A Strong Contender for Best Tablet
Sony delivered in a big way, and it appears that they've learned from their mistakes in previous, rather anemic tablet offerings. The combination of a great hi rez screen, decent sound, expandable storage, ease of extended use, battery life, raw horsepower... plus features like universal remote control and waterproof... really do make the sum of the whole the best there is, in my opinion.
Really light, Beautiful screen
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a triumph, a tablet that genuinely deserves consideration when you're in the market for a new top-end gadget. If you're against the iPad for any reason, or even just agnostic over your OS, the Sony has taken the best of Android and fused it with its own innovation to make a device that delights in more ways than we can count.
Four-speaker system with virtual surround modes
Sony's best and brightest tablet, however, has to face the formidable iPad franchise competition when it ventures outside of the Android world, with the hundreds of thousands of tablet-specific apps available for it. Thankfully, the Xperia Tablet Z is positioned quite differently, as it sports a thin and light watertight chassis against the more premium, but thicker and heavier aluminum build of the iPad 4, and offers more features like expandable storage, IR blaster and quad-speaker system,...
Dust and water resistant, High performance
In our verdict about Sony's pre-series device we wrote: "The test device Sony lent us from the pre-series certainly whet our appetite." We would like to have seen improvements in the areas of camera and speakers -- but alas. However, Sony did improve their display -- at least in some respects. It glows more brightly now, but the contrast is now a little weaker. The display's color accuracy is also somewhat improved.
Feels extremely good in your hands
Sony has made a very desirable tablet in the Xperia Tablet Z. We particularly like its striking svelte design and features that you don't get with rivals such as NFC, its waterproof casing and infrared. However, its slightly lacking performance means the Nexus 10 will save you some money or the iPad 4 will give you a smooth experience for the same price.
Surprisingly excellent tablet
I heard a lot of lackluster reviews about the original Surface tablet but I heard that Microsoft fixed a lot of issues in the Surface 2 so I checked it out. I liked what I saw in the store demo so I bought it. After using it for 2 days solid, I can say that this is an excellent tablet and entirely underrated.
Thin but solid build, Two kickstand positions
Microsoft is making some of the best PC hardware around and Surface 2 is an even better example of the combination tablet-you-can-use-like-a-notebook than the first Surface.
The new screen, the improved kickstand, the much-better battery life and software with far fewer rough edges add up to an impressive product.
But Windows RT is still a problem. Things just aren't quite joined up yet because of the limited app support.
Full HD screen, great components and a new two-stage kickstand
Microsoft has announced the second generation of its Surface RT tablet, simply called the Surface 2. It now boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals and has a new two-stage kickstand aimed to make it easier to use on your lap.
Great design and feel, Magnetic Type Cover rocks
The Surface 2 is a paradox. We love its hardware and the Start screen continues to improve, as does the Windows Store. If we never entered the classic desktop mode (old-style Windows), we'd enjoy this tablet a lot more. But, as Microsoft makes clear in its attacks on the iPad, the Surface is built for productivity. We need the Type Cover and Microsoft Office to get any work done, but using them requires you to enter the desktop. And the desktop isn't fun.
Kickstand & keyboard combo, Vivid display
The Microsoft Surface is a good tablet that improves on almost everything from the last model, however it is not a great tablet. The 16:9 aspect ratio makes it feel unwieldy when you pick it up and we barely used it except when the kickstand was flipped open and it was on a table.
The lack of apps is killer, even though the OS itself is really nice to use and Windows has come such a long way from the now unspeakable days of Vista.
Attractive design, Enhanced experience with Nokia branded apps
For all of its worth, we're wondering in the back of our mind why people would pick this up over other cheaper Windows 8.1 (not RT) tablets, which offer more versatility - thanks in part to their support for legacy software. Generally speaking, Windows RT has received flack for being a limiting platform, but it serves its purpose in many different ways.
Bright display with great viewing angles, excellent battery life, charges fast
We like the Nokia Lumia 2520. Its colourful looks are great and it performs well: there's that really bright screen, built-in LTE for on-the-go connectivity and an affordable price tag out in the States. How that will translate into UK pricing we're yet to see, but fingers crossed it's competitive compared to the Surface 2.
Only Windows tablet with LTE
I want to like the Lumia. I really gravitate toward a design that I find cheery and colorful and different from everything else out there. But otherwise it's a pretty unremarkable tablet, running a the lackluster Windows RT OS with none of the Surface 2's redeeming qualities to help compensate. There's not much sense in buying the Lumia 2520 instead of the Surface 2 (if you need RT for some reason) except maybe LTE. And the Surface 2 with LTE is coming anyway.
Fast performance, Bright display, Great battery life
Unfortunately, given Microsoft's impending acquisition of Nokia, I'm not sure we'll see another 2520 - Nokia may not ever get the chance to address its shortcomings. The 2520 is the closest direct competitor the Surface 2 has, and it's hard to think that Microsoft won't want to protect its baby. That's a shame too, because on the path to the perfect all-in-one tablet / laptop device, the 2520 is few steps ahead of the Surface 2.
Bioshock on the bus, Tablet, PC and games console
The Razer Edge Pro is one of those bold experiments that has to be applauded. It's a tablet, a PC and a games console all in one, and playing Skyrim on the go certainly beats Candy Crush Saga.
But the Edge Pro also has many drawbacks, including a high price, hefty weight and poor battery life. We'd struggle to recommend it to anyone over a gaming laptop, which will offer even better performance for your money.
Long battery life with standard and extended battery, Very portable
You need to work all day and into the night, and you need to be mobile from office to office, whether that's across the building or across the state. The Dell Latitude 10 can help. It can interface with your corporate network, servers, and programs, while giving you up to 20 hours of continuous battery life.
Full-fat Windows 8, Removeable battery
So can we recommend the Latitude 10? Yes, but with one key caveat - it is not a laptop replacement if you do intensive tasks of any sort. A workhorse PC it is not. We certainly wouldn't recommend its use on a desk as a PC replacement, but it is handy as a second desk screen for keeping an eye on social feeds or email. And it's handy in meetings, too.
Full size USB and SD card slot
The Dell Latitude 10 is a capable Windows 8 tablet that's hindered by slow internal components and a design that isn't in balance. Among the growing crop of Atom-based tablets, the Latitude is among the better devices we've tested. There are still too many drawbacks to fully recommend it over the ThinkPad Tablet 2, and even that didn't get a definite thumbs-up. We're still searching for our dream Windows 8 tablet.
Great addition to our family of portable devices
Bought this as a gift for my husband for Christmas. He loves it. Much lighter weight than his laptop. We got the keyboard as well. Great battery life and works easily on our travels, off the hotspot on his iphone. Touch screen with Windows 8 is a real bonus and great support from ASUS!
Good design, Decent performance
The Asus Vivo Tab RT offers a super Windows 8 experience in a lightweight package. However, it hasn't matched its main rivals for price. That's a real shame and may put some buyer's off, but overall, the benefits of the Asus Vivo Tab RT do justify the substantial extra outlay.
Better camera performance than the Surface RT
When it comes down to it, the VivoTab RT merely goes to show that Asus can always stand tall in the face of competition - even if it's from the direct source. If you're considering picking up a Windows RT tablet, this is surely going to be one you'll want to check out. Frankly, there's a fair amount of value seen in this $599.99 tablet, which again, is bundled with the keyboard dock.
If Android or iOS tablets lacked something, then this might be the tablet for you. The new Windows RT devices usually blend into an existing PC environment very well and provide many advantages in contrast to other devices. When Microsoft minds its store just as well as Google has done with its Play Store or Apple with its App Store, the buyer would be satisfied with a vast collection of apps from the Microsoft Store for Windows RT devices.
Thoughtful design, but brings a mixed tablet experience
Tablets are all about the experience of software married to hardware. The Asus Vivo Tab's solid hardware provides the makings of a good experience, and Windows RT is a good foundation for that experience. But Windows RT's many software quirks and omissions may limit the Vivo Tab's audience to dedicated PC users who've recently purchased a Windows 8 laptop or desktop, and want to extend their new Modern UI software purchases across both systems.
Bright and clear screen, Great battery life
While its detachable keyboard dock remains a good idea and provides stellar battery life, the ASUS Vivo Tab RT has build quality issues, a cramped physical keyboard and is let down by a limited and frustrating Windows RT platform. At this price, it's really tough to recommend.
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