell's consumer-end electronics after being burned so many years ago, it was a no-go for me. ––––

    I could have waited a little longer to see what CES2014 had to offer and indeed Lenovo has brought out their "killer" 8-incher ThinkPad. But, I spent just $299 on my 64GB Miix and I would have had to pay $399 for the TP, perhaps $419 here in the Great White North. I paid $499 for my super-fantastic 11" touchscreen notebook last year; I had no intention of paying anywhere near that for my tablet! (My Dell 10+ years ago ran me over $4,000; I've reevaluated how to spend money towards new devices.) ––––

    The Miix is good-looking; it's the lightest 8" Windows tablet; runs cool; and with an OTG cable, I have been able to connect all sorts of USB devices! I wish if the finish was more Apple-esque, but that might have cost an extra $100! I am not saying it's bad though. And I wish Lenovo had done a better job providing accessories. All that said, at $300, it's a fantastic piece of kit!

  5. Oswaldo Bellido
    January 9, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I got my first Android tablet about 18 months ago. It didn't go too well, it turned out to be kind of weak, with its 7" screen and low memory and processor specs. Then I got an iPad 2 in a local contest. That was another thing altogether. However, I ended up giving it to my wife & my baby daughter. So a couple months ago, I ended up getting myself another Android tablet, but this time, I got myself a better machine than my orignal android tablet, with better memory and processor at probably half the cost of an iPad.

  6. rich
    January 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I have a desktop computer, a Win7 and XP laptop, and a couple of (usable) antique computers as, (basically), toys. I haven't found anything a tablet can do that one of my computers can't do in a way I find more satisfying. If I ever do, I'll buy the tablet that does it.

    But my wife, who has her own computers, does suspect a tablet might be better for reading ebooks so is contemplating getting one soon.

  7. Henry Bowlsman
    January 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Oops, should have been 'weak' point, not 'week'. I suppose the keyboard could be a bit bigger!

  8. Henry Bowlsman
    January 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    On a recent cruise with my many 'senior' friends, the over breakfast discussion was 'how many tablets do you have each morning?'; heart, blood pressure etc. I only have one tablet - the brilliant Nexus 7 2. Great speed, screen resolution and reliable OS. Just so good for ease of use when travelling. Keeping data in sync is fairly automatic. Only week point is the not so good front facing camera. Overall, very relaxing so I do not need any other tablets....

  9. likefunbutnot
    January 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I like to say that I have all of the tablets. Between various aspects of my professional life, I have a half dozen different work-provided devices, plus several more that I've chosen to purchase for myself.

    Even though I have, among other things, a 2013 Nexus 7, a Surface Pro and an Asus Transformer, my favorite tablet is a three year old Samsung Galaxy 8.9. Why? Because of its form factor. Its weight is within a few grams of many 7" tablets, but it has a 1280x800 screen like many 10" Android tablets. It's light and thin and entirely capable of doing everything I want a tablet to do. 7" tablets make decent e-readers and 10" tablets are sweet for video streaming, but the 8.9" device is a sort of best of breed for all of the above.

    Because I have so many tablets, I have a dedicated device in my car (an old Motorola Xoom) acting as a media center/enormous GPS; another that stays in my bathroom and a third mounted on the wall in my kitchen.

    One device I do not have is an ipad. I can't stand iOS, so I've given away both of the ipads that someone has tried to inflict on me. My job has provided me with one as well, and I show my appreciation for it by using it as a coaster. I've never even turned it on and they're truly the future of mobile computing, I'd sooner go change bedpans in a nursing home.

  10. Aravind S
    January 7, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I don't own one as of now, but i am planning to take the galaxy tab or nexus this year!

  11. Steve
    January 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I went with the Android OS because of its openness.

  12. Chris Cielo
    January 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I own the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" -

    I chose this tablet because of it's similarity to my Galaxy S 3 and because I prefer Android based devices. This tablet has been great and I use it mainly for work and the appeal of technology when helping customers, especially older people with the large screen they can read it easily and it is very easy to operate. I looked at other options including of course iPad and other tablets but for the cost, value, and reliability, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" was the choice for me!

  13. Carol Elkins
    January 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I own two tablets and I'm still trying to decide why. I don't own a smartphone or even a cell phone. Realizing that I would soon be a Neanderthal in the techcomm world if I didn't at least know what an "app" was, in 2012 I purchased the first Kindle Fire. Absolutely loved it--games and ebooks submerged me. But I was always reined in by Amazon's restrictions on the apps that I could load. I decided for Christmas 2013 to give myself a new tablet. I weighed carefully the choice between the Nexus 7 (2013), the Nexus 10, the Kindle Fire HDX, and theIPad. I chose the Nexus 7 because the reviews indicated it was the best tablet available; I wanted outside of Amazon's control; I have zero Apple products; and I wasn't sure a screen larger than 7" would be comfortable.

    I love the Nexus 7, and can easily divide my tablet tasks between it and my old Fire . That being said, I'm still trying to figure out what I can DO with these tablets beyond games and ereaders. I'm not into social media, so being able to use Facebook and Twitter is not important. Generally, I am not a "consumer" of media (other than games and ebooks); and I'd like to be able to "produce" using my tablet. But produce what? I don't blog or work with digital photos and as a professional technical writer, I use enterprise software for authoring. I've spent hours (days) searching for apps that would be useful. I use a TV guide app; a Tibetan singing bowl app to signal when its time to change exercise positions; a weather app; a Craigslist app; Evernote; and perhaps a half-dozen others on a daily basis. But I want to DO MORE! I want my tablet to be indispensable and always helping me.

    This is an interesting dilemma. Usually we have problems in search of a solution, but in the case of tablet computers, I have a solution (2 of them) in search of problems to solve.

  14. Ronald Manley
    January 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Nexus 7.

  15. Trevor
    January 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I have an ASUS Transformer Prime. I got it as a Christmas present 2 years ago, as a toy to play with. Since then it goes everywhere with me so I don't have to carry my laptop everywhere and so I have a bigger screen than my cell phone.

  16. LJ Michaels
    January 6, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I have the Kindle Fire HD which is getting better and better. Someday maybe Santa will bring me a new iPad.

  17. Phil N
    January 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Why would anyone think ios is the most popular mobile OS? It's not even close.

  18. Leah
    January 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I own a Samsung Galaxy Tab III.

    (my laptop is a convertible Lenovo X61t, does that count? ;))

  19. WingIT
    January 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    4 Android tablets, 1 iPad, and 2 Windows tablets. Samsung and Asus rate the highest in that order with me. Waiting big time for the dual operating system tablet that contains both Android and Windows systems.

  20. John K
    January 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I own an ASUS - Eee- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201.
    I got it for Father's Day because a salesman at Best Buy convinced my wife that this was THE ONE.
    I am very happy with everything but the WiFi & GPS issues that this model is known for.

  21. Yodi Collins
    January 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I own a Dell Venue 8 running Android 4.2. It was a Christmas gift, used strictly as mental white noise -- playing games, listening to music, browsing the web, reading fanfiction, etc. Thanks to apps such as FiOS Mobile, Songza and, it's proven to be a handy item in my home. This is the first device running Android anything that I have owned, and so far I am pleased with the experience.

  22. Michael
    January 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    According to IOS owns 54% of the market with Android taking 35%, Blackberry at 1.58% and Windows trailing at 0.55%. So I have to ask the question: How is it possible that your readership voted that Blackberry was the best OS when it owns less than 2% of the market?? Even Symbian commands more than Blackberry (3%). I've been following MakeUseOf for a good number of years and I haven't seen a Blackberry bias in the articles written so how is this even remotely possible? I call "stuffing the ballot." And I find that this "poll" was taken at face value without question an insult to your readership.

    • Yaara L
      January 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Like I said, I was certainly surprised at the results. However, I have no reason to question the results, even though they seem a bit weird. If something fishy was done with this poll, it's the first time I've seen evidence of it, and there's no way I can prove it (especially since the poll blocks double voting, although this can probably be hacked if someone really wanted to).

      The bottom line is, though, is that the question was which OS is best regardless of what you're actually using, so what people use is not really relevant. If someone found this poll important enough to be worth hacking and messing around with, well, I guess I'm flattered. :)

  23. Peter Hood
    January 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I lied a little; I have a phablet, a Dell Streak, and it is gorgeous. It wakes me up in the morning with gentle music, it times my eggs, it manages my diary and calendar, it runs a couple of MS Office clones (Quickoffice and Kingsoft Office) and many other packages. It's got a lot of storage space and does the multimedia thing very, very well and swiftly.

    The Dell Streak was discontinued to my sorrow, and I think this was a mistake on their part. It's so good that I'm reluctant to buy a full blown tablet with a large screen, because I know that I'd be disappointed.

  24. brent
    January 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I own a MSI 110w windpad, it will run Xp,Vista,Win7, 8, 8.1, and every Linux Distro except Android( maybe ). The Ram and SSD are fully up gradable with an excellent battery life.I also own a Viewsonic Viewpad 7X running Honeycomb, downside to ownership is that it is virtually impossible to Root so there is no way to TRIM the SSD.

    January 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7", excellent tablet, using CyanogenMod instead of Android.

  26. bben
    January 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Not currently - I have owned several, but tend to give them away to less computer savvy family members. When I do have one, I play with it a while - then put it down and go back to my desktop with multiple large screens. I will probably pick up another one soon just to play with. I'm spending a lot of time in doctor's waiting rooms right now, and would use one there.

  27. Crescent D
    January 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I've got an old nook, a paperwhite kindle and an iPad mini. Obviously, I use the kindle for reading- be kind to your eyes. For general web and photo/video sharing, I use the iPad Mini. I also have a logitech folio which allows me to do some actual work (besides email and point & click operations). I'm beginning to read more on it as well.

    I'm spoiled/fortunate- I have multiple windows/apple/linux desktops, windows & apple notebooks and an array of scanners, printers, cameras, graphics tablets and video cams. I don't believe in one size fits all. Every piece of equipment has one or several things it does well- but not all things.

    To me, tablets are all about content consumption and sharing. I know people do work on them, do content creation- but honestly? I'd rather work with a couple 27 inch screens with an entire desktop to get the work done with the precision and speed they offer. I'd rather use a "real" camera than a tablet or phone camera. I'd rather shoot video on a camcorder that provides more capabilities than the ones found on tablets. And I get it- tablets offer a little bit of everything, all in one super portable package.

  28. Junil M
    January 6, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I've got an Asus Transformer Pad and it's a great tablet. I've been using it more than my old laptop and mostly to read books, watch movies, online videos, check news, browse internet, play games. But, tablets have a long way to go. I still need my laptop for some of the work i need to do like word documents (I know i can do it on google drive but it is hard to type on the onscreen keyboard or the external keyboard), transfer large files, etc.

  29. Schvenn M
    January 6, 2014 at 1:05 am

    We have 4 tablets in our family of 3 people.

  30. BriGuy
    January 6, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I have 3 Galaxy S3's that are my families, a Galaxy S4 for myself, a chromecast I recieved on Christmas that I share with my family. I always go to this site for tips, they actually work!! Hope I have time to still enter, thanks and everyone be safe with this snow coming!!!!

  31. Carol O
    January 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I own the IPad, Ipod and a Blackberry,. I won these in contest I entered, could never afford to buy any of these as I am on a very low budget ( handicapped) have MS and Arthritis + a number of other things. I enter contests every day on a very old slow computer, hopefully it keeps working!!

  32. Satyajit Sahoo
    January 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I have the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi model at the moment.

    I actually would have bought the 3G model, but the price difference was very high for some odd reason (I'm in India).

    I prefer Nexus, because that would mean I get stock android, without all the crap-ware put by the manufacturers. I love the pure experience and also pure android is faster than a customized one.

    Also, Nexus devices get new Android version as soon as they are released, and this means I'm always up-to-date. In addition to that, third party ROMs and new developments, like the Ubuntu Touch OS will always target the Nexus devices first.

    Development and testing on Nexus devices are also super easy. As they don't have to deal with the manufacture restrictions like difficulties to unlock the bootloader. I had installed the Ubuntu Touch today, but it wasn't quite ready for my tablet. I was able to revert to stock android very easily, and not to mention, installing Ubuntu Touch was very easy too.

    I mostly use my tablet to browse the web, as it has a bigger screen, play games, watch episodes and movies etc. It's a pure entertainment device for me. I cannot watch movies on my laptop as it has a damaged speaker :(

    I also sometimes use the voice keyboard to write down things. It's easier than typing and fun at the same time. Google now is cool too!

  33. Marte B
    January 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" tablet. I had been wanting to replace my slowly dying Sony e-reader and happened to spot a good sale. I am not actually doing much with it yet, but give me time.

  34. Shawn
    January 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" - It's a fantastic Tablet. I rarely charge it.
    Now I've added a BT Keyboard with a mousepad... I'm considering the sale of my Laptop now that I don't use it use much

  35. Paul H
    January 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Asus MeMO 10, and I love it.

  36. Scott
    January 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I own one and only one computer: a desktop PC. No iPad or internet phone.

  37. Dave Knechel
    January 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I own two iPads, numbers 2 and 3, and I couldn't be happier. I could sell 2, but I just can't part with it. Call it security, just in case there's a problem with 3; however, I don't expect anything to go wrong. Both run on iOS 7. Also, I am a writer/journalist, and they come in handy when I'm covering a murder case in the courtroom - one for writing and one for research work.

    I also own an Android phone and two Windows laptops, but I love Apple and my iPads.

  38. liketaurus
    January 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    My last tablet was one from ASUS Transformer series. Now I use CUBE U30GT2 and it's very helping me to do everything during my business trips. I payed just $300 for quad core Rockchip CPU, 2Gb RAM and awesome 10" full HD display. Some disadvantages is also in place but I love this device!:-)

  39. Neo2627
    January 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I own a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2014 Edition, and it is 'awesome! 'From the hidden stylus pen,to the 10.1 screen that shows an excellent and vibrant display. . .This is the one!

  40. RAnn
    January 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I have a $50 APIX I bought at Office Depot on Black Friday. It is slow and needs to be fussed with; it goes dark quickly, gets hung up if I try to run too much and is otherwise just the type of thing to convince someone that it was a bad purchase. I could afford better, but I'm trying to figure out why I should. If I want to check my email or surf the web, I can use a computer at home or a phone away from home. Unless I want to pay for a data plan for the devise, it is only going online where there is wifi. However, once my stuff is on there, it seems to work ok--I can shoot angry birds, crush candy and read books as well as on many expensive devises. It can't do them all at the same time, but then neither can I. At this point, I'm happy with my purchase.

  41. Aska N
    January 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    To date I have not had a tablet PC, I did not see the need to purchase it. You can do everything on a computer. But in the summer I'm going on a tourist trip and a computer to take with us will be uncomfortable :). To be in touch with the outside world and receive the necessary information in time I'm going to buy a tablet computer. What to buy I still don't know, I think, is likely to be a Windows Phone.
    I apologize for my English.

  42. Tiffany McLeod
    January 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Kindle paperwhite

  43. Key collie
    January 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I have the IPad and enjoy the ease of use . There are many apps available and the best part is it syncs with my other Apple products such as MacBook, IPhone, IPod etc and the cloud saves all info.

  44. Stefan G
    January 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I have an HP Touchpad. Didn't quite manage to get it during the period they were £50 so I spent £200 on one. At the moment it dual-boots CM9 (havent upgraded to 10 yet) and works perfectly for everything I need - mainly Plex or Connectbot. I also just bought an Aakash 2 (Ubislate 7Ci) to see whether it was hackable which I'm waiting to arrive and after a coffee-related spillage on my TP I bought a replacement on eBay for £85 - luckily I've managed to debrick my touchpad and so I will soon have 3 tablets.

  45. Cid Sinclair
    January 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Sergio hit it right on the mark. I bought two of my kids Nexus 7 tablets for Christmas. My oldest (25) is a die hard phone user, I rarely see her on her phone anymore. Snapchat has now replaced texting. My youngest (almost 18) was dead set on Santa bringing a new MS Surface this year. She loves her new Nexus 7 and told me that she's glad I didn't get her the Surface. She likes that the Nexus 7 fits in her handbag.

    So, for half the price of ONE Surface Pro, I've managed to keep two kids happy. If that's not enough, my wife (who really hates spending money) has been eyeballing the tablets the kids got with a glazed "I want one look". This is a rare occurrence to be sure, but I do have to point out that it was likely brought on by the fact that our trusty laptop succumbed to the "Black Screen of Death" two days after Christmas..... I'll probably be buying our third Nexus 7 by the end of the week. :)

  46. Rick
    January 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I have a 2nd generation Nexus 7. I bought it because of the combination of great price ($50 off at Staples when I bought it!), good hardware, and pure Android/Google experience. I love it, and find myself using it a lot. As long as I don't need 3G connectivity, extreme portability, or an actual phone, I find it much more pleasant to use than my phone and it's great at home when I don't want to be stuck at my desktop. Mostly use it for leisure activities (reading, music, videos, an occasional round or two of Angry Birds, etc.), but find I can also be quite productive on it for certain tasks like writing posts for my blog, dealing with email and calendar, many things in Evernote, etc. As much as I think I would like to have a Chromebook, I don't think I would use it nearly as much as this tablet which is more convenient and can do more offline. While neither this tablet or a Chromebook could currently replace my desktop completely, I think a tablet is a very worthwhile device for my needs.

  47. Db
    January 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    NookColor running CM10....looking to upgrade hardware. Thinking about the Asus 7". I agree with the above comment requesting an dive into the best tablet at certain price points. Break them down by OS, price, etc. We trust your research, insight, knowledge & opinions to help us make solid buying decisions that best fits each of our individual tech needs.

  48. dragonmouth
    January 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I don't own a tablet and probably never will. It's a device that can't make up its mind what it is supposed to be. It uses smartphone O/S and apps but I can't make any phone calls with it. It's a laptop wannabe but does not have the ports, power or storage of a laptop. It wants to be an e-reader but has too many apps that are not needed on e-reader. To do anything useful with a tablet, one needs to buy a bunch of peripherals. The only thing it allows the user to do well is to fritter away the time.

  49. Tom W
    January 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I have a cheap Android tablet from a relatively unknown manufacturer. I rarely use it because it is slow / laggy, and I'm not likely to replace it because my phone can pretty much do everything the tablet does and is more portable. I spend so much time at my computer that I really don't have any need for something bigger than a phone right now.

    As far as my computer goes, I'm not planning on ever replacing it with a Windows 8 tablet (or any other hybrid tablet). I have two screens, and being able to resize any window to any size, put it in any position, and overlap different windows over one another is invaluable to me. I know that Windows 8 has the desktop mode, but it is referred to as the Legacy mode and Microsoft has made it clear that they would prefer it wasn't there at all. A hybrid tablet may be perfect for some professions, but software developer isn't one of them.

  50. Henk van Setten
    January 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I will never buy a tablet. Just don't see the point of a computer that lacks a proper keyboard.

  51. Mike
    January 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I own two Kindle fire HD's and just bought a ipad Mini. The Kindle's were bought primarily for
    readers but we found as we traveled they could often replace our laptops. We just bought the ipad mini because my wife wanted something that would replace the laptop and take pictures and videos. Will know by the end of the month how we like the ipad mini. I prefer the Android
    because that is what we are used to.

  52. Sergio
    January 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I own a Nexus 7 cuz it's the best tablet out there (7 inch), pure android, great display, well designed and all of that for the cheapest price you can find.

    • Srivatsan V
      January 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Straight up. 2012 Nexus 7 right here. It's great for occasional Microsoft Office editing when you just need to touch up a spreadsheet or a document, or for reading things, be it Kindle app or a PDF.

      And the size is great too. Not tiny, like a cell phone, but not too large to fit into a cargo pocket on cargo shorts.

    • jay
      January 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm


  53. Buffet
    January 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I would really welcome an in-depth article on rating and choosing one that would best suit my needs from MakeUseOf. I trust your opinions to be up to date and non biased.
    How' bout it?

    • Yaara L
      January 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Buffet. I'll share your idea, and who knows, you might see an article like this soon!

    • Buffet
      January 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you very much. I could really use some advice and guidance.

    • Micah Reimann
      January 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I like my ipad because of its portability and the simplicity of iOS 7. The hardware that Apple makes is always shiny and polished while android tablets can't be truly beautiful…

    • Doug
      January 6, 2014 at 4:18 am

      We have an iPad 2, but only because we got it free from Dish Network.

    • Christine S
      January 6, 2014 at 7:03 am

      I loved my samsung 7.7, i was totally addicted. Then my son lost his phone and not due for an upgrade i gave him my tablet. Now he is addicted. We finally three months later found his phone, replaced the broken screen on his laptop and he still prefers the tablet. I miss my tabby:'(

    • John
      January 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I have a freelander PD10 3G LTE and a Sanei N10 3G tablet plus my Samsung galaxy mega 6.3"

      My laptops are now almost defunct except website design as dreamweaver not run on android yet.

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