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Friday, August 23, 2013

Tablets with the best screens

The importance of a tablet's screen quality cannot be understated. The vast majority of your interactions with a given tablet takes place on its display.
When it comes to qualifying the best, there's more to the screen quality of a tablet than meets the eye -- proverbially speaking. There's a lot of focus on high-resolutions and pixels per inch (PPI) and, although these are important, there are other components that contribute to the overall high-quality of a screen. Brightness and black levels, as well as color accuracy and range are all equally important factors to consider.
We've rounded up the tablets with the best screens, taking into consideration the various traits that together, when combined, make Netflix-binges and Angry Birds marathons even more hypnotizing and visually immersive.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 wonderfully replicates lifelike color.
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Asus Memo Pad HD 7 
The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a modest 1,280x800-pixel resolution, but its screen is seriously impressive when it comes to color reproduction. Its range of color surpasses the competition in the small-tablet category, producing visually rich and detailed images. In addition, it comes with calibration software to fine-tune the screen to your liking. Read the full review.

When it comes to gaming, the Xperia Tablet Z doesn't play around.
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Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z pairs its sleek, waterproof design with a sharp screen. Its 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution is lower than the Google Nexus 10's 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution, but when it comes to clarity, the two screens are comparable. The Xperia Tablet Z even produces better color saturation, but the Nexus 10 still has a leg up with its higher pixel count and richer, more-lifelike images. Read the full review.

The 8-inch member of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 family is by far its most impressive.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3's vivid screen displays richly saturated colors that vibrantly pop. It doesn't rock the highest resolution, but its superbright display and mesmerizing ability to produce sharp, colorful images earn it a spot on this list. Read the full review.

The Nexus 7 continues to be the best small tablet for the money.
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Nexus 7 (2013)
There's a new Nexus 7 in town, but it still wears the best small-tablet crown. The 2013 model has an upgraded 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution with a notably high pixel density. Its screen is so sharp and bright it could probably score a full ride to Harvard if it tried. Read the full review.

At this moment you won't find a more pixel-dense tablet screen than the Nexus 10's.
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Google Nexus 10
Though its colors are nicely saturated, the Nexus 10 doesn't hit the high mark set by the iPad when its comes to black level, contrast, and color accuracy. Still, the Nexus 10 matches the highest resolution screen of any tablet yet, and in certain games like N.O.V.A. 3, it's even sharper than the fourth-generation iPad. Read the full review.

Color practically explodes from the screen of the fourth-generation iPad.
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Apple iPad
The king stay the king -- at least for now. The fourth-generation iPad still has the best tablet screen, thanks to its low black level, high contrast, and precise color accuracy. One look at the screen and its superiority to the competition in nearly every category is readily apparent. The screen's impressiveness is also spurred by the fact that nearly every app made for the iPad runs at its native 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution
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