01 Feb Best 6 tablets of 2016

With so many great tablets on the market, and new contenders constantly arriving, buying a new tablet presents a genuinely tough choice.

Whether you want a cheap £100 Windows tablet, a premium Android tablet or simply can’t decide between the members of Apple’s growing iPad family, you’ll find the perfect tablet here.

 

Apple iPad Air 2 from £399 inc VAT

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 set the standard in the tablet market. It was the thinnest in the world in 2015, yet packed in a fingerprint sensor, a triple-core A8X processor and a stunningly good 9.7in display. All of this awesomeness comes in a package just 6.1mm thick and 431 grams in weight.

Screen Camera Processor Storage Battery life
9.7in
1,536 x 2,048
1.2MP
8MP
Triple-core Apple A8X
2GB RAM
16/64/128GB
No microSD
12h 46m video playback

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in £400 inc VAT, 32GB Wi-Fi

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If there was an Android version of the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in would be it. It’s supermodel thin at a mere 5.6mm and weighs just 389g (lighter than even the Air 2), yet feels solid and sturdy. The downside’s are the range of accessories aren’t as varied as Apple’siPad, and gaming performance is not up to the same high standard.

Screen Camera Processor Storage Battery life
9.7in
1,536 x 2,048
2.1MP
8MP
Octa-core Exynos 5433
3GB RAM
32/64GB
+ microSD
12h 09m video playback

 

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet £499 inc VAT (including keybaord)

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The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is one of the slickest Android tablets out there. The combination of an excellent 2K display and superb battery life means it has power that will leave most of it’s competitors standing.  With the added bonus of water and dust proofing (IP65 and IP68) the Sony Xperia Z4 should be on everyone’s tablet shopping list.

Screen Camera Processor Storage Battery life
10.1in
2560×1600
5.1MP
8.1MP
Octa-core 2 GHz  Snapdragon 810
3GB RAM
32/64GB
+ microSD
17h 09m video playback

 

Microsoft Surface 3: £419 inc VAT, 64GB Wi-Fi (£529 with Type Cover)

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The 10.8in Surface 3 is the Surface Pro 3’s younger sibling and starting at £419 makes it Microsoft’s cheapest Surface yet. You will however need to purchase a Type Cover if you really want to get the most out of the device.  It’s a little smaller and lighter than the Surface Pro 3, with both the tablet and Type Cover weighing in at 884g. With full Windows app support and superb battery life, the Surface is an great compromise between a tablet and a laptop.

Screen Camera Processor Storage Battery life
10.8in
1,280 x 1,920
3.5MP
8MP
Octa-core Atom x7-Z8700
2/4GB RAM
64/128GB
+ microSD
7h 48m video playback

 

Apple iPad mini 4 from £319 inc VAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The iPad mini remains the small tablet to beat. The performance enhancements to version 4 keep it ahead of its competitors, and with the breadth and quality of the App Store, makes it the go to small tablet.

Screen Camera Processor Storage Battery life
7.9in
1,536 x 2,048
1.2MP
8MP
Dual-core Apple A8
2GB RAM
16/64/128GB
No microSD
10h 43m video playback

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8in £300 inc VAT, 32GB Wi-Fi

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a great android tablet which apes Apple’s iPad 4:3 screen aspect ratio. It has a gorgeous screen and both performance and battery life are excellent despite a 5.6mm thin body.

Screen Camera Processor Storage Battery life
8in
1,536 x 2,048
2.1MP
8MP
Octa-core Exynos 5433
3GB RAM
32/64GB
+ microSD
14h 07m video playback

 

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