Excellent Screen Display and All Around Nice Tablet
Overall, I think this is a good deal for someone who really uses the video / apps feature. Kids will love it as they can read books, play games, watch TV and movies, and a whole lot of other things. Adults should like it for the exact same reasons, but while I try to minimize the amount of work-related stuff I do at home with the business apps that are available here in the Amazon App store and other places around the Internet I can also work on Excel and Word-compatible files when I have to...
Excellent performance, Sharp screen
In the current pantheon of high-end tablets, I'd put the 8.9 right up there with the iPad Air. While it lacks the premium feel of Apple's latest large tablet, they're pretty much a match performance wise. As for software features, if you consider apps alone, Apple has that on lockdown, with the most and best apps of any tablet OS. However, taking into account the entire media ecosystem, Amazon is second to none.
Beautiful screen and the booming sound
At $380 (16GB, special offers) the 8.9 is a steal versus the comparable $500 iPad Air; the 8.9 is cheaper, lighter, has a better screen, and is almost as big. But hold on. Hooooold on.
The 8.9 is not a slam dunk against the upcoming $400 retina iPad mini, a tablet that will offer roughly similarish screen quality, a barely smaller screen, premium hardware, and a way more robust ecosystem for just $20 more than the comparable HDX 8.9.
Great battery life, expect ten hours or more
If you're a faithful Amazon customer looking for something more substantial than the 7-inch Fire, the lightweight 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is the tablet to consider. The bigger screen is worth the extra money, and you don't lose any performance, just some portability. And even though it's more expensive than its smaller kin, it's still a great value among full-size tablet options.
Excellent High Resoltion Display, High Resolution Camera
Amazon's 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HDX takes all of the great features of the 7-inch version and adds a larger higher resolution display and a rear facing camera. The problem is that the price jump for these extra features generally outweigh their gains. The result is a tablet that is great for those that love using the Amazon services specifically for high definition TV and movies, but beyond that you are probably better off saving the money and opting for the 7-inch version.
Gorgeous high-res screen, Super lightweight, Great battery life
Amazon appeals to a niche with its Kindle Fire line: that customer that wants to access Amazon's content in the easiest way possible. For everyone else, there's the iPad and other tablets, which also have access to Amazon's world.
At the end of the day, whether they purchase and use the HDX 8.9 or not, people are still buying stuff from Amazon, and as far as it is concerned, that's a win.
Longer lasting power, faster, lighter, with free top quality apps to download!
Overall this is a superior product that really outperforms the older iPads that I have. I was disappointed that the new iPad Air did not have the home button with the fingerprint sensor built in. Since I have used it with my iPhone 5S I have really become attached to it and it just seems like a way to cheapen the unit and be more competitive instead of showing and using the enhanced technology. I would have paid a little more for the iPad Air with that sensor.
Delivers more performance and comparable battery life
Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year's model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It's the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.
Sleek design, Powerful innards, Great suite of free apps
You've seen the score, and for those keeping tabs you'll realise this is TechRadar's first five-star tablet. It's a device with almost no flaws - it's not just Apple's best tablet, it's the only tablet you should be considering this Christmas if you're keen on a larger screen.
Thin & light metal design, Solid construction
The iPad Air follows in the same footsteps as its predecessor, where it's a fantastic tablet that has a fine balance with everything it has to bring to the table - so you won't be disappointed by what you get! First and foremost, we can't deny the obvious here, as it continues to be a stunning looking thing with its updated design.
Robust and premium design, Excellent screen
The iPad Air is the best overall 10-inch tablet you can buy by quite a margin. The huge weight reduction makes the larger of the two iPads a far more attractive option again, while retaining all the iPads traditional strengths such as its unrivalled collection of tablet optimised apps. A revolution it isn't, but we find it very hard to see how Apple can top this version now.
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.
Great Multipurpose Tablet
Finally, and this may be petty, but it's the most professional device. In the field I know (law), partners at law firms and federal judges use iPads, not other devices to read briefs, send emails, etc. I've never seen anyone doing work on a Kindle device and I've never even seen another tablet in a professional setting. Part of this may be that it's a well-established product, and part may be that the 10-inch screen is nice for reading, even if it's bulkier.
Great display & Easier connector
Despite the above negative points, there's no doubt we're once again looking at a top tablet once again. Apple's greatest strength has always been fusing together some headline features with an OS that just works, and will appeal to the largest amount of people.
Sure, the price is a little high, and in a vacuum would be a real stick with which to beat the new iPad 4.
Quality app ecosystem
The 4th Generation iPad is only a minor improvement over its predecessor but still remains the tablet to beat. An upgraded A6X processor, Apple's new Lightning connector and a better front facing camera are the main differences. All in all this is an iterative upgrade that should only interest those who don't already own a 3rd Generation iPad.
Excellent Battery Life
The iPad isn't magical, as much as Apple wants you to believe this is the case. It is, however, a very entertaining device that's currently being held back by a lack of content and a number of missing features. The iPad will only get better and will ultimately succeed off the back of Apple's existing application and content ecosystem.
Comfortable interface and typing experience
The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.
Distinctive and solid design
So, here we are now, in the presence of the fully equipped Surface Pro, which is sporting a higher starting price point of $899 for the 64GB version while the 128GB model will set you back $999. In our recent history of tablets, those figures would spell instant death, since we normally perceive top-tiered tablets edging out at around the $500 mark. However, this isn't your typical tablet, especially when its guts are more ultrabook-like, which warrants the higher price point.
The Surface Pro hints at genius but implodes under the weight of its own ambition. But the potential is plain to see. It's a welcome and compelling alternative to an Apple and Google dominated future. Make it lighter and last longer, however, and Microsoft could have a winner on its hands in future.
Battery life is good
The Surface Pro is the best Windows tablet we've used. It also makes a pretty good laptop. But as a tablet it's not match for the best iOS or Android devices, and as a Windows laptop it can't compete with Ultrabooks. It's portability and performance will be perfect for a few, and okay for most. So that makes it a good but not perfect device, which feels about right as a verdict.
Smaller and lighter than Ultrabook competitors
Surface Pro becomes more than a list of pros and cons after a proper period of use, as much as we've been toing and froing between the highs and lows a week of use has brought with it. Despite its sizeable list of downsides, you know what, we've still enjoyed using Surface Pro as much as, if not more than, similar tablet devices.
Yes it's expensive and it's fatter than a tablet, but then it's a different prospect from the latter.
Great build and materials
The Microsoft Surface Pro isn't just novel, though that certainly is part of its appeal along with the sexy design and high quality look and feel. It's a landmark marriage of computing power and portability. The question is: do you need a miraculously portable tablet with the computing power of a Core i5 laptop inside? That's for you to answer, and I know many of you do crave extreme portability on the road.
Full HD screen, Ability to play games
Surface Pro is a decent dual-use device, with plenty of power which we'd be happy to choose over a mid-range Ultrabook. We loved being able to dock it with a screen and full desktop set up at home, then take it on the move. It's certainly able to fulfill the job of a laptop and iPad, so long as your emphasis is on productivity rather than fun.
Versatile form factor
The Surface RT is a great tablet if you don't mind only using the pre-installed software and whatever else you can grab from the currently limited selection in the Windows store. If you're after the full Windows experience on a tablet, you'll be disappointed with the RT's software limitations.
Keyboard for prolific typists, S-pen input
The ATIV Tab 3 will suit everyone who is looking for an uncompromisingly good mini-keyboard in connection with an economic as well as a handy Windows tablet. Users who are expecting the power of a laptop should back away and take a device with an Intel Core processor. A list of appropriate contenders can be found in the sidebar; we deem the Intel Core systems to be particularly recommendable.
Smart design, Great keyboard, Fast to wake
The Lenovo Miix is more than capable of serving the needs of some people, but it's a definite niche. If the question is should the average person get this instead of an Ultrabook (even a low-end one that comes in at a similar price point), then the answer is no. The Asus VivoBook S200 is almost certainly a better bet.
Pretty Good Tablet for windows 8
I read over many reviews for window 8 tablets, I needed a tablet that can do everything without any restrictions. I previously had Surface RT but it was so restricted that I sold it. Lenovo has made a great working tablet for windows 8 with full windows 8 running on the tablet! The Tablet is fast,fluid at all features on windows 8, would recommend this for users that need a tablet that is light and can be used for work and home.
Slick, attractive build
We like the Lenovo ThinkPad 2, but just barely. It won us over with its good looks, solid keyboard and excellent battery life. Still, we'd never recommend it as your sole computing option. This is a traveler's device, for when you don't have the bag space for a real computer.
This tablet will save your shoulders, and keep you entertained and productive while on the road. It's well built, and Lenovo is offering some very smart, but pricey, accessories.
Thin and lightweight tablet with full Windows 8 experience
If we came upon the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 in a store and quickly glance over its specs sheet, we probably wouldn't get too excited. And who would considering its low-res display and choice of packing an Intel Atom processor? As we've seen, though, the tablet is still equipped in providing us with the same experience as its beefier counterparts - well, it probably will take more time in executing the same tasks.
Stylish, light and well built
It's hard to recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 without using it with its keyboard accessory. Sure, it's well-made, has a decent screen and a useful stylus, but the performance is frustrating and most would be better off with a laptop if productivity was the main reason for purchase, even if they are much bigger and heavier.
Precise touchscreen, Good main camera
If you are looking for a light Windows tablet, then the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 provides a loyal companion with good battery life. Business users on the other hand, purchase this table for the security module (TPM). However, one needs to make compromises in terms of manufacturing quality and the performance. The price of the configuration was set at 625 Euros (~$810) during the time of testing.
Build quality, specifications and performance don't match its high price
The build quality, specifications and performance of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 don't match its high price. The inclusion of a stylus makes Windows easier to manage and the battery life is better than faster Windows tablets. But itâ??s not enough to warrant any recommendation.
Supremely thin and light, sharp display
It's hard to not love this little guy. If you're looking for a small Windows 8 tablet, this is one of the smallest and lightest, yet it's sturdy and ready for the road. Battery life is super and standby times are among the best we've seen on a Windows tablet. The Wacom pen makes drawing and note-taking a pleasure and the IPS display is colorful and crystal clear. The tablet is smart enough to handle business and productivity tasks as well as streaming HD video.
Full USB port, Good 8.5-hour battery life
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a huge step up from its Android-based predecessor, and the stylus works great, but its use is hampered by a weak processor and Windows 8's inability to scale to a tablet-sized screen. Tiny menus, freezes, and slowdowns dim what should be a bright day for Lenovo.
Because of Microsoft and Intel's prices, this tablet will run you $730, or $30 more than an equivalent 64GB iPad.
Not bad if you like your products rare
If this tablet were a little more "baked" it would be very good. 1st the good. The screen resolution / quality is quite good and the sound is more than ok. For most tasks it is speedy enough as well.Build quality seems ok. The acer software takes up too much space on the ssd; and contributes little, at least to me. The bad? Glitchy, has random reboots,just generally feels unstable. This may be win 8 and not the tablet hardware don't know for sure.
Cramped, shallow keyboard, Few full size ports
We're not big fans of Windows RT, so we can't believe we're saying this, but the W510 might have been better off as an RT device. Mainly for the Microsoft Office apps that are included with RT. Remember, Windows 8 doesn't come bundled with Word or Excel, so you'll be dropping even more cash to get your W510 functional. We say no thanks.
Lightest & cheapest Win 8 hybrid
The 10-inch Acer Iconia W510 comes very close to being our favourite Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop with Atom inside. It's smaller and lighter than 11.6-inch rivals, but doesn't compromise on resolution, connectivity or battery life to get there. It also sports a unique (at least for a detachable convertible) rotating hinge that genuinely expands it usability, while its screen and speakers more than hold their own.
Affordable and highly portable tablet that runs x86 Windows 7 apps
All told, the Acer Iconia Tab W510 is a very capable Windows 8 tablet that can handle light x86 Windows app use and is more than capable to run Live Tile apps that are built-in or downloaded from the MS app store. For those of you who love the MS Surface RT form factor and weight, the 1.3 lb., 0.35" thick Acer Iconia W510 adds the ability to run Windows 7 apps, and that's a key feature at this price range and size.
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