Updated on 2 December 2015 by

Tablets are the latest computing devices of slate shaped form factor which combine the performance and mobility features of PC's and smartphones. When compared to notebooks, tablets are generally commended for their instant start up and longer battery life; and when compared to smartphones, tablets tend to have faster processors.

Tablets basically operate on touch screen which also includes the interactive virtual keyboard and run on the specifically designed desktop-based or mobile operating systems. Some of the notable tablet operating systems are iOS, Android and Windows. The latest and high-speed advanced processors on tablets like Intel Core and NVIDIA are responsible for fast and smooth interfaces.

Display:
Tablets grant you the instant access to music, videos and games just by tapping their touch screens of various sizes (diagonal) ranging from 7 inch to over 10 inch. The best tablet displays have anti-reflective coating which help in eliminating the reflection from the screen itself, thereby improving the display efficiency. The highest-resolution screen tablets have up to 2560x1600 pixel resolution which display high definition and sharper images and offer bright screens and wide viewing angles.

Storage:
Tablets generally have limited internal storage space between 8 GB and 128 GB, necessary for instant media consumption, like e-books, photographs and video clips, from the flash memory. Some tablets support memory expandability up to 32GB with the usage of SD cards. Apart from the device confined offline storage and along with the third party service providers like Dropbox, the best tablet manufacturers offer cloud storage services like SkyDrive from Microsoft for Windows and iCloud from Apple for easy online file access. The user data on tablets can also be synchronized via PC's

Connectivity:
Tablets are designed for excellent and high-speed wireless web connectivity via Wi-Fi or SIM card supporting 3G and 4G speeds. HDMI port on some of the tablets let you connect them with larger screen displays like TV's and monitors. Some of the best and latest tablets even support web/SIM card-based voice and video calling with the use of inbuilt speakers, microphones and web cameras.

Productivity:
Since the advent of smart phone app stores, tablets have also been supporting numerous form factor-specific productivity applications and games(2D and basic 3D).


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Sony Xperia Z4
Apple iPad Air 2
Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Sony Xperia Z4
Apple iPad Air 2
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
$800
$560 - $650
$400 - $500
$400
$400 - $500
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Release Date
May 2015
Oct 2014
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Digital Camera
8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
5 MP,2592 x 1944 pixels,autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
2560 x 1600, 2560 x 1600
1536 x 2048
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
iOS 8.1, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.4
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Weight
0.86 lb.
0.96 lb.
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
5.1 MP
1.2 MP
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
Display
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
90% Positive
10% Negative
Look and Feel
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
55% Positive
45% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
81% Positive
19% Negative
Battery
80% Positive
20% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
Camera
75% Positive
25% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
69% Positive
31% Negative