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.
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.
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.
Decent, inexpensive, entry-level tablet
This tablet is primarily intended as a viewport into Amazon content and Amazon services. If you have Amazon Prime and you have Amazon eBooks in your collection, this tablet is a no-brainer. The price is low, particularly for what you get, and it's a small, light, budget (without being cheap) tablet with a good display and good sound. This really is an excellent value.
A decent tablet which lacks apps and storage
The Fire HD feels like a step backwards from the model it replaces: there's no camera, no HDMI output, half the storage and shorter battery life. It's faster, though, and has a slicker operating system. But you're still limited to Amazon's app store which lacks the choice you get with Google Play.
Excellent design and build quality, Good screen
The new Fire HD poses a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand it has the nicest design and best build quality of any tablet in this price bracket, and arguably the best screen. On the other hand it's limited in terms of storage unless you pay Â£139 for the 16GB version, and the storage isn't expandable.
The battery life is disappointing and it's also tied into Amazon's app and media stores.
Expansive Amazon Ecosystem, Affordable, Nice Stereo Speakers
In the end, the Fire HD 2013 model is a solid entry level device that is not worth to upgrade if you have the 2012 model. If you have a two year old or older device this might be for you. I think the people who will benefit it the most are students on a budget, a Christmas gift, or for your mom.
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.
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.
Excellent Value and Great Gadget
Overall, if you are looking for a larger tablet this one wins hands down. With the full-features included with this model - especially the 4G connection - I believe this will be my go-to device, and I will no longer be carrying my e-Ink Kindle in addition to my iPad every day.
Sharp, warm screen
Unusually, given their populist design philosophy, both the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can be considered as niche products, aimed at those who feel intimidated by typical tablet interfaces or who just want to be left alone to their media consumption.
They represent great value for money, offering highly capable and solidly built tablets for well under £200 and £300 respectively.
Even sharper looking display
Overall, it's nice that Amazon is providing consumers with choice, but simply at stake is the size difference - and that's all! When all of the Kindle Fire HD tablets are offering the same software experience, the only decision you'll need to make is what size you prefer. Is this hot-hot? Well, it's not burning per se, but rather, it sizzles most with its heavy Amazon services integration and its good value.
Decent connectivity options
Like the 7-inch version, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 offers great value for money. There's a lot of quality hardware on offer here at a reasonable price, with the high-resolution screen being a stand-out feature. However, you do pay for those Amazon subsidisations elsewhere. The Kindle Fire software is much slower than vanilla Android at this point, making it more frustrating to use than non-Amazon tablets.
Good workmanship and quality for the cost
The HD 8.9 does what it was intended to do extremely well, which is to offer Amazon services through a clean and barebones UI. The App library remains nowhere near as developed as the ones from Google or Apple, so users will need to sideload their favorite apps and hope for the best in terms of compatibility. We're still astounded how Amazon can offer a 16:10 Full HD tablet for under $300, which is a great value in itself.
Build quality is impressive
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is a good-value tablet for those who are happy to be locked into Amazon's system. For a lot of people, that won't matter at all as it's certainly not a bad system, particularly if you want to use it mainly as an e-reader. The hardware is hard to fault - excepting the hard-to-find buttons - and the screen is great for the money. The app store is lacking compared to Google Play, but undemanding users will find almost everything they need.
Nice sharp display, lovely to hold
There's a lot to like about the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. As a tablet it looks good, both in terms of that display and the simple design. The build is good quality too and the speakers offer really impressive performance, as does the dual Wi-Fi antenna.
As for the experience, it's also easy enough to use, with content being at the forefront. If you're a fan of Kindle, or of Amazon, then the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 might be just the tablet for you.
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.
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