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Tablet Computers

Updated: 23-09-2017 06:05
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

This is only a final review in that you can buy the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the form described here...

39 expert reviews | 279 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet to date, headlined by an HDR-ready screen...

65 expert reviews | 330 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

Surface Pro 5 is the best laptop replacement tablet a creative could wish for, but most users...

26 expert reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Apple iPad Pro 2016 (2nd Gen 9.7 inch)

Apple is slowly transforming its iPad into a 2-in-1, and while this new tablet may not be a...

161 expert reviews | 3167 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Apple iPad 2017 (Wi-Fi, Cellular, 9.7")

Combine that with decent performance and excellent battery life, and it looks as if Apple has...

22 expert reviews | 624 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inches 2017 (2nd Gen.)

Apple's latest iPad is a large 12.9-inch model, replacing the previous model from 2015. The...

20 expert reviews | 437 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPad Mini 4

If this was the iPad mini launched alongside the Air 2, it would have been an easy five stars...

85 expert reviews | 3893 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Apple iPad Pro 2015 (1st Gen, 12.9 inch)

A brilliant iPad that takes the devices into a new realm. We've loved using it, but just make...

139 expert reviews | 2910 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Google Pixel C

The Google Pixel C has it all: a fantastic display, heaps of power, a premium design and a lofty...

87 expert reviews | 246 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M)

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has an iPad-like design, but not quite the quality. However it offers the...

41 expert reviews | 346 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Amazon Fire HD 8

There’s no major new hardware in the 2017 edition of the Fire HD 8, but it’s still one of the...

42 expert reviews | 1093 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Apple iPad Air 2 2014 (A1566 / A1567)

A brilliant tablet that has further raised the bar for the rest of the competition. If you're in...

158 expert reviews | 32583 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Huawei MediaPad M3

There's a lot to like about the Huawei MediaPad M3. It is as much as you might want from a tablet...

36 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 2015 SM-T810 (WiFi) / SM-T815 (3G, LTE)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is an upgrade in size and name only. It has a thinner and lighter...

115 expert reviews | 7706 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Lenovo Miix 510

There are a couple of reasons (battery, screen) why you’d go for the Surface Pro 4 instead, but...

20 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1

Dell's Latitude 12 5285 is a solid business convertible. The 2-in-1 combines good ergonomics...

9 expert reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10

Huawei’s goal with the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 was to offer a multimedia tablet capable of producing...

12 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015)

Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise...

148 expert reviews | 2755 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Lenovo Miix 720

Lenovo's Miix 720 gets you more for your money compared to the Microsoft's 2017 Surface Pro, but...

4 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 95

Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA Series

A great 2-in-1 laptop with a brilliant display and oodles of power which is sadly outgunned by...

25 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 2015 (T710, T715, T719)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is an upgrade in size and name only. It has a thinner and lighter...

45 expert reviews | 2692 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (SGP611 / SGP612)

If you are looking for a feature-packed phone that looks fantastic and performs brilliantly, then...

135 expert reviews | 1268 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet is one of the best Android tablets available on the market right now, and...

97 expert reviews | 345 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0

It sounds and feels great, and can be picked up for a very attractive price, but the Huawei...

43 expert reviews | 407 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

HP Elite x2 1012

Though better for business than the Surface Pro, the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 also suffers from poor...

31 expert reviews | 108 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Tablet Computers

    The year 2010 was most definitely the year when the tablet was born. It has only been two years but somehow, it’s difficult to imagine the world without them. One look at a table is enough to declare that it’s neither a laptop nor a smartphone yet somehow it has caught the fancy of the world. So, what purpose does a tablet serve after all? Strictly speaking, it is not as feature intensive as a laptop and it is difficult to do any work on a tablet which requires intensive typing output. The tablet's USP, however is it’s lightweight and portability. It was specifically designed to serve that particular niche of people now known as digital nomads who need to stay connected to the internet wherever they are.

    A tablet is also ideal for watching movies or reading e-books on the go. It is in all senses a lighter version of a laptop- both in terms of weight and otherwise. It is definitely way more convenient to carry around than a heavy laptop and if you are looking to do only lightweight work, it fits your needs perfectly. You can use the Word processor, take quick notes, listen to a few songs, get some work done on the internet and just casually slip it into your bag. It is the comfort that it offers which has made it so popular. Off late, thanks to the impeccable design of the Apple iPad the tablet has become something of a fahion fad. It might not be something you strictly need, but you will still want to have it.

    Ever since the Apple iPad came out into the market, several other tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire, Blackberry’s Play Book, and Dell’s Streak have also been released. There is a whole new market segment which is flooded with tablets while there are many more to come. The sheer variety means both good and bad news- it means you have a lot of options to choose from but the bad news is that the options might just manage to confuse you.

    Let's quickly go through the features you must look for while buying a tablet-

    1. Operating System

    Quite understandably, the operating system used by a tablet make a world of difference in its functioning. For a long time, the choice for the best OS out there was a no brainer. Only one name- the Apple iOS would come to mind. And there was a reason it enjoyed such a stature. The system works wonderfully smoothly on an iPad. It is quick and efficient- exactly what a tablet promises to be.

    Recently, Google's Android and Microsoft Windows 7 have been giving the Apple iOS some very decent competition. The huge advantage that Apple has over others is the access to millions of iPad apps. However, many users have experienced problems due to the insulated nature of the OS which restricts any kind of Bluetooth transfers.

    The latest version of the Android- the Honeycomb is the first OS designed by Google exclusively for tablets. This OS has its share of benefits- good software integration, compatibility with Adobe flash, something which is missing in Apple iOS and integration with Google apps.

    2. Screen

    Visually, a screen is all that a laptop has. In fact, it is the area where you will be doing all you work which is why the size matters. A tablet can be anywhere between 5 to 10 inches but ideally, you should like it to be closer to the maximum limit. Remember, you are using the tablet as a lighter version of a laptop not as a bigger version of a phone. The bigger the screen, the more comfortable you would be typing. But again, it can't be very big because then it will become bulky which defies the whole purpose of a tablet again.

    Simultaneously, look for an optimum screen resolution. In technical terms, dot pitch is a measure of the screen resolution with respect to its size. Higher pixels per unit area imply sharper pictures and thus, this is what you should ideally look for.

    3. Battery Life

    Now, if a tablet is designed to be used on the go, the most vital question to ask is how long does the battery last. While all tablet manufacturers make huge claims about battery life, it is always a good idea to inquire people around you and get a better estimate.

    4. Storage

    Tablets are available with different storage space- right from 16 to 64 GB. When it comes to storage, the bigger the better especially if you are going to store a lot of movies and images on your tablet.

    Besides these, also consider other factors related to internet availability (Wi-Fi or 3G), the quality of the camera and speakers, the number of USB slots (the iPad has none) and finally the price. Think about your personal needs and expectation from a tablet, how and when are you going to use it and other priorities.  In the end, it all boils down to personal choice. You might like something the first time you see it and then no one can convince you not to buy it or vice versa.

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    Tablet Computers on alaTest

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