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The best tablets support the fastest Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) to exploit mobility to the fullest extent. The best Wi-Fi tablets are available from almost every tablet manufacturer. These tablets with "Wi-Fi-only" connectivity are relatively cheaper than the models which support cellular network.

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Sony Xperia Z4

Sony Xperia Z4


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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
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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)
Screen Size(Diagonal)
10.1 inch
9.7 inch
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
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

  • - The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has all the style, power and stunning screen quality necessary to make it a true iPad Air 2 rival.
    - Battery drain is particularly bad when using the camera.
    - The trackpad is tiny, too, and therefore unpleasant to use.
    - All in all, it’s an outstanding display that’s ideal for watching high-quality movies and playing complex games.


  • Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet is a fantastic Android device lumbered with a pointless keyboard dock. If you can pick one up alone, it might be the perfect tablet for you, but it's too expensive to recommend with the dock included.


  • Sony's naming convention has become a little obscure in the Xperia line, with the Z4 Tablet really replacing the Xperia Z2 Tablet (the Z3 Tablet being a smaller 8-inch model). But this latest offering, despite its determined large scale and design, does address some of the issues we had with the previous device. Principal to those is that the display resolution has now jumped forward to a super-sharp 2K panel.


  • The iPad Air 2 balances seamless ease of use, app abundance, and raw power in its ever-so-slender frame, continuing Apple's reign atop the tablet heap.


  • I don't throw the word "perfect" around lightly -- actually, I never use it -- but the iPad Air 2 truly is the perfect tablet. It boasts the ultimate combination of form and function, thanks to its even-thinner design and more-dazzling display, as well as its faster A8X processor and sharper 8-MP camera. What truly sets the iPad apart is its roster of unbeatable apps and the way this tablet interacts seamlessly with the iPhone and Macs, thanks to iOS 8 features such as Handoff.


  • The iPad Air 2 is another triumph for Apple. The design and screen have improved in all the right ways, and the new A8X processor is nothing short of astonishing. This is still the best large tablet around.
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  • The Google Nexus 9's premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates render it one of the best high-end Android tablets.


  • The Google/HTC Nexus 9 is a good tablet, but not quite a great one. The sound quality from the twin HTC BoomSound speakers is a real plus point -- as, of course, is Android 5.0 Lollipop. The 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor delivers excellent performance, while battery life is acceptable if not outstanding.
    Still, we can't help being a little disappointed by the lack of standout features. Other vendors will be offering Lollipop in due course, and then one of this tablet's USPs will disappear.


  • The Nexus 9 is a well-built Android tablet with a powerful processor, and it'll always be the first to get the latest Google OS updates.


  • If you need a tablet with always-on connectivity, the Nvidia Shield Tablet should be at the top of your list whether you use it for gaming or not.


  • A brilliant gaming tablet that offers features no rival can touch. If you love gaming this is the tablet for you.


  • Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.


  • The fingerprint reader is naff and some of Samsung’s software features miss the mark, but the screen is great it’s the perfect size for toting around with you everywhere.


  • There's a lot of good to say about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. So much that it irks us just how many other Tab devices are available through the range, because it muddies the water. In some respects the Tab S should make things crystal clear: if you don't want a stylus then it's the best of the bunch in our view. Saying that, it's not drastically different from the TabPro in many respects, so ponder whether you want LCD screen subtleties and sharpness or AMOLED colour punch.


  • - Low-light shots turned out quite noisy though the flash is pretty powerful.
    - Colours are vivid and highly saturated, and the high resolution means everything is luxuriously crisp and smooth.
    - Battery life is exceptional - our test unit lasted for 15 hours and 12 minutes in our video loop test.
    - The screen's 16:10 aspect ratio is perfect for watching movies in landscape or reading text in portrait.


Top 5 wifi tablet of 2016:

  1. Sony Xperia Z4
  2. Apple iPad Air 2
  3. Google Nexus 9
  4. Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4