Choosing a new tablet is now increasingly becoming a tough decision. Android, iOS and Windows, each offers a different user experience and comes in a wide range of designs and prices. Based on your purposes, you can buy one that fits your budget and style. We hope that the list below may help you make up your mind.
Apple iPad Air 2
Price: from £359
The iPad Air 2 remains one of the best tablets in the market even when it was released last year, so it is fair to include this one in the list. Back in the time when it was introduced, iPad Air 2 was the thinnest tablet in the world (6.1mm) and also very light (437g). It has a stunning high-quality 9.7 inches retina display, triple-core A8X processor and fingerprint sensor, running on iOS 9. The iPad Air 2 is available in silver and grey versions as the iPad Air. For those with a penchant for bling, the iPad Air 2 has gold version also.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in
Price: £400 for 32GB, WiFi
Android fans who do not want to switch their experience to iOS will find this Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in a real rival to the Apple iPad Air 2. It has incredible performance and superior image quality in a mere 5.6mm-thin. This one weights 389g, which is 10% lighter than iPad Air 2. However, its accessories aren’t as plentiful as with Apple’s well-established iPad, and gaming performance could not be better. This is still the best Android tablet by far, though.
Microsoft Surface 3
Price: £419 64GB Wi-Fi
Starting at £419, the Surface 3 is a successor to the Surface RT and Surface 2. This new model runs Windows 8.1 on an Intel x86 processor, the Atom x7-Z8700. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core chip with a maximum burst speed of 2.4GHz. It’s also based on Cherry Trail, Intel’s latest version of the Atom platform. That should mean greater performance and efficiency than any previous Atom device. The 10.8in Surface 3 is Microsoft’s cheapest Surface, and it’s among the best tablet you would buy. It’s a touch smaller than the Surface Pro 3 and lighter, too. The tablet features with Type Cover, which enable better typing experience and full Windows app support. Battery life is amazing too. It can last all day with regular uses, quite ideal to replace your laptop.
Apple iPad mini 4
Price: from £319
The iPad mini still remains the best choice among small tablets. The performance enhancements in this version keep it better than most of its rivals in its range. The build quality of the iPad mini 4 is as good as we expected from Apple with the same design that has served well for former generations and a beautiful aluminum body available in gold, “space grey” and silver. However, the size of the iPad mini is beginning to feel like a compromise. The body has shrunk very slightly to the dimensions of 134×6.1x203mm, quite comfortable to hold it your hand.
Price: from £200
Nexus devices represent fantastic value for money, which compensates for its slightly inferior build quality and features. Nexus 9 is an 8.9-inch upgrade to previous year’s Nexus 7 and a great introduction to Android Lollipop. It just doesn’t measure up to the iPad Air 2 in more ways than one. However, it’s worth remembering that since the Nexus 9 is an official Google device, it will get the next version of Android quicker than any other brand.