Tablets

Tablets are a new kind of computer. Smaller and lighter than a laptop, they swap a traditional keyboard for a touch screen. Versatile and fun, tablets are portable and can be used when you’re standing up, sitting down, on the couch … in ways and places you’d never consider using a normal computer.

Tablets comparison chart for 2017

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Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Kindle Fire
Google Nexus 7
Windows Surface
Blackberry Playbook
Sony Tablet S
Toshiba Excite 10
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  overall samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  overall apple ipad mini has a rating of four  overall asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  overall kindle fire has a rating of four  overall google nexus 7 has a rating of four  overall windows surface has a rating of four  overall blackberry playbook has a rating of five  overall sony tablet s has a rating of three  overall toshiba excite 10 has a rating of four  overall
Display
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  display samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  display apple ipad mini has a rating of three  display asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  display kindle fire has a rating of four  display google nexus 7 has a rating of four  display windows surface has a rating of five  display blackberry playbook has a rating of five  display sony tablet s has a rating of four  display toshiba excite 10 has a rating of three  display
Design
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  design samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  design apple ipad mini has a rating of four  design asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  design kindle fire has a rating of four  design google nexus 7 has a rating of four  design windows surface has a rating of five  design blackberry playbook has a rating of four  design sony tablet s has a rating of three  design toshiba excite 10 has a rating of three  design
Operating system
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  operating system samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  operating system apple ipad mini has a rating of five  operating system asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  operating system kindle fire has a rating of four  operating system google nexus 7 has a rating of five  operating system windows surface has a rating of four  operating system blackberry playbook has a rating of four  operating system sony tablet s has a rating of three  operating system toshiba excite 10 has a rating of three  operating system
Apps
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  apps samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  apps apple ipad mini has a rating of five  apps asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  apps kindle fire has a rating of five  apps google nexus 7 has a rating of three  apps windows surface has a rating of one  apps blackberry playbook has a rating of four  apps sony tablet s has a rating of three  apps toshiba excite 10 has a rating of four  apps
Features
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  features samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  features apple ipad mini has a rating of three  features asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  features kindle fire has a rating of four  features google nexus 7 has a rating of four  features windows surface has a rating of four  features blackberry playbook has a rating of four  features sony tablet s has a rating of three  features toshiba excite 10 has a rating of four  features
Connectivity
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  connectivity samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  connectivity apple ipad mini has a rating of four  connectivity asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  connectivity kindle fire has a rating of three  connectivity google nexus 7 has a rating of three  connectivity windows surface has a rating of three  connectivity blackberry playbook has a rating of four  connectivity sony tablet s has a rating of three  connectivity toshiba excite 10 has a rating of four  connectivity
Camera
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  camera samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  camera apple ipad mini has a rating of three  camera asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  camera kindle fire has a rating of three  camera google nexus 7 has a rating of three  camera windows surface has a rating of two  camera blackberry playbook has a rating of four  camera sony tablet s has a rating of three  camera toshiba excite 10 has a rating of four  camera
Battery
apple ipad 3 has a rating of five  battery samsung galaxy tab 10.1 has a rating of five  battery apple ipad mini has a rating of four  battery asus eee pad transformer prime has a rating of four  battery kindle fire has a rating of five  battery google nexus 7 has a rating of four  battery windows surface has a rating of four  battery blackberry playbook has a rating of four  battery sony tablet s has a rating of three  battery toshiba excite 10 has a rating of four  battery
Specification
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Screen type
LED-backlit IPS TFT TFT LCD LED-backlit IPS LCD LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ IPS TFT capacitive LED-backlit IPS LCD TFT capacitive, ClearType HD Display TFT LCD capacitive display TFT capacitive Colour LCD TFT LED backlight active matrix
Screen size
9.7 in 10.1 in 7.9 in 10.1 in 7 in 7.0 in 10.6 in 7.0 in 9.4 in 10.1 in
Resolution
2048 x 1536 1280 x 800 1024 × 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 600 1280 x 800 1366 x 768 1024 x 600 1280 x 800 1280 x 800
Size (inches)
7.5 x 0.5 x 9.6 10.11 x 6.90 x 0.34 7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 10.4 x 7.1 x 0.3 7.48 x 4.72 x 0.45 7.81 × 4.7 × 0.416 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.3 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 9.48 x 6.85 x 0.39 10.3 x 7.0 x 0.35
Weight
1.5 lbs 1.2 lbs 0.68 lbs 1.3 lbs 0.91 lbs 0.75 lbs 1.50 lbs 0.9 lbs 1.4 lbs 1.2 lbs
Camera
5 MP with autofocus 3 MP with autofocus 5 MP with autofocus 8MP Auto focus none 1.2 MP 1.2 MP 3 MP HD forward-facing; 5 MP HD rear-facing 5 MP with autofocus 5 MP rear facing & 2 MP front-facing camera
Storage
16 GB 16 GB 64 GB 32 GB 8 GB 16 GB 64 GB 16 GB 32 GB 16 GB
Hardware
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Operating system
iPhone OS 5.1 Android 3.1 iOS 6 Android™ 3.2 Android OS 2.3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Microsoft Windows RT BlackBerry Tablet OS Android 4.0 Android 4.0
Processor
Apple A5X Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 Apple A5 NVIDIA Tegra 3 Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 Quad-core Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 Cortex-A9 Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-cor
RAM
1 GB 1 GB 512 MB 1 GB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
CPU
1 GHz 1.2 GHz 1 GHz 1.3GHz 1.2 GHz 1.3 GHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 1.2 GHz
Features
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Speakers & microphone built in
apple ipad 3  speakers & microphone built in samsung galaxy tab 10.1  speakers & microphone built in apple ipad mini  speakers & microphone built in asus eee pad transformer prime  speakers & microphone built in kindle fire  speakers & microphone built in google nexus 7  speakers & microphone built in windows surface  speakers & microphone built in blackberry playbook  speakers & microphone built in sony tablet s  speakers & microphone built in toshiba excite 10  speakers & microphone built in
3.5mm headphone jack
apple ipad 3  3.5mm headphone jack samsung galaxy tab 10.1  3.5mm headphone jack apple ipad mini  3.5mm headphone jack asus eee pad transformer prime  3.5mm headphone jack kindle fire  3.5mm headphone jack google nexus 7  3.5mm headphone jack windows surface  3.5mm headphone jack blackberry playbook  3.5mm headphone jack sony tablet s  3.5mm headphone jack toshiba excite 10  3.5mm headphone jack
Sensors
Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer Accelerometer
Stand
apple ipad 3  stand samsung galaxy tab 10.1  stand apple ipad mini  stand asus eee pad transformer prime  stand kindle fire  stand google nexus 7  stand windows surface  stand blackberry playbook  stand sony tablet s  stand toshiba excite 10  stand
SDHC Slot
apple ipad 3  sdhc slot samsung galaxy tab 10.1  sdhc slot apple ipad mini  sdhc slot asus eee pad transformer prime  sdhc slot kindle fire  sdhc slot google nexus 7  sdhc slot windows surface  sdhc slot blackberry playbook  sdhc slot sony tablet s  sdhc slot toshiba excite 10  sdhc slot
Content
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Internet
apple ipad 3  internet samsung galaxy tab 10.1  internet apple ipad mini  internet asus eee pad transformer prime  internet kindle fire  internet google nexus 7  internet windows surface  internet blackberry playbook  internet sony tablet s  internet toshiba excite 10  internet
Ebooks
apple ipad 3  ebooks samsung galaxy tab 10.1  ebooks apple ipad mini  ebooks asus eee pad transformer prime  ebooks kindle fire  ebooks google nexus 7  ebooks windows surface  ebooks blackberry playbook  ebooks sony tablet s  ebooks toshiba excite 10  ebooks
Games
apple ipad 3  games samsung galaxy tab 10.1  games apple ipad mini  games asus eee pad transformer prime  games kindle fire  games google nexus 7  games windows surface  games blackberry playbook  games sony tablet s  games toshiba excite 10  games
Video
apple ipad 3  video samsung galaxy tab 10.1  video apple ipad mini  video asus eee pad transformer prime  video kindle fire  video google nexus 7  video windows surface  video blackberry playbook  video sony tablet s  video toshiba excite 10  video
Music
apple ipad 3  music samsung galaxy tab 10.1  music apple ipad mini  music asus eee pad transformer prime  music kindle fire  music google nexus 7  music windows surface  music blackberry playbook  music sony tablet s  music toshiba excite 10  music
Connectivity
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Wi-Fi
apple ipad 3  wi-fi samsung galaxy tab 10.1  wi-fi apple ipad mini  wi-fi asus eee pad transformer prime  wi-fi kindle fire  wi-fi google nexus 7  wi-fi windows surface  wi-fi blackberry playbook  wi-fi sony tablet s  wi-fi toshiba excite 10  wi-fi
Bluetooth
apple ipad 3  bluetooth samsung galaxy tab 10.1  bluetooth apple ipad mini  bluetooth asus eee pad transformer prime  bluetooth kindle fire  bluetooth google nexus 7  bluetooth windows surface  bluetooth blackberry playbook  bluetooth sony tablet s  bluetooth toshiba excite 10  bluetooth
USB
apple ipad 3  usb samsung galaxy tab 10.1  usb apple ipad mini  usb asus eee pad transformer prime  usb kindle fire  usb google nexus 7  usb windows surface  usb blackberry playbook  usb sony tablet s  usb toshiba excite 10  usb
3G
apple ipad 3  3g samsung galaxy tab 10.1  3g apple ipad mini  3g asus eee pad transformer prime  3g kindle fire  3g google nexus 7  3g windows surface  3g blackberry playbook  3g sony tablet s  3g toshiba excite 10  3g
GPS
apple ipad 3  gps samsung galaxy tab 10.1  gps apple ipad mini  gps asus eee pad transformer prime  gps kindle fire  gps google nexus 7  gps windows surface  gps blackberry playbook  gps sony tablet s  gps toshiba excite 10  gps
Battery
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Battery life
10 hours 9 hours 10 hours 12 hours 4 hours 10 hours 8 hours 10 hours 8 hours 10 hours
DC Power Input
apple ipad 3  dc power input samsung galaxy tab 10.1  dc power input apple ipad mini  dc power input asus eee pad transformer prime  dc power input kindle fire  dc power input google nexus 7  dc power input windows surface  dc power input blackberry playbook  dc power input sony tablet s  dc power input toshiba excite 10  dc power input
Warranty
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Period
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Help & support
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Telephone support
apple ipad 3  telephone support samsung galaxy tab 10.1  telephone support apple ipad mini  telephone support asus eee pad transformer prime  telephone support kindle fire  telephone support google nexus 7  telephone support windows surface  telephone support blackberry playbook  telephone support sony tablet s  telephone support toshiba excite 10  telephone support
Email support
apple ipad 3  email support samsung galaxy tab 10.1  email support apple ipad mini  email support asus eee pad transformer prime  email support kindle fire  email support google nexus 7  email support windows surface  email support blackberry playbook  email support sony tablet s  email support toshiba excite 10  email support
Live chat
apple ipad 3  live chat samsung galaxy tab 10.1  live chat apple ipad mini  live chat asus eee pad transformer prime  live chat kindle fire  live chat google nexus 7  live chat windows surface  live chat blackberry playbook  live chat sony tablet s  live chat toshiba excite 10  live chat
User manual
apple ipad 3  user manual samsung galaxy tab 10.1  user manual apple ipad mini  user manual asus eee pad transformer prime  user manual kindle fire  user manual google nexus 7  user manual windows surface  user manual blackberry playbook  user manual sony tablet s  user manual toshiba excite 10  user manual

Tablets explained

In many ways, tablet computers resemble a scaled-up smartphone. There’s a big bright touch screen and few other buttons – and while you can’t fit a tablet into your pocket, they’re still small and light enough to slip into your bag.

However, tablets are closer to ordinary computers in terms of abilities. They have a Wi-Fi connection built in, and many can connect to the internet over mobile phone networks, effectively giving you the freedom to get online nearly anywhere.

That means tablets lend themselves well to internet-based applications. They’re ideal for viewing websites, checking your email and performing other tasks online. The lack of a proper keyboard means working on documents can be a pain, but also makes tablets great for multimedia uses.

Do more with tablets

Watching online video and viewing photos are just two ways to take advantage of the vibrant screens that tablets have. Built in cameras and microphones also allow you to record audio and video.

But the real versatility of tablets becomes apparent when you stop thinking of them as just another computer. For a start, you can use them like a clipboard, while you stand up. And most tablets offer lots of applications (‘apps’) to download and install – covering everything from captivating games to maps, video editing tools and more.

Although it’s easy to get carried away by their ‘cool factor’, think about the practical aspects of tablets too. Check how long the battery lasts and how easy it is to recharge.

You’ll probably need to use your tablet alongside another computer, but if you plan to store lots of large files on it, look for a memory card slot so you can add extra storage.

Practicalities aside, the truth is that tablets are cool. Once you’ve used one, you won’t be in a hurry to go back to your old laptop.

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Rank
Apple iPad 3
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Apple iPad Mini
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Kindle Fire
Google Nexus 7
Windows Surface
Blackberry Playbook
Sony Tablet S
Toshiba Excite 10