Gizmodo Awards 2012: Tablet Of The Year

This week we're announcing the best tech of the year, and we're at the pointy end of finding the best tablets of 2012. And the winners are...

24 tablets enter, but less than a handful can be declared the victors.

Best Convertible Tablet

Readers' Choice:

Microsoft Surface RT

The Surface RT scooped this poll, walking away with a whopping 38 per cent of the vote. Congratulations to Microsoft on this beautiful piece of hardware. A very deserving win.

Honourable Mentions:Asus Transformer Prime -- 11 per cent • Asus Transformer Infinity -- 7.5 per cent

Editor's Choice

Asus Transformer Infinity

Yes, the Surface RT had beautiful hardware wrapped in neatly with clever ideas about how a keyboard should integrate into a device, and every second iPad case this year has had a keyboard in it, too, but where did the idea first become industry best practise for tablet keyboards? With the Asus Transformer line, of course.

The Transformer Prime represents epitome of Asus' convertible, 10.1-inch tablet range, sporting a weaponised Tegra 3 CPU from NVIDIA, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, all covered up neatly by a beautiful 1920x1200 Super IPS+ display.

A lot changes in six months, and while the Transformer Infinity might not be considered as the top of the pile now, it carries a design that is being replicated across a bunch of different convertible tablets going forward.

Honourable Mentions:Microsoft Surface RT

Best Slate Tablet

Readers' Choice:

Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 took out a neat chunk of the vote at 25 per cent, making it this year's tablet of choice for you, the readers. It was a close call, though, with the Apple iPad 4th Generation nipping at its heels.

Honourable Mentions:Apple iPad (4th Generation) -- 21 per cent • Google Nexus 10 -- 10 per cent

Editor's Choice

Google Nexus 7

Love it or hate it, the Nexus 7 is an important tablet. It did for tablets what the Nexus 4 is now doing for phones: it lowered the floor on price and it raised the bar on quality. It's the tablet for the masses that made everyone in the industry sit up and take notice, because this is how it's meant to be: great hardware that runs great software that coincidentally doesn't cost the Earth. It's the perfect formula, and Google cracked it in 2012.

Honourable Mention:Google Nexus 10



    Awesome results. Whilst I have an iPad 2 (and like & use it regularly), I'm happy to see no Apple products in this list. Bring on more competition, and in doing so, bring on better & more innovative products!

    I am quite surprised by how high the Surface RT vote was considering that the device is running an unproven platform and is only available online.

      I guess "ecosystem" is not a factor, or that decent Office support is all the ecosystem that 38% of people ever need.

      I thought the RT version was quite a crappy software? so i am suprised it is tops on this list ahh well as i have never used one i won't comment but good to see the Nexus 7 get on the list somewhere

      Its place might reflect social trends? -Voting for the underdog? -voting for the new and interesting techy tablet on the playing field as opposed to the old standbys?
      But then it's listed as "convertible" so out of those it probably just won on name recognition.

      I'm more surprised because it was pretty well panned in the reviews, including some tech writers here.

      "I am quite surprised by how high the Surface RT"

      Me, too. Without trying to be flippant, it seems that the number of votes for the device exceeds the number of sales. If it is so good, then why is it not selling?

      Take one for a run when it hits JB and/or HN in the next couple of weeks. I didnt rate my iPad that much (work supplied) and i purchased a Sony Tablet S for myself, my Surface RT walks all over them. I just find that its almost a replacement for my laptop. When I go away for work I always take my laptop just in case I need to do something that my tablet cant. I find that since I've had the Surface I hardly use the laptop when I am away from the office

    Quick question; its rather a n00b question. But is the Nexus 7 built by ASUS or Samsung?

      Nexus 7 is built by Asus. Nexus 10 is built by Samsung.

    Bring your Windows RT tablet into the enterprise and connect it up to your XenApp or XenDesktop. Go on. That's right, you can't. Not unless you have a CAG with an enterprise licence at the back end. Nice little screw up there.

    Also I take offence at your comment ".. doing what the Nexus 4 is doing ...". The Nexus 4 is doing precisely squat except piss people off because of the lack of ANY stock to match the hype.

    You're doing it wrong if you think the Surface RT was aimed at Enterprise users...

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