Tablets have come a long way from their Linux based ancestors. Modern tablets offer crisp HD displays, large screen size, thousands of apps, laptop style browsing and even some AR/VR capabilities!
It will be a number of years before tablets are able to replace desktop/laptop computers but modern day tablets are offering a unique solution for work and entertainment. If you’re looking to pick up a tablet over the next few months, these are best tablets on the market.
5. Sony Xperia Z4
This 10 inch tablet offers a slim yet solid design, waterproof/dust-proof shell, sharp HD screen and amazing portability, measuring only 6.1mm thick and weighing 389 grams. The tablet runs the latest version of Android and features a user friendly colourful overlay which allows a personalised experience. The processor runs fast and smooth even when running multiple apps in the background.
The only drawback with this sturdy device is the optional Bluetooth keyboard which is cramped, plastic and may be difficult to type with.
If you’re new to Android, this tablet makes for a great introductory device!
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Marketed as one of the most versatile tablets on the market, the Surface Pro 4 hopes to replace the need for a computer to perform most common tasks. The hybrid tablet is a huge improvement from last year’s model offering a larger, higher resolution screen and a slimmer body. The Surface Pro 4 is one of the first mobile devices to ship with the latest Intel processors ensuring a fast and smooth experience no matter what you choose to run.
The pen and keyboard cover have been greatly improved but are still sold separately which adds to the price tag.
If you’re prepared to pay extra for the ken and keyboard, the Surface Pro 4 won’t disappoint.
3. iPad Mini 4
Apple is world renown for its mobile products and iPad Mini 4 is no exception. A compact version of the iPad air 2, the device offers a vivid display, split screen apps for multitasking and comes in a compact size for maximum portability. A perfect device for vacations, presentations and day to day tasks.
The drawback is its high price tag (compared to other devices of its kind), slightly slower graphics than larger tablets and the smaller on-screen keyboard which may make typing more difficult when compared to other devices.
Overall, the sturdy, reliable device is a great investment especially if portability is what you’re after.
2. Google Pixel C
The biggest competitor to the iPad, Google Pixel C is the best Android tablet on the market. Built with aluminium, the device offers durability and style. Running the latest version of user friendly Android, the device allows tons of customisation and a personal experience every time. This along with lightning fast performance, razor sharp display, bright colourful graphics and great battery life makes it the perfect tablet for any user.
The only downside is the weight of the tablet, it feels heavier than others on the market and the keyboard is sold separately adding to the price tag.
1. iPad Pro 9.7inch
This device shares the same sturdy body as the iPad Air 2 but is packed with tons of new features and upgrades. Some key highlights include: lightning fast processor, bright anti-reflective display, better and louder speakers than any other tablet in the market, incredible HD camera and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories.
The high price point on the tablet and accompanying accessories make this an expensive (but worthwhile) investment. The OS restrictions may also limit overall flexibility.
Without a doubt, this is the best tablet on the market in 2016 and is the closest any tablet has come to a “laptop killer”.
Depending on your OS preferences, both iPad Pro 9.7inch and Google Pixel C will give you the best the market has to offer. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, the Surface Pro 4, iPad Mini 4 and Sony Xperia Z4 are also great options. No matter which tablet you choose, the device will surely simplify your day to day tasks while giving you maximum portability.
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