Finding the Best 10-Inch Tablets

Last Updated: December 29, 2016 by

The best 10-inch tablets

Welcome to our regularly updated and researched list of the best premium 10-inch tablets for your needs based on reviews, retail sales, consumer feedback and hardware performance.

The original ‘slate’ tablet, the 10-inch variety of tablets are among the oldest and most iconic tablets and pay tribute to the original 2010 iPad from Apple which opened the tablet market to the masses. Unlike some of our previous cheap tablet guides,  this list deals primarily with 10-inch tablets priced over $300 that can handle the heat when to comes to more advanced apps and functionality. Ten inch tablets are particular great for media consumption thanks to their generous screen size and, in many cases, faster processors. We are currently hitting the fourth generation devices and beyond from most leading manufacturers – suffice it to say they have had some time to get their act together and create some well polished pieces of mobile machinery.

While tablets won’t offer a full replacement for your laptop or PC, they’re portability and accessibility make them a sought after accessory for the modern home as the age of connected devices and apps become more and more prominent.

Best 10-inch Tablets – Top Picks

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Although the 12.9-inch iPad Pro raised some eyebrows when it hit the shelves last year, some users still deemed it too big for a conventional tablet. It therefore comes as no surprise that Apple decided to build a smaller 9.7-inch version of the Pro. Design-wise, iPads have always been at the top of the pile, and the iPad Pro 9.7 is no different. The casing is a premium blend of metal and glass, which in addition to being overly attractive makes it strong and sturdy. It’s beauty is all the more emphasized by a razor-thin 0.24-inch depth, which also makes it a delight to hold with one hand. In the front is a 9.7-inch LED display with a generous resolution of 2048 x 1536, making it very sharp and beautifully saturated. Brightness is also adequate and the Pro new unique feature; the True Tone display accurately adjusts the brightness to match the kind of light you’re in. The fantastic screen is well-matched with the loud stereo speakers on the bottom edge of the iPad, making this an all-around stellar multimedia device. Shipping with the Pro is iOS 9.3, which is generally easy to navigate. However, if you are transitioning from a windows or even an Android tablet, expect to find multitasking a bit clumsy and inelegant. Nonetheless, with hardware like the dual-core 2.16GHz Apple A9X, 2 GB of RAM and the critically lauded PowerVR Series7 GPU, expect a very fast and smooth software experience. Tablets might not be the go-to device when it comes to photography, but the iPad Pro sports a very capable 12MP sensor, which is arguably the best you’ll find in any tablet. The battery is not too shabby either, able to run its juice for a good 10 hours of multimedia use.

Specs

  • Apple A9X 2.16GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB DDR4 SDRAM RAM
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Removable Storage: No
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 12MP
  • 9.70 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • iOS 9
  • 0.96 lbs

Pros

  • Great build quality Slim
  • light design Fantastic screen
  • Very strong performance
  • Best camera on a tablet
  • Decent battery

Cons

  • iOS is still not great at multitasking

Summary

Combining the power of the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the thin and compact design of the iPad Air 2, the 9.7-inch Pro is truly a remarkable device. Additionally, it comes with an excellent screen and a gorgeous camera. If your wallet can match the price tag, this is the tablet to get.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4

This fourth iteration of the popular Surface Pro is the best Windows hybrid tablet you can buy right now. However, it is not a bargain and even its base model will set you back by the same amount as a mid-range ultrabook. The Pro 4 has the same all-magnesium unibody design like its predecessor. It’s just a bit thinner and lighter, but overall the dimensions haven’t changed much. The screen size has been slightly increased from 12 to 12.3-inches, but it’s still bulky as a tablet. As a laptop, however, it is an extremely portable device that you can comfortably carry all day. The screen resolution has been upped to 2,736 x 1,824 pixels, which is excellent but many feel it’s overkill. Looking at its specs, you can see that Microsoft really listened to the criticisms it received about the Surface Pro 3. The new Type Cover keyboard has larger spaces between the keys, a bigger touchpad and it can be propped at different angles as per your convenience. The Pro 4 also brings many important hardware changes over the Pro 3. Users can choose from a Core M, Core i5 or Core i7 Skylake processor and equip a maximum of 16GB of RAM. The minimum amount of hard drive is now 128GB instead of 64GB on last year’s model. This Core i5 model with 4GB of RAM is more than capable of handling HD media streaming, office applications and Photoshop.

Specs

  • Intel 6th Gen Intel Core i5
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card reader
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 8MP
  • 12.3 inch, 2736 x 1824 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 1.73 lbs

Pros

  • Pixel-dense display
  • Slim design
  • Strong performance
  • Improved keyboard cover.

Cons

  • Battery doesn’t last a full day
  • Keyboard needs to be purchased separately

Summary

With upgraded hardware and an improved keyboard, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 takes its predecessor’s crown to become the new king of 2-in-1 tablets.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch

Featuring a large 12.9-inch display, the iPad Pro is not your average slate. Its screen size is closer to that of an ultrabook but it is more portable and less cumbersome at 1.4 pounds. That said, it can get unwieldy if you’re thinking of curling up in bed for long hours of reading magazines or watching Netflix. The iPad Pro follows the same design language as other iPads, featuring similar curved edges, metal back and a TouchID home button on top of the lightning port. However, to make the size more manageable, the bezels have been narrowed around the screen. Other enhancements include the four speakers setup where the top two facilitate treble whereas the bottom two are used for bass. They get loud enough to fill a room and also gives a surround sound like experience. The pixel-packed 2732 x 2048 resolution 12.9-inch screen is very expansive and offers excellent sharpness and colors for viewing HD videos or reading ebooks and comics. The extra screen space is especially useful to those who extensively use the split screen mode to work with multiple applications. Users in the creative field will get even more out of the large screen by getting the Apple Pencil, which is limited to this tablet. From drawing, drafting, editing photos to preparing handwritten notes, using the Pencil feels more natural than those rubber styluses used by most tablets. Regarding internal hardware, Apple has gone all out by packing the iPad Pro with its latest A9X chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of Flash storage.

Specs

  • Apple Apple A9X
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Removable Storage: No
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 8MP
  • 12.9 inch, 2732 x 2048 pixels (IPS)
  • iOS 9
  • 1.57 lbs

Pros

  • Extra-large screen
  • Durable build
  • Powerful hardware
  • Four speaker setup

Cons

  • Too large for one handed use
  • very expensive

Summary

If price isn’t an issue, the iPad Pro 12.3 offers more power, a better media experience and more advanced features than any other iPad, but make sure you are fine with it’s larger size and weight.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 12

If you want to be able to run a lot of demanding desktop programs on your tablet, then the Intel Core i5 equipped Surface Pro 4 comes closest in fulfilling that requirement. While the maxed out version of Surface 4 can truly serve as a laptop replacement, it costs more than a high-end laptop itself. For the more basic activities, the less powerful and cheaper Samsung Galaxy TabPro S offers excellent value for the money. The TabPro S is priced close to the lower-end Surface Pro with the same specs, but the former includes a keyboard case while similar accessories on the Surface Pro will cost you $114 more. The TabPro S’s keyboard doubles as a protective case by covering the entire tablet, while the Type Cover of the Surface Pro leaves its back exposed. However, the Type Cover has island-style keys similar to the ones on many laptops, while the TabPro S’s keyboard feels more cramped and less natural. The Tab Pro does have an advantage in portability as it is thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro. Another major selling point of the TabPro S is its 12-inch AMOLED display with a native resolution of is 2,160×1440 pixels. Inside, it packs an Intel Core M3 processor which is weaker than Intel Core i5 CPUs, but it is adequate for everyday use as well as multitasking thanks to the 4GB of RAM. The underpowered processor not only helps lower the price but also consumes less power to enable a longer battery life.

Specs

  • Intel Core M [View Benchmarks]
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Removable Storage: No
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 5MP
  • 12 Inch, 2160 x 1440 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 1.5 lbs

Pros

  • Sharp AMOLED screen
  • Slim design
  • Keyboard cover
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Stylus not included
  • Keyboard cover can only be adjusted in two angels
  • No SD card slot

Summary

Packing an advanced display, long battery life and a durable keyboard cover, the Tab Pro S offers a satisfying Windows tablet experience for a reasonable price.

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ASUS Transformer Mini T102HAASUS T102HA-D4-GR Transformer Mini

From a design perspective, the Transformer Mini T102HA is near-perfect. It features a stylish aluminum finish, feels well built and comes with a kickstand which allows you to use the device in a variety of angles. A fingerprint scanner is available for faster unlocking, but we’d have preferred for it to be placed on the tablet’s front or side, rather than the back panel. Around the tablet is a good selection of ports, including a full-sized USB 3.0 port, a micro-USB and a micro-HDMI. A microSD card slot is also available, so you can upgrade the already generous 128GB internal storage space on board. Powered up, the Transformer Mini sports a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen, with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Picture quality is decent and colors are vibrant enough for word processing, web browsing and video streaming, However, the sound output from the two tiny speakers is uninspiring, and we recommend a good pair of headphones to fully enjoy music and video. Under the hood, the Mini packs a quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8350, clocked at 1.44GHz, and 4GB of RAM. Navigating Windows 10 and performing basic operations are easy tasks for the tablet, but it struggles with more demanding apps. Moreover, the low-end Intel HD Graphics 400 GPU limits gaming to only light titles. Even less impressive is the 2-megapixel front camera, which is only acceptable in normal lighting conditions. Thanks to a super-efficient CPU, the T102HA regains its lost glory with a remarkable 15 hour battery life.

Specs

  • Intel Intel Atom X5-Z8350 [View Benchmarks]
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD
  • Cameras: Front 2MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 1.7 lbs

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Decent screen quality
  • Windows 10 out of the box
  • Generous 128GB internal storage
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Underpowered
  • Weak audio output

Summary

The ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA holds plenty to like for customers looking to buy a small, compact laptop replacement for general work or study.

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Google Pixel C

The Pixel C has a minimalistic, yet high-end chassis made of anodized aluminum with smooth, matte finishing. Because of its larger battery, it is thicker and heavier than both the iPad Air 2 and Galaxy Tab S2. However, its 7mm frame weighing 517 grams is fairly comfortable to hold and carry. Combined with the optional Bluetooth keyboard, the Pixel C transforms into a portable productivity machine. The keyboard is compact but has comfortable room for typing. To minimize wobbling, the screen attaches to the keyboard via a strong magnetic docking mechanism. A Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor paired with a Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM makes the Pixel C a serious powerhouse that blows away its closest Android counterparts both in real world performance and benchmark scores. Most apps will open in milliseconds and there’s not a single game that will lag on this tablet even when you have multiple apps running in the background. The tablet’s 10.2-inch IPS display packing a resolution of 2560 x 1800 pixels has high maximum brightness, natural color tone and excellent viewing angles, offering a stunning viewing experience while watching HD video. The dual speakers on the left and right edges are adequately loud and sound fuller than most tablet speakers. The Pixel C comes with a single USB-C port that allows rapid data transfer and fast charging, although you won’t be charging it too often thanks to its 12 hour battery life.

Specs

  • Nvidia Tegra X1 [View Benchmarks]
  • 3GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD
  • Cameras: Front 8MP, Rear 2MP
  • 10.2 inch, 2560 x 1800 pixels (IPS)
  • 1.14 lbs

Pros

  • Super-sharp screen
  • Sturdy aluminum build
  • Excellent performance
  • Long battery life.

Cons

  • No trackpad on the keyboard dock
  • Pricier than most Android tablets

Summary

An excellent high-end Android tablet that gets even better by adding multi-tasking features and an improved keyboard with properly spaced keys.

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

The Xperia Z4 is an appealing 10-inch Android tablet with a slim design and premium hardware specs. Like the flagship Sony smartphones, it is made of high-quality soft-touch plastic. While it doesn’t feel as solid as metal, the plastic construction keeps its weight down to just 393g, making it even lighter than the iPad Air 2. It has an IP65/68 rating indicating that it is spill and dust proof. However, due to its open ports there is a risk of internal damage if the tablet is completely submerged for extended periods. The Z4 has a 10.1-inch Triluminos IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. It is sharper than the Galaxy Tab S and iPad Air 2, and is forty percent brighter than its predecessor. The display has extra coating that provides protection from scratches and fingerprint accumulation. To ensure that the audio doesn’t get muffled, the speakers have been sensibly placed on the front of the device. Sony has slightly tweaked the default Android Lollipop interface with its own themes and wallpapers, and has added some useful Xperia apps. There is a feature called “Remote Play” that allows PlayStation owners to use the Z4 as a second screen for console gaming. There is also a multitasking feature that allows users to open up to 10 applications on the screen. The Z4 is powered by a Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa-Core processor clocked at 2GHz. Combined with 3GB of RAM, the tablet delivers excellent performance that is reflected by various performance benchmarks.

Specs

  • Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
  • 3GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card reader
  • Cameras: Front 5.1MP, Rear 8.1MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.8 lbs

Pros

  • Slim, waterproof design
  • Colorful useful interface
  • Sharp display
  • Smooth performance

Cons

  • Plastic build a
  • Keyboard feels cramped

Summary

The Z4 is a great looking tablet with top-of-the-line hardware to rival the best tablets of today.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is a significant improvement over its predecessor. It has a much slimmer design, more powerful hardware and a wider 4:3 aspect ratio display. Below the screen are two capacitive buttons with a physical home button in the middle similar to an iPad. The home button also works as a fingerprint scanner like the one on the latest Samsung smartphones. The bezels around the front of the tablet are all metal, but the larger portion covering the back is polycarbonate, which gives a cheap feeling but makes the device very light. While similar in build and display size, the S2 feels more solid in hand thanks to its flatter metallic edges as opposed to the curvier metal strip found on the iPad Air. Despite an all-aluminum unibody design on the iPad, the S2 better fits the descriptions of modern day tablet. Users who spend most of their times watching videos and reading ebooks will love the amazing AMOLED panel with a sharp 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution. In terms of brightness, colors and contrast, this display blows competitors like the iPad Air and Surface 3 out of the water. If you peek inside, you will see that the S2 is not all about the looks. It packs an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor and 3GB of RAM. This hardware delivers smooth multitasking performance allowing you to keep multiple tabs open in the browser while streaming YouTube in multi window mode. Most tablets aren’t looked upon as a notebook replacement, but the S2 comes preloaded with Microsoft Office package and has the hardware to deal with basic PC oriented programs. With a Bluetooth keyboard, it can easily turn into a productivity powerhouse. The only drawback is that it has a shorter battery life than most competitors, but as for the rest of the package the S2 is the best 9.7-inch in the market right now.

Specs

  • Samsung 1.3GHz Samsung Exynos 5433 Octa [View Benchmarks]
  • 3GB SDRAM RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: No
  • Cameras: Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP
  • 9.70 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 0.86 lbs

Pros

  • Solid performance
  • Nice design
  • Thin and lightweight profile

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Average battery life

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 provides a semi-premium tablet experience and excellent performance and a thin design, although expensive relative to some competitors and it's battery life leaves a lot to be desired.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.1

If you need a tablet with a large display comparable to a small notebook, take a look at the Note Pro 12.1. Samsung went with its traditional design approach here by using high-quality plastic as the primary build material. Like its smaller cousin, the Note 10.1, it has a metallic looking strip on the outer rim, an all-glass front and faux leather cover at the back. Also include is the S Pen stylus that accurately inputs handwriting and enables fluid menu navigation. Given the price, Samsung does look cheaper compared to its main rivals like the iPad Air 2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3, but it feels more well-built than most Android slates. The highlight of Note Pro 12.2 is of course its humongous screen which enhances users reading and multimedia experience. Unlike a 7 or 8-inch display, you will be able to view an entire webpage on this display. The screen has an impressive 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution to make your viewing experience immersive. The system runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat customized by Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which comes with useful features for note-taking and multitasking. Outfitted with a large battery, it lasts as long as most mini tablets. Performance falls on the high-end thanks to a powerful Exynos 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos CPU combined with 3GB of RAM. It can handle anything from playing graphics intensive Android games to running multiple large applications at once. It has 32GB of storage that can be increased up to 64GB via a microSD card. In conclusion, while it is not as portable as most tablets, it’s a lot easier to carry compared to similarly sized laptops with bulky keyboards attached to them. If you’re not in the mood for typing but are looking for a business class table to get the job done, the Note Pro 12.2 and its streamlined stylus is a high tech tablet with an impressive set of features.

Specs

  • Samsung 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 Octa [View Benchmarks]
  • 3GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSDXC slot (up to 128 GiB)
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 12.2 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 1.65 lbs

Pros

  • High-resolution screen
  • High-end performance
  • Intuitive TouchWiz interface
  • Long Battery Life

Cons

  • Not very portable tablet
  • Plastic chassis

Summary

If you don’t mind its premium price, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.1 features powerful hardware and plenty of multitasking and productivity tools to take advantage of its huge display.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 brings a lot of improvement over its predecessors. It is thinner and lighter than the Surface 2 and comes with a larger 12-inch screen boasting a much higher resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. The new silver colored chassis made up of magnesium alloy looks classy and highly durable, and there’s an extra kickstand mode which allows the tablet to tilt at a 150 degree angle. The Surface tablets are known for their gorgeous displays, and the Surface Pro 3 continues this trend with a high quality 2,160 x 1,440 pixel IPS panel. The texts appear sharp, colors look accurate and there are no problem with viewing angles although, despite its anti-glare nature, direct lights can result in a lot of reflections. In the performance department, its base model is equipped with a 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD storage making it more than capable as a traditional laptop. The highest configuration comes with a much powerful Intel Core i7-4650U 1.70 GHz chip, 8GB of RAM and a huge 512GB SSD, but at $2000 it’s not for everybody. However, the cheapest model is more than enough for regular work, and with Intel HD 4200 Graphics, even some light gaming. While the Surface Pro 3 isn’t perfect, it is currently the best Windows 8 tablet in the market, and, if you are willing to put up with a sub-par base keyboard it could easily replace your laptop for day to day use while doubling up as a powerful mobile tablet.

Specs

  • Intel 4th generation Core i3-4020Y 1.50
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD card reader
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 5MP
  • 12, 2160 x 1440 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • 1.76 lbs

Pros

  • Thin and light design
  • New kickstand mode
  • High-res display
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • Doesn’t include the keyboard cover
  • Lacks a proper slot for the digital pen

Summary

Packing high-end components in a slim frame, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 is one of those tablets that can actually replace your mid-range laptop, but it will need a better keyboard to do so.

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ASUS Transformer Book T100HAASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-GR

As far as reasonably-priced tablets go, ASUS’ latest 2-in-1, the Transformer Book T100HA, has quite a lot going for it. While not exactly handsome-looking, its ultra-light and thin design makes it a favorite among the compact lovers. The tablet comes bundled with a flexible keyboard dock, which connects sturdily to the screen. Touching base on the screen, the T100HA offers a bland 1280 x 800 resolution, but the IPS technology included results in sharper images and improved viewing angles. Overall, the display looks good for the price, as both text and pictures are clear and vibrant. The T100HA runs 64-bit Windows 10 OS, which is seamlessly optimized with the 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom X8500 CPU to offer a generally enjoyable user experience. The 4GB RAM offered is crucial for the 64-bit system, offering faster performance and more flexible multitasking. You can also get away with a little light to moderate gaming, and although demanding apps like Photoshop and AutoCAD take some time to start up, they are handled commendably well. Both the front and back cameras are average at best, and picture quality worsens a great deal in low-light conditions. There is 64GB internal storage on board, which is decent for a tablet, but not nearly enough for a notebook. Thankfully, ASUS has included a microSD card slot for further memory expansion. Lasting a little shy off 11 hours on PCMag’s rundown test which involves HD video streaming over Wi-Fi with maximum brightness, it is safe to conclude that the T100HA’s battery life is excellent.

Specs

  • Intel ntel Z8500
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD
  • 10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10
  • 1.27 lbs

Pros

  • Ultra-light and compact
  • Versatile user modes
  • Decent display quality
  • Commendable performance
  • Expandable memory
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Dull design
  • Poor sound output
  • ASUS bloatware

Summary

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA succeeds in meeting all that is expected of it, as a modern budget-friendly 2-in-1 tablet.

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apple-ipad-air-2Apple iPad Air 2 (2014)

Apple continues to show the world that it has cornered the premium tablet market with its line of devices featuring their latest OS, iOS 8.  The iPad Air 2 features a sleek and stylish design that is thinner than virtually all the competition.  Its relatively lightweight for a tablet pushing 10 inches and easy to hold for extended sessions of mobile gaming or media consumption.  The iPad Air 2 features the latest processor from Apple, the A8X.  This new 64-bit processor combined with it’s 1GB of RAM allow it to load and process apps faster than any of their devices and also allow you to run multiple apps simultaneously with ease.  The iPad line has continued to struggle in the camera department, but the iPad Air 2 seeks to change this with the inclusion of an 8 MP camera that is the perfect substitute for your phone.  However, there is no flash and the front facing camera is still rather weak.  Overall, if you are looking to make a statement with your tablet choice, the Apple iPad Air 2 is the one for you.  The design is elegant and will impress anyone who sees it.  On top of that, it will run all the apps found on Apple’s App Store with ease making it the perfect tablet for both work and play.

Specs

  • Apple 1.5GHz A8X
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: No
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Rear 8MP
  • 9.70 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels (IPS)
  • Apple iOS 8
  • 0.91 lbs

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Fast loading of apps
  • Retina display
  • Decent multitasking capability

Cons

  • iOS 8 limitations
  • Pricier than Android tablets

Summary

The iPad Air 2 features powerful specs, an intuitive user interface and access to a large selection of apps in a thin and light package.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-inch tablet

Just like its predecessor, the 2015 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab A, the new T580 targets the price-conscious consumer by offering a decent feature package at an acceptable price tag. To keep the device affordable, Samsung opts for a non-flashy look and instead employs an all-plastic case with white and black being the only color choices. The T580 comes equipped with a 10.1-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Not only is it sharp and colorful, but brightness is also adequate enough for virtually all lighting conditions. The speakers output decent sound volume, and although bass is almost non-existent, the quality is generally commendable. Software-wise, the new Galaxy Tab A sports a relatively up-to-date version of Android, version 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Thankfully Samsung more or less leaves the OS untouched and only includes a few pre-installed apps: S Planner, Kids Mode and Microsoft Office products. Armoured with the fairly new 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 Octa CPU and 2GB RAM, the tablet does pretty well with even demanding tasks and heavy multitasking. The ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU offers very good gaming performance as well, even at maximum screen resolution and while 16GB internal storage is rather modest, the T580’s expandable storage capabilities ensure you have enough memory space for your favorite games.  Both the 8MP rear camera and the 2MP front sensor output decent picture quality, but neither are as impressive as the battery, which lasts an excellent 15 hours of Full-HD video playback.

Specs

  • Samsung Exynos 7870 [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSDXC Card Reader
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 8MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels pixels (TN)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.16 lbs

Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • Bright Full-HD display
  • Great performance
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • MicroSD slot with App2SD
  • Decent cameras
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Lacks a dedicated standard-sized USB port
  • Only 10.5 GB available storage
  • Weak speakers

Summary

Offering the best balance between features and price, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a stellar choice for the budget lovers.

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Kindle Fire HD 10

The Fire HD 10 is the largest in Amazon’s line of low cost Fire tablets and although coming with a few daunting compromises for a more affordable price tag, it is still a perfectly lovable device. The design is simple and quite boring, which is a disappointment to the flashy-lovers. Additionally, the all-plastic case will pick up fingerprints and scratches readily unless you are very careful. That said, it is a very comfortable device to hold and despite being a 10-inch tablet, its measly 15.2-ounce weight and 0.3-inch thickness make it a delight to use while on the go. While it is easy to forgive the cheap design when you consider the Fire HD’s price, the screen suffers a little too much from these budget constraints. With a modest 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, the 10.1-inch display will not come close to winning any sharpness or vibrancy awards. Moving on, everything is not all gloomy with the budget-friendly Amazon Fire HD 10. In fact, the software is one of its stronger features. Custom Android might spell doom for some devices but with the Fire OS, you get a unique, friendly and functional interface. Granted, the UI may come off as a bit invasive for experienced Android users and stock-OS enthusiasts but for the rest of us, it is nothing other than a treat. In addition to being fairly snappy to navigate, many Amazon services are very worthwhile; including Amazon Prime Instant Video and the well-populated Amazon Appstore. Equipped with a Quad-core MediaTek CPU and 1GB RAM, the Fire HD is capable enough to handle basic day-to-day tasks. Even demanding 3D games run fairly decently, thanks to the screen’s low resolution. At this price range, 16GB internal storage is generous enough, and Amazon has included a microSD slot for further expansion. The battery is even more generous, laboring up to a remarkable 16 hours of moderate use on one charge.

Specs

  • MediaTek Quad-Core 1.5 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 1MP, Rear 5MP
  • , 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Fire OS 5
  • 0.69 lbs

Pros

  • Large screen size
  • Loud speakers
  • Expandable storage
  • Parental control features

Cons

  • Display isn’t as sharp as its competitors,
  • Plastic build feels cheap

Summary

Overall, if you are an Amazon user who needs quick access to your Amazon content and need Amazon Fire OS exclusive features, the Fire HD 10 is the most affordable large screen tablet in the market.

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While the smartphone market continues to be dominated by Android products, Apple still reigns supreme in the premium tablet market. The iPad Air is a great tablet with an extremely slim and light built. The aluminum body makes for a robust and premium design. It has a gorgeous 9-inch Retina display, a powerful A7 64-bit processor, a great 5MP rear camera and loads of useful apps. The battery life is solid and should easily last an entire workday if not longer depending on your usage. It is undeniable that this tablet costs significantly more compared to other alternatives on the market, however, considering its features many would consider the price is justified. The all-round performance of the Air gives it a top spot on our best tablet list. If you are on a budget there are many other cheaper alternatives that go head to head with Apple’s top tablet – if not, look no further.

Specs

  • Apple A7
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Cameras: Rear 5.1MP
  • 9.70 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels pixels (IPS)
  • iOS 9
  • 1.03 lbs

Pros

  • Fast
  • Long battery life
  • Thin and light form factor
  • Retina display

Cons

  • Android alternatives offer better value for the money

Summary

Though an older model, the iPad Air is still a tempting option because it is the most affordable Air unit and offers a premium design, fast performance and long battery life as other modern tablets in its price range.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet 10.8-Inch

The 10-inch Surface 3 is Microsoft’s most compact and affordable slate tablet designed for light users who want to experience a streamlined Windows 8.1 hybrid PC and the high-quality design of the more expensive Surface Pro series tablet for $200 less. By running full Windows 8, it addresses the biggest drawback of previous generation of Surface tablets which ran on the stripped down Windows RT operating system. Attached to a separately sold keyboard, it can be converted to a standard laptop, although an entry-level one considering its modest specs. It features a magnesium alloy body attached to a kickstand which can be propped up into three different positions. With a full sized USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and a card reader, it has enough ports to get by. The quality of construction is on par with the Surface Pro models. Its 10.8-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1920 x 1280 and an aspect ratio of 3:2. While not the sharpest, it doesn’t look very different from the panels on many high-end tablets. Unlike the high-performance Intel Core i series processors on Pro 3 tablets, it uses an underpowered Quad Core Intel Atom x7 processor. Its base model comes with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This hardware configuration doesn’t make it an ideal laptop replacement but it can certainly compete with low-end netbooks. Having less power hungry features means the Surface 3 runs longer on battery than the Pro 3. If you need a high-end Windows tablet with great productivity features, the Surface 3 is currently one of our top options but if you are looking for a more powerful laptop replacement you should consider spending extra on the Surface Pro 3.

Specs

  • Intel Quad Core Atom x7 processor 1.6Ghz (2.4Ghz burst speed)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 3.5MP, Rear 8MP
  • 10.8 inch, 1920 x 1280 pixels
  • Windows 8.1
  • 1.37 lbs

Pros

  • Sharp display
  • Premium design
  • Sturdy build
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Performance is weak compared to the Pro version
  • Optional keyboard accessory is expensive

Summary

The Surface 3 runs a full version of Windows, packs enough power for casual use and has a very long battery life, and it sports the same premium design of the Surface Pro 3 without the hefty price tag.

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LG G Pad LGV940N II 10.1-inch tablet

LG G Pad II

LG has recently been expanding its G-line of devices, and while its smartphones are now competing well in the premier league, the tablet department has been preferring a more subtle approach. This is well evidenced by last year’s G Pad II 10. Instead of a premium, extravagant metal casing, LG has clothed the device in inoffensive soft-touch plastic. Regardless, the smooth curves and a slim 0.31-inch thickness seem to mimic LG’s higher-end devices. Additionally, the build is strong and sturdy, and thanks to a grippy backside and a measly 1.1-pound weight, holding the tablet feels very comfortable. Despite being a mid-range tablet, the LG G Pad II’s 10.1-inch IPS screen manages a good 1929 x 1200-pixel resolution. Pictures and videos look very good and colors are well saturated. Viewing angles are equally commendable, as is the brightness, which is adequate enough for outdoor use. Software-wise, the G Pad runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, which comes with a bevy of practical features including pre-loaded Microsoft Office suite, “Dual-Window Mode” for multitasking and a “Reader Mode” for reading in low light. Equipped with the robust Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 quad-core processor, integrated Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM, the G Pad II 10 can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. Streaming HD videos goes on without a hitch and up-to-date games like Asphalt 8 and Angry Birds 2 run very smoothly. 16GB internal storage is sufficient, but if you want more, you can slide a microSD card into the dedicated slot available. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the G Pad II is its battery, which albeit only a 7400mAh cell competes well with the competition to average a decent 16 hours of endurance with moderate usage.

Specs

  • Snapdragon Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 1.08 lbs

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Great screen
  • Sturdy build
  • Solid performance
  • Long battery life
  • Cellular connectivity

Cons

  • High price
  • Lack-luster cameras

Summary

The LG G Pad II 10.1’s long battery life, fast performance, and dazzling screen make it the perfect tablet for multimedia users.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10 might be a budget tablet, but unlike the many other devices that share this classification, it comes with more than a few rare and unique features. Starting with the design, the Yoga Tab 3 moves away from the traditional slim, rectangular and flat tablet aesthetics. It instead employs a chunky cylindrical edge which in addition to offering a comfortable grip for holding in one hand houses a built-in kickstand that folds back by almost 180-degrees to maximize on comfort regardless of the posture you take. Admittedly, the kickstand makes the tablet weightier than most other 10-inch tablets, but that is a small price to pay. Moving on to the screen, the Yoga Tab 3 features a modest 1280 x 800-pixel resolution panel. Picture quality is decent and color accuracy will be enough, as long as you keep your expectations low. Despite having average screen quality, the Yoga Tab 3 still manages to be a decent multimedia device, thanks to amazing sound from its front-facing speakers, which feature Dolby Atmos technology for loud, well balanced and crisp output. As exciting as the sound may be, its software features are less adventurous. Running Android 5.1, the OS is mostly untouched but you do get some preloaded apps, including Gmail, Maps, Google Drive, ShareIt and McAfee Security. Everything runs smoothly, and navigation is seamless, thanks to a fairly capable Quad-Core Qualcomm CPU and 1GB of RAM. That said, the Adreno 304 GPU being the average performer that it is means gaming is not in the Yoga Tab 3’s strong suit. Let’s leave that slot to the impressive 8MP rear sensor which rotates 180 degrees to double as a selfie camera. To sweeten the deal even further, Lenovo claims that the Yoga Tab 3’s battery life measures around 20 hours which makes it one of the longest-lasting 10-inch tablets available.

Specs

  • Snapdragon Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 [View Benchmarks]
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD
  • Cameras: Rear 8MP
  • 10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.44 lbs

Pros

  • Premium aluminum design
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Bright display
  • Long battery life
  • Great speakers
  • Expandable storage
  • Considerably heavier than most tablets

Cons

  • No cellular connectivity
  • Low storage space

Summary

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3’s premium build, bright screen, and built-in kickstand make it a highly versatile multimedia device that casual users will appreciate as well.

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ASUS Transformer Book T200TA-B1-BL

If you want something with features like that of a Surface Pro but at a much lower price, take a look at the Asus Transformer Book T200TA-B1-BL. Like its predecessors, the T200TA offers excellent performance and features for its price. For productivity users who are confused in getting a tablet or a notebook, it offers both in one. It has a large 12-inch screen and a full-size detachable keyboard dock with a large touchpad at the center. The matte silver keyboard dock snaps quickly onto the tablet and the screen comes off with a push of a button. The mechanical hinge feels more secure than the magnetic latch on competing tablets like the Surface 2 and Aspire Switch. Besides the micro USB port, micro HDMI port and card reader on the tablet, the keyboard dock has additional connectivity options like a full-sized Ethernet port, and a microUSB 3.0 port. With a 1.46GHz Intel Atom Z3795 processor and 2GB of RAM, the T200TA isn’t a powerhouse, but it will handle day to day computing tasks fairly well with no stutter. However, running too many apps in the background can cause lag. Its integrated Intel HD Graphics can run the latest tablet-oriented games but you will only see single digit frame rates on most full blown PC games unless they are much older titles.

Specs

  • Intel Intel Atom Z3775 1.46GHz
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: MicroSD Card Reader (supports SDXC)
  • Cameras: Front 2MP, Rear 5MP
  • 12, 1366 x 768 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 3.6 lbs

Pros

  • sleek look, 2-in-1 detachable design
  • User-accessible hard drive bay
  • Comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • Relatively short battery life

Summary

The Transformer Book T200 is a compact Windows hybrid with a large screen, a detachable keyboard and a hard drive bay for storage expansion, but it meets fierce competition from rivals that offer bigger storage and battery life.

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Google Nexus 9 Wi-FiGoogle-Nexus-9

Google has made a name for itself with its Nexus line of tablets.  The build quality is always superior and it often offers the latest from both Android and other technology at an attractive price point to identify with many different markets.  The Google Nexus 9 is no different.  It is powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM that when combined with the latest Android operating system, Android 5 Lollipop, provides one of the most advanced and fast Android experiences on the market.  The tablet is sell is both sleek and stylish as well as being quite solid letting you know that it is well made.  With 32 GB of included storage, basic users should never need to worry about needing more space while more advanced users can always add a microSD card to expand its storage capacity.  The screen is made of Gorilla Glass 3 providing you with a safe and scratch resistant surface that feels good to the touch.  Google didn’t cut corners with the screen, either, as it includes a high definition screen running at an impressive 2048×1536 resolution that provides some of the clearest pictures of both text, photos and movies.  The Google Nexus 9 is hands down one of the best Android tablets available on the market and should be considered by anyone looking at purchasing an Android tablet for daily use.

Specs

  • Nvidia Tegra K1 2.3 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: No
  • Cameras: Front 1.6MP, Rear 8MP
  • 8.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Pros

  • Fast 64-bit Processor
  • Latest Android operating system
  • High resolution
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • No fingerprint reader

Summary

With a premium design, powerful specs and latest software, the Google Nexus 9 is one of the best Android tablets today and it should be considered by anyone looking for a worthy alternative to Apple’s pricier offerings.

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10 10-Inch

Lenovo Tab 2 A 10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10’s modest specs may not be eye catching, but its super affordable price is sure to get your attention. Its metallic blue shell looks sleek, and its tapered sides make it easy to hold despite its less-than-light nature. The Tab 2 A10 features a 10-inch, 1900 x 1200 display that is both sharp and bright, providing vibrant images with accurate colors. Sound comes through crisp and clear through the multiple speakers at the top of the device. The Dolby Atmos app also offers presets for movies, music, and gaming. Sporting a 1.5GHz quad-core MTK processor, the Tab2 A10 is a nimble performer, with smooth multitasking and a fluid stock-Android 5.0 interface. It, however, struggles in gaming, with a 3DMark score significantly lower than other tablets. An 8MP camera is found at the back, backed by a 5MP front camera, and they take great pictures with fine detail. Lasting an incredible 12 hours on Laptop Mag’s battery test, the device offers supreme stamina; forget about power saving features and fumbling around looking for power outlets.

Specs

  • Mediatek 1.5 GHz MT8165
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 8MP
  • 10 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.1 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD display
  • Fast quad-core processor
  • Adequate system memory
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Display attracts fingerprints
  • No auto-brightness
  • Poor quality rear camera

Summary

If you are looking for a 10-inch tablet that doesn’t break the bank, the Tab 2 A10 features media-centric specs including a Full-HD display and Dolby enhanced speakers that one usually only finds on a pricier device.

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16AA

Mainstream productivity users looking for a cheaper and portable alternative to standard notebooks will love the 2-in-1 hybrid design of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16AA. Unlike the physical switch on most convertibles, its 10-inch screen is attached to the keyboard via magnetic snap hinges, a sturdy connection that can withstand a good amount of shaking. The keyboard has a wide layout for comfortable typing but the keys are quite small which can take some time getting used to. The flexible hinge also allows it work in four different modes including clamshell mode, display mode, tent mode and tablet mode. Its plastic casing coated with silver color is well-fitted and doesn’t feel flimsy like many low-end Windows tablets. However, both the cover and the keyboard tend to flex when pressure is applied. Its display has a native 1280 x 800 resolution which is not the highest but will still provide a decent experience reading and watching movies. Wide viewing angles and extra screen brightness offer a superior screen than the relatively dark screen of the Lenovo Mixx 2. Under the hood, it packs an Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD storage – similar components found on the latest mid-range Windows 8 tablets. The performance is fast even for running basic desktop applications, provided you don’t do excessive multitasking. The tablet has a microUSB port, an HDMI-out port and runs 8 hours on battery. On the downside, it lacks additional ports and an extra battery in the keyboard would’ve greatly enhanced its portability.

Specs

  • Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz Processor (2 MB Cache)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD slot
  • Cameras: Front 2MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Windows 8.1
  • 2.6 lbs

Pros

  • Versatile design
  • Full HD IPS screen
  • Fast processor
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Top heavy
  • Speaker has weak volume

Summary

While power users aren’t likely to be impressed, productivity users looking for an all-round portable workstation and tablet won’t be disappointed with what the reasonably priced Switch 10 has to offer.

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ASUS Zenpad 10 Z300M
The ASUS Zenpad 10 Z300C offers great value for money with its included keyboard dock and respectable performance at a meager price. The Zenpad’s design is purely functional, with a laid-back plastic design on both keyboard and tablet. It remains sturdy, however, and can handle some abuse. The keyboard and tablet have independent batteries. However, this power is not shared, and each has to be charged independently of the other. The screen’s 1280 x 800 resolution is nothing to get excited about, but taking into account the device’s price, the IPS display is plenty bright and colorful. Powered by an Intel Atom processor backed by 2GB of RAM, performance is great on mild tasks and the Android interface is smooth, though ZenUI can get a bit annoying. Gaming is a poor, however, with even light games experiencing lag. Also, the Zenpad 10 won’t soon replace your main photography device as it features subpar cameras, much like we have come to expect from tablets nowadays. However, you can expect the tablet to last about 8 hours during continuous use, this can be stretched out to multiple days if you are a light to moderate user. Very good.

Specs

  • Mediatek 1.3GHz MT8163 [View Benchmarks]
  • 2GB RAM
  • Removable Storage: supports microSDXC cards up to 128GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 10.1 Inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (IPS)
  • Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.1 lbs

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Clear display
  • Front-facing speakers
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Poor cameras
  • Display isn’t Full-HD

Summary

If money is tight and you want an affordable 10-inch tablet to edit documents, browse the Internet or watch films, the Zenpad 10 features keyboard docking, great front speakers and a nice display.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 4G LTE

As Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 features an excellent design, powerful hardware and an optional keyboard dock for productivity users. Its software and internal components compete directly with Microsoft Surface 2, one of the most popular Windows RT tablets. While the Surface 2 is made of magnesium alloy, the 2520 is encased inside a polycarbonate casing, which feels sturdy and light but can attract a lot of fingerprints. Its square edges are a refreshing change from the boring rounded corners on most tablets, but this design also makes it uncomfortable to hold at its corners. Like the Surface 2, it also supports keyboard docking but it lacks a kickstand and a full sized USB port on the tablet screen. However, there is a microHDMI and a microUSB 3.0 port on the right edge. Upfront, it has a 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display with high brightness and color accuracy. Because it’s a Clearback display, it’s much easier to read outdoors than normal glossy displays. Below its 10-inch screen is a capacitive windows button, while on the top there is a 2MP camera. The smooth back cover is very minimalistic without any add-ons except for a 6.7 MP Carl Zeiss lens on the top left corner. Packing a 2.2 GHz Qualcommm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, it shows no slowdown while cycling through apps, playing high-def movies and snapping photos. To top it all off, the Lumia 2520 has an amazing battery life of over 10 hours. Overall, while the Lumia 2520 competes neck on neck with the Surface 2 a strong tablet/laptop hybrid, the makes for a better standalone tablet thanks to it’s lightweight and comfortable design.


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ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C-A1

The TF103C-A1 is the latest mid-range Android tablet from ASUS. It has a modest 1280 x 800 pixel display as opposed to the Full-HD displays which have almost become a norm in this category. Internally, users will find only 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. ASUS has, however, added some perks like a keyboard dock and a moderately powerful Intel Atom processor. The Intel Atom Z3745 is from the Bay Trail generation and offers a huge performance boost compared to the Nvidia Tegra 3 in the TF300T. The TF103C-A1 won’t have any problem running large apps and games but the system memory may limit the amount of apps you can run simultaneously.

Specs

  • Intel Bay Trail Z3745 Quad Core 1.33GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Removable Storage: microSD expandable up to 64GB
  • Cameras: Front 0.3MP, Rear 2MP
  • 10 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2.4 lbs

Pros

  • Practical keyboard dock
  • Useful preloaded software
  • Good gaming performance
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Plastic build feels cheap
  • Trackpad is unresponsive at times

Summary

As a laptop the TF103C would be called a low-end machine, but as an Android tablet-hybrid it delivers surprisingly fast performance for its budget price.

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Final Words

Full size slate tablets may not have the portability of their mini brethren but they are still some of the very best tablets available and many would say offer the original tablet experience. Contenders such as the iPad offer unparalleled design finesse whereas top contenders from Android and Google have vast feature sets and cutting edge tools to help make your life easier. That said, it is still worth giving the best 7 inch tablets and the best 8 inch tablets a browse if you find their compact form appealing.

At the end of the day the best tablet for you will depend on your style and your budget.

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