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Top 5 Tablets

By Sophie
Top 5 Tablets

Poised between a smartphone and a laptop is the very swanky tablet: ultra trendy and ultra practical, they are bits of kit with serious tech appeal. 

For the less computer savvy amongst us, tablets combine the on-the-go access of a smart phone with the processing competencies of a laptop.
Sleek and stylish in design, the very best of tablets allow you to plan your life, surf the net, take and store photos, play games, watch films and social network at your sassy leisure.

Though these digital status symbols do rank high on the cool factor, their pocket appeal does come with a hefty price tag. To make sure you make a sound investment, we have assessed 5 of the current market’s favourites!

Also, check out our latest Pinterest page displaying online reviews of these little techno beauties!

The Sweet Tablet Kola Kube


Everything a certain tablet from a company with a fruit-based logo can do, but for a fraction of the price.

Price: £149.99
Screen size: 9.7"
Screen resolution: 1024 × 768
Weight: 606g
Battery: 8 hours
Storage: 16GB double memory
Software: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Camera: 2.0 Mega Pixel rear facing. 0.3Mega Pixel front facing
Video: 1080P video output (playback 2160P)
  • We like: Free keyboard case with this snazzy number. Good sound and great for accessing and downloading apps, plus the stylus is super classy. Ice Cream Sandwich operating system is bang up to date. Very impressive price.
  • To consider: Touch screen not quite as accurate as other, more pricey, models.

The New iPad

The new iPad

Stunning Retina display quality: though pricey it’s a true visual feast with finesse from Apple.

Price: around £399 for the 16G model
Screen size: 9.7”
Screen resolution: 2048 x 1536
Weight: 652g
Battery: 10 hours
Storage: 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB
Software: iOS
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 5 MP iSight rear camera
Video: Video recording 1080p, up to 30 frames per second with audio. HD 1080p resolution playback
  • We like: incredible resolution; great apps; great connectivity and camera; ultra fast loading.
  • To consider: It is expensive. Although the New iPad boasts such delightful resolution it is more expensive than the iPad 2, which is fairly similar in other respects. In addition, there is no SD card slot for extra storage, although you can buy an adaptor from Apple.

Samsung Galaxy 8.9

Samsung Galaxy 8.9

Standing alongside its big brother the Samsung Galaxy 10.01, the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 model is a super thin, super light improved version with great colour balance.

Price: around £450
Screen size: 8.9”
Screen resolution: 1280 x 800
Weight: 467g
Battery: 9 hours
Storage: 16 GB
Software: Android 3.1, Honeycomb; Polaris Office
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth v.3.0
Camera: 3 MP back camera with flash, 2 MP front camera
Video: 1080p video playback
  • We like: great camera options; advanced web browsing; streamlined form; warm colour balance, small and light.
  • To consider: No SD card slot; occasional lag and slow loading tendencies.

Motorola Xoom 2

Motorola Xoom 2

A slender tablet great for portrait viewing. 

Price: around £349.99
Screen size: 10.1”
Screen resolution: 1280 x 800
Weight: 603g
Battery: 10 hours
Storage: 16GB, 32GB
Software: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Camera: 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front, Flash
Video: Video recording 1080p, 1080p resolution playback
  • We like: Handling- round edges, light and very thin; great viewing angles.
  • To consider: This model is not yet fitted with the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, which is the latest in Android technology, the video autofocus is relatively weak; there is no SD slot for expandable storage.

The Asus Transformer Pad 300

An affordable option for students which is still a fabulous all rounder. Also has keyboard dock to turn it into a Net Book; great for studying. 

Price: around £399
Screen size: 10.1”
Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 
Weight: 635g
Battery: 10 hours, extra 5 when inserted in keypad dock.
Storage: 16GB + 8GB of free ASUS webs storage
Software: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich; Polaris Office
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v.3.0
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v.3.0
Camera: 8 MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera
Video: 1080p video playback, 1080p video recording
  • We like: Comes with a keypad dock; great 3D gaming; GPS; SD SLOT; USB port in keyboard; the most advanced Android software, Ice Cream Sandwich. 
  • To consider: Lacks the fluidity of more expensive models; occasional web browsing delay.

Tagged: tablets, mobile, gadgets


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