Best Android Tablets

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2018
Android tablets are portable gadgets that use a touch screen as a main input/output device and run under Android OS. These tablets are versatile enough and have many expandability features to be used for both work and entertainment. Here is the review of 5 best models available that we've made to help you when choosing the best option. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Display
CPU (SoC)
RAM
Onboard Storage
Battery Life
Wireless Connectivity
Camera
Interfaces
Android Version
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

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.

CONS

The fingertips are quite visible on the back panel.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Display

9.7" HDR-ready Super AMOLED;
2048 x 1536

CPU (SoC)

Quad Core (2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz), Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ APQ8096

RAM

4 GB

Onboard Storage

32 GB 

Battery Life

Up to 12 hours

Wireless Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2

Camera

Rear 13MP / Front 5MP

Interfaces

MicroSD Slot, USB Type-C (3.1), 3.5mm Stereo jack

Android Version

Android 7.0 Nougat

Weight

0.95 lbs

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

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.

CONS

The display produces many flares. There is no Gorilla glass used for the screen protection.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Display

9.7", IPS, QXGA (2048x1536)

CPU (SoC)
MTK MT8176, Dual-Core (2.1 GHz) + Quad-Core (1.7 GHz)
RAM
4 GB
Onboard Storage
64 GB
Battery Life
10 hours
Wireless Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2
Camera
Rear - 8 MP, Front - 5 MP
Interfaces
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
Android Version
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Weight
0.94 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

A 180° rotating camera offers a great way to take both rear and front photos. This makes the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 model one of the best tablets for taking selfies, making Skype calls, and for using other means of video messaging with effortless ease.

CONS

The sound quality is mediocre at the maximum volume levels.

OUR VERDICT

The Yoga Tablet from Lenovo will become your favorite multimedia device since it has a fairly powerful Qualcomm CPU and an impressive battery that lasts for almost 20 hours when fully charged. A unique kickstand makes the tablet easier to use in various situations.

detailed parameters
Display

8", IPS, WXGA (800 x 1280)

CPU (SoC)

Qualcomm® APQ8009 (1.3 GHz Quad-core)

RAM

2 GB

Onboard Storage

16 GB

Battery Life

Up to 20 hours

Wireless Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0

Camera

8 MP / 8 MP (180° rotatable camera)

Interfaces

MicroSD Slot, Micro USB, 3.5mm Stereo

Android Version

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Weight

1.03 lb

Warranty

1 year

PROS

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.

CONS

The speakers are arranged along one side of the tablet and may be easily covered and muted with palms.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Display

10.1", TFT, WUXGA (1920x1200)

CPU (SoC)
Exynos 7870, Octa-Core (1.6GHz)
RAM
2 GB
Onboard Storage
16 GB
Battery Life

Up to 13 hours

Wireless Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2
Camera
Rear - 8 MP, AF with flashlight, Front - 2 MP
Interfaces
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 3.5mm stereo out
Android Version
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Weight
1.16 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

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.

CONS

The software update takes some time.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Display

8" IPS Multitouch LCD;
1280 x 800

CPU (SoC)

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ MSM8917 Processor (1.4 GHz)

RAM

2 GB

Onboard Storage

16 GB

Battery Life

Up to 20 hours

Wireless Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G

Camera

5MP / 2MP 

Interfaces

microSD slot, combo audio jack

Android Version

Android 7.1 Nougat  

Weight

0.68 lbs

Warranty

1 year

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T820NZKAXAR)

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.

Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T820NZKAXAR) 9.7" Tablet (Qualcomm APQ8096, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

...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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T820NZKAXAR) 9.7" Tablet (Qualcomm APQ8096, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM) in the use

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ASUS Z500M-C1-SL

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.

Review of ASUS Z500M-C1-SL 9.7" 2K IPS Display Tablet (Mediatek 8176, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

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.

ASUS Z500M-C1-SL 9.7" 2K IPS Display Tablet (Mediatek 8176, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) in the use

Killer Performance

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.

Detailed review of ASUS Z500M-C1-SL 9.7" 2K IPS Display Tablet (Mediatek 8176, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The 64 GB HD, the 4 GB of RAM, along with a 128 GB Micro SDCard gives me more memory than I will ever need.

Display

Overall I'm very pleased with this tablet and have no regrets. It has lots of memory, plays games great, is a descent size and has fast charging.

Features

he MicroSD slot allows me to download a crazy number of movies for my trip to Asia and the battery last for about 6-7 Screen on Time (SoT).

Processor

The microprocessors are fast enough to handle anything I can throw at it,but the most important thing to me is having the 4 GB of RAM. I use a program that demands a lot of RAM memory (WT Library) and this tablet handles it beautifully.
 

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8" (ZA090094US)

Makes Life Easier

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a solid middle ground solution if you are looking for an affordable and high-performing device.

Although the retailers try to update all Lenovo models in time, sometimes the devices that have been in the storage for too long can be delivered with factory versions of the Android OS. Thus, we recommend updating the tablet to the latest supported version of the Android OS before using some of the more demanding applications. Otherwise, you may face stuttering and lags during playback of media files, online videos, or while playing games.

The Lenovo AnyPen feature allows for using any conductive element as a stylus pen to make quick notes or making routes on the map. You can even draw pictures this way, though the sensor is less accurate compared to the drawing tablets, so this feature will be more suitable for simple sketches rather than for fully-fledged digital paintings.

Unlike many of the Yoga’s competitors, its battery life impresses rather than disappoints, being able to work for up to 20 hours from one full charge.

Moving on, the specifications of the tablet make it perfect for many different purposes. On top of that, the model features a kickstand that can be adjusted to 4 positions. You can hang the tablet or put it on the table just like a regular laptop (even though it doesn’t have a keyboard), the possibilities are virtually endless since the kickstand can be turned up or down 180°.

Speaking of degrees, the gadget has a single 8MP camera instead of two that can be turned however you want, which makes it so much easier to hold the kickstand with one hand while taking selfies at the same time.

Review of Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8" (ZA090094US) Android Tablet (2/16GB)

A Potential Power Inside

The 8-inch IPS screen may not be enough to surprise most of the customers nowadays but it does deliver a stable image quality at low to medium frame rates, while the 800x1280 resolution of the 8-inch tablet's display makes it more than enough for watching your favorite movies or TV series.

Despite the fact that the tablet has a quad-core CPU, the clock rate of each one barely reaches 1.3 MHz, which, in combination with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, may lead to occasional stuttering and hiccups since 400 MHz of the said clock rate is a bit low by today’s standards. To avoid that, we recommend restarting the device at least once a week so the RAM will be able to reset itself. Alternatively, you can tinker with the system settings in order to allocate more or less ram to applications that require a lot of memory to run.

All in all, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a great budget-friendly tablet that is still capable of competing with top-of-the-line models when it comes to performance and speed. 

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8" (ZA090094US) Android Tablet (2/16GB) in the use

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A (SM-T580NZKAXAR)

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.

Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab A (SM-T580NZKAXAR) 10.1" Tablet (Exynos 7870, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM)

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (SM-T580NZKAXAR) 10.1" Tablet (Exynos 7870, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM) in the use

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.

Detailed review of Samsung Galaxy Tab A (SM-T580NZKAXAR) 10.1" Tablet (Exynos 7870, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM)

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What customers say about this product

Processor

This is way to fast! Great for gaming and surfing the web! Love it! Beautiful camera and software! I would buy it again!

Features

I got this to replace my 5 year old Toshiba and really like it. It's light, it keeps a battery charge for ages, has a good wifi antenna and runs all my favorite apps.

Key Specs

It has good specs and i can surf web, play videos and music and send emails and use it for office production, battery lasts up to 14 hours and ample memory for all my needs, has micro sd card slot for more memory.

Display

I have a Tab 4 10.1 4g and the display on the Tab A is brighter and crisper.
 

Lenovo ZA2B0009US

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.

Review of Lenovo ZA2B0009US Tab 4, 8"

Family-Friendly

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.

Lenovo ZA2B0009US Tab 4, 8" in the use

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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 with tablet PCs more convenient and more desktop PC-like can refer to our review of Bluetooth keyboards, in which we covered best devices of this type.

What Features to Compare

Display Parameters

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.

Interfaces

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.

Additional Features

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?

That:

  • 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.

FAQ:

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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