THE tablet is now a thing – from the days when nobody thought a laptop without a keyboard to a good thing to today, where a slate full of more power than some games consoles is nestled in bags across the world. Tablets may not be as popular as they once were, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any great ones out there. Whether you’re looking for a tablet on the high or low end of the spectrum, you’ll be sure to find plenty of options.
Apple iPad Air 2 – Apple’s best tablet yet
THE new iPad Air gets an improved A8X tri-core 1.5GHz processor, better 8-megapixel rear camera and front-facing camera, an even thinner and lighter design, an anti-reflective 9.7-inch low reflectivity Retina screen, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and more built-in storage at higher configurations and iOS 8.1. Simply put: it’s still the gold standard for tablets.
Google Nexus 9 – A premium, pure Android powerhouse
The Google Nexus 9′s premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates render it one of the best high-end Android tablets. It is the first tablet to run Android Lollipop 5.0, which should receive timely updates. It performs steadily with many apps open, and switching between them is fluid. Its streamlined construction has a deluxe, comfortable feel. 8.9-inch 4:3 IPS LCD 2048 x 1536 screen; 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.6MP front camera; Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with 2GB RAM; Metal trimmed with soft-touch plastic back; BoomSound stereo speakers.
Dell Venue 8 7000 – A tablet that takes photography seriously
DELL Venue 8 7000 is an Android tablet wrapped in a sleek, ultra-thin aluminium frame wrapped in an awful name. Regardless, this is the ‘world’s thinnest’ tablet and turns out to be one of the best. Lightweight with a comfortable feel, the Intel RealSense depth-sensing camera is an innovative feature and the preloaded Dell Gallery efficiently works as a central hub for photos. Its storage capacity expands up to 512GB via microSD card slot and it has a long-lasting battery. With its powerful 3D camera and strong image editing features the Dell Venue 8 7000 makes the strongest case yet for tablet photography.
Nvidia Shield Tablet – Best pure gaming tablet
THE Nvidia Shield Tablet packs a lot of graphics punch with a new Tegra K1 processor. It has expandable microSD card storage; runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and offers full access to Google Play app store. Its add-on wireless game controller enables connected TV support for sofa gaming and streaming-video entertainment. It streams PC games with compatible gaming PCs.
Even if you don’t take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile — and affordable — high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Best productivity tablet
THE Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than the previous two versions, despite having a larger 12-inch display and higher screen resolution. A new kickstand makes it easier to set up and use, and the keyboard cover remains a best-in-class example. The Surface Pro 3 is now optimized for a digital pen, which is included. While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s best PC to date, it’s more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement. Its key features are 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 screen; 800 grams; Intel Core i processors; 64GB to 512GB storage; Surface Pen.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
THE Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is extremely slim, has a gorgeous, super-high-definition display, tonnes of power, and Android KitKat on board.
Key Features: 8.4-inch, 2,560 x 1600 Super AMOLED screen; Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor; 3GB RAM; 16GB storage; Android 4.4; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; microSD slot; 4,900mAh
Sony Xperia Z4 – highest waterproof and dust tight rating
THIS 10.1” Android tablet stretches the limits of display technology. The highest resolution, the brightest screen and the most vivid colours make Xperia Z4 Tablet the best viewing experience you will hold in your hand. A 2K display built on Sony TV technology shows-off your entertainment in all its glorious detail.
With a stunning display that’s 40 percent brighter than the Xperia Z2 tablet screen, you get a stunning viewing experience – at any angle, even if you’re outside. With Live colour LED technology this Android tablet delivers your entertainment in a rich spectrum of true-to-life colours.
Immerse yourself with Sony´s sound enhancing technologies. High-Res Audio ensures you hear every detail on every track, while digital noise cancelling support literally shuts out external noise. So pop on a pair of DNC headphones and get some alone time with your Xperia Z4 Tablet.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet is kitted-out with the most powerful processor the industry has to offer, and is capable of blink-of-an-eye web connections. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with integrated LTE and 64-bit Octa-core CPU makes this Android tablet perform at its fastest and best, always.
Using the very latest smart connectivity technologies your Xperia Z4 Tablet will reach up to 50 percent faster Wi-Fi speeds than previous products. So file transfers and media streaming is faster and smoother than ever.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet weighs in as the lightest tablet in its class. Created for effortless one-hand holding, the Xperia Z4 Tablet just slips into your everyday.
This Android tablet has been certified with the highest waterproof and dust tight rating in a mobile device. So if things get messy and your tablet gets a splatter, no problem, just run it under the tap.
Its main features are a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a 20.7MP rear and 5.1MP front facing cameras backed up by 3GB of RAM, providing a top notch level of power, which should mean Android 5.0 Lollipop runs nice and smoothly and a 2930mAh battery.happy wheels