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Tablet computers review

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01.Introduction

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We review 40 tablet computers across 11 leading brands, with prices from below $150 to over $1000.

See our detailed test results to find which tablets:

  • are the easiest to use
  • have the best battery life performance
  • have the best screen, sound and video quality
  • have the best construction quality
  • are best able to handle all types of media – video, sound and photos
  • are the most versatile.

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The past few months have seen a complete refresh of the Apple range – still the market leader – and some really strong contenders from Samsung (the Galaxy Tab 10 S 10.5) as well as Acer, Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Tablet sales are eclipsing laptops, but if you're not sure a tablet is for you, see our reports on laptops and netbooks and computers and accessories.

Video: Mini tablets comparison

CHOICE takes a look at 3 new tablets to hit the market, the iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and the Microsoft Surface.

Models tested

  • Acer: the Iconia A1, W3, W4 and W510
  • Amazon: the Kindle Fire HDX and HDX 8.9
  • Apple: the iPad Air, Mini and Mini 2
  • Asus: FonePad 7, Google Nexus 7, MeMo Pad FHD 10, Transformer Book T100T
  • Archos 70 Cobalt, 97b Platinum HD
  • Google: the Nexus 7 (Asus) and Nexus 10 (Samsung)
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro
  • HP Omni 10, HP 8 1401es
  • Lenovo: the IdeaTab A1000l and S6000
  • Microsoft: the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3
  • Samsung: the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Tab2 10, the Galaxy Tab3 7, 8 and 10, Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Google Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, Galaxy NotePro 12.2
  • Sony: the Xperia Z2 and Tablet Z
  • Toshiba: the Excite Pro

How we test

To help with the high cost of testing a wide range of models we employ specialised labs in Europe to test the tablets with the results shared among a range of consumer organisations around the world. The testing has a wide scope, including:

  • Device overview Physical characteristics such as connections (USB, HDMI etc), memory, build quality and weight.
  • Internet and emails How easy it is to set up and use email, browse the internet and use internet services including social networking.
  • Multimedia Covers all media - photos, sound and video - and how easy it is to transfer files, make video calls, and find the apps you want in the app store.
  • Ease of use Buttons, the keyboard and how easy it is to handle and use the device.
  • Screen quality All aspects of the screen from performance to usability.
  • Battery The lifetime of the battery is an important feature in its own right.
  • Backup and security Security of your data, access to the tablet, backing up of data and recovery from failures.

For more detail, see "How we score"

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