The Apple iPad Mini ME276LL/A is a bestselling 2013 7-inch tablet that received positive reviews for its high-resolution Retina display, fast processor, great battery life and a sturdy metallic design. However, it lacks a fingerprint sensor, it has no microSD card slot and there are cheaper Android alternatives. All in all, the Mini 2 is a good option for those who want the design, display quality and software experience comparable to the latest iPads, but for a much cheaper price.
The Sony DPT-S1 is a 13.3-inch digital paper e-reader that was released in 2014. It received praise for its lightweight yet solid design that makes it very similar to carrying a paper folder. Its display got numerous heads nodding for its 1600 x 1200-pixel resolution that keeps everything crisp and sharp. A good number of users were happy with the absence of backlighting, eliminating any possible strain on the eyes, and annotation capabilities with the stylus were also welcomed. On the other side, customers were displeased with the lack of built-in light for reading in the dark. Furthermore, considering the price tag, the device could have benefited with better performance to deal with graphics-heavy ebooks. The Sony DPT-S1 is a unique and proper product made especially for business users who read a lot of large, technical documents.
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin NP940X3L-K01US is a late 2015 13.3-inch 2- in- 1 praised for its sleek design, sturdy build and great overall performance. This ATIV provides ample processing power for all your daily computing needs. Its solid aluminum frame looks great and is rigorously tested for strength. The 360 hinge along with its touchscreen allow it to transform into a tablet, and the QHD+ display is crisp with great outdoor visibility. However, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin NP940X3L-K01US falls short in terms stamina; rated at only 7 hours, making it tough to keep up with the competition.
The 3rd Generation Kindle Paperwhite is a 6-inch E-reader released by Amazon in 2015. It won the hearts of reviewers all over the world for its excellent display which provides a resolution of 1072 x 1448-pixels, resulting in an impeccable 300PPI pixel density. Users were happy with the lightweight design that makes the e-book tablet comfortable to hold for long periods of time. Also praised was its software, which in addition to being user-friendly is well optimized for fast navigation and response times. Critics raised concern over the lack of speakers, push ads and the limited number of ebook formats supported. All in all, the new Kindle Paperwhite is a solid 5-star product that will offer great value for your money.
The Apple iPad 4 is a 2012 tablet and the fourth generation model of the original iPad. It received universal acclaim from critics, combining an excellent form factor with rock solid hardware and software for an unmatched premium tablet experience. This model introduces a more powerful processor than it’s predecessor as well as new high resolution ‘Retina Display’, but on the downside some reviews were critical of the tablets weight and relative battery life which were not improved on from the iPad 3.
The iPad Air is a 2013 9.7-inch tablet that upon release received positive reviews for its robust, premium build and a thin and ultra-light design. Also well received was the excellent 2K resolution screen, strong performance, decent cameras and a reliable battery cell. While some users complained about the lack of touch ID functionality, it is non-expandable storage space that is the most significant letdown to an otherwise stellar device. Overall, the iPad Air is a great choice for anyone looking for a premium tablet and because quite some time has passed since it first hit the shelves, budget lovers now have a reason to smile.
The 2013 Google Nexus 7 is a second generation Nexus mini-tablet that received positive reviews for a combination of lightning fast speed, an exceptional high resolution display, a slim and light form factor, long battery life, improved speakers, powerful hardware under the hood and an extremely competitive low price point, picking up from last years model with a number of noticeable improvements. Some reviewers were critical of a lack of expandable storage and a relatively weak camera, although ultimately were quick to recommend the Nexus 7 for it’s outstanding value for money.
The Contixo LA703-KIDS-2 is a 7-inch tablet that received positive reviews for its protective casing, responsive touchscreen, fast processor, microSD support, Bluetooth and pre-installed Zoodles app for kid’s mode. However, its camera quality is poor, its built-in speaker isn’t very loud and it takes time while booting up. Running Android KitKat 4.4 with parental control features, the Contixo LA703 can be used both as a kids learning tablet and a regular Android tablet that parents can use in their spare time.
The iPad Mini 4 is a bestselling 2015 8-inch 2015 tablet that received positive reviews for its compact size, sturdy all-metal design, fast processor and useful multi-tasking features.. However, it is pricier than Android alternatives and its higher-screen siblings offer more features. All in all, if you want the most portable iPad, the Mini 4 is the latest option featuring updated hardware and software features to suit the need of any type of user.