10 Tablets worth grabbing a hold on in 2016
Surpassing an era where laptops were must-haves, it’s amazing to see how tablets have created a whole separate market for themselves. Taking into account multiple elements including performance, battery life, screen quality and more, we present you with 10 of the tablet choices this New Year. In case you don’t find a pick out of the 10, don’t worry as there are many more to choose from.
Sporting a distinctive design, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a premium entertainment tablet with an integrated projector, dazzling multimedia features, and epic battery life. Experience a new way to enjoy videos and movies with the revolutionary integrated projector that turns any room into your very own theater.
Weight: 665g | Dimensions: 246.9 x 179.1 x 4.6mm | OS: Android 5.1.1 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | CPU: Intel Atom quad-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 10,200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
9. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Powered by Windows 10, Surface Pro 4 turns from a tablet into a fully powered laptop while running all of your desktop software. Microsoft has improved its Type Cover, the resolution and power options under the hood, but the outlay required is steep. It can work for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike, but is this finally the tablet to replace your laptop? That’s still debatable.
Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2,736 x 1,824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP
8. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Sony is pretty good at making tablets and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is just a case of that. Using its Bravia technology it makes the screen still look sharp and colourful, and the thin design makes the Z3 Tablet Compact easier to hold than you’d expect. Oh, and it’s also waterproof.
Weight: 270g | Dimensions: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4mm | OS: Android OS, v5.0.2 | Screen size: 8.0-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 2.5GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 8.1MP | Front camera: 2.2MP
7. Nexus 9
Designed for work and play, the Nexus 9 features a just-right 8.9” screen with front-facing speakers for rich music and audio. 64-bit processor drives productivity and play to new levels, with intuitive voice commands and automatic Android updates that keep you on the cutting edge.
Weight: 425g | Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm | OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 8.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 6700 mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.6MP
6. iPad Pro
The iPad Pro is Apple’s biggest and most powerful tablet yet, with a 12.9-inch screen, an A9X processor and 4GB of RAM. That big screen combined with four great speakers makes it a media powerhouse and if you splash out for the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard you can get serious work done on it too.
Weight: 713g | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm | OS: iOS 9.1 | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 | CPU: Dual-core 2.26 GHz| RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/128GB | Battery: 10,307mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
5. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet is lightweight and slim with a powerful processor and a brilliant 2K display. It’s got a lovely screen, lightweight design, all the Sony elements you’d look for and the right power combination to keep it on the front foot. It is definitely one of the best Android tablets available on the market and it’s one of the few capable of putting up a fight against the iPad Air 2.
Weight: 389g | Dimensions: 254 x 167 x 6.1 mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: octa-core | RAM: 3GB of RAM | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 8.1MP | Front camera: 5.1MP
4. iPad mini 4
With its sleek design, fairly powerful processor and stunning screen iPad mini 4 is everything its predecessor mini 3 should have been. It’s still slightly less powerful than the iPad Air 2 and a lot less powerful than the iPad Pro, but it’s also cheaper than them and it’s one of the highest-spec compact slates around.
Weight: 299g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 9.1 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 5124mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 looks, works and handles beautifully. The 8-inch Tab S2 is thinner and lighter than both the iPad Mini 4 and the Dell Venue 8 7000, and it offers twice the amount of internal storage for the same price as each of them.
Weight: 256g/389g | Dimensions: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm/237.3 x 169 x 5.6mm | OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 8.0-inch/9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh/5870mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP
2. Google Pixel C
The Google Pixel C is the best Android tablet money can buy. The Pixel C has it all: a fantastic display, heaps of power and a premium design. Okay, it’s not quite got it all – it’s a little on the heavy side and the pricey (yet rather clever) keyboard dock isn’t fully utilized by the Android interface which is made very much for touch and not physical keys and productivity.
Weight: 517g | Dimensions: 242 x 179 x 7mm | OS: Android Marshmallow| Screen size: 10.2-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1800 | CPU: Tegra X1 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
1. iPad Air 2
It’s even thinner and lighter than last time around and to a noticeable extent. The screen is better, with more vibrant colours, it’s more powerful thanks to its A8X processor and the battery life holds up just as well. It even benefits from Touch ID and Apple Pay and while these features aren’t as exciting here as they are on phones they’re still nice to have.
In short the iPad Air 2 really is the complete package and while you can always find things to niggle about there are no significant flaws.
Weight: 437g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 9.1 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Triple-core 1.5 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 7340mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP