Monday, September 11, 2017

Choosing a Tablet Just Got Easier

Tablet Buying Guide: Choosing a Tablet Just Got Easier

The world is more mobile than ever, and the best tablets allow you to balance business, personal and entertainment functions, right in the palm of your hand. So how do you sort through all the features when choosing a tablet? Here’s everything you need to know. 

Why a tablet might be right for your business  Tablets provide many of the features your computer does, just in an ultra-portable format. Create and modify documents with Microsoft® Office apps. Add a wireless keyboard accessory for easier memos or note taking at conferences. Wi-Fi and 4G network access let you videoconference and deliver presentations using programs like WebEx.

You can also interact with customers and clients in a more engaging manner. After your sales pitch, close the deal with a mobile credit card reader. Collect instant feedback with a survey app, or have customers add their contact information for your mailing list. They may not completely replace your computer, but tablets are indispensable for many businesses.

Choosing an operating system Each tablet operating system has its own strengths, depending on what you need. Here are three of the biggest players:

  • ·        Apple® iOS The iPad® features the same operating system as iPhones and iPods, so they work together seamlessly. Sync videos, contacts, photos and apps across your Apple devices with little effort. The clean interface starts up instantly and is highly intuitive, making the iPad perfect for both heavy tablet users and novices alike. The Apple iTunes app store has almost a billion free and paid apps, with more than a third of these customized for the iPad, so you can manage everything from bookkeeping to home security to travel from just about anywhere.
  • ·         Android™  Google’s operating system powers devices from several manufacturers, including Samsung® and Amazon’s Kindle. Most Android tablets sync with Google’s tools and services, so you can sign in with your Google™ account and your photos, emails, contacts, bookmarks and Google Play™ purchases are ready to go. Android also allows easy multi-tasking and features a customizable home screen, rich notifications, resizable widgets and deep interactivity. Another plus? Android offers support for multiple user logins, so you can share your tablet with a friend or family member without worrying about giving them access to your private information. Just keep in mind that Android isn’t the same everywhere. It’s open source software, so manufacturers can create different versions of Android for different devices, some with more features than others. For example, Fire OS Mojito, the exclusive version used only on the Amazon Kindle Fire, is so highly customized for Amazon that it’s barely recognizable as Android (it’s not even compatible with apps found in the Google Play store).·         Windows
  • Microsoft® positions its tablets as mini PCs. In fact, some Microsoft Surface tablets run full-fledged versions of Windows 10. These Windows-running tablets are known as “convertibles,” since they function almost as well as laptops as they do tablets. Users can easily switch back and forth between using the Surface as a laptop and a tablet when a keyboard accessory is attached. Throw in bigger screens, laptop-grade processors and docking stations, and you have some pretty robust machines. Windows 10’s crisp, tiled touch interface makes using apps and socializing easy. The Windows App Store offers thousands of apps, and Microsoft's cloud services let you access your files from anywhere. (For the more cost-conscious who don’t need all the bells and whistles, Windows RT is a more limited version of the same operating system.)
Tablets are made for mobile  All tablet models come with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, so they’re ideal for going wherever you do. They’ll work just fine in Wi-Fi hotspots, like your home or office. But if you’ll be on the go a lot and need to access the Internet in places where Wi-Fi networks aren’t available, try choosing a tablet with built-in cellular functionality, just like your cell phone. These devices are more expensive, not including the monthly cell service charge, but if you're a power user or frequent traveler, it’s worth the upgrade.

The importance of screen size Screens typically start at a modest 7” display and go up to about 12” (measured diagonally). The weight is generally less than 1.5 pounds. That means carrying a tablet around is about as easy as carrying a folder filled with important documents would be.
While smaller devices offer amazing portability, consider how you’ll use your tablet before making a decision: Larger displays are better for browsing the Internet, conducting video calls or working on documents. And watching HD movies is always better on a bigger screen.

How’s it look? Tablet manufacturers often brag about impressive screen resolution. But that’s not the whole story. Tablets feature LCD screens, which use a light source placed behind the image. So when you look at a tablet screen, you’re essentially looking directly into the source of light. That’s great if you read in the dark or in an area with low light, but it's not so good if you’re sitting in bright sunlight. If you’re planning to use your tablet for say, reading the latest business best seller at the beach, you may want an eReader that’s not backlit.

Two cameras are better than one Most tablets now come with back- and front-facing cameras, allowing you to take high-res photos and conduct video calls. Just remember that the back camera will have higher resolution (read: more megapixels) than the front camera, so pictures taken with the back camera will be sharper.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

8 Best Tablets for Watching TV and Movies and Browsing

If you're looking for the very best tablet to buy, get Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It's the ultimate combination of premium design, specifications, paired with powerful software and an unrivaled ecosystem of accessories and apps.
The best thing about it, has to be the design but there's a lot more going for it including the powerful specs, decent battery life and versatility. The breadth of accessories (including the awesome Apple Pencil) is quite something, too.
If you don't want the iPad Pro, but don't worry - has you covered with a number of other brilliant tabs to suit your needs.
How to choose the best tablet for you
Let's face it, tablets aren't the most exciting devices in the world of tech right now, there's not that much innovation going on, and they're not exactly flying off the shelves.
But bear with us, because most households in the UK still own one (or more), and buying a tab should be a big decision, because, unlike smartphones, your tablet will stick around for longer than two years. So what should you look out for in a tablet?
A great screen is a start, as that's what you'll be staring at most of the time, great speakers are also important, as these are devices primarily used for consuming media.
Key features to look out for include water resistance (so you can watch Netflix in the bath), and a MicroSD slot to fill up with plenty of media. If you're planning on using the tab for work a physical keyboard or stylus could be useful.
Now, you may notice that our three top tablets are iPads, that's because we think iOS is much better suited to larger screens than Android, and the app ecosystem is much better. Of course, we have the best choices for Android users as well. 

Here are 8 of the best tablets you can buy today

1. Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Simply the best tablet around, don't even bother looking at the rest
Weight: 437g | Dimensions: 240x170x6.1mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 9.7 | Resolution: 2048x1536 | CPU: Apple A9X | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 6470mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
No prizes for guessing the top spot. The iPad Pro 9.7 is the best tablet ever created - and that's not us getting excited over an Apple product for the sake of it (before you accuse us of being paid by Apple). Yes, it's expensive, but for that money you're getting one of the most versatile tablets available.
Read the full review: Apple iPad Air 2
The battery life is more than acceptable, the camera has been massively upgraded (although, obviously we don't recommend you use it), and the screen upgrades genuinely make viewing web pages or videos on the go a joy. The best thing about it, however, has to be the design, it's premium build quality, and the 4x3 size ratio makes it just feel 'right' in the hand. If the iPad Pro 9.7 is a little too pricey and over-specced for your needs, you can always go with the brilliant iPad Air 2.

2. Apple iPad Pro

The best large tablet
Weight: 713g | Dimensions: 306x220x6.9mm | OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 12.9 | Resolution: 2048x2732 | CPU: Apple A9X | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/128GB | Battery: 10307mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
This may seem like a blown up iPad Air 2, and that's what it essentially is. The iPad Pro is the largest tablet we've ever seen from Apple and it really is a monster. It has a 12.9-inch display that makes it a difficult to handle. So don't expect any one-handed action here (is anyone else hearing these innuendos?)
Read the full review: Apple iPad Pro
It does mean there's a big beautiful screen you can draw on with the Apple Pencil, and there's a huge 10,307mAh battery under the hood to keep this thing powered on for ages. Inside is an Apple A9X chip and 4GB of RAM. You can also get a huge 128GB of storage, but be warned it's going to cost you.

3. Apple iPad Mini 4

The best small tablet
Weight: 299g | Dimensions: 203x134x6.1mm | OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 7.9 | Resolution: 1536x2048 | CPU: Apple A8 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 5124mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
It's not a huge surprise that Apple's smaller tablet is still one of the best on the market. Interestingly, though, its high-end build quality causes it some problems, making it heavier than a lot of the plastic-bodied Android tablets out there.
Read the full review: iPad Mini 4
It's ideal travel companion as it's easy to hold and just the right size for a decent gaming experience. Some people knocked the iPad Mini for not adding many features with the last iteration, but we'd say it's difficult to improve upon perfection. If you're after a small tablet, this is your choice.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The best Android tablet you can get
Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat) | Screen size: 9.7-inches | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Samsung's latest attempt at a tablet is much better than any Android attempt we've ever seen before. Even though the design isn't all that inspiring (but really, how can you make a tablet inspiring?), it offers a lot of high-end spec under the hood, and a gorgeous 9.7-inch screen up front, and the brilliant S Pen for precise note-taking.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
This is the closest Android manufacturers have got to an iPad Pro competitor - which in our eyes is a massive compliment.

5. Google Pixel C

A pretty decent tablet form Google
Weight: 517g | Dimensions: 242 x 179 x 7mm | OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Screen size: 10.2-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1800 | CPU: Nvidia Tegra X1 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
Don't mistake the Google Pixel C for just another Nexus product. This is Google's chance to prove it can make incredible hardware without the help of another manufacturer. And it has done exactly that.
Read the full review: Google Pixel C
This is the best Android tablet you can buy right now. It's not exactly cheap at £399 and the keyboard costs an extra £119, but the whole experience is surprisingly great. It's got a very understated design that looks professional and stylish at the same time.

6. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

You can take Sony's amazing tablet into the bath with you
Weight: 389g | Dimensions: 254x167x6.1mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 10.1 | Resolution: 2560x1600 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 8.1MP | Front camera: 5.1MP
Sony's Z4 is easily the company's best tablet to date. Like a lot of Sony's phones and tablets it can take a splash in water too, in fact, it can survive full submersion. Handy for tablets that are left around kids, or you want to use in wet places.
Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Even more impressive is the fact that you can connect it to your PS4 and play games over your home network. That's a pretty impressive feat, and while it needs a really good quality network, it's an amazing feature you just don't get on other devices that makes the Sony stand out. Oh, and the screen is beautiful too.

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Want Windows 10 instead? Well, if you must...
Weight: 766g | Dimensions: 292 x 201 x 8.5mm | OS: Windows 10 | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Intel Core M3 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 may look like the Surface Pro 3, but it's quite a different beast altogether. Once again it can transform between laptop and tablet with ease (there's a simple detachable keyboard), but this time, there are a lot of refinements to make the whole experience easier and more enjoyable.
Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Surface Pro 4 won't come cheap and the type cover is sold separately - but this is more than a tablet. It's a laptop as well, so it's worth splashing out on it. It's two devices in one!

8. Google Nexus 9

Built by HTC and one of the nicest Nexus devices ever made
Weight: 425g | Dimensions: 228.2x153.7x8mm | OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 8.9 | Resolution: 2048x1536 | CPU: nVidia Tegra K1 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 6700mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
HTC brings its considerable expertise to the table with the Nexus 9. This tablet is solidly built and offers all of the niceties of a "Nexus" branded product. Put simply, this is a pure Android experience. There is no extra customisation here, this tablet survives on the Google Android experience. It is therefore ideal for enthusiasts who don't want, or need, to be guided through the OS.
Read the full review: Google Nexus 9
The Nexus devices are also the first to get updated to the new versions of Android too, so there's none of that painful waiting to get new features.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Buying Guide & The Best Tablets Of 2017

Buying Guide & The Best Tablets Of 2017

Find your perfect tablet from our list of all the latest Apple, Android and Windows tablets
There has been a steady decline in tablets entering the market, with companies such as Microsoft now labelling their tablets or 2-in-1 devices as laptops. Still, tablets are incredibly versatile devices that are great to have around the home, on the go or for the kids to play around with. Surf the internet, tap out a quick email, watch TV via iPlayer or Netflix, play games – tablets are the go-to devices for when you want to sit back and enjoy everything the internet has to offer. However, with hundreds of different models all in different shapes and sizes, not to mention different operating systems and prices, it can be hard to know where to start.
In this article, we've rounded up all our favourite tablets, no matter the budget. Whether you're after Android, Apple or Windows, there's a tablet here for you. We've also included a handy buyers guide to help you choose – see the page three.
The new Microsoft Surface Pro has been announced and we're waiting to get our hands on Microsoft's latest creation. We'll be sure to update this article once we've reviewed it. If you don't fancy a tablet, why not see our best laptops of 2017 article.
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Surface Pro 4 is a fantastic laptop replacement – it's in a true class of its own. It has one of the best styluses out there and has a lot of processing power for intensive tasks. When used with its keyboard, the Surface Pro 4 becomes a powerhouse multitasking machine, where its integration with Windows 10 really shines through. If you're looking for the ultimate Windows 10 portable experience, the Surface Pro 4 is an excellent choice.
Key specs – Processor: Dual-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U; Screen size: 12.3in; Screen resolution: 2,736 x 1,824; Storage: 256GB; Size: 292 x 201 x 8mm, Weight: 1.37kg (inc keyboard & power brick); Operating system: Windows 10
Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review for details.

2. Apple iPad Pro 9.7in

The iPad Pro 9.7in is one of the best tablets Apple has ever made. With its powerful processor, high-quality screen, speakers and even camera, there's very little competition for the iPad Pro 9.7in. It's smaller than the 12.9in variant, making it much less awkward. It doesn't quite replace a laptop, but its capabilities are vast, making it one of the best tablets on the market today.
Key specs - Processor: Dual-core 2.16GHz Apple A9X; Screen size: 9.7in; Screen resolution: 2,048 x 1,536; Storage: 32/128/256GB; Size: 240 x 170 x 6.1mm; Weight: 437g; Operating system: iOS 10
Read our full Apple iPad Pro 9.7in review for details.
3. Apple iPad Pro 12.9in

The iPad Pro 12.9in is an extremely large tablet with a very high-resolution screen, amazing speakers and a good battery life. With its additional accessories, including the Apple Pencil, the tablet becomes a useful tool that can be used in different scenarios. If you're an artist, or seeking a big tablet, the iPad Pro 12.9in is a fantastic pick.
Key specs – Processor: Dual-core 2.16GHz Apple A9X; Screen size: 12.9in; Screen resolution: 2,732 x 2,048; Storage: 32/128GB; Size (WDH): 221 x 6.9 x 306mm; Weight: 713g; Operating system: iOS 10
Read our full Apple iPad Pro 12.9in review for details.

4. Apple iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is a thin and yet powerful tablet for its price. The Air 2 comes with Touch ID and has a relatively fast processor, useful for multitasking and browsing, while its integration with iOS works flawlessly and provides a smooth experience. A worthy tablet, and still a fantastic iPad to purchase.
Key specs - Processor: Tri-core 1.5GHz Apple A8X; Screen size: 9.7in, Screen resolution: 2,048 x 1,536; Storage: 16/32/64/128GB; Size (WDH): 169.5 x 6.1 x 240mm; Weight: 437g; Operating system: iOS 10
Read our full Apple iPad Air 2 review for details.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 binned its 16:9 display for a 4:3 ratio, making it compete directly with the Apple iPad Air 2. Its resolution and colour accuracy are impressive for a tablet of its size. It runs on Android fluidly and has a premium build quality, making it a great iOS alternative.
Key specs – Processor: Octa-core 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz Samsung Exynos Octa 5433; Screen size: 9.7in; Screen resolution: 2,048 x 1,536; Storage: 32GB; Size (WDH): 169 x 5.6 x 237mm, Weight: 389g, Operating system: Android 6.0.1
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 review for details.
6. Apple iPad mini 4

The iPad mini 4 is one of the best compact tablets Apple has ever produced. It has a fantastic display, a decent processor and is ultra portable at only 299g. This makes it a great tablet to take on the go. In comparison to other Apple products, the mini 4 is aimed at those who value portability over speed.
Key specs – Processor: Dual-core 1.5GHz Apple A8; Screen size: 7.9in; Screen resolution: 2,048 x 1,536; Storage: 16/64/128GB; Size: 134 x 6.1 x 203mm; Weight: 299g; Operating system: iOS 10
Read our full Apple iPad mini 4 review for details.
7. Asus ZenPad 3S 10

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has a gorgeous design and an impressive IPS display. It's a good iPad alternative, and if found for less than £300, it's a better buy than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in, which is also highly regarded for its performance.
Key specs – Processor: Hexa-core 2.1GHz MediaTek MT8176; Screen size: 9.7in; Screen resolution: 2,048 x 1,536; Storage: 32GB; Size (WDH): 163.7 x 7.15 x 240.5mm; Weight: 430g; Operating system: Android 6 ZenUI
Read our full Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review for details.
8. Google Pixel C

The portable and elegant Google Pixel C is a great tablet for single task working and multimedia playback. It has an impressive battery life and coupled with its keyboard (sold separately), it's great for long commutes. As a Google device, it receives Android updates extremely quickly, and you'll be able to experience true vanilla Android. Unfortunately, its OS does limit its use, meaning it isn't quite a laptop replacement.
Key specs – Processor: Octa-core 1.9GHz Tegra X1; Screen size: 10.2in; Screen resolution: 2,560 x 1,800; Storage: 32/64GB; Size (WDH): 179 x 7 x 242mm; Weight: 520g, Operating system: Android 6.0.1
Read our full Google Pixel C review for details

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