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Tablet Computer Reviews

Updated: Dec 11, 2018 23:14
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (T830, T835)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a good portable tablet with a unique desktop interface — it’s the...

58 expert reviews | 166 user reviews

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018)

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Google Home Hub

Google's Home Hub is unlike most other smart displays on the market. With its small size and soft...

28 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple iPad 9.7-inch 6th Gen (2018, A1893, A1954)

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His...

44 expert reviews | 724 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)

And there's the rub for me: I have no doubt that some people could use the iPad Pro exclusively...

21 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Microsoft Surface Go

Even though the Surface Go is technically a PC, it's mainly competing with tablets. And just as...

32 expert reviews | 156 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017, A1701, A1709)

Apple’s latest iPad Pro is the best tablet you can buy. It excels in nearly every category...

72 expert reviews | 1048 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8-inch

Bottom Line: Huawei's Mediapad M5 could have been the product to face down the $329 iPad, but the...

28 expert reviews | 130 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)

The third generation iPad Pro looks a fresh start for the series. Apple has overhauled its design...

13 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Ultimately, the Tab S3 is a solid utility tablet that does nearly everything it promises. It...

100 expert reviews | 1002 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Xiaomi has succeeded in creating a surprisingly good tablet with a strong price to performance...

9 expert reviews

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Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8-inch

Bottom Line: Huawei's Mediapad M5 could have been the product to face down the $329 iPad, but the...

20 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple iPad 9.7-inch 5th gen 2017 (A1822, A1823)

This iPad, perhaps more than any in recent memory, is an exercise in compromise. Yes, Apple has...

45 expert reviews | 2453 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (T590, T595)

Apple scored a real hit with the affordable iPad, and there are doubts whether the Galaxy Tab A...

8 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10.1-inch

The MediaPad M5 lite did well in our review. Its system performance is sufficient for many...

14 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Huawei MediaPad M5 8-inch

Capable, classy, and cool, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro is a great media companion for the home...

32 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei MediaPad T5 10.1-inch

During our tests, the MediaPad T5 presented itself as a high-performance tablet well suited for...

9 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

The Surface Pro is technically an incremental update over its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4...

46 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Amazon Fire HD 10 (7th gen. 2017)

The Fire HD 10 is a glimmer of hope in the barren Android tablet wasteland. It fixes everything...

56 expert reviews | 1076 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Getac F110

Conclusion When you need a tablet that will survive the harshest of environments, whether it's an...

11 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)

Unless you're immersed in the world of Amazon and all it has to offers, we'd look elsewhere...

76 expert reviews | 694 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPad Air 2 (Late 2014, A1566, A1567)

The above-9" tablet space has moved past great evolution and it offers mature products that are...

164 expert reviews | 32645 user reviews

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2017, A1670, A1671)

But by and large, most iPad buyers should go for the $329 non-Pro model. If you just want a...

30 expert reviews | 1112 user reviews

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch (2016, A1673, A1674)

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

130 expert reviews | 2399 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPad mini 4 (2015, A1538, A1550)

The iPad Mini 4 is still among the best 8-inch tablets you can buy, although the Galaxy Tab S2...

106 expert reviews | 4439 user reviews

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    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.

     

     

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    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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