Three of the Best Tablets on the Market
Depending on the reason for owning a tablet, whether it be for playing games, work applications or as a learning tool, some are more suitable than others for certain needs.
Here is a review of some of the pros and cons of the best Tablets on the market today.
The iPad Air £400 +
Light and mobile with a strong aluminium protective shell and advanced retina display, this is a fine example of Apple’s technology. A great tablet for game-playing, adventure games like Oceanhorn and The Drowning are recommended to show off this tablets abilities to the full and not just visually but also for sound quality. Text is also more legible than on previous iPads and when tilting the screen, colours remain clear and vivid. The placement alterations to the metal buttons mean less chance of an accidental tap of the wrong button while in use and the lightness makes this a great tool for watching movies without getting arm-ache. This tablet is a superb all-rounder, and the improved bass sound from the speakers adds a little extra dynamic to music and gaming apps. The only real downside with the iPad Air is that storage space comes at a price, it’s not the cheapest tablet, but it is one of the very best.
Nexus 7 2 approx. £200+
The improvements to the Nexus 7 have made this newest version look and feel much more up-to-date and modern than its predecessor. The smooth and stylish black plastic back makes the tablet more comfortable to hold as it practically sticks to clothing material when placed on the knees, making it stable and comfortable to use.
The iPad mini, which is seen as the Nexus 7 2 counterpart, is 20mm thicker, which makes the Nexus pocket-sized and therefore more easily transportable.
The placing of the power and volume rocker buttons have only been slightly improved from the Nexus 7 and still cause annoyance when used for long periods of time with their positioning, they are just too close together!
Having power buttons that can accidentally be knocked during gameplay and while using other applications is annoying. It’s difficult to imagine the dismay when accidentally turning off the tablet in the middle of an online casino tournament or while playing Online Craps Royal Vegas for example.
However, Nexus 7 2 now has surround sound, so for music, making music and for watching films, it won’t disappoint when using these kinds of apps.
The improvement of the display is prominent, making text and images appear razor sharp, although the camera is disappointing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 approx. £340+
The 8.0 version of the Samsung Galaxy Note still feels cheap with its plastic back and child-like uni-body design. However as it is only 8mm thick and weighs just 338 grams, it is light and comfortable to hold. What the stereo speakers lack in fidelity, they make up for in volume, making it ideal for those who enjoy listening to music or using music production apps such as Wireless Mixer.
The stylus is the crowning glory of this tablet; it allows variations of pressure for writing or drawing and includes a variety of special features activated by mouse-like controls on the pen. The touch screen is disabled while the stylus is in use, which eliminates mistakes made by accidentally touching the screen with your fingers. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a good all rounder, but especially useful for being creative and using apps such as Sketchbook Mobile Express.