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Top 5 Tablets to Consider Before Buying the Nexus 7 [August, 2014]



A new Nexus 8 is rumored to on the way later this year but for now, the Nexus 7 remains Google’s top tablet and thus, one of the best tablets money can buy. That said, we think there are five tablets that you should consider before buying Google’s current version of the of the Nexus 7 in the month of August.

Last year, Google took the stage in July and announced the all new Nexus 7 alongside its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The Nexus 7 was released just a few days later and immediately became one of the top tablet options on the market thanks to an assortment of high-end features including a black matte design, rear camera, improved 7-inch display, faster processor, and more.

Thanks to those improvements, a series of software updates including upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat and Android L, and a price tag that’s only gotten better with time, the Nexus 7 remains one of the tablet market’s best options. Even in the face of Nexus 8 rumors. So, it’s no surprise that we’re still asked about the Nexus 7 and its competitors.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which tablets to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the tablets consumers should weigh against the Nexus 7. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These tablets represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the tablets listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

That said, here are the top five tablets to consider before buying the Nexus 7 in August.

iPad mini with Retina Display

iPad mini with Retina Display

The iPad mini with Retina Display is probably the Nexus 7's top competitor thanks to a slew of top notch features and excellent software support courtesy of Apple.

Apple's iPad mini with Retina Display is essentially a smaller version of Apple's iPad Air. Instead of a 9.7-inch display, it offers up a smaller 7.9-inch Retina Display with a more compact design. The smaller footprint makes the iPad mini with Retina a much easier device to take on-the-go.

Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina Display comes with an A7 64-bit processor, upgraded camera, and Apple's iOS 7 software. Some models also are capable of connecting to a 4G LTE network for extremely fast connections when Wi-Fi isn't available.

It's more expensive than the Nexus 7 but that's the price you have to pay if you want into Apple's ecosystem. Be sure to keep an eye out for deals as we've seen iPad mini deals start to sprout up as we head into the fall and closer to a rumored iPad mini 3.

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