The 10 Best Android Tablets
10. Asus Zenpad 8
- bluetooth capable
- great technology at affordable price
- long charging time
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
9. Google Pixel C
- responsive with 3gb of ram
- impressive 2560 x 1800 resolution
- drops wifi signal too frequently
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
8. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
- quad-speaker jbl soundbar
- projector can rotate 180 degrees
- has a tendency to glitch and lag
|Model||Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 1|
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
7. Sony Xperia Z4
- vibrant 2k display
- durable tempered glass screen
- volume buttons are difficult to find
|Brand||Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet|
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
6. Nvidia Shield K1
- nvidia kepler graphics processor
- highly accurate color representation
- sub-par battery life
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- powered by android marshmallow
- includes a travel adapter
- handles multitasking well
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
4. Amazon Fire HD 8
- twelve hours of battery life
- alexa personal assistance
- both rear- and front-facing cameras
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
3. Asus ZenPad 3S 10
- built-in blue light filter
- highly customizable interface
- gesture based app shortcuts
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
2. Huawei MediaPad M3
- harman kardon tuned speakers
- thin and light aluminum body
- fingerprint sensor for security
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- supports high dynamic range
- high quality gps unit
- speakers calibrate with movement
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
Android and You
Looking for something different than the Apple product experience? Well then you have come to the right place. Android offers you an excellent assortment of choices from a variety of manufacturers for your next tablet.
First, let us agree on what is meant by Android. Simply put, it is an open source operating system used for phones and tablets that is owned by Google. Android operates on phones and tablets only; there are no Android based computers. Since its inception eight years ago, Android has made leaps and bounds in advancements with software and newer versions of the system appear on the market every six to eight months.
So if Android is simply an operating system (OS), who makes the physical products? Anyone can! Whereas Apple's phones and tablets must use Apple's iOS, Android can run on any smartphone or tablet manufacturer besides Apple. There is an exception to every rule, of course. The most popular manufacturers that run Android are Samsung, LG, HTC, and ZTE. You might ask yourself, if Android is owned by Google, how come Google doesn't make an Android OS phone? This is a common misconception; Google does not make phones or tablets!
The Android OS goes through updates on a consistent basis; every six months approximately. The OS are labelled after sweets in alphabetical order: cupcake followed by donut, for example. Each updated version will address issues with previous versions, perform faster, and offer more apps.
As opposed to Apple's App Store; the market where Apple users purchase and download their apps, Android sports the Google Play store. Many apps will be compatible with both markets, however, it is not a guarantee.
Most Apple users will boast that iOS is more secure over Android OS, which is more susceptible to viruses. Recent evidence suggests that is no longer true.
Why You Want The Tablet
Now that you have chosen Android, why did you chose a tablet to purchase? What is a tablet anyway? A hybrid between a computer and a smartphone?
A tablet computer, also known as a tablet, is a thin flat mobile computer that has a touchscreen display. The more recent models will almost certainly include built-in WiFi capabilities, a digital camera, and a virtual keyboard.
Tablets may include additional features that can sway your decision. Having access to a 4G network is a big factor for on-the-go consumers. If a tablet is bound by a built-in WiFi connection only, internet connectivity will be limited. A 4G network enabled tablet will connect everywhere your average smartphone can.
Storage space is another feature that may be the game changer. Some tablets will include a micro or mini SD card slot for additional storage. This is very important if you are someone who loads large video files on the tablet, which are notorious for taking up a large amount of space. If additional removable space is not an option, there is no way of obtaining more storage for your tablet.
Tablets are limited in some functions; most cannot make phone calls. Newer models are attempting to include voice calls, which diminishes the tablet to the status of a clumsy giant smartphone. Tablets will not includes a tactical keyboard either. The typing you perform on a tablet will be virtual, however, some models may include a possible attachment for one. Typing on a table is not optimal for large writing sessions.
You can expect to handle all emails on your tablet. Since Android tablets are owned by Google; the OS will connect you directly to Youtube (another slave to Google), Gmail, and the Google Play store. The downside is that you must make a Google account for your Android device, no exceptions.
A Very Brief History of the Tablet
And no, we aren't going biblical with Moses on Mt. Sinai. The first editions of the tablet were E-Book Readers. Simply designed in black and white to make your book reading experience convenient and lightweight. The Newton Message Pad, created by Apple, was first introduced in 1993. It wasn't until the release of Apple's iPad in 2010 that the tablet industry skyrocketed.
Apple and every other computer and smartphone manufacturer raced to improve the tablet. Increased memory, resolution, and storage all excelled in order to create a better tablet. Android's response was the Nexus, a smartphone and tablet model that ran Android OS, which now is the flagship for Android devices.
As the tech wars between Apple and Android rages on, the true victor is the consumer. They noticed the gap left by the sleekness of smart phones and the expansiveness of the computer which was filled by the "Goldilocks" tablet. It fits oh-so-right. The tech advancements of the tablet are similar to phones and computers; newer models are pumped out every year which offer better resolution, memory, and software capabilities.
Interestingly, the tablet as a mobile computer was predicted in 2001: A Space Odyssey, over thirty years before tablet prototypes emerged.
The tech industry is a fierce and fickle mistress; no one can say for certain which trend will take off. Most companies believe the mini-tablet will soon outperform both laptop computers and smartphones; rising to the dominant medium in the next several years.