Do you want your mobile computing devices to do more and more? Do you find mobile phone screens too small and laptops and personal computers too bulky to carry around? Are you looking for a computing solution that lies in the “sweet spot” between a smartphone and a computer – a device that can marry the best characteristics of both? Are you looking at replacing your present tablet with a slimmer, more powerful one? If you mentally nodded in the affirmative for any of these, you are reading the right article. In this article we look at the best tablets that bring your office, social media and entertainment to your hand.
Top 10 Tablets Overview Ranking
|Picture||Name||Screen Size||Platform||Price||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Apple MGKL2LL/A iPad Air 2 64GB, Wi-Fi, (Space Gray)||9.7"||iOS||$$$||4.7|
|2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey)||10.1"||Android||$$||4.6|
|3. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB||8.9"||Fire OS||$$||4.3|
|4. Nexus 7 from Google (7-Inch, 16 GB, Black) by ASUS (2013) Tablet||7"||Android||$||4.3|
|5. LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet Quad-core 2gb RAM 16gb Flash 8.3 Full Hd Display White||8.3"||Android||$$||4.3|
|6. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet SGP771 32GB 10.1-Inch Wi-Fi + LTE Factory Unlocked Tablet||10.1"||Android||$$$$||4.3|
|7. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (32GB, Black)||12.2"||Android||$$||4.3|
|8. Google Nexus 9 Tablet (8.9-Inch, 16 GB, Black)||8.9"||Android||$$||4.0|
|9. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (WiFi)||8"||Android||$$$||4.0|
|10. Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet - Free Windows 10 Upgrade||10.8"||Windows||$$$||3.9|
Things to Look for in a Tablet
Here are some common questions you should ask yourself before zeroing – in on the right tablet:
- Which Operating System Do I Need? It has just been 5 years since Apple’s iPad – the first original tablet – was born. In this short time, the world of tablets has evolved and today you have three major camps to pick your Operating System from, i.e. Apple, Android and Windows. There is no hands down winner and what you choose is entirely a matter of which products you already have and what you want to experience next.
If you are already into the Apple ecosystem and are using one or more of iPod, iPhone and Mac, sticking with Apple would make your life easy, as you would get a consistent experience across all your devices. On the other hand, Android provides maximum customization and would easily integrate your google apps such as Gmail, Maps, Hangouts and many more.
- Which Hardware Manufacturer Should I Pick? One advantage of looking beyond Apple is the wide variety you get in terms of hardware manufacturers. Android offers you the widest choice when it comes to world class hardware manufacturers. Asus, Lenovo, Sony, HTC, Toshiba and Huawei are well established brands to choose from. There are a number of new players who have started giving the big boys a run for their money.
- Which App Ecosystem Suits Me The Best? If you are an App intensive user, you might want to go with Android, as the Play Store serves unparalleled variety. However, don’t go only by the numbers. If you are looking for tablet optimized apps, iPad wins hands down. Android and Windows invite multiple developers to build apps for the same purpose, which gives you a wider choice. What you need to keep in mind is that an app that works well on your phone might not deliver the same experience over a larger tablet screen unless it is optimized for it.
- What Screen Size And Storage Will Suit Me Best? While researching for screen size, you would get a lot of numbers thrown at you – most of them belonging to the 7 inch to 10 inch range. First and foremost, keep it in mind that this is the diagonal measurement of the screen. Actual size is bound to be larger. As smartphone screens keep growing the line separating a tablet from a phone is getting blurred.
Cloud storage has emerged as one of the most convenient options. With this option, the physical memory built into your gadget is no longer a deal-breaker. The flip side is that cloud storage is not free and synchronizing your device with cloud eats up lot of data. Unless you spend considerable time on Wi-Fi, going for a tablet which either offers big storage (> 64 GB) or allows you the option to expand your storage through a memory card would be a better option.
3 Best Tablets Reviews
For the past decade, Apple has been churning out one blockbuster product after the other and this one is no exception. As if iPad Air was not envious in itself, 2014 saw Apple launch an improved version of its already popular iPad Air and extend its lead at the top. Retina display, fingerprint sensor on home button, elegant design and deeper contrast are some of the features that catch your eye instantly, making it the best tablet available. For the dimension conscious clan, Apple has managed to pack all this and many more useful features in about 15 ounces of weight and less than a quarter of an inch of thickness!
Up to 10 hours of battery life and 9.7 inch crisp display make it ideal companion – whether you’re rushing through your spreadsheets at the last minute or you want to snap lively pictures and share it with your folks over social network.
If you are an Android fan looking for a premium tablet with big display, this beast from the stable of Samsung would keep you glued. Be it presentations, spreadsheets, gaming or battery life, this is the best android tablet that has it all. If you are an app buff who doesn’t like the restrictions posed by Apple or Windows, embrace Android and choose from over a million applications on the Play Store to suit your mood and need. Carry it to the office with you, rest assured that its long battery life won’t let you down.
For those of you who are too much into cosmetics, this might feel a bit plastic but then, that is about all the wrong that can be found with this.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been revamped and how. At under 14 ounces, it is lighter than its predecessor. Yet, it packs in best ever pixel density of 339 ppi. Powered by the iconic Snapdragon 800 processor series, it clocks over 2 GHz which gives it 3X more processing power compared to previous generation Kindle Fire HDs. Dolby Audio, console quality graphics and over 12 hours of battery life under constant use make it all that you want your tablet to be.
If you want to be really critical, the uncommon OS Fire 3.0 puts limitations over the number of applications you can access through it but it has the bases covered in terms of common requirements.
So, the next time you step out to buy a tablet, you know what to look out for and who the big boys are!