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Updated: Nov 27, 2015 00:28
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

The large, sharp screen of the 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is great for watching media and...

52 expert reviews | 592 user reviews

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Apple iPad Mini 4

The iPad Mini 4 makes the most of iOS 9 and has a number of welcome upgrades, but its high price...

29 expert reviews | 260 user reviews

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Microsoft Surface PRO 4 (2015)

The quest for more power is enticing, but it’s not always the most practical of efforts. As we...

34 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

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Apple iPad Air 2 (A1566 / A1567)

The Apple iPad Air 2 is still a really good tablet that is pleasing with its even slimmer...

95 expert reviews | 20647 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Thin, light, waterproof, powerful and top features – this is familiar for Sony tablets nowadays...

61 expert reviews | 121 user reviews

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Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015)

We already mentioned that the Microsoft Surface 3 is a convenient package, which does not reveal...

76 expert reviews | 1575 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 SM-T800 (WiFi) / SM-T805 (LTE) / SM-G807 (WiFi+LTE)

Brilliant star. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 relies on an in-house South Korean processor, which...

116 expert reviews | 6705 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Like its larger sibling, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, the smaller version can impress us with its...

16 expert reviews | 293 user reviews

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Apple iPad Pro

Apple now has an iPad for everyone: The is the one for most people; the iPad Mini 4 is for the...

23 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA

As already mentioned at the end of the preview, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 has the potential for a top...

28 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

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Apple iPad Mini 2

While its display isn’t quite as vibrant as the iPad Air’s, the second-generation iPad mini is...

115 expert reviews | 12733 user reviews

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Apple iPad Air (A1474 / A1475 / A1476)

The iPad Air is Apple’s best tablet to date, by a wide and meaningful margin.

155 expert reviews | 21635 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (SGP611 / SGP612)

Sony has created a really convincing device with the Xperia Z3 Compact. Only the case stability...

64 expert reviews | 406 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 SM-T700 (WiFi) / SM-T705 (LTE) / SM-T707 (WiFi+LTE)

Just like its larger brother, the screen is the biggest highlight of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4...

99 expert reviews | 3902 user reviews

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Apple iPad mini 3

Mini update is really the correct term here: Except for the fingerprint reader and a new color...

46 expert reviews | 6012 user reviews

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Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

One of the main goals of a detachable notebook is to replace both the user's tablet and notebook...

21 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a well-made Android tablet with an integrated pico-projector, good battery...

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1

Panasonic has created a fantastic piece of technology with its Rugged Handheld, which is very...

6 expert reviews

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Tesco Hudl 2

Tesco’s Hudl2 tablet is a vast improvement over its predecessor. It’s well-built, with a lovely 8...

20 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T550 (WiFi) / SM-T555 (LTE)

With the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555, Samsung has a good mid-range tablet in its lineup, which is...

17 expert reviews | 1676 user reviews

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Google Nexus 9

Google does not hit a homerun with its Nexus 9 like it did with its Nexus 7. The quality has...

43 expert reviews | 375 user reviews

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70

The Lenovo TAB 2 A10 is a worthy 10.1-inch tablet and a definite improvement over the predecessor...

13 expert reviews | 472 user reviews

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Dell Venue 8 7000

Not everybody might appreciate the somewhat industrial-looking design - but the Venue 8 7000 is...

31 expert reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Tablet Computers

    Somewhere between the bulky utility of a laptop and the convenient size of a smart phone is the new world of the computer tablet. Apple's revolutionary iPad helped the tablet market to a great extent and now many companies have realized the potential of tablets and have either released or announced their tablet lineups.




    Why do I Need a Tablet?

    Tablets are announced as offering the ideal combination of portability and practicality, but if you've already got a laptop or netbook and a smartphone, there's little more you can do with a tablet. One of the best features of tablets, however, is that they are fast to switch on and load, making them ideal for occasional web browsing, rather than waiting for a laptop to boot up. The small, lightweight tablet is easier to carry around and to travel with than its bigger, heavier cousin, the laptop. About the size of an e-reader, it fits comfortably into a purse, backpack or small briefcase. For simple jobs like general word processing, VOIP messaging, or email, this new product is becoming increasingly popular.

    Although the flat screen in slate mode doesn't have a keyboard, on certain models, information can be entered by using the tablet pen or the voice control. Some tablets offer an optional wired keyboard dock or a USB portal for connecting to an external keyboard. Convertible models look more like a laptop with an attached stiff keyboard. Those who use the tablet in college classes or business meetings appreciate its presence as being both less conspicuous and less visually blocking as the more cumbersome lift-top laptop.

    Fans and regular users of the new tablets insist that writing down meeting or lecture notes, noting important appointments or dates, and even sketching out ideas before they slip away can help you become more organized and productive. It is even possible to receive faxes, fill them out, and send them on without ever printing them. Tablets can also be used as voice-over-IP telephone systems. So if you want to enjoy all the experiences above, buy one.

    Tablet Platform and Applications

    The usability of the tablet will heavily depend on the choice of platform. You should check which platform it runs and how many applications are available for the platform before you buy.

    Apple iOS: Like iPhones, the iPad runs Apple's iOS operating system - a simple, intuitive interface, which also gives access to the App Store. There are a lot of good quality applications and games optimized but most of them are not free in App store. There's also a problem of Flash - it's lack of Adobe Flash support and iOS is a closed platform that has many restrictions like bluetooth file transfer.

    Google Android: Most other tablets run variations of Google's Android operating system. This open-source software can be customised, optimised and tweaked by tablet manufacturers to suit their own specifications. The latest version - Android 3.0 - named 'Honeycomb' is the first version of Android to be optimised specifically to run on just tablets, and it includes 3D graphics, multi-tasking, video chat and a smooth animated interface. When choosing an Android tablet it's important to take into consideration which version of the Android OS it runs on, and whether the manufacturer has committed to allowing it to be upgraded to newer versions.

    Microsoft Windows 7: Though Windows is primarily designed for PCs with keyboards, numbers of tablets are now being launched that run Windows 7 via the touchscreen. The advantages of Windows are that most users are already familiar with its interface and the vast array of compatible software that will run on the Windows operating system. Also, Microsoft stated that, Windows 8 will work on a variety of hardware including System on Chips (SoC) based on ARM processors. It is also rumored that Microsoft is planning to release a tablet friendly version of Windows 8.

    QNX OS: Research In Motion announced a 7" BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. It features the BlackBerry's own QNX operating system, is HTML5 and Flash-compatible, and should offer many of the business-oriented features that make BlackBerries so popular in the workplace.

    Palm's WebOS: HP's tablet is based on Palm's WebOS which was considered as one of the best touch friendly mobile operating systems. HP plans to integrate this platform to PCs as well to attract developers and hence the application availability, But until now the number of applications is limited.

    What to Look for in a Tablet

    Screen Size & Resolution – The screen size should be balanced for portability and usability. A 5" tablet is too small to be considered as a tablet and at the same time a 12" tablet is not good for portability. You should also aware that the suitable screen sizes can be misleading. On paper, the difference between a 7" and 10" screen may seem trivial, but in reality, a 7" design is around half the size of a 10" tablet. As for screen resolution, the higher the better. Many tablets come with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel which is same as most of the 14 or15" laptops.

    Touch Screen – Tablets with resistive touch screen are very cheap but it is not finger friendly and you'll need a stylus for operating it properly. Tablets equipped with capacitive touch screens will cost more but allows multiple fingers to be registered by the screen at one time, giving intuitive ways of manipulating the on-screen display such as 'pinch to zoom'. So, if you want a better tablet experience, always buy one with a capacitive multi-touch screen.

    Ergonomics – We'll try to list some important aspects of ergonomics, you can do some tests before you buy. Please check out: are the buttons/switches easily accessible? Does it cause any difficulty in landscape or portrait orientation? How easy is it to use the device with one hand (by holding the device in one hand and operating it with the other hand)?

    Battery Life – Apple's claimed battery life for the iPad is 10 hours, but in real-world use the battery lasts for closer to six hours. Watching videos or browsing the web are likely to drain the battery even faster. Smaller tablets can have an even shorter battery life.

    Characteristics such as internal memory size, Wi-Fi or 3G, and the amount of apps available have to be taken into account when choosing your tablet. Minor aspects such as the amount of USB slots, whether the unit has a SD slot, a webcam, a built-in voice command ability or not, have to be considered as well. Choosing the right tablet ultimately depends on the primary purpose behind buying one in the first place. Customer satisfaction seems related to the willingness to learn how to use this new technology correctly for maximum effectiveness.

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