The rise of powerful tablets has made for a revolution in how games are designed and opened the door for casual gaming and the increase of those who enjoy playing games in their free time. Smartphones are still primarily the realm of casual gaming, but advances in technology have made tablets an increasingly viable option for the delivery of games that are more similar to what you would find on consoles and full sized computers. A laptop may still serve as a better mobile gaming platform in most instances, but there is something special about playing on something as small as a tablet. We will look at some of the best tablets available and how they measure up as gaming platforms.
The Razor Edge Pro was designed from the ground up as a gaming tablet. The concept was revealed originally under the name Project Fiona, and the final result is a truly impressive handheld gaming computer. The tablet comes with a number of accessories to make using it easier, and the one gamers will be most interested in is the clip on controller pad. The tablet is powered by an i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM, making it comparable to lower end desktops and most laptops. It also comes with a hefty 128 GB of storage. This is clearly on the high end of miniature computing, so expect to pay for the quality of the device and its accessories.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Starting out with the hardware, the Galaxy Note runs on a decent Exynos quad core, 1.4 GHz CPU and its RAM is respectable by normal tablet specifications with 2 GB DDR3. The CPU is not quite as good as a Tegra 3 or A6X and nowhere near as beneficial as the i7 on the Edge Pro, but it still makes for a fast Android tablet. The overall display capability of the Galaxy is not up to models like the Transformer Pad Infinity or even the iPad 4. For most, this tablet will be used for the more casual games that are available alongside its other computing functions. The Galaxy is a good option for those who want to do some casual gaming on their tablet, but not for those who want to try out the most advanced games.
The iPad may be a controversial buy for some due to its popularity, but the fact remains that it is a solid performing tablet with the capability to run games reminiscent of the 32-bit era of gaming. The main draw of the iPad is the sheer volume of gaming applications available on the platform. You will want to get the high end version for the best gaming experience, since it will boost storage up to 64 GB and the processor up to a 1.7 GHz Apple A6X CPU. The RAM is a low point for gaming with just 1 GB of DDR3 memory available, paling in comparison to tablets like the Edge Pro. The display is fairly nice, if not the best, thanks to the ImageTech SGX554MP4 GPU and Retina Display technology. The power of the tablet may not be the top of the field, but the availability of games in the Apple store for the device makes it a strong choice regardless.
ASUS Transformer Infinity Gamer Tablet
The Infinity is an Android 4.0 ICS tablet that runs on a Tegra 3 1.6 GHz CPU with 12 GPU cores on the most advanced version, and the Tegra 3 line itself is lauded for its performance. The RAM has been improved to DDR3 since the last iteration of the Transformer line, but the Infinity still falls significantly behind the iPad 4 in performance tests, though ahead of the Galaxy Note. The display overall is stunning at 1920×1200 resolution, brilliant lumination, and shown in full 1080p HD. The basic tablet features of the Infinity are nice, but it is the an mid-range option on this list for those looking for a hard core tablet for gaming.
The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean driven Google Nexus 10 is as well-known as the Galaxy Note or iPad in the world of tablets. The display of the Nexus 10 is an insane 2560×1600, providing a picture quality that is on par with the Razor Pro. The CPU is a dual core ARM A15, and it is supported by a Mali quad core T604 GPU and 2 GB of RAM for performance that is equivalent to or at least close to the iPad 4. The Nexus 10 is also a better bargain at any level of quality when compared to the iPad 4. If you do not want to go all out and get an Edge Pro for the best in tablet gaming, it would be a hard choice between the iPad 4 and the Nexus 10 for the next best option.