What are the best cloud tablets?

Cloud tablets, and tablets in generals, are the best devices to use for the internet in the cloud today. Over the last two years, cloud devices have been dominated by tablets. From Samsung, to Android, Google to Apple…all of these companies are killing it as far as the best tablets in the cloud go. At Cloud And Compute, we have you fully covered.

Types of tablets

A tablet is a simple device, usually 7 inches, 8 inches, or 10 inches. All tablets are touchscreen. Some have HD displays, while others can handle up to 2560 x 1440 screen resolutions (290+dpi). Others make use of retina displays, 3G/4G as well as ports for memory cards, USB devices and more.

Not all tablets are made the same. One thing they do well is provide an entrance into the cloud and internet. The consumer sector holds the highest ownership numbers for tablets in 2013. Sales of tablets are projected to reach nearly 90 million in 2014, up from just under 80 million in 2013. Conversely, revenues for tablets will reach $27.3 billion this year, up by three percent over last year (source: US Consumer Electronic Sales and Forecast – January 2014).


Below you’ll find a terrific look at the best 8 inch tablets. I’ve included the cheaper end, as well as some of the more advanced ones. These tablets are the best of the best in the 8 inch size.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch, White)
* Android 4.4 KitKat OS
* 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
* 1.5 GB RAM Memory
* 8 GB Flash Memory, 1.5 GB RAM Memory

Kindle Fire HDX
* 32GB Storage
* 2.2GHz quad-core processor
* 2560x1600, 339DPI resolution

Dell Venue 8 (Android)
* Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
* Intel Atom Z2580 2.0 GHz
* 2GB RAM (32GB Flash)
* 1280x800 HD display

Acer Iconia A1-830-1633 7.9-Inch Tablet (Silver)
* Intel Dual-Core Atom Z2560 Processor
(1.6 GHz, 1MB Cache)
* 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB LPDDR2 Memory
* 7.5-hour battery life
* Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch 1 GB Tablet (Black)
* 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor
* Android 4.4 KitKat
* 8-inch HD IPS Display
* Over $270 worth of content and services included

Dell Venue 8 32 GB Tablet (Android)

* Intel Atom Z2580 2.0 GHz
* Windows 8.1 installed

Toshiba Encore 8-inch Tablet
* 1280x800 IPS Display
* Quad-Core 1.86 GHz Processor
* 32GB Storage
* Windows 8.1
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These tablets are smoking! These tablets are more like thin screens; and they get used like it. I’ve included tablets I recommend, as well as ones I have personally used.

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Apple iPad Air
* 2048 x 1536 resolution
* 5 MP iSight camera
* 1080p HD video recording
* A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
* 32GB Storage
* Wi-Fi + Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
* 1.9GHz Quad-Core Processor
* 3 GB RAM Memory
* 2560x1600 resolution
* 8MP rear camera
* Record HD video
* 32 GB Hard Drive

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
* 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor
* 1 GB RAM Memory
* 3MP rear, 1.3MP front cameras


Apple iPad 4th Generation
* 2048 x 1536 Resolution
* Dual-Core A6X Chip
* 5 MP iSight Camera
* >8 Hours Battery Life

* 10.1 inches Display
* 1920 x 1200 Resolution
* 2 GB DDR3
* Z2560 1.6GHz Dual Core
* 32 GB Hard Drive
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Advantages of using cloud devices like tablets

There can be many advantages and disadvantages to buying a new device. But, just remember, this isn’t your dad’s laptop. In fact, laptops are slowly using technologies and design that resembles tablets in some major ways.

You are on the go. We live in a day and age where we need to constantly be moving. Lugging around a 5 pound laptop might not seem like a hinderance at first, but it can wear on you. And have you ever tried to take your PC with you? No?! Not very mobile right?

You live in the cloud. As consumer slowly adopt more mobile devices, as well as tablets into their daily life, we move closer to a cloud-based form a daily life. Cloud devices, like tablets, use low storage within the device, and instead, store that data and media somewhere on the internet or on a home server.

Media everywhere. Quite literally, I have began using my tablet as a television. This isn’t only in my house, but with a service like Netflix or Hulu, you can be anywhere there is a live internet connection.

There’s an app for that! Quite literally, for any need, there is an app for it. Whether you use the Google store, iTunes store or Amazon, you can purchase most applications for $1.00 or less. Can you do that on a PC?

Don’t just read a book, write one! Everyone knows that tablets are used more for games and reading books than anything else. However, you should know, tablets are beginning to be the new ‘laptops’ of coffee shops and content creation.


Microsoft – Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft has released two families of it’s popular Surface family in the tablet market. This 10.6” screen is super large and really clear. Add into that the sharp 1920 X 1080 resolution and you have a very clear and great looking tablet.

But the looks aren’t the only reason to purchase this 1.5 pound Microsoft Surface 2 as your tablet. The Microsoft Surface 2 boasts an NVidia Tegra 4 GPU and CPU chipset. It also holds 2 GB DDR3 1600 for RAM. The Surface 2 also has a 2 megapixel rear webcam.

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Applie iPad Mini

The Apple iPad mini is one of the lightest tablets on the market today. At 0.68 pounds, this is an incredibly portable and mobile tablet that I’m sure you never find yourself without; and possibly forget it is even with you at times.

The Apple iPad mini boasts a Apple A5 2.4 GHz processor, to go with it’s iOS 6 standard operating system. You will also fall over when you see how beautiful and crystal clear the 1024×769 resolution looks on it’s 7.9 inches display.

One final note about the Apple iPad mini…battery! The battery in this tablet last an incredible 10 hours.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet (7-Inch, 32GB, Black) by ASUS (2013)

Google Nexus 7

Don’t let the size fool you! The Google Nexus 7 is an awesome tablet. Not only is one of the longer lasting 7 inch tablets at 9 hours, but it’s 1920 x 1200 323 ppi resolution screen is big-screen huge. It’s clear and beautiful screen for your movies, images and streaming needs.

The Google Nexus 7 runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. This little tablet packs a big punch the Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz quad-core processor to go along with 2 GB DDR3 of RAM.

Big screen display, and a big processor must mean serious weight, right? Try 10 ounces! This is truly a mobile, ‘grab and go’ device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1-Inch, White)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is a dominant force in the tablet market currently. It’s a one pound tablet that boasts an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor running the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system from Android.

What sets this tablet apart is that it features a microSD card to expand the required memory to go along with your device cloud needs. You can also use the tablet as a remote control for your Samsung television with the Samsung’s WatchON app.

Finally, let’s talk about why you should grab this tab. Basically, it’s one the most cost-effective, all-around tablets I’ve ever seen or used. With the price, combined with the feature set and a Google Play credit (in most cases), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is an awesome purchase!

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Tablet

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch Tablet

The Kindle family of products started off for Amazon as simple e-readers. That is not the case anymore; not with the release of the Kindle Fire HDX Tablet! This tablet is a smoking hot computer, in a 13 ounce frame!

The new Kindle Fire brings together a 339DPI resolution (ya, that clear) on a 2560 x 1600 resolution display. Don’t think that’s enough? This tablet features perfect color (100% sRGB), displaying images and videos as the videographer or the photography intended.

But what is under the hood? The Kindle Fire HDX also features a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, for explosive response to anything you could throw at it. Stack that with the high-frame output of the new Adreno 330 graphics processor, alongside Dolby Digital Plus audio, and you’ve got one hell of a new media tablet in your hands!

Cloud device adoption in small business

Small businesses have begun adopting many cloud computing ideals, including small external storage, with a central ‘hub’ of information, media and data…the cloud. In the US alone, these adoptees include school systems, doctor’s offices and review/consulting firms.

The cost for small business to transition from cloud devices, specifically to tablets, from laptops, can be overwhelming depending on the size of your company. However, the long-term costs benefits are usually seen within a 12 month period; sometimes earlier.