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Tablet Computers

Updated: 16-01-2017 06:10
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple iPad Pro (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...

146 expert reviews | 1035 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015)

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

129 expert reviews | 2174 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

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...

29 expert reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Apple iPad Mini 4

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

76 expert reviews | 2871 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Apple iPad Pro (1st Gen, 12.9 inch)

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

131 expert reviews | 1812 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

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...

109 expert reviews | 4913 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Apple iPad Air 2 (A1566 / A1567)

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

147 expert reviews | 28132 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0

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

33 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro YT3-X90

With the Yoga Tab 3 Pro packed full of media-focused features and sporting a distinctive design...

71 expert reviews | 503 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S (SM-W700 / SM-W703 / SM-W708)

Overall, Samsung's first bash at a laptop-replacement tablet gets plenty of things right. It runs...

69 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Huawei MateBook

At first glance the Huawei MateBook gets lots right as 2-in-1s go: it's slim, well made, has a...

45 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

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...

36 expert reviews | 1484 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70 (ZA0X / ZA0Y)

Lenovo hopes its Biz Android for Work tablet will be the shiz

10 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

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

87 expert reviews | 308 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Amazon Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 is evidence cheap tablets aren’ t progressing as fast as cheap phones. It is basic...

26 expert reviews | 461 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Google Pixel C

It's about time we got an Android tablet that properly challenges the iPad Air 2. The Galaxy Tab...

42 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

For the ThinkPad diehards out there, you've just met the best business-bent tablet that money can...

32 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M)

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

15 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Lenovo Yoga Book Windows YB1-X91F (ZA15 / ZA16)

It's rare that a product could be called revolutionary in its thinking, but that's certainly an...

20 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 95

Apple iPad Air (A1474 / A1475 / A1476)

Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air. It's got a stunning design, powerful...

221 expert reviews | 24493 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 95

Apple iPad mini 2 (Retina)

Scores in depth The new iPad mini 2 (or iPad mini with Retina display, if you want to give it...

130 expert reviews | 16519 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 SM-T800 (WiFi) / SM-T805 (LTE) / SM-T807 (WiFi+LTE)

We already really like what Samsung has done with the Galaxy TabPro, and the Tab S takes steps...

149 expert reviews | 8007 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (SGP611 / SGP612)

Sony has made a play for portability with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and there's no denying...

117 expert reviews | 632 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (T700, T705, T707)

Ratings in depth Update: Android 5.0 Lollipop has been making waves with the 'Material Design' UI...

112 expert reviews | 3629 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014)

Not without its drawbacks, this is the brightest shining example of not only Microsoft's vision...

175 expert reviews | 9583 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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