01. Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Weight: 467g | Dimensions: 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6mm | OS: Android 4.4.2 | Screen size: 10.5 inches | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16 / 32GB | Battery: 7900mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP
The Tab S’s exterior design is thin and light and importantly there are plenty of options for this tablet. This helps the frame get out of the way of the screen, which is the real winner here.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S offers “the best screen on a tablet” – which is a small feat. If you want to watch movies or play graphics intensive games they won’t look any better on any other tablet.
Available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch variants, the Tab S range packs in a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front snapper and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Both tablets have fingerprint scanners for added security, but the plastic body could house some buttons with Apple’s slates sporting a more attractive design. But with more advantages and
The best screen Galaxy Tab S duo works on iPad 2 and iPad Air Mini 3 hard.
02. Sony Xperia Tablet Z2
Incredible tablet from Sony
Weight: 439g | Dimensions: 266 x 172 x 6.4mm | OS: Android 4.4.2 | Screen size: 10.1 inches | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery : 6000mAh | Rear camera: 8.1MP | Front camera: 2.2MP
The Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and honestly it pushed the Galaxy Tab S all the way to the finish, but it just pipped in the post.
In case you haven’t noticed yet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the ultimate new Android tablet, with a sleek and water-resistant design ensuring it’ll be safe if you take it to the bathroom or sit in a messy kitchen.
The screen isn’t quite as good as the Galaxy Tab S, nor is there a smaller version available for those who don’t want to carry around 10.1 inches every day – but it’s a minor issue in a good device.
03. Google Nexus 9
Google’s Nexus tablet is big in size and price
Weight: 425g | Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 8.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 / 32GB | Battery: 6700mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.6MP
It’s been a while since we last had a Nexus and even longer since HTC went closer to a tablet, but here we are with HTC making the Nexus 9.
Pros Google Nexus 9, powerful 64-bit processor, BoomSound speakers, long battery life and Android 5.0 onboard.
It finds itself a pretty unique size point too at 8.9 inches. Too big to be considered a small or even mid-sized, 10.1-inch tablet. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is subjective but definitely helps.
04. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Weight: 753g | Dimensions: 295.6 x 204 x 8mm | OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 12.2 inches | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32 / 64GB | Battery: 9500mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
Sometimes bigger can be better – and Samsung will definitely hope that’s the case with the massive Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – yup you guessed it – the 12.2-inch display.
As you’ll see from the name, the slate falls into Samsung’s, which means it comes with an S Pen stylus and with such a large canvas to work with it can be really useful.
Unsurprisingly the Note Pro 12.2 isn’t a small tablet, so it’s no big deal to take it with you wherever you go. The 3GB RAM processor and Android 4.4 KitKat OS are serious powerhouses.
05. Google Nexus 7 (2013)
A supercharged tablet
Weight: 290g | Dimensions: 200 x 114 x 8.7mm | OS: Android 4.3 | Screen size: 7-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Quad-core 1.5GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 / 32GB | Battery: 3950mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
The Nexus is king again in the world of Android tablets, but if you’re looking for a 7-inch whiteboard at a really great price you don’t need to look to other tablet brands, because there aren’t any better.
The screen and form are fixed, some people might get used to, it’s ideal for activities on media sites. It’s fun, light, light and sheer.
The battery of the Google Nexus 7 tablet is really impressive and one more advantage it has to offer, be it through the uprated CPU, screen, or GPU.
06. Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+
A Lenovo tablet that can help with yoga
Weight: 615g | Dimensions: 261 x 180 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 4.3 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 / 32GB | Battery : 9000mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.6MP
Lenovo’s Yoga tablet took a bit of time to go downhill (just a term), but the Chinese company has really upped the ante on this slate for more flexibility.
A round cylinder at one end of the tablet and a 9,000mAh battery. This means you can position Yoga at almost any angle, also perfect for watching movies.
With 1920 x 1200 pixels the screen resolution is rather good, has plenty of brightness and is a big upgrade over the older model. Similarly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with four cores clocked at 1.6GHz are all also serious upgrades from the weak processor used last time.
07. LG GPad 8.3
Back to LG in a tablet game with a strong opponent
Weight: 338g | Dimensions: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm | OS: Android 4.2.2 | Screen size: 8.3-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Quad-core 1.7 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 4600mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.3MP
LG in the top ten for smartphones and tablets? Could the brand be on the rebound?
Well, when you’re building an Android tablet with a design language like this, maybe it’s time to worry a bit about Samsung. Its plastic material, beautiful aluminum shell and connectivity with other Android phones make it a viable option for a wider range of users – you can receive and reply to texts directly from the G Pad 8.3.
Some may question whether the Snapdragon 600 chip is too low-power, but it allows for a slim design to suit the Korean brand.
08. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 Pro
Weight: 331g | Dimensions: 219 x 128.5 x 7.2mm | OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 8.4-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 pixels | CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 / 32GB | Battery: 4800mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
A direct competitor to the iPad Mini 3, the 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro offers a stunning display in a portable size with LTE connectivity options if you want to spend a little extra cash.
Back to the 8.4-inch screen though for an eye-popping 1600 x 2560 resolution and Super AMOLED technology ensures vibrant colors.
09. Samsung Tab 10.1 Pro
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 10.1 inches | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 1.9GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16 / 32GB | Battery : 8220mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Pro is a tablet that offers a lot of options and at a more affordable price, can be seen as a real winner in the tablet market.
It’s a strange paradox, with the Tab 10.1 stockholders synergizing a lot with the likes of the Galaxy S5 in terms of design, power and screen quality before Samsung decided it was best to offer a good tablet at a much lower price.
If Samsung can market the Tab 10.1 Pro and offer some decent deals to the IT department we could see it as the tablet of choice.
10. Tesco Hudl 2
It’s a good cheap tablet
Weight: 410g | Dimensions: 224 x 128 x 9.14 | OS: Android 4.4.2 | Screen size: 8.3-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: Quad-core 1.83GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 5710mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
Great value for moneyDecent HD screenPoor battery lifeTesco slow launcher
Tesco surprised everyone with the Hudl. Not only did the supermarket giants go and make tablets but it’s actually pretty good and even better value.
Inevitably the follow-up was less surprising, but no less good. The £129 tablet combines great value for money with a larger, higher resolution 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
The Tesco Hudl 2 isn’t a great whiteboard, but it’s a very good value for a tablet that’s fairly well specced.