The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a stylus to make the use of this Android tablet easier and more effective: the stylus facilitates data input, adds precision to your every gesture, and allows "handwritten" notes.
The fingertips are quite visible.
Large high-contrast Super AMOLED display, 4 GB of RAM and quad speakers are the reason this is one perfect Android gaming tablet, among other things. It can also boast a battery life of up to 12 hours. Finally, all of the above is fitted in a compact body.
9.7" HDR-ready Super AMOLED;
2048 x 1536
Quad Core (2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz), Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8096
Up to 12 hours
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2
13MP / 5MP
MicroSD Slot, USB Type-C (3.1), 3.5mm Stereo jack
Android 7.0 Nougat
In addition to the 16GB of internal storage, the model supports micro SD cards of up to 128 GB and offers a year-long 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free.
Some users report issues with the power cable.
The knit pattern back panel of the tablet makes for a great businesslike style whereas the upgraded ZenUI takes the simplicity of control to a whole new level. The 2 GB RAM provides high performance even when you work with several apps simultaneously.
1920 x 1200
MTK MT8163A Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz, 64bit
Up to 9 hours
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.2, Miracast Support
5MP / 2MP
USB Type C, 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), Micro SD Card Slot
Android 7.0 Nougat
The model has 2 speakers at the front with the Dolby Atmos support, you will have surround sound with or without headphones. It is also one of the lightest options and it offers up to 20 hours of work on a single charge.
The software update takes some time.
The Lenovo Tab 4 is an elegant device that will be liked by adults and kids the same, it is one of the fastest Android tablets in completing your everyday tasks and is great to watch your favorite TV shows. There is an LTE supporting option as well.
8" IPS Multitouch LCD;
1280 x 800
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ MSM8917 Processor (1.4 GHz)
Up to 20 hours
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G
5MP / 2MP
microSD slot, combo audio jack
Android 7.1 Nougat
The tablet includes Alexa, a virtual assistant that will answer your questions asked out loud instead of typed. It can also control other Alexa-supporting devices through the tablet.
The cases and protective glasses selection is narrow.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a slim and light portable tablet with a quality display, offering high performance to satisfy the majority of customers. The selection of Amazon-focused features will expand your options for entertainment and work.
1280 x 800
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Up to 12 hours
Dual-band a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
2MP / VGA Front camera
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector), microSD slot, 3.5 mm stereo jack
90-day limited warranty
The tablet has a highly sensitive GPS sensor that can locate you on the preloaded map in an instant. There is also an FM radio receiver.
The battery life leaves something to be desired.
The Dragon Touch V10 is a budget-friendly Android tablet with quite a powerful and fast-responding processor; it handles well everyday tasks as well as entertainment: movie watching and gaming is glitch-free and offers a lot of fun.
1280 x 800
MTK 64-bit Quad Core 1.3 GHz
Up to 6 hours
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
2MP / 2MP
Micro SD card slot, mini HDMI, micro USB, Headphone jack
Android 7.0 Nougat
Best Android Tablet for Work...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the best Andriod tablets you can get today for business and studying. It is pretty compact, thin, and lightweight, therefore, it won't be an inconvenience whether you carry it in your messenger bag or hold it in your hands.
The part that makes this tablet your best choice for work is that the initial purchase already includes an S Pen stylus made specifically for the model. With a stylus, you will work faster. Making notes, tapping apps, and everything that needs speed as much as it needs precision will be accomplished better with an S Pen. Moreover, the S Pen needs no charging like many of the drawing tablet styluses and the pens sold separately from the tablets. No charging means it won't unexpectedly die on you in the middle of an important conference or lecture.
Another thing great for work is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 offers up to 12 hours of non-stop operation. Well, "up to" means the actual time depends on how you use your Android tablet and with many energy-consuming tasks like heavy apps or watching a lot of videos, you will most probably have to charge it after less time but still, this model offers one of the longest operational times on a single charge.
...As Well as for Pleasure
When the work is done, it is time for a bit of fun. In the context of entertainment, this model also has a lot to offer. The coolest thing is that it does not matter what kind of things you see as "fun", the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 can handle just about anything people do to occupy themselves in their free time (except, maybe, testing your martial arts skills on it, we do not recommend that).
If you spend time with family and friends and would love to fill your Instagram with memories, the two cameras on this Android tablet, one 13MP and the other 5MP, make great selfies and photos. The 32GB of internal storage with an option to add space by means of a micro SD card will hold a ton of images and videos you will record. The 2048x1536 display resolution will please those who enjoy a movie or five before going to sleep, especially if you take into account the quad speakers that can react to the tablet being rotated so that the sound you hear comes just the right way however you hold the device.
Finally, if you are an avid gamer and have your favorites not only among PC and console titles but among Android games as well, we can say that this model is hands down the most powerful 10-inch Android tablet you will find; its quad-core Snapdragon processor is able to work at 2.2 GHz with another 1.6 GHz in Turbo, twice as good as most competitors.
This model is an overall winner when it comes to functionality and performance, it's only more or less major drawback is its price. However, you will hardly regret paying the sum seeing all that it offers.
For Movie Lovers
ASUS ZenPad is a 10-inch Android tablet with WXGA IPS Display. IPS panels are especially good for gadgets like smartphones and tablets since they offer good viewing angles and anti-glare coating, which will most probably come in handy when you need to use the device outdoors under the sun rays. Hence, this tablet is a good option if you move around a lot throughout the day.
The resolution of 1920x1200 is the 16:10 equivalent of Full HD (which is 1920x1080) and, assisted by the ASUS TruVivid technology, it offers you excellent picture when you watch movies or play games. However, if you are planning on storing your movies on the device, take time to shop for a microSD card for that purpose — the internal storage here is not small by any means but it is not too large either, 16 GB; taking into account the fact that some part of it will be taken to store several standard Android apps, it will be hardly possible to store many Full HD movies as well, one or two tops, maybe.
However, the good news in this department is that this high-performance Android tablet supports microSD cards of up to 128 GB. Now that's more than a couple movies. And add here the generous offer of 100 GB of Google Drive that you get for a year. Not bad at all.
Another nice feature this tablet boasts is the Miracast support. If you have a Miracast-supporting TV, you can mirror the images from your tablet display via Wi-Fi with quality otherwise only available using HDMI.
The ASUS ZenPad looks good, both inside and outside. Outside, it's the stylish metal body with embossed knit-patterning that will add to your business image—it speaks diligence and strictness in combination with innovation; with a tablet like this, you are walking step-in-step with the modern world. At the same time, inside, the new user interface called ZenUI makes your gadget smarter and easier to use. This interface is cleaner once again, more intuitive, and utterly beautiful.
The ZenPad 10 is an Android tablet that has ASUS VisualMaster included. VisualMaster is part of the ASUS Tru2Life technology, the smart way to make the image on the display of your tablet look precisely the way you want it to. With it, you can adjust just about any parameter to the image, from the standard brightness and contrast to sharpness, clarity, colors. It is not only good for movie viewing either, you can adjust your wallpaper to look better and crispier without extensive editing.
The battery of this model is quite powerful as well, under perfect conditions, it will work for 9 hours straight, though allowances should be made for more "heavy" apps.
One of the Best on the Affordable Side
When talking about the quality-to-cost ratio, there is no way we can avoid mentioning the Lenovo Tab 4. This small Android tablet (and it is small, 8" in diagonal) at a fairly affordable price will offer you high performance and a variety of features. For starters, it offers up to whole 20 hours of work before you need to recharge it. Well, under perfect conditions, of course.
The gadget is based on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. Although it is not the latest Snapdragon generation processor—that would be Snapdragon 845—it is still one of the fastest and the most advanced there is today. To be fair, a tablet on an 845 platform would cost you quite a bit more, too, whereas what we have here is a more or less budget-friendly gadget.
Let's get back to the actual topic, though. Besides one of the most powerful processors, this 8-inch tablet is equipped with a 2GB RAM, which is, again, not the largest available today but not the smallest either. Generally, you see this RAM volume in bigger tablets, though, for an 8-inch model, it is a really good choice.
The Lenovo Tab 4 has an IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, both quite usual for a tablet of this size. IPS will allow you to see what's on the screen from almost any angle and in the daylight, which is the reason IPS panels are used in most of our portable gadgets now, and the HD resolution is probably the biggest you need for an 8-inch display, bigger will result in too small icons and too much energy draining for no particular reason since appreciating details on a small screen is not all that easy.
Usually, a portable gadget like a tablet is a very personal thing—we have our social accounts on them, mail, personal content, etc. But when your family is on a budget, you will probably have to share at least sometimes so you'll think twice before adding something that is for no one's eyes. It's stressing. But not with this model, no.
Lenovo Tab 4 is a tablet for your whole family, kids and adults alike. It offers you a possibility to create several accounts, one for each user. With your own social media accounts, passwords, and other important stuff. This includes accounts for kids. With an add-on Kids’ Package, you can set time restrictions so that your little one does not spend a whole day glued to the screen. It will also filter the inappropriate content, relieving you from the necessity to keep an eye on the child's use of the Internet continuously. And the Kids' Pack also includes a couple bonuses that will please children as well as parents: a blue-light screen filter to keep eyes healthy, a shock-resistant bumper for when the kids are clumsy miscreants, and stickers—basically, just for fun.
Be it work-related tasks, watching a movie via Netflix app, or playing a game—this small Android tablet will perform exceptionally.
Amazon Fire HD 8
Your Personal Helper
While Fire OS is not called Android, it is still an Android-based operating system. Created by Amazon for their own product line, it is now used in a plethora of devices, including tablets.
The biggest benefit of any Amazon-issued gadget with Fire OS is the Alexa. Alexa is the third most used virtual assistant in the world, according to the 2017 research; this just shows how convenient and useful it can be. With Alexa, you can control your tablet with voice without applying any effort. Alexa will answer your questions, find you the information you need, help you make purchases, control your content (music, movies, books, etc.), perform calls and write messages. The latest updates to it even allow you to control devices besides the tablet, like your smart home, for example.
Besides Alexa, this Android tablet offers you whole 32 GB of storage (although there is a 16 GB model available) for all your content. For a simple and cheap device, it's an unusually large storage space. And it supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB as well. However, note that you can only install apps into the internal storage, the microSD is for non-app content like movies, music, books, and other documents. Which brings us back to those 32 GB—it is a good number, you'll easily install just about anything you need.
Although it is an Amazon product and Amazon has their own media content services, the Fire HD 8 will work perfectly with third-party streaming services like Netflix, HBO, Spotify and more. That includes not only online watching but downloading as well, so you won't be left bored without Wi-Fi connection like on a plane.
The Fire HD 8 tablet includes several useful additions to the Fire OS, the For You page being one of them. This feature was created for you to skip on searching for the apps and files you used. On the For You page, you will find the files you've opened the most recently, like movies and books, and, moreover, the smart engine will find you similar titles to go to when you are finished with the current ones. The page is dynamic, meaning that it follows your actions and changes its content accordingly. It is somewhat similar to the Netflix's "Because you watched" feature but includes not only movies but everything you use, be it apps, music, or audiobooks. And if you own several Fire tablets, your progress in each title is synchronized between them so you can start on one device, then stop and continue on another.
Having bought the Fire HD 8-inch tablet, you get 1 month of Amazon Prime for free (if you aren't already a Prime user). The benefits of Prime include free access to certain titles among movies, music, and Kindle books. Though not all titles, admittedly, but the list is quite expansive nevertheless, it has several thousand names in it, most of them downloadable to enjoy when there is no Wi-Fi connection.
Dragon Touch V10
The Dragon Touch V10 is clearly a budget model, meaning it is not too overpacked with bells and whistles. That being said, it does offer a solid performance and a variety of nice features that has led it to be included in this review.
This 10-inch Android tablet has a quad-core processor operating at 1.3 GHz. This number is quite enough to not only complete simple tasks and watch movies but to play games as well. There is 1 GB of RAM here, the standard option for budget models since it does complete most tasks you might need on a tablet smoothly if you do not overload it with ten apps opened at the same time. The display resolution is 1280x800. It is an HD resolution. Although it is more often seen on smaller 8-inch tablets, it does offer a quality image on the screen of a 10-inch one as well.
The onboard storage space this Android tablet has is 16 GB eMMC, which you can expand via a micro SD card of up to 32 GB, therefore, you will have approximately 48 GB of space minus some ~5 GB necessary to host default apps. Once again, it is not the best offered on the market but probably the best you can get at this price.
There are several features you will most probably only find in this Android tablet if you look throughout low-budget models. One of them would be a mini HDMI port. Actually, chances are you won't find it often even in more expensive models. The mini HDMI interface will allow you to connect the tablet directly to a TV set when you want to watch a movie on a bigger screen.
Another feature that can and will be useful, especially for those who work "on foot", i.e. move a lot throughout the day, is the GPS. Having preloaded the offline map of the city you are in at the moment, you will easily find the places you need and build the routes to them.
The tablet also has an FM radio receiver. Taking into account a storage space, that is limited compared to more expensive models, a radio is a good option if you love music: when all the trending songs don't fit into the memory, you can just turn on the radio and go.
In our opinion, the only real drawback to this high-performance Android tablet is its battery life. Whereas you can justify just about any of the other limitation, the fact that the charge holds for about 6 hours before you need to plug it in again can be kind of disappointing. If you do need to use the device longer you might want to consider a power bank. It will still be cheaper than most other tablets with a functionality like this one and longer battery life. Or you can see this as a way to limit the time your kid (or even you yourself) spends with a tablet, of course.
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 touchscreen 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.
Performance, RAM, and Storage Capacity
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 on 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 choosing 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.
Did you know?
- More than a billion people in the world operate a tablet on a semi-daily basis and over 150 million own one of these devices.
- Android tablets have had a large spike in popularity over the last few years and were able to finally surpass Apple with a market share of 57 percent.
- Average tablet usage adds up to about 15 hours a week which is considerably more than that of a smartphone and a computer.
- Some may find this statistic surprising but the most popular tablet activity has nothing to do with work, any form of videos or internet in general. It is actually video games with movies and TV shows trailing behind them in popularity. About 84% of tablet users tend to spend at least a few hours a week playing video games on their favorite device.
- Although your average tablet boasts a convenient structure capable of providing a sufficient level of mobility, up to eighty-two percent of tablet owners use their device strictly at home, with 28% of them replacing their computer with a tablet altogether.
- Researchers found that people tend to spend more time with their tablets than they do with paper books. Although this statistic may be somewhat ambiguous since a lot of individuals tend to read books on their tablets.
Bit of History
Although the first touchscreen piece of equipment was introduced fairly recently, with the first ever model being produced in 1982 by George Samuel Hurst and released in 1993 by IBM (though the technology didn't really receive any kind of popularity or commercial success for another 10 or so years), it does seem like touchscreen devices have been around for ages, doesn't it?
Part of it certainly has something to do with the fact that while the device became popular in the last decade, the first attempts to produce a touchscreen technology date back to 1970s when a couple of engineers from CERN developed a transparent touchscreen based on their work at a television factory in the early 1960s. Another cause for it could very well be the fact that an idea of a touchscreen technology has been prominent in the science fiction genre being mentioned as early as 1951 in Isaac Asimov's series of science fiction books called The Foundation.
The last but not least possible reason for this kind of phenomenon could possibly be the fact that a touchscreen technology provides a tremendous amount of convenience and utility that simply isn't possible to achieve using a regular device paired with an orthodox screen.
Speaking of convenience and utility, did you know that you could use your tablet as a powerful TV remote? With the right model in your hands, you will be capable of entirely replacing your remote with a tablet. Some of these devices are specifically designed with this kind of application in mind. The popular Samsung Galaxy Tab line, for instance, boasts a built-in IR transmitter that can be used as a universal TV remote. Although just like with the good old-fashioned remote, you will have to aim directly at your television set in order for it to work.
But that isn't even the remotely the most peculiar possible application for your tablet. The honor and privilege of bestowing that title would have to go to those bright folks that figured out that you can use your touchscreen device to tune your guitar. Professional and aspiring musicians usually tend to carry electric guitar tuners with them. But if you're an intermediate player that just wants to quickly tune his favorite musical instrument, or you would like to have a backup guitar in case your band is on tour, all you have to do is download Guitar Tuna, a free Android and iOS app that will do that job for you.
Q: What are the advantages of a tablet compared to a modern smartphone?
A: A tablet features quite a few advantages even if you compare it to some of the most technologically impressive models of smartphones on the market. First of all, tablets generally feature a much larger display, providing you with far more workspace opportunity and convenience regardless of whatever task at hand you're looking to execute. They're a considerably more appropriate tool for work and can also make the viewing experience, be it a blockbuster movie or your favorite television drama, a much more engaging activity. Second, a tablet is a far more versatile device that is much more suitable for video conferencing and can also serve as an e-reader far better than your average smartphone. Last but not least, tablets tend to be noticeably cheaper than their smartphone counterparts.
Q: What are the advantages of a tablet compared to a laptop?
A: Although your average tablet may lose to a laptop when it comes to functionality, the device has an array of features and assets that often make a tablet a significantly more alluring choice than a laptop. One of the more obvious and noticeable advantages of a tablet would be its portability. Tablets tend to be thin and light. Of course, if you happen to own a MacBook Air or an ultrabook, the difference may seem less noticeable than it usually is, but when it comes to most laptops, a tablet is thinner, lighter, and more portable by a long shot. If you plan on carrying the device around with you all day, that few pounds difference can be not just evident but often crucial. Another important difference is that tablets generally feature a battery life that far exceeds the one of your average laptop. There's also the fact that tablets tend to be much more convenient when it comes to certain tasks like reading or watching movies and they also almost always feature a camera, something that your typical laptop normally lacks.
Q: What is the most recent version of Android?
A: The latest version of Android is 8.0 "Oreo", which was released in August 2017. If you want to learn more about whether your knowledge on the subject is up to date, you can visit the Android History section at the official Android website.
Q: How can I tell which version I have?
A: The steps for checking your version may somewhat vary depending on your device but as a rule of a thumb, you should go to your device's settings option, look for an entry that says something along the lines of About Device, About Phone or anything of the sort and find the version of your Android on the list of specifications.
Q: Can I stream live sports on my Android device?
A: Absolutely. One of the many perks of owning an Android device is the ability to stream live sports. By virtue of the latest mobile technologies, sports fans nowadays are capable of having an unprecedented and unrestricted access to games happening simultaneously all over the world. To access live sports streaming on your Android device, you will have to download an app using the Google Play store or locate a website that is capable of connecting you to an online broadcast of the sporting event that you wish to observe.
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