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Halfway between a personal computer and a mobile phone, tablets are a great alternative to both. They are ideal for surfing the web, reading e-books and enjoying multimedia content. Thanks to their light weight and comfort of use, they are also the perfect travel companions.
Over the last few years, their performance hasn’t stopped improving. More and more models are available on the market, and you can therefore find devices focused on specific uses. Some tablets are even designed for professionals.
- 1 Key Facts
- 2 Ranking: The best tablets on the Australian market
- 3 Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about tablets
- 3.1 What is a tablet exactly?
- 3.2 What are the main uses for tablets?
- 3.3 What are the advantages and disadvantages of tablets?
- 3.4 Whom are tablets tailored for?
- 3.5 What storage capacity do I need for my tablet?
- 3.6 What operating systems are available out there?
- 3.7 What are the best microprocessors for tablets?
- 3.8 What care does a tablet require?
- 4 Shopping Criteria
- 5 Summary
- Tablets are very comfortable and lightweight devices, and can easily be carried around. They are ideal for travelling. The most popular models feature 7 or 10-inch screens. However, some manufacturers offer devices with larger sizes.
- The most common uses of tablets are surfing the web, reading news or electronic books, checking e-mail and playing video games.
- New models, with better features and more applications, are constantly flooding the market. However, you will find three main types of operating systems for tablets: Android, iOS and Windows.
Ranking: The best tablets on the Australian market
Below, we offer you our complete ranking with the five best tablets currently available on the Australian market. Each one stands out for its particular features, and all are devices with great value for money. That way, you will be able to choose the one that suits you best.
- No. 1: 9.7” Apple iPad
- No. 2: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0
- No. 3: Apple iPad Pro
- No. 4: Beneve 10” Android tablet
No. 1: 9.7” Apple iPad
The Apple iPad remains a top choice when it comes to value for money. It integrates a 9.7″ Retina display and an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. In addition, it has a battery that offers several hours of autonomy and the Touch ID identity sensor. This model offers 32 GB of storage capacity and 2 GB of RAM.
It has enough power to smoothly handle multiple applications at the same time. It allows you to edit video in 4K quality and is ready for augmented reality technology. Used with the Apple Pencil, the iPad transforms into an authentic notebook. Additionally, the iconic Apple space grey colour gives this tablet an elegant look to suit its sleek design.
No. 2: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0
The Korean brand needs no introduction in the world of technology, and its Galaxy Tab A is the perfect example of the company’s ability to provide quality products at a lesser price than Apple. Running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and weighing less than 500 grams, this 7-inch tablet is ideal for travelling.
Although it only provides 8 GB of storage, you can easily increase its capacity with SD cards. The Samsung Kids Mode is a particularly interesting feature for families, as it allows parents to monitor the use and protects children from unsuitable content. With 9 hours of battery life, there’s plenty of entertainment to come for the whole family with this Samsung tablet!
No. 3: Apple iPad Pro
The features of Apple’s iPad Pro are truly spectacular. Unfortunately, its price follows this trend. The brain of this real beast is a Bionic A12X Chip with Neural Engine. It includes easy Face ID recognition. Its 11″ Liquid Retina screen extends to the edge, offering amazing image quality with truly vivid colours.
This tablet offers 256 GB of storage capacity so you never run out of space. Weighing almost 700 grams, the iPad Pro is quite heavy and less adapted for travelling, but its sturdy design makes it ideal to have at home. This tablet is very probably the best tablet ever made until now, so don’t be afraid of its price!
No. 4: Beneve 10” Android tablet
This 10-inch tablet by Chinese brand Beneve isn’t Amazon’s Choice for tablets for nothing. Offering an incredibly competitive price, it is a great all-rounder and presents quality features. With a quad-core running the latest Android 7.0 OS and 32 GB of storage expandable via SD cards, you can easily enjoy the thousands of free multimedia content available on the store.
Past buyers of Beneve’s tablet cannot brag enough about its bang-for-your-buck quality. It is ideal for general browsing and a first contact with tablets; considering its price, of course you shouldn’t expect to make professional use of this product.
Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about tablets
It is important that you take into account a series of factors before buying your tablet. Don’t forget that there are different types of tablets, each with specific characteristics. This is why we will now address the most common questions from buyers. This should give you all the information you need for your purchase.
What is a tablet exactly?
What are the main uses for tablets?
If the tablet will be used by children or be within their reach, it is important to have parental control. In general, the great majority of tablets have this option nowadays, as well as the possibility of creating specific profiles for minors.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of tablets?
Another interesting advantage of these devices is that they don’t require the use of a keyboard or mouse. The fact that their screen is tactile and that they have a simple interface are also plus factors. On the contrary, their performance is lower than that of a PC, and they do not feature large storage capacities.
Whom are tablets tailored for?
What storage capacity do I need for my tablet?
What operating systems are available out there?
In addition, Android devices are cheaper and its Google Play store has a multitude of free apps. If you can afford it, Apple’s iPad ensures great features with the iOS operating system. Windows-based tablets are designed for more professional use.
|iPad||They offer superb features. Their operating system is seamless, simple and easy to use.|
|Android||They have a lot of applications, many of them free.They tend to be cheaper. They offer great customisation possibilities.|
|Windows||They are tailored for more professional profiles. Their operating system is quite powerful, although it requires more learning time.|
What are the best microprocessors for tablets?
What care does a tablet require?
We will now analyse a series of important aspects that you should take into account before purchasing your very own tablet. Some of these are general buying criteria, while others are specific to this type of device. It is always good to be aware of certain technical features related to tablets.
- Personal use
- Design and quality of materials
- RAM memory
- Storage capacity
- Screen size
- Resolution and size of screen pane
- Internet connection
- Operating system
It is important that you know exactly how you will use your tablet before buying it. If your primary use will be surfing the web and reading e-mail, a low-end device will do the trick. However, if you want to use it for professional purposes, it is best to opt for a high-end tablet.
If enjoying multimedia content is what you’re going for, you may want to choose one with a larger screen and a good sound system. If you want it as a complement to other devices, then the most suitable choice will be an all-purpose tablet – better yet if it has enough power and frequently updated software.
Design and quality of materials
If you are very attached to aesthetics, you will definitely put a lot of importance into this aspect. Yes, design matters – just ask Apple. The quality of the materials is as important as its design. In general, tablets are made of metal or plastic. The latter is the most used material in the lower ranges.
In principle, metal is much more resistant, and some people find it more elegant. As far as the glass on the screen is concerned, the best option is to use a “Gorilla Glass”. This material guarantees you a fantastic protection. Finally, the colour is up to you: we know that there’s simply no accounting for taste.
RAM memory influences the number of apps you can have open at the same time, as well as its general speed and performance. Tablets usually have 1 to 2 GB of RAM. However, the best models can reach 3 GB or even 4 GB. You can’t go wrong with RAM memory: the more you have, the better.
This aspect is particularly important if you opt for an Android device. RAM is the key element for multitasking with this type of device. RAM is not a very expensive component and the difference it makes in terms of performance can be remarkable, so it is truly worth going the extra mile. It also ensures a longer durability of your tablet.
The microprocessor of the tablet is a fundamental element in its performance. This is the component that will determine the fluidity and speed of response of the device. It is also responsible for the performance of the graphics. The power and efficiency of each core is more important than their quantity.
The best microprocessors usually come from the following brands: Apple, Huawei, Qualcomm, Intel or MediaTek. Like smartphones, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon is quite common. Apple’s “A” microprocessors, Samsung’s Exynos and China’s Huawei Kirin are also common.
In general, tablets do not have a large storage capacity. Luckily, certain models make up for this with the ability to expand capacity via SD or micro SD cards. It is usually better to buy a micro SD card than to buy a tablet with more storage.
In any case, our advice is that you opt for a device that has at least 16 GB of storage. From there onwards, more won’t necessarily better, despite what you might think. If your main use of the tablet will be reading books and surfing on Internet, you probably don’t need more than 32 GB.
There are currently two main models of screen sizes available on the market: 10-inch screens and 7-inch screens. If you want a device that you can easily take on the go, then you should focus on a 7-inch tablet. Otherwise, if you plan to frequently work with your tablet, we suggest you go for a 10-inch model.
Larger models have appeared in recent years. You can find devices with 12-inch screens, such as the iPad Pro or the Microsoft Surface Pro. These tablets have been developed for professional use. Given their incredible performance, they can replace personal computers in many tasks.
Resolution and size of screen pane
The higher the screen resolution, the sharper the image and the better the viewing angles. In short, this means a better image quality. HD (1200 x 800) is a standard value. However, you should not let yourself be guided by this criterion alone. Pixels per inch are also important: the more pixels, the better the resolution and the sharper the image.
Keep in mind that the same image resolution on a smaller screen means a larger number of pixels. Thus, 1200 x 800 pixels on a 10-inch tablet is not the same as on a 7-inch tablet. In any case, if you’re looking for the best image quality, the 12.9″ iPad Pro delivers 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch.
It is also important that you consider the type of panel on the screen. This factor is essential to preserve image quality at oblique angles. It also determines how vivid and clear the colours are. We recommend that you opt for IPS or PLS technology, and never anything less.
The autonomy of a tablet is another of the most important aspects that you should have in mind when purchasing this device. In that regard, the capacity of the batteries is measured in milliamperes-hour (mAh). Our advice is not to buy a tablet with less than 5,000 mAh of capacity. Fast charging is a very big plus.
All tablets naturally offer internet connection via WiFi. However, certain models also let you connect via 3G/4G (LTE) networks. These types of connections allow you not to rely only on access to WiFi. However, you should obviously expect to pay higher phone bills if you use this connection.
If you plan on using the tablet away from home or in an environment with difficult access to WiFi, then you should go for a tablet with an LTE connection. Otherwise, discard this option: devices that integrate this functionality tend to have a higher cost, not to mention the monthly subscription you have to pay.
You also have to consider the type of WiFi and Bluetooth the tablet features. A newer version of Bluetooth means more range, better synchronisation and greater energy efficiency. The vast majority of high-end devices integrate Bluetooth 4.2. However, the 5.0 standard is already becoming available.
Regarding WiFi, the recommended type is 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, which uses 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, with a range of 30 metres and a transfer speed of 7 Gbps.
The operating system and tablet model are directly linked. Of the three we previously mentioned, our advice is to choose either an Android-based device or an Apple iPad. We recommend that you forget about Windows-based tablets, as they tend to be quite expensive for the features they offer.
However, you may be interested in a Windows tablet if you need it for professional use and want to take advantage of the possibility of having the Office tools. In general, Android is a much more flexible operating system than iOS. The Google system Android Oreo offers particularly excellent features.
We imagine you want your tablet to last as long as possible. This is not necessarily an easy task, especially at a time when it seems that our electronic devices need to be constantly renewed. However, you should take into account certain factors to try and make the tablet you buy last longer.
First of all, it is important that the operating system is supported and updated over the next few years. Regarding the hardware, it is essential to choose a device with a good microprocessor and enough RAM. Keep in mind that upgrading any component of a tablet is really difficult.
The tablet you purchase should be compatible with certain accessories such as keyboards, mice, and stylus. These may be from the same manufacturer or from third parties. In this regard, the Korean manufacturer Samsung stands out; the Samsung DeX system integrated in many of its devices can transform a tablet into a small PC.
The brand of a tablet is essential for several reasons. Two of these stand out: the manufacturer’s guarantee and customer service, and the possibility of receiving OS updates. When you purchase a tablet from a reputable brand, you can be certain to have a quality product and adequate technical support.
This first point is crucial because the device you buy may suffer some kind of technical problem. Make sure that the tablet you choose has a guarantee of at least two years. Some of the most prestigious tablet manufacturers are: Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and Huawei.
Due to the tablet fever that started a few years ago, the market is currently saturated with a large number of models. In these circumstances, it has become increasingly difficult to choose the right device to buy. This is why it is important for you to know exactly what you need it for.
From there on, there are a number of factors you need to consider. Price and manufacturer are naturally two fundamental criteria. Similarly, screen size and image resolution are key. In terms of performance, it is essential for your tablet to have a good microprocessor and enough RAM.
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