Could it be that there are simply too many tablet choices? Is that why I’ve been unable to pick one for my personal use so far? Choice is great for the consumer, but since I love technology so much, I can generally find a reason why I want a tablet pretty easily. Screen size. Platform. Hardware. Ecosystem. All of it, or one individual aspect, can all be adequate reasons why I (or you) should throw down our hard earned money.

With so many options, it could be a realistic problem for me. After all, if I buy one tablet, and another gets announced that I think I might want, then I obviously have to return that first tablet to get my hands on the other one. I’m not going to keep both, unlike some people out there. And since a tablet hasn’t been able to replace my laptop quite yet, I need something that fits into a very specific aspect of my life.

I think I can safely say that I want a tablet that has a “smaller” display. Meaning, anywhere in the 7- to 8-inch size slot. For example, after using an iPad mini, I can see why some people might say that the original iPad is a bit big, maybe even too heavy. The iPad mini’s size is almost perfect for a tablet, and I’ve said as much about a 7-inch tablet in the past, as well. The Nexus 7 is the perfect size, I think, as it fits in some strange, “ideal” hardware ecosystem I have envisioned in my mind.

(I envision my laptop, tablet, and phone sitting next to one another in some perfect, happy family. So, 13-inches, to (something significantly smaller), to something (slightly) smaller. Yes, that sounds almost perfect.)

There aren’t a lot of options within the smaller tablet screen-size, but I guess that’s just something that I’ve had to accept. Using the 7- to 8-inch screen size isn’t a make-it-or-break-it type of deal, not at all. But, I will tell you that a tablet that measures in above 10.1-inches is too big. I’ve got my laptop, thank-you-very-much.

So, I’ve asked you in the past how and why you use your tablet, but now I want to hear from you, Dear Reader, in which tablet you think is the best that’s available right now. Not one that was released back in the day that doesn’t have up-to-date specifications. Something that was released in the year 2012, specifically.

Here’s your situation: we’re looking for a tablet that will be used primarily for writing. So, applications that help that are a huge bonus. The tablet will also be used for some gaming, and some movie watching. There is also one major stipulation: it needs to have Cellular-connectivity out of the box. If you’ll recall, I think a tablet without that is utterly pointless (for my usage needs).

You’ve told me why you use a tablet, and how you use a tablet, but I want to know now which one you think is the absolute best on the market for something I would need. Or, if nothing else, just which tablet you think is the best compared to the rest. Is it the 4th-generation iPad? The iPad mini? The Nexus 7 or 10? Or how about the ASUS Transformer Pad? Or do you have another tablet in mind? Let me know what you think!

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Tsz Wing Li
Tsz Wing Li iPad 4th Generation with Retina Display.
deliankirov surface rt
Facebook user
Facebook user Definitely not the iPad Mini with 1024 x 768 screen resolution.
Lenn Liggins
Lenn Liggins Waiting for Surface pro Windows 8.
Anonymous Galaxy note 10.1
Lawrence Edwards
Lawrence Edwards Only thing I dislike about the nexus 7 is no sd card slot
Lawrence Edwards
Lawrence Edwards So what do yall think is the best Tablets out for under $300
Richard Bersamira
Richard Bersamira Nexus 7
Marcus Samual Winchester
Marcus Samual Winchester iPad Mini of course, or the iPad 4. I'm an Android guy, love Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on my smartphone but having tested the Nexus 7, Samsung Tabs and the tear drop styled Sony tablet, I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth. I guess Apple wins.
Murtaza Rzv
Murtaza Rzv Galaxy note 10.1
Juan Amaya
Juan Amaya Nexus 7
Shahid Khan
Shahid Khan iPhone 5 & iPhone 4S
Woocheol Shin
Woocheol Shin ?????10.1
Stefan de Wilde
Stefan de Wilde Okay, shall I be the odd one out? I still love my Tranformer Prime. Just bought the 2nd after my 1st one got stolen. With the keyboard it replaces my previous netbook.
Jannis Anderson
Jannis Anderson Nexus 10
Carmen Jessica
Carmen Jessica Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.....
Jason Charles
Jason Charles nexus 7 because im getting one
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes First is the surface pro, second us the nexus 10. ;-)
Travis Bowen
Travis Bowen Nexus 7
Will Beasley
Will Beasley Leap frog ftw!
Marlon Milligan
Marlon Milligan Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 duh
Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper Funtab
Marcus Monet
Marcus Monet HTC EVO View 4G. It could have been the iPad Mini if it came with 160GB of memory built in, but it doesn't.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis IPad..
Atonivi DollFace Adams
Atonivi DollFace Adams Samsung note 10.1
David Bibiloni
David Bibiloni Nexus 7
Thomas Boehnlein
Thomas Boehnlein Anthony...phonedog regularly pisses off iFanboys with their articles. I suppose if you actually read articles instead of just looking at the pretty pictures, you would know that. I don't know of any other staff so open to multiple platforms like the group at phonedog.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez It's still the iPad. The iOS apps for the iPad are just amazing, I mean they got everything & they're designed for the iPad so they work great. The nexus tablets are cool but they're lacking in that tablet app department
Carlos Nava
Carlos Nava IPad.
Brian J. Moore
Brian J. Moore I own a iPad 3 but my Asus Transformer Infinity is my favorite.
Kristoff Lewandowski
Kristoff Lewandowski Clearly NONE of you have tried Surface.
Ravijot Brar
Ravijot Brar ip4
Chester Candelaria
Chester Candelaria gaxy note 10.1 ftw
Brandon Thompson
Brandon Thompson iPad...pick any of them and it still wins
Jeff Griffith
Jeff Griffith Anthony, I believe you've lowered everybody's IQ by having to read that..... Go back to school.
John Mercado
John Mercado Note 10.1, But I would wait till 1st Quarter next year to see if anyone can compete with the Note 10.1 or maybe even a Note 2 10.1? LOL I myself (even though its a phone) Am looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy S4
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey PhoneDog still dick riding Apple. You all ask "What's the best tablet" but then you all show nothing but Crapple products. Where's the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Asus Transformer or even a Mircrosoft Surface Tablet? You all are pathetic. You might as well change your name to AppleDog.
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero Nexus
Johannes Riitijoki
Johannes Riitijoki iPad 4th generation
David Hilgendorf
David Hilgendorf Nexus 7 & 10
Frankie Ramos
Frankie Ramos Galaxy tab 2 10.1
Sudeep Sivasankar
Sudeep Sivasankar IPad mini..
Mauka Side
Mauka Side iPad 3 soon to get iPad 4
Jeri Beth Caudill
Jeri Beth Caudill LOVE my Samsung Note 10.1. Very impressed with all of the features.
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Surface
Paul De Lozier
Paul De Lozier Playbook has flash. It just lacks apps.
Philip Ramirez
Philip Ramirez iPad obviously
Shawn Sedha
Shawn Sedha iPad
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama The iPad is still killing it, I love Android but my iPad 2 is a beast still
Susan Hugus
Susan Hugus I am beginning to use my Samsung Galaxy Note II more as my tablet.
Mendez Roy
Mendez Roy nexus 7 and nexus 10
Roger Schubert DeOliveira
Roger Schubert DeOliveira Nexus 7 hands down.
Gary Bowling
Gary Bowling I am an Android guy, but I have to call like I see it. The iPad is the best Tablet available today, followed by the Nexus 10, then the Transformer Prime.
Susie Tracey
Susie Tracey My iPad 3... and Kathy Eells don't be stupid, they're getting rid of flash on everything!
Brian M McCoy
Brian M McCoy Not the iCrack or iCrack mini.
William Hall
William Hall Microsoft Surface. Its more productive than any other tablet on the market.
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella surface
Walter Perez
Walter Perez iPad any of them cause they just work!!!
Abigail F McElroy
Abigail F McElroy Nexus 7, i'm typing this comment on it right now .:-)
Naj Khan
Naj Khan apple apple apple got it
Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown iPad Mini
Jomo Dixon Sr.
Jomo Dixon Sr. nexus
Jerry Blancas
Jerry Blancas My Nexus 7 32gb seems to be doing the job just fine. Apple is way to over priced and falling behind.
Grant Williams
Grant Williams I'm feeling to get the Samsung tab 2 7.0 and only at £158
Clint Harris
Clint Harris BB Playbook. Like it a lot.
Robert Wellington Clubine III
Robert Wellington Clubine III iPad
Jack Brown
Jack Brown iPad 4
Mark Holmstrand
Mark Holmstrand IPad
Michael Laschober
Michael Laschober Surface by a loooong shot pow
Jimmy Gustafson
Jimmy Gustafson Nexus 7
Blackapino Williams
Blackapino Williams I own both a iPad 3 & a galaxy tab
Joseph Garrigan
Joseph Garrigan Blackberry Playbook & HTC EVO View =)
Håvard Ulsaker
Håvard Ulsaker Microsoft Surface :)
Oliver Antonio Fajardo
Oliver Antonio Fajardo Nexus 7.
Jose Be Julme
Jose Be Julme Asus Transformer 300/700, Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Nexus 7 and nexus 10
Sky Baun
Sky Baun anything nexus
Lamar Battle
Lamar Battle Not that one
Colby Fink
Colby Fink Nexus 7. There is no question it's the best tablet around, especially when you factor in the price.
Yasir Sohail
Yasir Sohail iPad 4
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre Samsung 10.1
William Burnham
William Burnham Love my N-7, does everything I need and more
Itzel Jeronimo
Itzel Jeronimo iPad w retina display <3
Thea Koeuth
Thea Koeuth Cash is spot on !
Bob Carver
Bob Carver iPad Mini
Matt Ellefson
Matt Ellefson Love my XOOM
Travis Bowen
Travis Bowen Nexus 7 FTW!!!
Grown Fly AndGifted
Grown Fly AndGifted I like android but they still so far behind apple all there products are still slow and laggy from the Asus to the note 10. 1 And the nexus 10 internet still suck on all of them but they do got apple on widgets and SD card and stuff like that but if u want something that works great every time u use it HANDS DOWN ALL APPLE PRODUCTS ARE STILL MUCH BETTER JUST MY OPINION AND HALF THE WORLDS.
Kyle Krause
Kyle Krause Ipad duh
Thea Koeuth
Thea Koeuth The Mini ! The perfect size !
Zachary Ente
Zachary Ente New retina iPad.
Bill Gillespie
Bill Gillespie @kathy http://www.webpronews.com/adobe-may-have-dropped-flash-support-for-android-but-you-dont-have-to-2012-07
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes Ipad no contest
Henry Lavender
Henry Lavender @Kathy Eells You probably won't see Flash on a tablet properly ever again.
Jason P Gardner
Jason P Gardner Motorola XOOM
Stuart James Baucum
Stuart James Baucum i'm stuck between the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini :P
Curt Popejoy
Curt Popejoy This new retina ipad is pretty sweet. But I still use my $150 dell streak everyday.
Ladd Davies
Ladd Davies iPad... it's not just the device, it's the apps. Apple still has Android by a mile with tablet-centered apps.
Nikola Stankov
Nikola Stankov IPAD 3
Ashwin Kannoth
Ashwin Kannoth Nexus 10
Kathy Eells
Kathy Eells I have avoided buying a tablet until they get Flash on it.
Alexander Dewitt
Alexander Dewitt Nexus7
Darren Penix
Darren Penix I have an iPad and Galaxy tab...love the iPad more
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??µ?t??? ???ts??? Taking into account the price and the performance it's definitely nexus 10
Saurabh Pathak
Saurabh Pathak The Apple iPad with Retina Display.. :-)
Razoan Moyen Arnob
Razoan Moyen Arnob galaxy note 10.1
Chanarith Lach
Chanarith Lach Nexus 7, hands down.
Yousef Mohammed
Yousef Mohammed apple
Khun Vorakwadh Khut
Khun Vorakwadh Khut Has always been my awesome Motorola Xoom!
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr love my asus transformer prime wont buy another tablet till 2014

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