Thanks to the built-in Kickstand you can utilize the tablet in 3 different modes from lean back to upright. Additionally, it can act as a convenient transportation handle.
Lack of a gyroscope (screen rotation is disabled).
A remarkable piece of Samsung tech, which includes an 18.4" Full HD display that delivers a stunning level of picture and video detail. Additionally, it works flawlessly with modern applications and with streaming platforms such as YouTube, Netflix and Twitch.
18.4", Full HD (1920x1080)
Processor: Exynos7580 (1.6 GHz Octa-core)
RAM: 3 GB
Memory: 64 GB
Android 5.1 Lollipop
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 3.5mm jack
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G
- / 2 MP
Up to 8 hours
17.79" x 10.86" x 0.47"
Despite this model having 32 GB of built-in memory it can be expanded in two ways: with a microSD flash drive (128 GB) or using a 2.5" HDD (up to 2 TB).
Tends to lag a bit when too many apps are running.
A real alternative to an all-in-one desktop, the IVIEW tablet has everything needed to be called a real portable computer. The kit comes with Windows 10 on board as well as with a wireless keyboard and mouse. What is more, all that fits nicely into a carry bag that the tablet is supplied with.
17.3", Full HD (1920x1080)
Processor: Intel Celeron N3350 (Up to 2.4 GHz Dual-core)
RAM: 4 GB
Memory: 32 GB
Windows 10 Home
MicroSD slot, 3 x USB ports, RJ-45 port, HDMI-out
- / 2 MP
Up to 4-5 hours
16.46" x 10.49" x 0.87"
Aside from the regular micro USB port for charging and data transfer, this tablet is also equipped with a USB Type-A port. With this handy connector, you will be able to connect a keyboard, gamepad, or mouse as well as charge other USB-powered devices.
The sound quality is far from perfect.
The convertible tablet, Pro 12 combines powerful hardware, great performance, and a budget-friendly price in one package. This model will be an ideal choice for users that tend to deal with daily chores on the go.
12.2", Full HD (1920x1200)
Processor: MediaTek MT8163 (1.3 GHz Quad-core)
RAM: 2 GB
Memory: 64 GB
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, USB port, mini HDMI-out
8 MP / 2 MP
Up to 8 hours
11.8" x 8.1" x 0.3"
The front camera of this tablet has a resolution of 5 MP making the device suitable for Skype calls or occasional selfie photos. On top of that, the HD microphone improves the overall call quality.
The supplementary devices are a bit overpriced.
The Huawei MateBook is designed with portability in mind. Thanks to the lightweight body and powerful Intel Core m3 processor, the tablet is both light and powerful, making it a prime choice for office use as well as dealing with demanding (performance-wise) tasks with ease.
12”, WQHD (2160x1440)
Processor: Intel Core m3-7Y30 (Up to 2.6 GHz Dual-core)
RAM: 4 GB
Memory: 128 GB SSD
Windows 10 Home
USB Type-C port, 3.5mm jack
- / 5 MP
Up to 5 hours
10.97" x 7.65" x 0.27"
The responsive multi touch screen, as well as the Blue Morpho 3.0 OS, makes using the device easy even for children. Additionally, the device comes with exclusive access to more than 400 apps and games for the whole family.
The amount of internal memory is limited.
Although it is not highly portable due to its size and weight, this tablet is a great pick for a home multimedia center. While the convenient oversized housing protects the screen and makes it easier to carry the tablet, the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU ensures an always stable operation of the device.
19.5", HD+ (1600x900)
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 (1.8 GHz Quad-core)
RAM: 2 GB
Memory: 16 GB SSD
Android 4.4 KitKat
Micro USB, 3.5mm jack
- / 1.3 MP
Up to 30 minutes
20.9" x 14.1" x 0.9"
Samsung Galaxy View
The One and Only
Galaxy View from Samsung is an enormous (by regular tablet standards) device that has quite a few features to offer when it comes to versatility. When moving further away from the large screen one may notice a big stand on the rear side of the housing. This handy feature will be your best friend when it comes down to convenient use of the tablet since you can put it just like a laptop on any flat surface.
Although you can remove the handle at any given time, considering the relatively large weight of around 5.8 pounds it would be problematic to effectively use the device without it. The only noticeable issue that you will encounter is the lack of a built-in gyroscope that normally allows turning the image on the screen. Without it, the Galaxy View is incapable of utilizing the screen rotation feature in most of the apps that are available for the Android mobile platform.
The 5700 mAh battery of the device is not something really groundbreaking in terms of capacity but does its job well and can hold a charge for up to 6 hours straight when used at full brightness or when utilized at a maximum CPU load.
Expand Your Creativity
The wireless capabilities of the device feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and 4G LTE support (the latter will only work if you use a SIM card with a pre-paid data plan). Although this model has seen some various iterations in terms of design for the last couple of years the signal reception of the LTE unit is fairly decent and you won’t have any issues using it provided a good signal from the cell towers.
Moving further down the list of features, let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the tablet. First of all, the gadget is equipped with a highly powerful octa-core CPU with a clock rate of 1.6 GHz. Although the clock rate is not something really groundbreaking, the number of cores compensates for the lack of processing power quite a bit so you won’t have any issues even with the most demanding applications available on the Play store. Secondly, this model comes equipped with 64 GB of flash memory (can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD memory card) and 3 GB of RAM, which improves the overall performance even further. On the contrary, the implemented camera looks more like an afterthought to the whole design since the 2 MP lens leaves something to be desired. However, considering the portable construction the resolution of the output picture is good enough for occasional Skype calls.
Light, fast, and extremely powerful the Samsung Galaxy View is one of the main and biggest contenders to be a great tablet for both office use and entertainment.
A Silent Workhorse
Contrary to many popular tablet models, the IVIEW 1760AIO comes equipped with Windows 10 Home OS, which moves it closer to being a fully-fledged portable PC system. The mobile OS has all the features of the desktop version including all of the Office software applications making it a great solution for day-to-day tasks.
Even though the device is not designed for high-end gaming titles you can still play some medium or lower tier game titles that came out recently without having any major performance issues. Speaking of performance, the device features an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor with a clock rate of 1.1 GHz (2.4 GHz in turbo mode), which is quite impressive for a portable tablet. What is more, it also comes with 4 GB of RAM that combined with the powerful processor provide enough resources to deal with demanding tasks such as photo editing. That said, it is not recommended to use the tablet with something more extreme in terms of resource management, like video editing or post-processing since the capabilities of the built-in graphics chip are quite limited.
True, Full HD Experience
The display, on the other hand, is ideal for watching streaming videos, movies and TV shows available on various streaming services. Thanks to the wide screen 17.3-inch display, the picture is crisp and clear, and combined with the nice CPU clock rate this model has it provides gorgeous Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution with little to no stuttering. As for the file storage means, the tablet has 32 GB of internal memory with the ability to expand the existing space up to 128 GB with a dedicated microSD flash drive as well as adding an HDD to the package.
Unlike many other tablet models that are available on the market in the same price range, the 1760AIO comes equipped with both keyboard and mouse for a truly wireless experience. On top of that, the handy carry bag that is supplied with the device will make transporting effortless since all elements fit nicely inside. The portability, however, ends there since the 2600 mAh battery doesn’t leave much room for unplugged operations, limiting the user with only 3-4 hours of operation before it needs to be charged again.
Fairly lightweight and extremely powerful when it comes to processing speed, the IVIEW 1760AIO will be your go-to pick if you are looking for a budget-friendly tablet with Windows that can tackle office-related tasks on a daily basis.
Media Streaming - Easier than Ever
The Pro 12 from RCA has all features required to be a great and affordable big screen tablet and not solely because of its large size.
To start off the list of core features, the combination of a 12.2-inch display and Full HD resolution provided by the integrated graphics chip makes this device capable of delivering a truly marvelous level of detail on the screen, which should definitely please movie and TV show fans out there. What makes this model special, though is the inclusion of a mini-HDMI port that allows for connecting the tablet to computers, monitors, and projectors. With this subtle, yet highly useful feature you will be able to stream everything that is going on on the screen to other devices without losing even a tiny bit of picture quality.
In order to maintain good processing power to do so, RCA equipped the Pro 12 with a mobile MediaTek quad-core CPU with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz and 2 GB of RAM making it capable of dealing with demanding tasks. What is more, the unit is equipped with rear and front cameras with 8 MP and 2 MP resolution, respectively.
Affordable and Reliable
As for the file storage means, the gadget features 64 GB of flash memory that can be expanded to 128 GB with a microSD card. On top of that, the tablet comes with a WiFi unit on board which coupled with full Bluetooth 4.0 support makes it great for wireless headphones and headsets as well as for office and home use.
The only real gripe that you may face using the tablet without headphones is the quality of sound produced by the single speaker, which leaves something to be desired. Even though the speaker doesn’t provide you with true HD stereo surround sound, considering its relatively small price tag it is decent enough for watching YouTube videos or using streaming services even without a pair of headphones.
The supplementary accessories include a small but useful keyboard and the USB type-A port which allows you to connect a wired mouse or a bigger controller in case you need something more than a standard model. That said, the supplied keyboard is a high-quality controller and despite the lack of some keys can compete with some premium laptops in terms of build quality, sensitivity, and responsiveness. What is more, unlike some other tablet keyboards, this one is equipped with a touchscreen, which expands its already great versatility.
In the end, the refined combination of a mobile processor and fast Android OS makes this gadget one of the best large screen tablet models, especially in the budget segment.
Huawei MateBook Signature Edition
Being no strangers to the mobile gadget market, Huawei presents its MateBook tablet that can definitely compete with some of the flagship models from other major companies.
The standard package comes with a tablet only, however, if you feel like you need an additional keyboard or a digital pen that is combined with a powerful power bank, they all are optionally available. The only thing that may interfere with your pick is their relatively high price compared to the build quality and durability. Considering how many affordable wireless gadgets are available on the market, it might be better to opt for a more budget-friendly solution.
When it comes down to performance the Huawei MateBook can surely deliver. The basic model that has been picked for this review features a combination of an Intel Core m3 dual-core mobile CPU with a clock rate of up to 2.6 GHz and 4 GB of RAM. Together they provide you with enough processing speed to use demanding software applications without breaking a sweat. Additionally, the core package is also equipped with a 128 GB SSD, which is a bit uncommon for portable tablets. The SSD makes file management easy and the read/write speed makes processing huge amount of data almost seamless.
If that piqued your interest but 128 GB is not enough to fulfil your needs there are 256 and 512 GB versions optionally available with the possibility to choose between m3 and m5 Intel Core processors.
Everything a Good Gadget Thrives to Be
Moving on, let’s talk about the main part of any tablet - the screen itself. Unlike the majority of other models in our reviews the MateBook is equipped with a 12-inch screen that has a resolution of 2160x1440, which brings a real 4K experience to the table when it comes to video formats. Coupled with a 33.7 Wh lithium battery that is designed with high-density technology, the overall operational time of this large tablet will be around 7-8 hours depending on screen brightness and CPU load.
Although some users will be disappointed to find that this model doesn’t have a front camera, the device doesn’t really suffer from its lack. The resolution of the handy rear camera, on the other hand, is 5 MP, which allows taking pictures of decent quality, however, it truly shines at taking pictures of documents since this is what it was designed for in the first place.
All things considered, the Huawei MateBook is definitely the best large screen tablet designed for the office thanks to its autonomous capabilities and ease of use. If you are looking for a decent alternative to expensive Android models, then this handy alternative that runs on Windows 10 is a worthy contender.
nabi Big Tab HD
An Alternative Look on Android OS
The nabi Big Tab is a large Android tablet that features a high-resolution screen with a special multi-touch sensor technology. Advertised as a tablet for the whole family it will be more appealing to the kids due to its special nabi OS interface. To call it an actual operating system would be a little bit of a stretch since it acts more like a user interface theme than an actual system core.
Aside from a huge 20-inch screen, this model also has a special handle on the top side of the oversize housing making it easier to carry especially by kids. Considering the weight of nearly 8.3 pounds the device surely benefits from an additional carrying handle making it easier to use as a portable model. That being said, the portable capabilities of the giant tablet end there since its battery life is severely limited, even more so when comparing this model to other products of the same category.
Aside from the regular Play store apps that are available at any time, by purchasing the Big Tab you are getting exclusive access to applications developed by nabi.
First things first, there is a great selection of gaming and educational software apps including classic 2-player games such as checkers, chess, backgammon and many more. What makes them stand out, though, is the attention to detail that went into them, which creates a great gaming experience. On top of that, there are multiple Game Room multiplayer applications for all ages. The multi-touch screen makes these games ideal for gaming sessions with family and friends, given that several players can interact with the game simultaneously creating a great alternative to a real game board.
The additional software includes Show Time - a huge library of Disney movies, e-books and games, Big Canvas (also known as Dream Pro Studio) - a powerful drawing and animation engine that has some similarities to MS Paint. The latter is easy to use, great to get into yet hard to master, making the imagination of your kids the only limitation.
Wrapping things up, although this model is not the greatest in terms of performance and demanding tasks, it is by far the best large screen tablet for kids available on the market, and we can only wish for a slightly lower price tag since it cannot be called a budget-friendly gadget. However, if you are looking for a great present for your kids, the amount of features designed specifically for the younger generation is simply mind-blowing and in case you can afford it - it will be definitely worth it.
What Are Large Screen Tablets?
Today, there are quite a lot of different tablet models available on the market, nonetheless, there is a niche category of devices that can compete with fully-fledged laptops. Surely, you can always opt for a regular tablet model but more often than not it’s just a bigger phone you are looking for.
Contrary to standard tablet models, the large screen tablets provide you with an unrivalled level of resolution and picture quality, which topped with powerful hardware makes them truly unique for the mobile gadgets market. Thanks to their large screens, these devices can be used for a variety of different purposes, from watching a YouTube video to utilizing it as an alternative to regular sheet music, which will be a real selling point for all musicians out there.
Although the features of full-blown tablets don’t end there, they are not speciality products. In case you are looking for something more specific and useful for your profession we also recommend taking a look at the top drawing tablets models for creating better digital art. Alternatively, if you need something more subtle we have also covered the best 10-inch tablets, which are a great middle-ground solution in terms of display size.
What Features to Compare
Since there are so many tablets with relatively big screens one may have issues trying to wrap their head around all possible options. Hence, we have broken down the core features into a convenient list so you could pick the right model that suits your particular needs.
Display Size and Resolution
By picking a tablet you will instinctively look for a bigger screen no matter what, so it is logical to assume that these devices share some common features, in reality - it is not the case.
Even though most of the large tablets feature relatively big screens, some manufacturers have some tricks under their sleeves. Examples of making housing parts much bigger than they should result in enormous dimensions of the end product and leave the user with a smaller screen. Although it is a common thing for the mobile gadget market, it is important to compare both the dimensions and the screen size and not fall into marketing traps.
Another thing that is crucial for a widescreen device is the resolution of its screen. Nobody wants to watch videos in the now obsolete 720p format, and rightfully so - you should opt for devices with a display resolution of at least 1600x900. The main reason for that - the large screen provides a larger viewing and working experience.
What is more, there are more benefits of having a larger display, since nowadays you can run multiple instances of applications simultaneously, thanks to split-screen mode.
The material and type of the touchscreen display will be important for users that tend to use their gadgets on the go. This section also includes supplementary products such as carry bags and attachable handles that will ease the transportation of these big devices.
The larger tablet versions offer more room for creativity. Nevertheless, your creativity can be limited by the poor performance of the mobile gadget.
A good combination of CPU and RAM can go a long way, especially for such mobile gadgets as phones and tablets. In the case of large tablets specifically, you will need even more processing power in order to maintain a stable FPS level in games without sudden stuttering.
Modern mobile CPUs offer unprecedented clock rates that can compete with some full-size counterparts. We recommend opting for dual-core processors with clock rate speeds of up to 1.6 GHz or higher as a bare minimum since modern applications and software can be quite CPU-demanding.
Internal Storage and Type
Nowadays users can hardly be surprised by the number of gigabytes their mobile device can store without stuttering. What is of great importance, though, is the type of the drive. Since large display tablets leave more room for the hardware, some producers supply their gadgets with HDDs or even SSDs on board. While the former type of drive holds more data, the latter has incredibly fast read and write speeds making the choice of SSD a great option for users processing huge amounts of data on a daily basis. Likewise, flash memory or a HDD is a prime pick for a home media center.
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The History of Multi Touch Screens
Just a few decades ago touchscreen technology was something out of the world of science fiction, which is weird, to say the least, considering how common touch screen devices are nowadays.
The development of the capacitive controllers began back in the 1960s and the first prototype was finished by the end of 1965 by E.A. Johnson at Malvern, UK. The first ever produced touchscreen was a simple device that featured two pieces of glass that were coated with a conductor cover and when connected to the electrical conductor such as human finger could serve as a controller system.
Since Johnson was working at the Royal Radar Establishment at the time, the invention was quickly adopted by air traffic control centers and was stilled used as of the late 1990s.
The multi touch devices, however, were first introduced in Toronto by Nimish Menta. This type of gadget was made of a frosted glass panel with a camera connected to it. This way the lens could detect any interaction with surface identifying them as ‘spots’.
This invention aided in tracking not only inputs directly on the screen but hand movements and gestures as a whole. Although the work of Mehta and Myron Krueger that introduced video cameras and projectors to the mix of the sensors is hugely influential, it was not given the recognition it deserved at the time.
Further development of these core concepts was carried on by Apple and HP companies and eventually led to the creation of the devices such as iPhone and iPads that are so well-known today.
Even though many people still think that the iPad was the first tablet produced by Apple, it is not technically true. Back in 1993, the company introduced Apple Newton, a touch screen tablet that featured a monochrome display. Although it was innovative at the time, its bulkiness and high price didn’t make it as nearly as successful as the iPad in 2010. To put simply, the market wasn’t ready for this kind of gadget and poor sales almost tanked the company.
Capabilities of Tablets, You May Not Known About
Modern tablets are not nearly the same as they were just a couple of years before. Today the innovative hardware solutions have made our mobile gadgets closer than ever to be a real counterpart to PCs and laptops. However, the majority of consumers knows very little of not-so-well hidden capabilities of their devices that they use on a daily basis.
- Streaming Media
Given that your tablet has a USB port for charging (virtually every single model), it is capable of connecting to TVs, laptops, projectors, and even some TVs. Additionally, some modern tablets also come equipped with either HDMI or mini HDMI ports simplifying the connectivity.
- Software Emulators
Even though the emulators are not officially supported by most tablet companies, in reality, most of the modern mobile gadgets are capable of emulating other devices. These include older phone models, portable gaming systems, and even some of the retro gaming consoles.