Top 5 Best 8 inch Android Tablets 2011-2012

Posted on Feb 16 2012 - 12:05am by Techzek

It’s very common to find some 7 inch Tablets and 10.1 inch in the market. But, what if you want something that’s a bit bigger than a 7 incher and a bit smaller than a 10.1 incher? Well, you can certainly opt for an 8 inch Tablet. However, you cannot find a lot of tablets with 8 inch displays. You will have to look or dig deeper before you can get a quality 8 incher.

And speaking of which, we have compiled a list of the Top 5 Best 8 inch Android Tablets for 2011 to 2012. Some of these Tablets may sound familiar to you like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2. But there are still a couple of Tablets that you need to uncover and you will be surprised to know that even if these slates are packed with impressive specs, you won’t have to pay much just to get your very own 8 inch tablet. So go ahead and feel free to browse our list below. And when you’re done, you can choose the slate that you want most. Of course, you have to choose wisely and don’t risk yourself on things that you really can’t afford.

1 – Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

From Samsung’s famed line of Galaxy Tabs, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 can be considered as the smaller brother of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. But what can tempt you to get this slate is its ultra-thin appearance. The tablet may not be as thin as a sheet of paper but it won’t go any thicker than 8.6mm. In fact, the slate is currently being dubbed as one of the world’s thinnest tablets. Specs wise, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 can connect to the web at blazing-fast LTE speeds (that’s basically provided by a network) that goes alongside with its full suite of widgets and applications. You can get the tablet for a starting price of $600. If you’re lucky, you can buy a slightly used slate for a cheaper cost.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Market Status: Available
Display: 8.9 inch TFT Capacitive Multi-Touch Display with 1280 x 800 pixels of full screen resolution
Operating System: Android 3.0 Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: 1GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory: up to 16GB of internal memory
Camera: Rear – 3MP with auto focus and LED Flash; Front – 2MP
Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, high-speed USB 2.0

2 – Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 aka Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

The Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 is an 8.2 inch tablet that runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The slate follows the footsteps of the Motorola XOOM, the world’s first tablet to be powered by Android Honeycomb. If you have an active lifestyle, you can definitely rely on the slate’s water-repellent nano-coating that keeps your slate safe from water spills and rain falls. The Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 flaunts an 8.99mm thin form factor and has an average weight of 390 grams. If you’re in the US, then you can get the slate at Verizon. The unlocked version of the tablet is currently being sold for a starting price of $429.99.

Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2

Market Status: Available
Display: 8.2 inch
Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory: 16GB and 32GB storage options
Camera: Rear – 5MP with digital zoom and LED flash; Front – 1.3MP
Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0

3 – LG Optimus Pad aka T-Mobile G-Slate

Commonly known as the T-Mobile G-Slate in the US, the LG Optimus Pad flaunts a vivid 8.9 inch display that complements its front and rear cameras for videos and photos. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Optimus Pad runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. If you do want to get one, the slate can be yours for $529.99 with a two year contract from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile G-Slate

Market Status: Available
Display: 8.9 inch Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen with 1280 x 768 pixels of full screen resolution
Operating System: Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Processor: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor
Memory: 32GB of internal storage with no micro SD card slot
Camera: Rear – 5MP dual lens camera (3D) with LED flash; Front – 2MP
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, HDMI

4 – Pantech Element

The Pantech Element is an 8 inch Android tablet that you can get for a full retail price of $429.99. It’s available on AT&T and it comes with a built-in support for 4G LTE. Thus, with this slate you can browse the web at blazing fast network speeds. You can also rely on the tablet’s waterproof form factor. In terms of performance, the slate can boast its 1.5GHz Dual Core Qualcomm APQ8060 Processor which is quite ideal for games, media playbacks and some other kinds of applications.

Pantech Element

Market Status: Available
Display: 8 inch TFT Display with 1024 x 768 pixels of full screen resolution
Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual Core Qualcomm APQ8060 Processor
Memory: 1GB RAM with 16GB of built-in storage, up to 16GB of micro SD storage
Camera: Rear – 5MP with LED Flash; Front – 2MP
Connectivity: Bluetooth, micro USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, LTE, HDMI port

5 – Vizio 8 inch Tablet

Last but not the least in our list is Vizio’s 8 inch Android Tablet. Unlike the other four, this slate comes with Gingerbread and it comes with a built-in HDMI connector. With this, you can watch your favorite movies on your TV. If you want to snag one, the Vizio Tablet can be yours for a very decent price of $299, an ideal tablet for those who have a limited budget.

Vizio Tablet

Market Status: Availability
Display: 8 inch Capacitive LCD Display with 1024 x 768 pixels of full screen resolution
Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Processor: 1GHz Processor
Memory: 512MB RAM with 4GB of storage, up to 32GB of expandable storage
Camera: Rear – none; Front – 0.3 VGA for video calls
Connectivity: micro HDMI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0

Now that you know our Top 5 Best 8 inch Android Tablets, you have to pick the slate that you like most. When choosing a tablet, choose the one that best fits your needs. Don’t go for an overpriced slate. Rather, think of the possible benefits that you can get from buying a particular slate. For example, if you choose the Vizio Tablet, you’ll be able to take advantage of its HDMI port as you can readily play your media thru an external TV or monitor.

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