Apple iPad mini with Retina Display, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0: 2013's Best 8-inch Tablets for the Holidays

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By Precious Silva | December 3, 2013 12:44 PM EST

Tablets have become popular because they combine the portability of smartphones and a computing ability of traditional laptops. While they may not be able to replace laptops as a whole, tablets make great companion. They can help accomplish day-to-day task. Among these, 8-inch tablets remain as one of the most popular types of slates around. We count down some of the best 8-inch tablets to hit the market. They also make good gifts for these coming holidays. 

Google Nexus 7 2013 

The first generation Nexus 7 was a success and the second generation was not far from it either. The Nexus 2 took the previous specs of the first generation up a notch. It also slimmed down the design making the Nexus 7 more portable than before. People can choose from 16 GB, 32 GB WiFi variants including 32 GB unlocked version plus 4G-LTE connectivity for best mobility. 

People can also begin searching the net simply through a voice prompt and the digital assistant Google Now. The second generation Nexus 7 runs with Android 4.4 KitKat. 

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display 

Many agree that the latest iPad Mini is one of the best tech products today. It extracts all the power and features of the iPad Air into a more compact package. This means an 8-inch tablet that can accomplish tasks which people only expect from 64-bit desktop workstations previously. The iPad Mini can run the Computer Aided Design or CAD applications without glitch. It can also help people edit 1080p HD videos. 

People can choose from 16 GB to 128 GB both in WiFi and Wifi plus cellular versions. Many users agree that it is one of the best tablets to use. It also comes with an easy interface allowing people to accomplish things just as easily. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 

As the name implies, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is somewhat larger compared to the previous entry-level Tab 3 7.0. Nonetheless, it brings out the feeling of a truly improved Samsung form factor. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is powerful, thin and versatile. 

The slate can also be used as a universal remote for cable boxes, television sets, DVD players and Blu-Ray. It offers up to 11 hours of battery life which makes it an ideal entertainment companion. The screen provides up to 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 offers the best from both worlds of the Samsung Tab 3 7.0 and Tab 3 10.1 variants. 

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