07 Aug The Best and the Most Interesting Tablets Out There
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Also available in 3G and LTE versions, this behemoth of a tablet has also the quirky but very useful Stylus Pen, made popular by the Samsung Galaxy Note series. At 12.2 inches size it might as well be the largest tablet on the market today, with a 71.6% screen to body ratio, a 2560 x 1600 pixels touchscreen with a 247 ppi pixel density protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Inside, in the Wi-Fi only and the 3G versions you find the octa-core Exynos 6 Octa 5420 chipset with the Mali-T628 MP6 GPU – the LTE version has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 32 GB or 64 GB storage, expandable by microSD, 3 GB of RAM. Primary camera is 8 MP with autofocus and LED flash, secondary 2 MP. The Tablet is not only large, but fast, it is very responsive and almost perfect for any application. The S Pen makes it truly unique and really a must for consideration, if you are shopping for a tablet right now. A significantly cheaper Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 inch tablet is forthcoming, it has similar specs, weaker resolution, no S Pen. The price for the Note Pro 12.2 is tumbling as you read this, though, perhaps because it is not being produced anymore. This is your chance to snag one of these beauties for a pittance of the price, seen already for 450 quid new and unpacked, full warranty.
HTC Nexus 9
The surprising decision to let HTC manufacture the latest Google tablet is still very much a topic, but HTC has done the job admirably, despite Google’s Spartan outlines. The 8.9 inches tablet with a 73.5% screen to body ratio, a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels at an approximate 281 ppi pixel density is a true affordable gem. Without any bloatware it is one of the tablets to receive all upgrades first. Inside is the incredible NVidia Tegra K1 dual-core 2.3 GHz 64-bit, with 16 GB (Wi-Fi) and 32 GB (LTE) storage and 2 GB RAM. The GPU, Kepler DX1, has 192 cores, making this tablet the best for gaming. In direct comparison, out of all listed tablets, no other tablet performed this well with games. Additionally, the two front facing loudspeakers with BoomSound provide the necessary awesome sound. Also LTE capable.
Apple iPad Air 2
It is ridiculously thin. It does have a triple-core processor, which seems weak, 2 GB RAM and 16/64/128 GB storage space. This tablet is also LTE capable. All typical Apple bloatware is on board. Size is 9.7 inches, at a 71.6% screen to body ratio, resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264 ppi. Soon an iPad Air 3 may be released, if you like Apple devices, you should definitely wait, this is the weakest of the bunch, but it is the lightest and the only non-Android tablet in the list – OS is the Apple iOS 8.1, upgradable to 8.4, upgrade to the forthcoming 9.0 has not been confirmed.
Nokia N 1
The only reason why this tablet is here, is because it is a Nokia tablet. Actually manufactured by Foxconn, the same people that manufacture the iPad, for instance, the N1 is the first signal that the “old” Nokia is about to return into the marketplace. Very affordable, price is around 300 quid, just like the Nexus 9, this tablet runs on an Intel Atom chipset, quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, with 32 GB storage and 2 GB RAM. It is available in Wi-Fi only for now.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
This is a great tablet which you can submerge under water up to 1.5 meters and for 30 minutes. It has a 10.1 inches display with a 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution at 299 ppi pixel density. Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with an octa-core processor at 64-bit and the Adreno 430 is paired with 32 GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD and 3 GB RAM. The primary camera with 8.1 MP is sufficient for underwater fun, the secondary camera has more than enough power with 5.1 MP. It will also be made available in a LTE version.
Honourable mention – Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9
The cheapest of the bunch, at 200 quid, this 7.9 inches tablet features the same powerful NVidia Tegra K1 processor with the 192 core GPU. It is available in the 16 GB and 64 GB versions with 2 GB RAM and microSD slot.