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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Great tablet - if you have WiFi connectivity issues, update the driver
Fantastic tablet. I don't have much to add to the other reviewers except to say that on the first night I had two instances where the tablet lost WiFi connectivity. WiFi was enabled but didn't show any WiFi signals. Turning WiFi off and on and doing a reboot doesn't fix the issue. After doing a Windows Refresh the first time (losing much of what I had installed and configured) it worked for a while but then later happened again.
Great price for a Windows tablet
At just $299 the Dell Venue 8 Pro is certainly the best Windows-based 8-inch tablet I've used so far, but with Lenovo and Toshiba already offering similar competition I suspect there will be even more on the way shortly. I want a small Windows tablet to replace my iPad mini Retina, and I'm convinced it's a good idea, but for now it's hard to switch fully. Dell's Venue 8 Pro might not replace my iPad mini, but it's certainly good enough to sit alongside it in my bag.
High-resolution IPS screen, Decent performance
Asus' Memo Pad FHD 10 only lacks a bit of 3D performance for a price of just under 350 Euros (~$468). Particularly graphic-demanding game apps stutter along in view of the tablet's only middling graphics performance, excluding the benchmarks. The CPU is inconspicuous and even copes with most available apps. The x86 heredity under the hood is rarely noticed.
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