Best tablets with 3G/4G connectivity

There are plenty of tablets with 3G/4G connectivity to choose from right now, so here is where Tech Advisor lists 2013's 10 best tablets with 3G/4G connectivity that are available to buy in the UK right now. See also: The 7 best tablets with expandable memory.

10 best tablets with 3G/4G connectivity

Google Nexus 1010. Google Nexus 10

  • Reviewed on: 11 January 13
  • RRP: £319 (16GB); £389 (32GB)
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Google Nexus 10 is an incredibly well built tablet with a bargain, price thanks to the hit Google are prepared to talk in order to attract customers to it's Android Play store. This makes it a bit of an unfair fight from the off, as although the two tablet's RRPs are not a million miles from each other, if Google wasn't subsidising part of the cost there really would be a big gap. So it's a bit of a no-brainer to suggest buying the Nexus 10 if you can afford it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

  • Reviewed on: 13 May 13
  • RRP: £339 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

An 8in Android tablet that includes the S Pen stylus, let down by an expensive price tag. Find out more in our Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review.

8. Asus FonepadSamsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • Reviewed on: 31 May 13
  • RRP: £179 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

For those genuinely interested in a phablet, the Asus Fonepad is a bit of a bargain. It does the job of two devices for a budget price. However, you'll need to be prepared to make sacrifices including practicality and, in this case, no rear camera and slower performance issues. Not to mention the inevitable Dom Jolly impression, should you decide to use as a phone without a separate earpiece.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.17. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • Reviewed on: 14 September 12
  • RRP: Around £500 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Granted, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 lacks the one competitive spec that other top-tier tablets—specifically the Acer Iconia Tab A700, Apple iPad, and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700—have at the same or lesser price. Samsung's rendering enhancements help lessen the sting of this omission somewhat, but the difference is clear, particularly with text-heavy content. But, when you factor in the handy stowaway S Pen and Samsung's pen-optimized software, and suddenly the Note 10.1 gets an edge all its own. Throw in the Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi tablet's solid performance, and the Note 10.1 is squarely back in the mix.

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

  • Reviewed on: 7 June 12
  • RRP: Around £250 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Samsung has done well to pack a fast, fun, and useful package into such a slimline case. The screen is good, but could be of a higher resolution, and the back cover is a little slippy for our liking. Overall, though, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in has much to offer and is a great budget choice.

5. Asus Padfone 2Asus Padfone 2

  • Reviewed on: 21 March 13
  • RRP: £599 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Asus Padfone 2 is an interesting and unique offering. For £599 you get both a phone and a tablet in one although this has its limitations. Good hardware and excellent battery life are the standout features while build quality is a bit of a let-down. We really like the Padfone 2 but if you're looking to a smartphone and a tablet on the cheap then we suggest Google's Nexus devices.

4. Sony Xperia Tablet ZSony Xperia Tablet Z

  • Reviewed on: 14 June 13
  • RRP: £399 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Sony has made a very desirable tablet in the Xperia Tablet Z. We particularly like its striking svelte design and features that you don't get with rivals such as NFC, its waterproof casing and infrared. However, its slightly lacking performance means the Nexus 10 will save you some money or the iPad 4 will give you a smooth experience for the same price.

3. Apple iPad MiniApple iPad Mini

  • Reviewed on: 24 October 12
  • RRP: Wi-Fi: £269 (16GB), £349 (32GB), £429 (64GB)
  • Rating: Rated 0 out of 10

Apple’s two new tablets are identical in a great deal of ways. It may sound simple but the iPad mini is essentially just a smaller version. The main differences are the size, price and screen specifications.

2. Google Nexus 7Google Nexus 7

  • Reviewed on: 16 July 12
  • RRP: £159 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us. If you're looking for a tablet under £200 then look no further than the Nexus 7.

1. iPad iPad 44

  • Reviewed on: 18 June 13
  • RRP: WiFi only: £399 (16GB); £479 (32 GB); £559 (64 GB); £639 (128GB)
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The iPad 4 is the quickest iPad yet and a solid choice for a tablet in which we can barely find fault. However, if you're not in a hurry to buy, it's worth waiting for the rumoured iPad 5, which could launch within months.

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