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Best 4G Tablets

4G Tablets – What are the best 4G Ready tablets ?

4G is becoming a common addition to smartphones and there are dozens of 4G ready handsets already on the market. But tablets on the other hand have proved rather slower to jump on board, particularly in the UK where there are really only a handful of 4G ready tablets currently available.
It’s not all bad news though, as the 4G tablets we have so far are among the best tablets available, so it’s still well worth investing in one. Read on for a rundown of the best 4G tablets available in various categories.

 

We also recently looked at the best 4G phones. Read more here.

Best 4G Apple Tablet

Currently there are only 2 4G enabled Apple tablets, specifically the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini. That is likely to change soon, with both the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 thought to be right around the corner, but for now it makes it a fairly easy choice.

Winner: Apple iPad 4

 

Apple iPad 4
The Apple iPad 4 is quite simply one of the best tablets available, 4G or otherwise. It’s exquisitely designed and built, carved from a single piece of aluminium, giving it a high quality appearance.
It’s also very powerful thanks to a 1.4 GHz dual-core A6X processor, which ensures that it boots up in seconds and never slows down.
The 9.7 inch screen is sublime too, with rich colours and 264 pixels per inch. It also has an 11,560 mAh battery, giving it all day battery life even with heavy use and with the addition of iOS 7 the iPad 4 recently got even better to the point where it’s now almost perfect.

Runner Up: Apple iPad Mini

Given that the iPad 4 won this category it’s no surprise that the iPad Mini was the runner up. It might have placed here by default but that doesn’t mean it’s not deserving of recognition. It has a similar design to that of the iPad 4, but it’s slimmer and lighter making it seem even more high quality overall.
The 7.9 inch screen isn’t quite as good, coming in as it does at just 162 pixels per inch and its 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor is a little slower than the iPad 4, but it’s still a stunning device.

Best 4G Android Tablet

The selection of 4G ready Android tablets is no better than the selection of Apple ones, though given how frequently new Android tablets are released the number of 4G ones is likely to increase at a rapid rate, especially once 4G starts to become more popular and more readily available on a variety of networks.

Winner: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a high end, high quality tablet, with almost no feature missing or overlooked. It has a 10.1 inch 1200 x 1920 LCD display with a pixel density of 224 pixels per inch and an overall screen quality that’s almost as high as the iPad 4.
It has a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it has a micro SD card slot so you can boost the 16GB of included storage up to much greater levels and it even has a pretty decent 8.1 megapixel camera, which is a rarity for a tablet.
The build could be better and the battery life is good but not great, but in most other ways the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is sublime.

Runner Up: Nexus 7 (2013 Edition)

The original Nexus 7 was a triumph for Google, proving that a 7 inch tablet could be successful by combining great specs with a low price. The 2013 edition does that all over again, with a stunning screen, a quad core processor, advanced features such as 4G (which was lacking from the original version) and a wallet friendly price.

Best 4G Windows Tablet

For whatever reason 4G is a total non-entity on Windows tablets in the UK, and even internationally there are very few which offer 4G connectivity. So right now there’s nothing to put in this category. However it looks like Microsoft are making a 4G version of the Surface 2 and there’s every chance that it will make it to these shores, so we might have more to talk about soon.

Best Budget 4G Tablet

Right now the selection of budget 4G ready tablets is limited to the new Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini. Both are great devices, making picking a winner very hard.

Winner: Nexus 7 (2013 Edition)

 

Google Nexus 7 2013
The Nexus 7 packs a lot of power for something so small. It has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB of built in storage and a high quality 7 inch 1200 x 1920 IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch. It even has pretty good battery life and you get all of that from just £199. As far as value for money is concerned the new Nexus 7 really is unbeatable.

Runner Up: Apple iPad Mini

The iPad Mini is actually arguably better than the Nexus 7. Sure it has a worse screen and on paper it’s less powerful, but it rarely feels underpowered in use, it has a sublime build and a bigger screen than the Nexus 7. The problem is that it’s not quite as good value for money, coming in at £269 and up.

Best 7 Inch 4G Tablet

As with the budget category, the options here are limited to the new Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini, but that doesn’t mean that the results will be the same.

Winner: Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini
The iPad Mini is the best looking tablet on the planet, it has the same stunning unibody design as the iPad 4, but with dimensions of 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm it’s ultra thin and compact and at just 312g it’s very light too, making it the perfect travel companion.
It runs iOS 7 and it’s surrounded by the best app ecosystem there is, ensuring that you’re never short of games, movies and entertainment.
This is probably the best ‘small’ tablet on the planet and it’s definitely the best 4G equipped one.

Runner Up: Nexus 7 (2013 Edition)

As if it could be anything else, but the new Nexus 7 is a great little tablet and comes very close to matching the iPad Mini.

Best 10 Inch 4G Tablet

We’re back to the big tablets here and as you probably guessed that means it’s between the iPad 4 and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Winner: Apple iPad 4

We’ve gushed about the iPad 4 plenty already, but it really is superb. High powered, with a great screen, a brilliant build and a long battery life. If only Apple would allow micro SD card slots it would be utterly unbeatable.

Runner Up: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

As things stand the iPad 4 isn’t quite unbeatable, but no 4G tablet has yet managed it. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes close, with its good screen, great specs and large storage capacity, but the build quality is inferior, the screen isn’t quite as good and the battery life is worse, leaving it in a close second place.