Sometimes a smartphone is simply not enough. What we often need os something that will offer more screen real estate while keeping a relatively portable form factor. In other words: you don’t want to deal with a small smartphone, yet you also don’t want to carry around a whole laptop.
If you find yourself in this dilemma, your best bet would be to get yourself a brand spanking new tablet. Today we are taking a look at our very favorite, most exciting tablets, so keep reading to see which one is the right one for you.
iPad Mini 3
I know I will be upsetting many of our readers with this one, but I stand firm on the fact that apple does make great tablets. It was either the iPad Air 2 or the iPad Mini 3, but I personally prefer the iPad Mini 3 over it’s bigger brother.
Its specs may not be as good as the iPad Air 2’s, but this 7.9-inch tablet still performs like a champion. By the way, the display on the iPad Mini 3 happens to sport the same definition as the larger tablet at 2048x1536p. And the fact that it’s smaller means the image will look a bit more crisp, as the PPI (pixels per inch) is higher.
You will also find a plethora of tablet-optimized apps in the Apple App Store, which may not be the case with other platforms. Starting at $399, it’s also not a horrible deal for a high-end tablet.
Dell Venue 8 7000
This bad boy is not out as of the time of this article’s publishing, but it should become available any day now. This happens to be my very favorite tablet in 2014, which is why it bothers me so much that it’s not getting a lot of press (for multiple reasons).
Right now it’s not the time to rant, though – let’s go over the tablet. This bad boy is the thinnest tablet in the market, measuring only 6 mm in thickness. It’s also packed with some of the best specs around.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 carries an 8.4-inch 2560x1600p display, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3500 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and 8MP/2MP cameras. It’s a beast, guys, and it performs as such.
We tested the Dell Venue 8 7000 at IDF 2014 and completely fell in love with it.
There can simply be no top tablets list without the Nexus 9, google’s newest, baddest tablet. This tablet has become Android 5.0 Lollipop’s pioneer, and will give you a great experience. Its pure Google interface and stunning specs simply make for one of the best tablets in the market.
Specs include an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, an 8.9-inch 2048x1536p IPS LCD display, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, 8MP/1.6MP cameras and a 6700 mAh battery.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet
We can show you all the tablets we want, but the true gamers won’t be satisfied with your usual pads. Those who need that extra gaming edge will have to go with the NVIDIA shield Tablet. (There’s also the Razer Edge Pro, but that one is expensive and a bit inconvenient, as its proprietary accessories are amazingly hard to find).
This $299 device is not one to ignore. It packs an 8-inch 1920x1200p display, an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 4.4 and more. It also comes with an optional controller, which is very well built, but will cost you an extra $60.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
I am usually not a fan of Samsung devices, but I must say I was impressed with their Galaxy Tab S line-up. This pair of tablets are very well built, and were among the first to bring amazing displays to their form factor at a reasonable price.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 comes with an 8.4-inch 2560x1600p AMOLED display, an Exynos Octa processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 8MP/2.1MP cameras and a 4900 mAh battery.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
All the tablets above are great for those who want a casual, chill experience. Want to get busy with work and productivity? You will need a Windows 8.1 tablet, and one of my favorites is definitely the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
It’s powerful, portable, and its 12-inch 2160×1440 provides a perfect balance between functionality and portability. OK, it may be a bit large for some users, but remember this is a full-on computer.
You can choose between Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 chipsets. RAM memory also varies from 4 to 8 GB, and storage options range from 64 to 512 GB.
ASUS Transformer Book T100
I recommend this tablet/laptop hybrid all the time. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is affordable, capable, portable and very flexible. It really accommodates to your needs, but the specs are definitely not in par with the Surface Pro 3.
This little guy will still offer a good experience, though. It comes with more modest specs, but this one is not really for the power-hungry. What matter sis that it performs most tasks very well. Unless you want to be editing video or something along those lines, you will find this little guy to be a great companion.
Acer Iconia Tab 8
We didn’t really offer many affordable options in this list, so we thought the Acer Iconia Tab 8 would find a cozy little spot here. This tablet comes with mid-end specs and a $200 price point, but don’t let the price fool you. This is a great device.
It’s especially awesome for those who want to find a good visual experience without breaking the bank. The display on the Acer Iconia Tab 8 is gorgeous! Especially for those who enjoy visually-stunning apps and consuming media. It measures in at 8 inches and features a 1920x1200p IPS LCD panel.
On paper, that’s nothing to write home about, but looking at this screen will stun you. We literally couldn’t believe we were looking at a tablet display… we thought it was some kind of sticker.