Supports microSD cards of up to 200GB capacity. The use of the Quick Connect feature allows outputting media content to a Smart TV with one click.
The speakers are arranged along one side of the tablet and may be easily covered and muted with palms.
This high-performance Android tablet is capable of delivering an image of top-grade quality. The built-in battery can keep the tablet running for a working day, while the Multi Window mode enables you to perform several tasks simultaneously.
Music Play Time: Up to 187 hours, Video Play Time and Internet Use Time: Up to 13 hours
The ZenPad 3S offers a large onboard storage for your data and files. You can expand the onboard storage capacity by using 5GB of cloud storage that is provided to you via the ASUS Webstorage on a life-long basis.
The display produces many flares. There is no Gorilla glass used for the screen protection.
A powerful CPU paired with a large RAM make this model one of the top performers in its class. The supported display resolution provides an unprecedented level of detail on the images shown while the display coating prevents fingerprints and greasing of the display.
The model supports the 4K Ultra-HD video playback. The K1 boasts an excellent 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU, which allows a smooth running of modern games. This Android tablet can also be used in a console mode.
The upgrade of the OS to the Android 7 Nougat needs to be performed manually.
A perfect choice for gamers. The support of the cutting-edge SHIELD gaming controller (not included) and compatibility with the leading GeForce NOW gaming service on this tablet makes it possible to enjoy even the most demanding games anywhere.
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, Mini-HDMI with HDCP 1.4 output, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
This Lenovo Android tablet stands out from the rest owing to an advanced design featuring an innovative kickstand, which allows using the Yoga tablet in the Stand, Tilt, Hold or even Hang positions. The tablet is equipped with a very capacious battery that is capable of maintaining an almost day-long tablet operation.
Choosing additional accessories for the tablet, especially a case cover may be troublesome.
This tablet is very convenient to use and has an ergonomic design. The built-in camera can rotate through 180° to help you make high-quality selfies and video shooting of your face and surroundings during video conferences. With the Anypen feature, you can use any conductive object as a stylus to operate the device.
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
The expansion slots substantially widen the possibilities of external devices connection. USB port on the tablet provides charging of the connected device.
The X10 does not support charging via its micro USB port. The battery time is not long.
The Dragon Touch Android tablet offers a decent performance and is capable of outputting video signal to your monitor or a TV.
Micro USB, USB 2.0, Mini HDMI, 3.5mm audio out, DC charging port
What is an Android Tablet
A tablet PC or a tablet for short is a portable device equipped with a touch screen, which combines some smartphone features with personal computer features. Tablet devices can connect to the Internet via built-in Wi-Fi transmitters but some models provide an Internet connection via 3G/4G cell phone networks using integrated modules and phone SIM cards. The design of tablet PCs allows surfing the Internet with comfort, watching various multimedia content (pictures, music or videos) and running various software applications, video games, working with electronic documents. A touch screen serves as the main device control organ so you can operate a tablet PC with no keyboard or mouse. The tablet PCs that use the Android as an operating system or simply Android tablets are stand out for their possibility of full user interface customization to achieve a maximum possible use optimization and convenience. The Android OS, contrary to Windows, is very flexible and almost every Android tablet manufacturer develops a proprietary Android version with a customized shell, which may considerably differ from that by other manufacturers. Another feature that adds to Android tablets’ flexibility is the availability of the Google Play official application store by default. The Google Play allows Android users download thousands of freeware and shareware applications to their devices in a fast and convenient way.
Those of you who want to make text inputting experience on tablet PCs more convenient and more desktop PC-like can refer to our review on Bluetooth keyboards, in which we covered best devices of this type.
What Features to Compare
When deciding on an Android tablet, the tablet case type and display parameters are the factors we recommend to consider first. Generally speaking, there are types of tablets on the market regarding their case design: standard monoblock models and those with an attachable keyboard for a more comfortable text input (also called transformers) that have all the standard functionality. You need to determine the intended use of your Android tablet and choose either type depending on the use. Please keep in mind that the display is still the main organ of interaction with the tablet even for transformers, so you need to select display parameters carefully. The Android tablets available offer displays with diagonal sizes ranging from 7 to 14 inches. It is important to keep in mind that tablet displays also have different maximum resolutions and use different panel technologies. With that, it is recommended to choose an optimal resolution for a specific display size. For example, for a 10-inch or so display the optimal resolution lies within the range between 1280x800 and 2048x1536 pixels. In this case, the icons and text are neither too small to read nor too big to look awkward and the grain effect is not very evident.
Continuing with the consideration of important aspects of our Android tablet we come to its performance, RAM, and storage capacity. These parameters make difference first of all for those users who plan to use their tablets not only for Internet surfing but want to run modern games and applications. Android tablet PCs, just like desktop PCs and laptops, are equipped with CPUs (the CPUs are integrated into so-called SoCs together with GPUs in most Android tablets) and RAM. Thus, the more powerful CPU or SoC your tablet has under the hood the better the tablet runs different applications and the better is a user experience with the most recent and CPU-hungry applications and games. The more RAM is installed in the tablet the better the system responds to user commands and actions, the more applications you can run simultaneously and smoother they run.
In addition to the RAM, Android tablets have an onboard storage, which serves for storing the system and user data, including applications, media files, etc. While some models offer 64 GB of storage space or more we recommend choose the tablets that support storage expansion via micro SD or SD cards to reserve a room for the future tablet use.
The availability of various wireless technologies and connections also influences the possible scenarios of the Android tablet use. With all the modern tablet PCs supporting the Wi-Fi connectivity it is advisable for the tablet to support a dual band Wi-Fi connection, which, in particular, the most recent 802.11ac standard offers. If you plan to use your Android tablet outdoors frequently it is worth choosing a model with a mobile Internet connection (3G, 4G or LTE). The Bluetooth connectivity also plays an important role in the use of your tablet as it allows a close-range pairing of the tablet with other digital devices. Another way of integrating your Android tablet with a global network, for example a global positioning one, is the use of a built-in GPS module that enables the determination of your current location via specialized navigation software. Other indispensable slots are a 3.5 headphone audio out and a micro USB slot, which often serves also for the device charging. In case you wish to be able to charge your tablet wirelessly you will need the NFC support. Thus, the more slots and connections your tablet has the more equipment you can pair it with and more convenient it is to work with.
Last but not least tablet PC parameter to consider is additional features, which include front and rear cameras’ specifications, tablet battery life, version of the installed Android OS and its upgradability, case material, tablet weight, etc. The quality of rear camera optics and its resolution determine the quality of photos you can take with your tablet, for example, to share with your friends, while a front camera enables you to make video calls. If the tablet has built-in speakers you can listen to music and watch videos without connecting headphones. The importance of a long battery life speaks for itself, especially when on a trip. It is also important to check whether the tablet has the latest Android version installed and if not whether you can upgrade the OS to the newest one to eliminate possible issues of compatibility with new applications and games. And don’t forget about the balance of a stylish look of the tablet, the durability of its case and its light weight.
Suits Your Needs Best
Why do we recommend this Android tablet as one of the best tablets for an everyday use? The answer is simple: first of all, the design of this model was improved comparing to the previous ones giving it a more refined shape and exquisite appearance while the case is very ergonomic and is comfortable to hold. The second reason concerns the display revamping as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes with a WUXGA (1920x1200 pixels) display, which offers twice as many pixels as standard HD displays. The supported resolution is sufficient for providing a high-quality picture regardless of what you do on this Android tablet surfing the Internet, watching movies or gaming. The proprietary Anti-Glare feature is worth a separate mentioning as it provides an automatic screen brightness adjustment depending on intensity of ambient illumination. This feature helps you significantly reduce the eye stress during a long work with the Galaxy Tab A.
Features That Please Every User
Let us quickly get through some technical aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and highlight the ones that may be of use to you. The first feature we would like to refer you to is the Kids Mode. Switching to this mode enables you to choose from a wide range of children-oriented content. Using this specific content on the Galaxy Tab A Android tablet allows you to discover the creative potential of your children as the content includes various drawing, singing and photographing applications, learning games, etc. In addition, the Kids Mode ensures a safe use of the tablet by children preventing them from opening certain unwanted links and applications. An alternative way of securing the Galaxy use by children is resorting to parental control settings in the settings menu. The second interesting feature is the Quick Connect, which enables you to replicate the tablet PC display on another display, using the Wi-Fi Direct streaming technology. This feature makes it very easy and quick to pair your Samsung Android tablet with a TV providing an uninterrupted video output on the tablet even after turning off the TV.
Galaxy Tablet Use Hint
The onboard storage this one of the best 10-inch Android tablets offers amounts to 16GB. This amount is typical for such devices but you need to keep in mind that a certain part of this space is already occupied by the Android OS and preinstalled applications thus you can use only a part of the specified storage for your needs. That is why it is advisable to use a MicroSD card to expand your storage for keeping your videos, music, photos and other user data. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A supports memory cards of up to 200GB, which provides larger storage capacities than those by many competitors. With that, you can transfer the applications you’ve already installed via the Google Play to a memory card to free some onboard storage.
A Spectacle of a Display
As we’ve already mentioned a display is of the utmost importance for an Android tablet and the ASUS ZenPad 3S has probably one of the best displays for its class. Just take a look at this 9.7-inch display with and IPS panel that offers the viewing angles of up to 178 degrees and the maximum 2K resolution (2048x1536 pixels) and you will understand why we subscribe to the opinion about its high quality and level of detail. What is also exciting about the display of this Asus tablet is that it is rimmed with a 5.32 mm-bezel, which is among the thinnest ones for such a device. The manufacturer managed to achieve an impressive 78% ratio of the display area to the total ZenPad 3S front panel area. The Asus company also implemented the VisualMaster, a whole set of proprietary hardware and software solutions, for providing the best visual experience. Thus, buying the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) Android tablet you equip yourself with a device that has one of the highest-quality displays in terms of image quality, contrast and color rendering.
Masterful Sound Rendition
The ZenPad Android tablet PC can amaze an experienced user not only by its display but also by its sound. Owing to the use of specially developed SonicMaster 3.0 audio technology that incorporates a range of hardware and software tools of sound improvement the manufacturer made the tablet sound as no other competitor. First of all, the front speakers used in the 3S Android tablet can produce a much louder sound than those of the average tablet. Secondly, this ZenPad model is capable of outputting a 24-bit sound with the 192 kHz sampling rate with compatible devices, which is technically 4 times better than the Red Book (Audio CD) sound. Though it is not all that the ZenPad 3S 10 is capable of in terms of sound reproduction as it brings you a whole bunch of sound effects, including the 7.1 surround sound via the headphone audio out. The advanced audio processing was made possible by the implementation of the DTS Headphone:X™ technology, which turns the tablet into an excellent sound performer.
In terms of general performance, the ZenPad 3S Android tablet stands out from the most competitors owing to the use of modern and high-performance MTK MT8176 SoC that combines 6 CPU cores in two clusters and the healthy 4 GB of RAM. The amount of RAM installed is two times bigger than that installed in entry- and mid-level Android tablets. The video subsystem is no slouch either with the IMG GX6250 GPU providing a high framerate and smooth video rendering in Android games and graphics-intensive applications. To eliminate a shortage of storage space the manufacturer has equipped the tablet with 64GB of onboard storage, which provides a plenty of room for storing your data, such as media files and applications.
NVIDIA Shield K1
The Ultimate Tablet for Gamers
From the very release, the NVIDIA SHIELD K1 has been positioned as a gaming device and the tablet gained much of popularity among gamers. The most appealing gaming feature of this Android tablet is the support of GeForce NOW service, which provides the cloud gaming possibilities far superior to those of the PlayStation Now and GameFly Streaming analogues. Comparing the performance offered by the GeForce NOW with the one by the PlayStation Now we clearly see the superiority of the former as the GeForce NOW has a total of 2448 Gigaflops while the PlayStation Now has only 192 Gigaflops. With that, the maximum resolution and the refresh rate available for one user are 1080p60 for the former while the PlayStation Now o 720p30. It is worth noting that the subscription fee for the GeForce NOW is substantially lower than for competing services. As you can see, the GeForce NOW offers the best value/cost ratio and the best performance among the gaming services. Using this the Nvidia SHIELD K1 tablet with the service you will be able to choose among a huge library of games to install on your virtual gaming machine and to play via the service. The second important gaming feature the SHIELD Android tablet has is the compatibility with an improved SHIELD gaming controller that ensures an easy control and a fast response when gaming. These exclusive features make it possible to use the K1 tablet by Nvidia for playing even the most demanding and visually intense PC games on the tablet with comfort, which will definitely appeal to gamers.
A High Performance Packed Into a Small Case
The Nvidia SHIELD K1 gaming tablet is comparatively small and lightweight, which is a big plus for its storage and transportation. However, the assumption of the small size affecting the tablet performance negatively is wrong. On the contrary, the tablet is equipped with a decent 4-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz max and the high performance 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU, which makes the SHIELD an excellent gaming solution even without connecting it to gaming cloud services. With the 8-inch display, the tablet is an excellent fit for games, as practice shows. Though not large, the K1 Android tablet display packs 1920x1200 pixels, thus not a single detail will escape your sight. These parameters really make the Nvidia SHIELD K1 a device worthy of your attention.
A Use Hint
The K1 Android tablet by Nvidia comes with the preinstalled Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, which users can update to Android 7.0 Nougat version. We highly recommend doing that as the latest update offers the implementation of a new split-screen application mode for improved multitasking and other useful features that expand the functionality of the tablet. But before doing that we recommend making a backup of your data and synchronize the K1 with any other digital device. We also consider updating the OS using the officially recommended sources only to ensure a smooth and bug-free operation of the tablet.
Capable of Adapting to Your Needs
If you are looking for an Android tablet that is versatile, practical yet comfortable to use every day for work and entertainment you definitely should consider the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 option. Speaking about the practicability of this tablet model, the first thing that strikes one’s eye is the unconventional case of the device with the battery module located on the tablet side. However, such design has its advantages. Owing to such arrangement of this Lenovo tablet internals, the manufacturer managed to shift the Yoga Tab center of gravity from the geometrical center and to locate the ergonomic stand on the center of gravity side, which enabled the tablet securing in different positions, including the Stand, Tilt, Hold or even Hang positions. Another spectacular design solution, which was implemented in the Yoga Tab Android tablet – the 180-degrees rotatable camera. Therefore making video calls and video conferences as well as taking high-quality selfies at different angles will be easier and more comfortable. With this Lenovo tablet, you can set free your photo creativity and passion.
An Impressive Battery Life
For sure, many of us pay much attention to the device battery life choosing a tablet PC as it is crucial for the tablet use on the go or on a trip. When engineering the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 the manufacturer has taken this fact into consideration and decided to equip the Tab 3 with a high-capacity 6200mAH Li-Ion battery, which enabled the device to run for about 20 hours on a single charge. It is notable that Yoga’s battery life is twice or even thrice bigger than that of some competing Android tablet PCs. With such a battery, you will get an almost day-long use of the Yoga Tab 3 on a single charge without any worries of battery depletion. We found it amazing that when in the standby mode the tablet is capable of operating for up to 95 days.
A Feature You May Have Overlooked
When examining the features of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 we just could not avoid highlighting such feature as the AnyPen. The support of this technology provides a use of literally any object made of electrically conductive material as a stylus, whether it is a pen, pencil, a carrot or even a handle of a fork. However, we recommend using a specialized stylus, which provides a better performance and more precise control, especially when you do drawing, text typing, etc. To make an informed choice of a stylus you simply need to read our stylus pens review and select the best suitable from the five models reviewed.
Dragon Touch X10-LOLP
A Fascinating Processing Power
Some users consider a 4-core tablet CPU to be a most powerful and state of the art solution. Indeed, should take a look at the Dragon Touch X10 Android tablet, which is equipped with an octa-core CPU with each Cortex-A7 core clocked at 2GHz maximum. This very CPU provides a smooth run and fast launch of applications, for example, your Internet browser. Working in a tandem with 1GB of RAM, the electronic heart of the Dragon Touch delivers a top-tier performance and very fast response when running multiple applications or opening many tabs in an Internet browser. You can install all your favorite applications as well as store your multimedia content on the 16 GB onboard storage of the tablet. Of course, there are users with storage demands far exceeding this available capacity and for satisfying those users the tablet supports storage expansion via memory cards. All the power in handling large amounts of digital data unfolds itself on the 10-inch touchscreen with the 1366x768 pixels resolution. The display is based on an IPS panel, which technology is known for its precise color rendering and viewing angles of up to 178 degrees and bringing the tablet users a joy of watching various video content and playing video games at high FPS (owing to the GPU used) and eye-candy picture.
A Bunch of Expansion Slots
As modern Android tablets are quite versatile their use often requires pairing them with other digital devices. Unfortunately, some tablets are not equipped with connection interfaces other than the USB. Though it does not concern the Dragon Touch X10 as it is furnished with all the interfaces required for connecting most of the portable devices. Using the mini HDMI slot you can connect the X10 to a PC monitor or a TV panel for a large screen watching experience. The Dragon tablet even has a full-sized USB slot, in which you can plug a corded or cordless mouse or a keyboard to control the tablet in a desktop PC way. Of course, the manufacturer also provided for a standard 3.5 mm audio out for connecting a set of headphones or an amplifier and a micro USB port for data exchange with a PC or a laptop. Needless to say, this Android tablet has a standard set of wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which serve for pairing the tablet with compatible devices without any cables or wires.
It Is Useful to Know
A display is not only one of the most important and most expensive elements in a tablet but also one of the most frequently and intensively used one. Thus, in order to avoid any scratches and rubs on a display, it is recommended to apply a protective film or a glass to the display, while the tablet itself needs to be used placed in a protective case to avoid a potential mechanical damage to the tablet non-display area. Another hint is to use the full-sized USB port of the device for connecting a USB thumb drive or even a portable USB hard drive for a quick expansion of the tablet storage space and an easy transfer of your data from the tablet to external devices.
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