10 Mobile Devices to Buy Before Apple's 13-Inch iPad

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-07-23 Print this article Print

Apple's iPad is the world's most popular tablet, attracting both consumers and enterprise customers. The larger, 9.7-inch iPad and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini deliver the same iOS operating system and can connect to the Web via WiFi and 4G LTE. Both products are well-designed, come with outstanding features and are relatively affordable when compared with the other devices on the market they compete against. In other words, all in all, the iPad is a pretty good device. But now there's talk of Apple launching a new tablet featuring a 13-inch screen. That device, which has yet to be confirmed by Apple and is reportedly only in the initial planning stages right now, could either replace the 9.7-inch model or complement the company's current slate of tablets. Either way, consumers and even some enterprise users are getting excited about the prospect of getting their hands on a 13-inch tablet. Whether that excitement is truly justified is debatable, however. A 13-inch iPad certainly sounds interesting and appealing, but there are already a number of products available that customers can get their hands on that have the same (if not more) functionality. As great an idea as the 13-inch iPad might be, there's no telling when it might launch. So, stop waiting and take a look at what's available now.

  • 10 Mobile Devices to Buy Before Apple's 13-Inch iPad

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - 10 Mobile Devices to Buy Before Apple's 13-Inch iPad
  • Apple's iPad

    This is an obvious one, isn't it? Customers waiting on a 13-inch iPad can buy the Apple's 9.7-inch slate right now. The device runs the same operating system that the 13-inch model would, and it comes with a great feature set and nice design. What's not to like?
    2 - Apple's iPad
  • Apple's iPad Mini

    Despite its much smaller screen, the iPad Mini might also be a desirable alternative to the full-size iPad. Not only does the device run the full version of iOS, but it has a stellar design. For those who want greater mobility, the iPad Mini is a nice tablet choice.
    3 - Apple's iPad Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

    Apple's intent with the 13-inch iPad is to take control of the big-screen game. However, there are already devices available, including those from Samsung, that have nice, big displays. Chief among those devices is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, boasting Android and—you guessed it—a 10.1-inch screen.
    4 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Apple MacBook Air

    Apple's MacBook Air comes in two sizes—11 inches and 13 inches. While the 11-inch model might be a good choice for those who want some extra mobility, the 13-inch option has the same screen size that the larger iPad would have and runs a full desktop operating system. That seems like a better option.
    5 - Apple MacBook Air
  • Apple MacBook Pro

    If the 13-inch MacBook Air is a worthy purchase, then the MacBook Pro must be as well. That device comes with screen sizes of 13 and 15 inches and once runs Apple's OS X desktop operating system. Perhaps most importantly, it comes with the extra power that customers will never find in an iPad.
    6 - Apple MacBook Pro
  • Just About Any Ultrabook

    Similar to the MacBook Air, Ultrabooks are designed for customers who want to be mobile and productive at the same time. In other words, they compete directly with tablets. To their advantage, Ultrabooks run full Windows versions and come with more power than what folks would find in the iPad. Ultrabooks offer a great value for those seeking a large-screen alternative to the iPad.
    7 - Just About Any Ultrabook
  • A Lightweight Notebook

    Lightweight notebooks are admittedly on the way out as both tablets and Ultrabooks cannibalize their sales, but they can be purchased right now for a great price. In fact, buying a lightweight notebook is oftentimes much cheaper than investing in a full-size iPad. When it comes to value, it's hard to argue against a nice, lightweight notebook.
    8 - A Lightweight Notebook
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

    The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a great device for enterprise customers. Not only does it support standard tablet functionality, but with a quick twist of its attached keyboard, it turns into a full-size notebook. Plus, it's running Windows. The IdeaPad Yoga should not be overlooked in this roundup.
    9 - Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 line is a great alternative to Apple's iPads. The devices lack the stylus found in the Galaxy Note, but come with gorgeous screens, outstanding software and a design to drool over. They're definitely worth considering for those who want a nice, capable tablet right now.
    10 - Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Microsoft's Surface Pro

    The Surface's disappointing sales have caused some to wonder whether Microsoft will get out of the tablet market. However, the company's Surface Pro might have some more legs than those folks think. After all, the Surface Pro is well-built with its magnesium finish and, thanks to Windows 8 Pro, it's a nice option for quite a few corporate customers. Consider the Surface Pro as a potentially appealing option for would-be 13-inch iPad buyers.
    11 - Microsoft's Surface Pro

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