Premium construction, Snappy performance
Now that it's packing a Retina Display, the 2nd generation iPad mini is more in line to being a premium tablet - whereas before, it felt a smidgen underwhelming. As much as we appreciate its arrival, in addition to the usual hardware upgrades, its new base $400 price point is tough to swallow. With a $70 price increase over its predecessor, it makes for a tougher time to compete with some of the other noise makers in the tablet space.
Great screen, Same premium design, Good battery life
The iPad mini Retina has improved exactly where it needed to. Better screen, better camera and much faster processor are all present, but it's not a wildly different experience from the original iPad mini. That's no bad thing as the iPad mini 2 is one of the best small-form tablets on the market, even if the extra cost is a little hard to justify.
Thin, light, and comfortable to hold, Powerful 64-bit processor
The iPad Mini 2 is our favorite tablet of 2013. With a powerful 64-bit A7 processor and a high-resolution "Retina" screen, it finishes the job that Apple started with the first iPad Mini started. At $400, it's a lot more expensive than other compact tablets, which now range from $100 to $350, but you are getting more for your money. This tablet has the performance of an industry-leading full-size tablet in a compact - better - form. It's the tablet to beat.
Stunning Retina display, Speed performance
At £319 for the 16GB, cellular-free, model, the iPad Mini Retina isn't cheap, especially compared to its rivals. Things get almost MacBook-like at the top-end, with the 128GB/4G model setting you back £659.
But if, like us, the size and feel of the Mini is of most importance, it offers such a boost in performance and display quality, it's worth the upgrade. The Retina resolution feels like the missing piece of the Mini puzzle and keeps it at the top of our tablet table.
HUGE improvement over the original model
All in all, I am VERY impressed with how much faster this tablet is than my original Nexus 7 tablet. As long as this model doesn't suffer the performance slowdown issue of the original Nexus 7, I don't anticipate moving this away from a 5 star product anytime soon, but only time will tell I guess. I will keep this review updated as I go, and add thoughts on more features once I test them out further (the speakers, longer term battery life tests, performance slowdown, etc).
Outstanding display, Great performance
The Nexus 7 2 is better in almost every single way than its predecessor. It's slicker, faster and sleeker than any other 7-inch tablet on the market right now, and only the rear facing camera lets it down. At £199 it's also a little pricier, but well worth the extra pennies.
Fast CPU and GPU performance
The second generation Nexus 7 retails for $30 more than the first model. If based solely on its build, the price increase does not feel justified as the quality is only a modest upgrade over the original. The model still lacks expandable storage, dedicated video-out and docking station support. Users with the 16 GB model may find themselves out of space quite quickly after realizing that almost 5 GB is unavailable.
Excellent build quality
The Google Nexus 7 (2013) is more expensive than the original but sees a small change in the design, while its exceptional screen and added rear camera help justify this price hike. It's still lacking a microSD card slot but for many people with be the best 7in tablet around. We now await the challenge of the Apple iPad mini 2.
Excellent screen, Easy one-handed use
The Nexus 7, available within weeks in the UK and already on sale in the US, is without doubt the "best of the rest", and the most impressive Android tablet to date - as well as being a superb entertainment device. It's still slightly crippled by a lack of decent killer apps, but in terms of hardware, at least, Google has shown it can match Apple, and actually improve on the iPad.
A good upgrade from last year's model - Beautiful Display, Great Device - Fell short on battery life
For people who are justifying if this is a good upgrade, I say YES to that. The speed and screen difference alone is worth the upgrade. The whole user experience just improve drastically with the HDX.
It use to be, for Kindle Fire HD, you will trade low price for slow performance, stutter and lag. It honestly makes you think twice if the price is really worth all that poor experience.
For HDX, this is no longer the case.
High quality display, Speedy performance
We're not saying that the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX should be avoided entirely, but considering that the Nexus 7 is priced identical to it, we're less inclined to fork over our money to an inferior tablet. All told, it's a tablet you would only settle on if it's on sale for under the $200 mark. Well, either that or if your other option is completely out of stock. For now, we'll just hope and pray that Amazon will be more aggressive with next year's model to outclass the competition.
Bright 1920 x 1200 IPS display, Powerful SoC for the price
The HDX 7 is designed to sell Amazon products and it does so extremely well. Ignoring this would mean ignoring most of the features of the HDX 7 and reducing the device to a basic web surfing tablet. This is a tablet best served for Amazon aficionados.
Superb full HD display, fast Snapdragon 800 CPU, Mayday for newbies
If you want a tablet primarily to consume Amazon services and content, the Kindle Fire HDX is the way to go. Books, movies, magazines and music--it's all here and easier to use than on a PC with a web browser. Since there's no Amazon Prime Video for Android, your only other option is the iPad if you want to watch Prime videos on a mobile OS tablet.
Great screen, Snappy performance, Improved Fire OS
The Kindle Fire HDX's improvements are all welcome. It has much more powerful internals that result in smooth performance, and an updated OS that makes it feel more like a tablet and less like a cluttered storefront for Amazon's services. And the Mayday tech support feature could be a game-changer if Amazon can keep the free service properly staffed.
For the price it's fantastic
So, if you are looking for a powerful gaming tablet, this is not it. It will do everything short of powerful gaming very well, though. I have absolutely no complaints beyond the fact that it won't do networked play for the most graphically intensive Android game out right now.
Extremely affordable pricing, Packs both front & rear cameras
There's no arguing about the notoriety and prestige surrounding the newest version of the Google Nexus 7, as it reigns supreme in the 7-inch category, but the Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 is an equally impressive offering on its own. For beginners, it has the advantage in price with its ridiculously low cost of $150, which is a cool $80 less than the Nexus 7.
Inexpensive, Good display, Convincing performance
With a retail price of 149 Euros (~$197) the target groups for the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 are bargain hunters, users looking for a second device and people with limited interest in technology. Asus manages to offer a very good device for this price, which could also be the only tablet in the household.
Very cheap, Decent screen, Enough power for most tasks
With its rear camera, expandable storage and cheaper price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 makes a few key improvements on the already excellent Nexus 7 tablet. If you're looking for a cheap tablet that will tackle most tasks well, this is the one to go for.
Inexpensive but not cheap, Light, comfortable design
Asus continues to prove again and again that it's possible to make a tablet that is both affordable and worth having. The Nexus 7 line was proof enough, but the Memo Pad HD 7 takes it one step further. The great display, above-average cameras, thoughtful UI, well-curated apps, and decent performance are well beyond what we expect to see for just $150. This is the best value tablet under $200 we've seen so far and it makes a few more expensive tablets look sad in comparison.
I purchased the Nexus 7 in October, 2012. Was the best investment for my money. It does exactly want I need. I like the google apps. Unlike other tablets,can't get all apps. With the Nexus 7 you can get any apps. I new to the android world and the lastest technology. But the Nexus 7 is so easy to use. I've tried other tablets, but I think this one was the best choice for me.
Quality hardware, NFC support
Like a bucket of water being used to douse the Kindle's flames, Google appears poised to reclaim any tablet ground lost since the introduction of Amazon's forked version of Android. It may not tread a lot of new ground, but the Nexus 7 is a solid performer and easily the best tablet around for the thriftier buyer.
Great battery life, Uniform responsive performance
In the end, if you're in the market for any tablet, there's no reason why the Google Nexus 7 shouldn't be on or near the top of your list. Sure, it's not a particularly cutting-edge device in the hardware front, but there's nothing else close at the moment that can match its sheer offerings at its phenomenal price point. This could potentially be the best-selling Nexus branded device thus far!
Good screen, Speedy performance, Handy form
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is one of the best tech bargains of the year. This 7 inch Android tablet is priced so aggressively that every low-cost tablet maker must be terrified. Just as important, it doesn't look or feel cheap either, thanks to the powerful quad-core processor and the texturing of the rear. It's not perfect, and that not all Google services are available in the UK yet is a shame, but this is undoubtedly the best sub-£200 tablet we've seen.
Well-equipped device for such an affordable price
Google has set a new standard for budget tablets with the Nexus 7. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such an affordable price. The silky smooth performance and high resolution IPS screen are the highlights for us. If you're looking for a tablet under £200 then look no further than the Nexus 7.
Build quality, price, power
The impressive thing about the Nexus 7 is the quality of the device you get from Asus, at the price you're being asked to pay. The hardware and the build quality is top notch, there is plenty of power and the screen is fantastic. Add this to a pure Google experience, the latest version of Android and you're on to a winner from a software point of view too.
But there are also plenty of places where you can pick holes in the Nexus 7.
Awesome....better for me than an Ipad
I always find it funny when people are so obsessed with bashing screen resolution. this is an 8 inch screen and quite clear and beautiful. It is not a 50 inch LCD. How many pixels can you cram into any tablet screen, before it becomes pointless and frankly entirely ridiculous? Yes, there are tablets that are cheaper with better resolution but these do not employ the use of a fully functional stylus.
Intuitive and fluid OS
Samsung has created a good device here. But is good enough? Sadly, we don't think so. The bar is a lot higher these days.This is a device that does what it does well, but doesn't wow us in too many ways.
It's obvious that Samsung and Google are fighting for your custom from the sheer number of options and the way they sit side-by-side out of the box. Like two parents smiling in front of the kids, as they wrestle for custody in court.
And what's with that price?
Handwriting done right
There's no doubt about it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a wonderful tablet. While the inconvenient pen support of the first Note looked more like a weird experiment, the technology has been gradually improved to arrive on the Note 8.0 as a capable and reliable feature. The Galaxy Note 8.0, with its sizable screen and optimized software, proves that the S Pen is not just a gimmick, but a feature that can really let you take handwritten notes in a comfortable, almost natural-feeling way.
Stylus works well, Thin and light
The Samsung Galaxy Note sits between the Note 10.1 and the trusty Note 2. It has a digitiser stylus, an 8-inch screen and a light 340g body. It's too big for pockets, but is otherwise a practical on-the-go Android tablet. However, starting at £340 it feels a bit too expensive when its screen in particular feels slightly dated, and will only seem more so in the coming months.
Very bright display, Lots of RAM
During the course of our review, we've called the Note 8.0 a tablet, a smartphone, and a tabphone since we didn't quite know what to call the device. At this point, we are still not sure. The Note 8.0 is too large to be stuffed into a pocket but still claims to be a phone.
The Note 8.0 features top-notch hardware on par with the other tablets and smartphones in the Note-series. Testing shows that the performance is outstanding and good enough for first place in most categories.
Stylish, a decent size, S Pen is still a great tool, brilliant for video
The Note range remains a solid favourite of ours. The Note 10.1 and Note II are devices we adore. The Note 8 is a solid performer too, but we can't help think it's stuck in the middle of two giants. But it's a brilliant size for a tablet, it's less chunky than the 10.1-inch device, and more usable with the S-Pen than the Note II.
S Pen, multi-tasking and pen software, IR AV remote
Much as you might guess, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 offers a more portable and compact experience compared to the company's 10" Galaxy Note 10.1. Which one should you choose? That's a matter of your size preference: if you loved the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 but felt it was too large, this is your tablet.
Light, thin, easy to hold and carry around
Looking for a decent mid-range Android tablet? Well, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch would be a good choice. It is light, portable, and capable enough to be used for not only web surfing and writing emails, but also for watching HD movies and even playing some Real Racing 3 every once in a while. The device doesn't have any flaws that would make it a deal breaker, so if it fits your budget, go ahead and grab one!
Slim, light, microSD slot for expansion
There's plenty of good to be had from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But less so at this price point. It's pricier than the higher-resolution Nexus 7, and its plasticky construction just isn't as well made as the Apple iPad mini. And for once the Apple device is the more affordable of the two.
Even if the screen's not class-leading in resolution terms, we've found it more than usable in a variety of conditions.
Beautiful display, Comfortable, attractive design
The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is yet another strong tablet from Samsung and a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 8.0 if you don't need the pen capabilities or just can't afford the $380 price tag. At $300 the Tab 3 is less expensive than the iPad Mini and $100 more than most 7-inch slates. The extra screen size is worth the premium, and the combination of long battery life and great design round out what we think is one of the best 8-inch tablets available.
Great LED-backlit screen
In summation, the Asus FonePad is a very accomplished Android tablet and offers amazing value-for-money. If you're not planning on spending a fortune, but still want a tablet with a wide choice of apps and features then you could do a lot worse than picking up this one in particular.
Solid build quality
Although it can make calls and send text messages, the Asus Fonepad is clearly not an ideal smartphone replacement, although you can totally use it as one. Just bear in mind that the tablet isn't made to be carried in a pocket, obviously, and its call quality leaves a lot to be desired. The Fonepad, however, stands out with being a good-looking, 3G-capable slate with a quality screen and enough battery power to get you through the day.
Flexible, with 3G and memory expansion
A 7-inch tablet that also wants to be a phone sounds like a silly idea. But the Asus Fonepad is, in use, entirely sensible. It's a lot like the Nexus 7, but has a metal rear, 3G and a memory card slot - and all for less cash than the 32GB Nexus 7. Its screen isn't great and the processor doesn't perform well in all conditions, but this is a top-notch budget tablet.
Asus Fonepad is an inexpensive 7in tablet that is also a smartphone
For those genuinely interested in a phablet, the Asus Fonepad is a bit of a bargain. It does the job of two devices for a budget price. However, you'll need to be prepared to make sacrifices including practicality and, in this case, no rear camera and slower performance issues. Not to mention the inevitable Dom Jolly impression, should you decide to use as a phone without a separate earpiece.
Can be used as a phone
The Asus Fonepad is a tablet that can accept a normal SIM card to be used as a phone. At 7 inches, however, it's far too big to be your main phone and it doesn't really impress as a tablet either. Its affordable price and good battery life go some way do add to its appeal though.
A solid, powerful slice of Android
The Asus FonePad's size makes for a terrible phone. But that's ok. We see it as a 3G tablet with optional phone abilities, should you ever need them. For a similar price to the non-3G 16GB Nexus 7, the FonePad will give you mobile data and 16GB of expandable storage, which for some is the Nexus 7's Achilles heel.
While its Intel innards might not score as well in benchmarks, the FonePad never left us wanting for power, handling 3D games and multitasking with ease.
Love my mini
I love my mini iPad. Cost was more at amazon than I saw at a couple other places, but ordering was easy and came promptly, packaged well. I love the size and functionality of the mini iPad. I did trade a kindle for the iPad because I wanted the camera, front and rear facing camera. I also wanted ability to do FaceTime. I'm extremely happy with my purchase and would recommend it over any other.
Extremely light and portable
Can we see someone owning an iPhone 5, iPad mini and new iPad 4? Actually, maybe...and not just the pointlessly rich. The iPhone is the perfect device for hopping in and out of content, giving you the internet all the time and generally allowing you to play more simple games.
The iPad mini is perfect for a train ride: it's just the right size for a few TV episodes when packed nose to nose with fellow commuters before slipping it back into a bag or pocket when leaping for your platform.
Takes good photos & videos for a tablet
In the moment that the iPad mini was announced to feature a starting price point of $330, we were left wondering in confusion as to why? Factoring in its hardware specs and all, it would lead anyone to believe that this latest iPad is rather over-bloated at $330, which is still seen as a considerable investment over other highly prized tablets.
Stunning brushed metal design
Certainly the most desirable 7-inch tablet on the market, the iPad mini's £269 starting price is considerably higher than the competition but for that outlay you get a device that, although not specs superior, is a far more enticing option than much of what is already on the market.
Combining a brushed aluminium back with seamlessly curved edges and a fascia that will be familiar to full-sized iPad owners, the iPad mini is a device that looks and feels every penny that you pay for it.
Workmanship, feel, choice of materials and stability
From our point of view, Apple's iPad Mini is the perfect secondary device alongside a smartphone. It is not too small and not too big and unhandy for mobile use either. The available battery runtimes make a convincing impression. In view of the first sales figures, the iPad Mini could become the new leader of this size category despite a few points of criticism. In addition to selecting the ecosystem, it of course has to fit in the budget.
Higher pixel density than the original iPad and iPad 2
The iPad mini is a premium small tablet, with a price to match. It's a shame Apple couldn't have included a Retina screen and newer processor - expect the iPad mini 2 to get those updates when it launches later this year. This Wi-Fi only model also lacks GPS. It's not cheap by any stretch, especially if you want more storage spare or the 3G/4G cellular version, but it's great value compared to a full-size iPad.
More portable, still a big screen, light
The iPad mini is the new iPad to lust after. It's a lot more manageable. It a lot more kid-friendly, it's a lot more game-friendly. It is a lot more "you" friendly.
It's a lovely size, it's a lovely experience, and one that we can easily see cannibalising iPad 4 and iPad 2 sales in the future. That's not to say there isn't a place for the iPad in your tablet world, but just that this is good enough to become the "lead" iPad, at least in our minds.
Super thin and quite light
From the moment I put my hands on the iPad mini, I confess I loved it. It's that perfect tweener size: it doesn't feel as cramped and compromised when watching video or viewing web pages as 7" tablets and the 4:3 aspect ratio works so well for portrait use when reading eBooks, Word documents and web pages. It's supremely thin and quite light, and I found that just like my Nexus 7 (previously my 7" tablet of choice) I carry it everywhere. That's something I can't say about my 10" tablets.
Best battery life of any tablet
We want to like this tablet, but we can't. As much as we'd love to recommend a tablet because Ashton Kutcher laid his two and a half hands on it, if you're going to spend a few hundred dollars for a new device, you want the best you can get for your greenbacks. This ain't it.
The battery life is great and the stand is useful, but the processing power of the Yoga Tablet doesn't match cheaper competitors like the Nexus 7, and Lenovo's user interface is ugly and buggy.
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