Very little bloatware, Good features and performance for price
The Acer Iconia A1 has a bunch of minor problems. Its entry-level IPS screen is ageing badly, it doesn't have as much power on tap as its "quad-core" processor may suggest and it's a bit heavy. But all this proves is that this £150 is not magic. There are compromises involved in a tablet this cheap, but weigh them up against the savings made and this fun, accessible little Acer makes a lot of sense.
Very good system performance
Acer offers a well-balanced tablet with the Iconia A1-810 that can compete with big competitors like the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 with regard to performance, price and features. Photography enthusiasts will be happy with the performance of the 5 MP main camera - finally a decent camera in a small tablet. The speaker convinces us, the latest Android version is reassuring and the heat development is not alarming.
Budget Android tablet that comes with good specs
The budget Android tablet market is a brilliant arms race. The Acer Iconia A1 is right in the mix as one of the best tablets in terms of value for money. If you're looking for something to surf the web, use social networks and watch videos on the A1 merits consideration. The fact that it has a microSD card slot makes it a really attractive tablet for £149.
Runs well at this price point, budget iPad mini competitor
Even though the Acer Iconica A1-810 connects via Wi-Fi only - for 3G connectivity look at the A1-811 - it delivers plenty for its £175 price tag.
It's that price point that really works its magic, as this tablet is much like an Android-version of the iPad mini on a stripped-back budget in many respects.
Low Resolution Display, Thicker and Heavier Than Competing Tablets
Acer's attempt at a low cost Android tablet does a decent job but falls short due to the highly competitive market. It does cost less than $200, offers a decently lag free experience and features an HDMI connector and MicroSD slot most of its competitors do not. The problem is that the tablet it bigger, heavier and features a display that feels like a first generation tablet when compared to those released in the past couple of months.
Reasonable performance, Good value for money
The Acer Iconia A1-810 is a low-cost, 7.9in Android tablet that shares many similarities to the Apple iPad mini. There's a few compromises including a below average screen and a thick design, but the Iconia A1 performs reasonably well overall and provides good value for money.
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.
Sort of expensive but VERY good
This was a gift to my son and his family. They played all day Christmas with the tablet. As soon as one put it down, the next one grabbed it and headed for the computer room. Ages 16- 47 and well versed in computer and tablet/pads.... the learning curve was very easy for them.
The Google Nexus 10 is clearly a brilliant tablet. It's got top-end specs at a mid-range price; that alone makes it deserving of attention. Add to that a generally stunning screen and near faultless performance and it really does start to look like an iPad beater.
But after spending some time with it we can't quite be as enthusiastic as we'd like. The lack of expandable storage combined with the fairly limited internal storage really hampers its media capabilities.
Incredible high resolution display
It lacks the razor sharp design of Asus top line Android tablets or the extended wealth of functionality available with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but hot damn, there's no arguing that the Google Nexus 10 triumphs over them with its hard to believe price point of $399! Considering that it's featuring the highest resolution display to grace a tablet thus far, it's absolutely hard to fathom how it's priced the way it is.
Superb display, fast performance, good ergonomics
I'll be honest, I didn't expect to like the Google Nexus 10 that much. It isn't that I don't like Android, in fact Android is my main squeeze, but on paper the Nexus 10 didn't set my heart on fire. Once I got my hands on the tablet that changed. Why? The display is drop-dead gorgeous and it's faster and smoother than any other Android tablet on the market, including the Nexus 7 that seemed to get a little slower with the Android 4.2 update.
Excellent performance from a dual-core chip
The 10-inch Google Nexus 10 squares off against the iPad -- and measures up well. With plenty of power, an eye-popping screen and the latest Android software, it'd be worth a look even if it wasn't so much cheaper than Apple's tablet. Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
There's no doubt about it, the Google Nexus 10 is a fantastic tablet that challenges and in the case of the 300ppi display beats - the iPad in almost every department. Google has produced a genuine contender that's slim, light and tactile; fast, effortlessly easy to use and a joy to play with.
The screen is a sensation and deserves the plaudits, but the Nexus 10 isn't perfect yet.
Gorgeous display is among the best on any tablet
So here you have a tablet that looks like every other tablet - yet another black rectangle. And yet, the pure Android 4.2 software (which is the best all-around Android experience out there) combined with the stellar internals and the awesome screen make it vastly better than any other big Android tablet before it. It's clearly the best 10-inch Android tablet you can buy right now. If only we had some apps to spice it up.
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 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.
Impressively resilient, Zippy performance, Excellent stylus
The performance is solid, it lives up to its reputation of being tough and rugged, but the price will put it out of the reach of smaller business and individuals. On the other hand, if you need a tablet that you can be sure won't let you down in tough workplaces, then it's hard to fault the FZ-G1. You can at least guarantee that the price-tag offers a product that won't give out at the first sign of trouble.
Low price, Decent build quality
There are problems, issues, and 'missing' features when you compare the Archos 80 Titanium to an iPad mini, but that costs twice as much.
Besides, despite its lack of GPS, Bluetooth and poor cameras, it does add flexible options like mini HDMI and micro USB connections.
Good, solid build quality, Good brightness
Is the 8-inch Archos 80 Titanium a Low-Budget Mini in terms of a cheaper alternative to the much more expensive Apple iPad Mini, which has obviously been the inspiration for the design? We can already say that the - admittedly - good looking Frenchman cannot quite keep up with the small size Californian tablet.
However, this has no negative impact on the overall impression of the well-built and thin tablet with an aluminum chassis.
Feels lightweight but well built
The Archos 80 Titanium proves that you can get a decent tablet without breaking the bank. Its screen isn't high resolution, but it's a good IPS panel which matches the iPad mini for half as much. Performance is also good, as is build quality; only the cameras let the side down. If you're on a tight budget or want a tablet for your kids, this is a great choice.
Reasonable screen, Good build quality, Smooth application performance
The Archos 80 Titanium gets it right in several key areas, with decent build quality, a reasonable screen and enough performance to enable gaming, browsing and media consumption. Its cut-down specification, poor battery life and awful camera work against it, but it's a fine option if you need a tablet on a budget.
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.
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