What is the best tablet? While prior generations asked themselves things like ‘what will the year 2000 be like?’, ‘how much are we actually going to use the Internet?’, and ‘will books become extinct?’, our generation’s biggest question revolves around the fight between Android and iOS. This, of course, is directly linked to the question we’re all trying to figure out the answer to: what is the best tablet? Sadly, we might not ever find out because, given the fact tablets use different operating systems, it’s a bit like comparing apples to oranges. However, in order to shed some light on this never-ending fight for supremacy, we’ve compiled an essential guide to the best tablets of 2016.

Contents

  1. Introduction to tablets.
  2. What do you need a tablet for?.
  3. A tablet vs. a laptop
  4. Android vs. iPad.
  5. Establishing your budget.
  6. Top 10 best tablets for 2016 and their reviews.
  7. Buying accessories for your tablet.

 

A.    Introduction to tablets

Before heading out to the store or opening your laptop to buy a tablet, there are some things we suggest you think about. For example, you should establish a budget beforehand because, evidently, the better you want it to perform, the higher its price will be. Secondly, you should take into consideration your other devices and what OSs they use. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t own devices that operate differently, but the majority of people usually pledge their allegiance to one OS and stay with it. Apart from that, you should also figure out what you need the tablet for, as its proficiency depends on that as well. Keep on reading for further details on all these topics.

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1.      What do you need a tablet for?

As mentioned, deciding on the purpose you need a tablet for is one of the first things you have to think about. The more intricate the activities you plan for it are, the pricier the tablet will be. That’s because it needs a better processor and bigger memory to perform complicated tasks,. This will add up to the final bill.

Here are the main things you can do with a tablet.

  • Use it as an e-reader – instead of a real book or Kindle, perfect for always staying on the move.
  • Use it as a daily/weekly/monthly planner – seeing and arranging your calendar, mail, Google Keep, Evernote, and everything else in between, on a big screen vs. on your phone.
  • Use it for apps and games – although simple games such as Candy Crush and Angry Birds, and not GTA or
  • Use it for meetings – either to deliver presentations or take notes.
  • Movies and music – when traveling, this is the perfect device for a movie. The screen is big enough, without the tablet being too heavy.

Taking all this into consideration, think about the tablet you need, as opposed to the tablet you want or think is just cool. If all you need is a platform to read PDF format books during your commute, then you’re all set with a low profile tablet that doesn’t cost as much.

2.      A tablet vs. a laptop

This is another great question we all ask ourselves from time to time. The answer is in a somewhat grey area. Again, it depends on a multitude of factors such as price and user needs – what you intend to use it for and how much precision you need.

Here are the main differences between a tablet and a laptop:

  • While using a laptop, you have a lot more control over what you’re doing than on a tablet. This becomes evident when using spreadsheets, creating documents and presentations. Taps and swipes just don’t do the trick.
  • Tablets have a much better display quality than laptops. The best tablets currently available go as high as 300 pixels, whereas a laptop’s quality is much lower.

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  • Tablets are far smaller than laptop screens. Indeed, there are some exceptions, such as the Planar Helium, which has a 27-inch display, but it’s just that – an exception. On average, tablets have between 7-11 inches displays.
  • Tablets are easier to carry than laptops, because they lack the physical keyboard, are smaller and thinner.
  • If laptops excel in performance, tablets excel in simplicity. However, for some people this is a positive thing, while for others it’s a negative one.
  • The simplest thing, such as web browsing, is different on the two devices, with the tablet loosing points to the laptop. There are still websites that don’t have a tablet-prone alternative, which will render them useless for a tablet user and force him to return to the ye’ faithful laptop.

3.      Android vs. iPad

Chocolate vs. vanilla, coffee vs. tea, Android vs. iOS. Which one to choose? People all over the world swear by one or the other. Ask an Apple fan why he loves his products so much and he’ll rave about how cool they are. Ask team Android and they’ll pin you down with logic and reason until you want to buy an ‘i’ product just to spite them. We are kidding, of course, but here are the main things you should consider before choosing between Android and iOS.

  • According to surveys, users seem to think it’s a lot easier to unlock an Apple device than an Android-based one, because of the way their lock screens are constructed.
  • The Apple app store has a far wider database than The Google store. It’s home to some 800 000 apps, out of which approximately 300 000 have been designed specifically for the iPad. By way of contrast, the Google store has far fewer apps for you to choose from.

 

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  • iPads are more stable than Android-based tablets
  • iPads are considered, according to surveys, to be easier to use than Android tablets. However, this is a criterion you shouldn’t take into consideration until you’ve had the chance to operate both. Understanding and learning how to use a device is mostly based on each person’s level of intelligence, aptitude for technology, and personal preferences.
  • Android offers customization with a capital C. Whatever your tablet might be, if it runs on Android, you’ll be able to turn and twist it as you wish, unlike the rather limited iPad.
  • The Android app store, although smaller than the Apple one, is growing fast. This is because it lacks supervision, which means the number of apps posted there is bound to skyrocket soon enough.

4.      Establishing your budget

As previously mentioned, it’s very important to set a budget limit before you go out shopping. You’ll soon discover that purchasing a very expensive tablet for the sole purpose of browsing Facebook and Instagram is not a very wise decision. Not surprisingly, the priciest tablets around come to us courtesy of Apple. Steve Jobs was indeed notorious for outrageously overpricing his merchandise that didn’t really do all that much to begin with. The computer doesn’t say ‘Hello’, remember?

B.    Top 10 best tablets for 2016 and their reviews

Without much further ado, here are the best tablets for 2016, according to surveys and a fair amount of data crunching.

#10. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

It retails for about £749, and while it’s definitely an improvement from the last one they had released, it still has cons. It’s very thin and light, with a great display and enough power to last for hours. It has an amazing Surface Pen and a great Type Cover. However, it’s extremely expensive for a tablet and the Type Cover, which you will, indeed, need, is not included in the original price.

#9. Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

This little nugget retails at about £144. What’s funny about it is that most users have described it as an Android tablet parading as an iPad mini. We don’t know if Xiaomi intended for this to happen, but what we do know is that it’s a stylish and decent tablet, that may come in the 64GB model. Also, if you don’t like the iOS style interface, go right ahead to Android and customize it as you wish.

 

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