Tablets are taking the world by storm. Just a few years ago they were an unknown for many people, but nowadays everyone wants one and deciding which one suits you can be a challenge. With this in mind, ROSE ITSL has compiled the following review of the top tablet PCs on the market in 2014.
Apple iPad Air
One of the best tablets on the market to date, the Apple iPad Air, delivers more performance and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. The iPad Air weighs just 1 pound and is 7.5mm thin. The latest version runs the powerful iOS7 operating system and the App Store gives access to over 500,000 apps. It also boasts an improved front-facing camera for FaceTiming and the Retina Display still looks great.
Pros: Faster performance, Enhanced Video Chat, Sleek design and aesthetics.
Cons: No Fingerprint Scanner, Higher Price Point
Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5″)
For those that are not into Apple, then our top choice for an Android tablet would be the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Samsung has finally decided to apply its successful Galaxy S Smartphone strategy and interface to its newest tablet. This tablet features a thin, lightweight design with sleek edges, remarkable processing power and a plethora of features to enhance the user’s experience.
Pros: Vividly colorful, razor-sharp screen, Ultra-thin and Lightweight design, Fingerprint sensor, Split-screen app mode and Multi-user account support.
Cons: High-end purchase, Touchscreen lags when running many background apps.
Google Nexus 10
Google has decided to take matters into its own hands and created a new Android tablet called the Google Nexus 10. Despite the Google branding, the Nexus is actually manufactured by Samsung. Access to the Google Play Store and multi-user support are some of the distincitive features of this tablet.
Pros: Evenly priced, High Definition display, Fast and powerful processing capabilities, Light-weight design.
Cons: Jelly Beans 4.2.1 OS prone to freezes and random reboots, No expandable storage, no 3G/4G support options.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Leaner, meaner and more powerful than its predecessor, Amazon has stepped its game up with the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. With a quad core processor, rear and front cameras, excellent display and audio, and access to Amazon Instant Video and Appstore, the Kindle Fire is a powerful entertainment unit.
Pros: Sharp screen with incredible pixel density, High speed processor performance, Light-weight design, Great value for money.
Cons: No built-in storage expansion, Lack of Google Play access.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is being marketed as “The tablet that can replace your laptop”. Of all the tablets currently on the market, the Surface is arguably the best suited to those with productivity needs. With powerful specs, the Windows 8 Operating System and packaged with familiar apps like Office, Outlook and OneDrive, the Surface goes well beyond the capability of the traditional tablet PC.
Pros: High screen resolution, Thin light-weight design, Digital pen, New kickstand and keyboard cover.
Cons: Premium Price Point, Keyboard cover sold separately, Doesn’t fit perfectly on the lap.