Top 10 Tablets

- Top 10 - Aug 13, 2014

Tablets are becoming an increasingly relied on tool for managing personal and business lives. Here we look at 10 of the best available today 

10. Sony Xperia Tablet Z (£399)

This lightweight device represents a key breakthrough for Sony into the mobile domain. Though surpassed by its successor the Z2 tablet, this model can be relied upon and handled with ease of mind given its waterproof capability. A number of features enable it to operate for business and at home, though the price is among the highest on our list.

9. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (£719)

This tablet-come-laptop is Microsoft’s second generation slate with Windows 8. Though not the most portable (it has been criticised for being somewhat hefty), as a business tool it is among the best on the market and boasts an improved battery life for those on the go. This said, the price may be enough to put many a purchaser off.

8. Tesco Hudl (£119)

From one extreme of the market to the other. Tesco’s armoury of products continues to know no limits and the Hudl tablet is by far the cheapest on our list and can hold its own among the more expensive options with its Android operating system. Though its camera is perhaps its weakest element, it masters the basics many will require.

7. iPad mini (£249)

The late Steve Jobs famously criticised small tablets, leading to the belief that Apple would never delve into the budget end of the market. However, the iPad mini does just this. Although the iPad mini 2 has been released, this cheaper alternative still houses the renowned features of Apple.

6. LG G Pad 8.3 (£199)

This sleek design is complete with aluminium shell and rivals the iPad mini. The fact that it can connect with Android phones is a major pull factor for many and also makes it a useful business tool. At around £200 this is also a good option for those looking out for a cheaper option.

5. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (£199)

In a bid to keep up with the Google Nexus 7, Amazon has ramped up its game with a leaner and more powerful tablet than its previous attempt. This is a smart choice for those already familiar with Amazon products, and indeed for those who are less tech savvy.

4. iPad Mini 2 (with retina display) (£319)

The retina display is the major upgrade on the model released last year, and the main reason behind the hike in price. It’s sleek design and cutting edge CPU have made it a bit with many looking to splash out, although similar-spec alternatives are available at cheaper rates. 

3. Google Nexus 7 (£199)

The impressive Nexus 7 boasts a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, two GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, all packed into a 260 tablet which is perfect for taking in a bag. This robust tool is touted as the bargain of the tablet world. 

2. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (£399)

Sony’s latest tablet among the best out there and comes with a new Live Colour LED screen and dual front-facing speakers, allowing users to watch videos in their hotel rooms without the need for headphones. Like its predecessor it is waterproof and dust resistant, making it an ideal choice for a businessperson on the go.

1. iPad Air (£399)

This is arguably Apple’s finest hour. The iPad Air brings a new, very thin design which is 28 percent lighter than its predecessors and comes with a whole range of battery-saving techniques.

Although to many it appears like an enlarged iPad Mini, the bigger screen will be a pull for many looking for iPad Mini quality on a bigger scale.

Prices range from £399, similar to its nearest rivals, up to £739 which represents the 64GB cellular option. The A7 chip and 64-bit processing power also make it a device to be reckoned with.

It has received further praise for its smooth and quick general operation as well as for its speaker output which is arguably unrivalled at present.

Though a clear number one for many, it is not without imperfections. The 16GB basic option is seen as too small and the camera has been described as underwhelming. That said, Apple has by and large nailed this offering. 

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