Comparison Test: Tablets

We test nine tablets – from budget to top performance.

The past few months have offered on many new tablets. Apple and Google have released updated versions of its mobile systems while Microsoft is betting on that same Windows to run in all kinds of devices. We have tested 9 different tablets – from miniplattor and cheap phablets to devices which claim to be able to replace your laptop.

Apple Ipad Air 2
IPad with 9.7-inch display has become something of a classic. The current model is surprisingly easy to be confused with the soon to be five years old from-the iPad, but around the edges of the screen is smalnat, the unit has become thinner and the various components has become sharper with each generation. Air 2 is the thinnest plate in the test with a thickness of just 6.1 mm. combined with metal shell and the new anti-glare screen, it is hard not to be impressed by the build quality.

The price difference is huge between different versions of the Ipad Air 2. The unit we had to borrow for testing costs closer to $7500 For it to get the 4 g modem and 128 Gb of memory. If you can handle yourself with wlan and 16 Gbytes of memory costs $4000 plate scarce.

IOS 8 has several new features that Icloud Drive, Healthkit and Homekit. Icloud Drive contains Web versions of Pages, Number and Keynote — which therefore also work on other operating systems. Google and Microsoft is still far ahead in terms of applications in the cloud, but the Icloud Drive is a step in the right direction. All Ipads from generation 2 onwards go to update to Ios 8, so to find functions that are unique to the Ipad Air 2 will need to look at the hardware. Much has been updated compared to the first Ipad Air model. Systemchipet A8X is faster than most on the market, the plate has more working memory, sharper camera and support for the new wlan technology. The performance is better, but the opening of brand new features are small features such as fingerprint readers and barometer.

Plus:
Great camera
Performance and quality feel.

Minus:
Get new features.

Apple Ipad Mini 3
The step from Ipad Air to Ipad Air 2 is not so large, but the Ipad Mini 3 actually contain even fewer news compared to its predecessor. The dimensions are identical, the performance is unchanged and the glass are conspicuous by their absence. Apart from Ipad 3 is available in an additional color – gold – is the fingerprint reader the only news. That upgrade is plate a disappointment and the price difference of about 1000 kr makes it hard to recommend the Mini 3 in front of Mini 2 for a first-time buyers. If we turn a blind eye to options and price tag are Ipad Mini 3 — just like their predecessors – a really nice tablet. The screen has the same resolution as the Ipad Air 2 and works with the same apps – apart from the few that require the barometer. Compared to other smaller plates feels Ipad Mini 3 with 4:3 screen more of a Tablet than a phablet. More difficult to grip with one hand and gives black bars when you look at the video, but the format is well suited for Web and utility apps.

IPad Mini 3 has a 5-megapixel camera and doesn’t provide nearly as good shots as the Ipad Air 2 or Iphone 6. In competition with other tablets is still among the better and Ios 8 has a excellent kameraapp including manual settings and timelapse video.

Plus:
Quality feeling.
Fingerprint reader.

Minus:
Almost identical to the Ipad Mini 2

ASUS Fonepad 8

Phone or Tablet? On the picture, it is difficult to determine, but with a screen of eight inches is Fonepad 8 arguably too big to use as a normal mobile phone – or Pocket. Although it has the plate full support for telephony via mobile network – and also place dual SIMcard. The cell phone has a special menu for sim card settings and you can choose which plan to use for the data and which should be the first choice for calls and sms. The design is similar to many Samsung phones and quality feel is on about the same level. The shell is made of plastic, but has a matte finish that feels durable. Fonepad 8 run Android 4.4 and has a 64-bit processor from Intel. It does not play in the same division as 64-bitarsplattorna from Apple, Microsoft or HTC, but neither the menus or the more common apps feels slow and Fonepad 8 is also very energy-efficient. Asus ZenUI Androidsystemet startskärmsapp is on top. It contains widgets for shortcuts to various settings and makes it possible to password protect individual apps. Unfortunately, there is also an unjustifiable large number of pre-installed apps for including notes and sharing of pictures. Some use Google login – others require a separate Asus account. It is hard to see what they bring compared to the leading free apps in each category. The screen is the plate’s weakest point.The resolution is low and the colors seem faded. Even the camera is worse than average and have a very aggressive noise reduction and oversaturated colors.
Plus:
Support for telephony.
Good battery life.

Minus: 
Screen
The camera.

Asus Transformer Book T200T
First impression of Transformer Book is that someone spoofed us and sent in an old netbook to test. Size, weight and build quality feels almost exactly like the cheap minidatorerna that were popular for 5-6 years ago. The big news is that the screen can be detached and used as a tablet. Plate – or computer if you like – is, of course, also the latest Windows system and enough power under the hood to run most apps and programs of acceptable speed. Transformer Book comes with the standard version of Windows 8. This means that some features are missing — for example, you cannot connect to a domain or to encrypt files with Bitlocker. Asus has opted for 32-bit operating systems and most power efficient, but a little slower, the Atom processor. Tongue programs like Adobe Creative Suite makes itself therefore better on Surface or on a standard PC with Core processor. The plate is heavier than Ios and Android devices. On one side there are large holes, which fits into the keyboard’s hinge, so the plate doesn’t feel quite “full” when using the standalone. The touch screen works well together with the Metro interface and the charger plugged into the Cameo, so to travel light can leave the keyboard at home.

Compared with the keyboards to the Microsoft Surface or other tablets, there are several useful features, such as network connectors, two usb ports and a slot for a 2.5-inch hard disk or ssd. To continue the comparison with Surface so devoid of Transformer Book pencil, but the keyboard has a good stroke and is comfortable to type on. Spend as much money on a normal tablet to get a smoother drive with much better screen and camera, but the keyboard and the ability to run almost any Windows program make Transformer Book to an interesting alternative.

Plus:
Keyboard.
Running Windows Programs.

Minus:
The plastic.
Pretty slow.

HTC Nexus 9

The main argument for choosing Nexus 9 is Android 5. The new system is neater and clearer than its predecessor and after the update to version 5.01, it feels faster and more stable. Basic functions such as preferences, notisfält and management of open apps have been given a major facelift. There are also concrete news — such as guest mode and the ability to lock the plate to a particular app. Guest mode you can lend the plate to a casual user but to expose personal files or mix your browsing history. It works much like the incognito mode in Chrome, but for all of the data on the device.

When it comes to Android devices, we have begun to get used to either Samsung or Qualcomm delivers systemchipet, but Nexus 9 is fitted with 64-bitarprocessorn Nvidia Tegra K1. Just like with Apple means 64-bit technology is a small, but significant, step forward for the performance. Nexus 9 feels fast to use and situated in the absolute top in the test program as Antutu or Browsermark. Another difference compared to the average Androidplattan is the screen format. HTC have kept an eye on the Ipad and selected the same aspect ratio and pixel count which Apple and screen size of 8.9 inch fall roughly halfway between Ipad Air 2 and Ipad Mini 3. The screen makes the Nexus 9 suitable worse for films and tv shows than the more narrow drives, but to surf, read, or write, 4:3 format. The design and the materials are very similar to the LG-cell phone Nexus 5. The surface of the Nexus 5, however, were more resistant to dirt and fingerprints, as a case that covers the back is high on the wish list.Getting over an appropriate case is a challenge – the original case with keyboards are not sold in Sweden and fitting options are available as of this writing only of a few dealers.

Plus:
Quick.
Guest mode.

Minus:
Lacks a memory card slot.
Poor battery life.

LG G Pad 10.1 V700
The cheapest plate in test comes from LG; with luck, one can find a G Pad 10.1 for under £ 200 and there is a plate that is best as a video player. For the Web or reading notice unfortunately quickly that the screen has very low pixel density. The frame around the screen is thin and the rounded edges makes it comfortable to hold. G Pad, however, is a bit heavier and thicker than the plates from Apple, Sony or Samsung. The built-in memory holds 16 Gb and can be supplemented with memory cards. Androidsystemet runs good, but we can see that the plate did not quite have the same effect as the more expensive units in the test. The processor, however, by a good margin for video playback and it shows no problem with either streaming or with files in HD resolution. LG delivers as usual a reasonably clean system. There are a few preloaded apps of bloatware-character, but also useful features – eg. QPair which makes it possible to surf the Web via an LG phone, answer calls and read incoming text messages.

Plus:
Cheap.
Good battery life.

Minus:
A low screen resolution.

Microsoft Surface
With Surface, you don’t need to choose between computer and Tablet – it is a complete computer in the same format as a tablet. Or at least almost. Compared to other tiles in the test Surface is large and heavy, but picks up a slightly older device – for example, an Ipad 2 – the difference is negligible. The price may seem high, but for your money you get proper computer performance. The CPU is taken from Intel’s Core series and a Surface costs about the same as a PC or Macbook with equivalent performance. The main disadvantage compared to a computer is that Microsoft’s plate has few connections. All there is is a USB 3.0 port, headset connector, displayport, and memory card slot. Of course there are hubs that allow it to plug in all imaginable accessories at the same time, but some extra ports directly on the plate as well as space for a full size SD card would certainly appeal to many who hesitates between the Surface and a more conventional computer. As to the benefits. Everyone who tested the Windows 8.1 know Windows button no longer leads to the classic start menu, but to the touch-enabled Metro interface. To use the Metro with a mouse and keyboard can be frustrating, but at the plate, fill it. Web, images, settings, and more, go to manage away while the Windows desktop with support for all “real” applications are in the background. Surface ships without keyboard, but with an active pen. You cannot store the pen in the plate as in Samsung Note, but in return, it is about as thick as a normal pen and more comfortable to write with pen precision is sovereign and … register how hard you press – useful for photo editing, for example.

Plus:
Full PC performance.

Minus:
Specialladdare.
Big and heavy.

Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 10.5
Samsung’s plates and phablets in the Note series tend to be interesting products while Tab series characterized by feeble performance, plastic shell and a system full of applications that can’t be uninstalled. First impression when one picks up the Galaxy Tab’s out of the box is that it feels very well-built. Not in the Ipad-class, but to compare with other Samsung widgets it reminds more about Galaxy Alpha than about the Galaxy. The screen takes up almost the entire plate surface and Samsung has succeeded well in terms of minimizing the edges. Unlike other plates in the test, which uses some form of LCD/TFT technology, the Galaxy Tab’s an AMOLED display. It means bright colors, lots of contrast and the black is black. The picture quality and 16:10 format makes the Galaxy Tab’s to a perfect device for video. Performance wise, the plate gives mixed results. Low scores in tests that run in the browser while the apps running at high speed. Likely it is the technique of a fast and a slow but economical processor resources, which limits in half the browser. Storage memory in our test specimens are on 16 GB. Variant with 32 Gb costs $500 extra, but there is also space for memory card and thus the ability to add 64 Gb for about the same price. The camera delivers sharp images and have a photo light – quite an unusual finesse on tablets. There is also a fingerprint reader that fills much the same function as on Apple’s devices. With Samsung’s readers, however, swiping over the sensor instead of just placing the finger on the home button. Problems with the quality feel and performance seem to be resolved, but unfortunately still persists with forcing Samsung us bloatware. There is malware as an extra app store, several nyhetsappar that does about the same thing, and a variety of other widgets and programs that steal space and cannot be deleted.

Plus:
Excellent screen.
Memory card slot.

Minus:
Unnecessary apps.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Sony delivers the only waterproof plate. IP65/68 means it should withstand 1.5 meters in 30 minutes. It is important to be able to swim with the plate? Maybe not, but it is certainly useful to be able to use it outdoors in any weather or to read a recipe in the kitchen, and then rinse off the plate if it gets sticky. Z3 Tablet Compact is very easy and the format means that you can easily grab it with one hand. In terms of performance and features is Z3 Tablet Compact not far from Sony’s mobile phones in the same price range. the 4 g version of the plate also works for regular mobile calls and there is a built-in FM radio. Handsets in the Xperia Z series, however, have much better cameras. 8 megapixel should go a long way, but the images look blurry and there is no photo lighting. Z3 Tablet Compact is featured on Sony’s list of devices that have Android 5.0 “at the beginning of the” 2015. With large working memory and microSD card slot, it will be an interesting alternative to Nexus 9 – although it lacks 64-bit processor. The plate includes a number of Sony-specific apps and functions – such as TrackID, Walkman music player, Sony’s Sony music service and Select reklamappen. As with Samsung, there are many apps that can’t be removed.

Plus:
Waterproof.
Convenient format.

Minus:
The camera.

Access and connections
Several of the plates in the test is available in versions with and without the modem. HTC Nexus 9, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab’s and Apple both Ipads available with fast 4 g connection. The price difference against wlan versions is approximately 750-1000 kr regardless of manufacturer. With Asus Fonepad 8 includes the connection despite the low price, but in return you get only 3 g. Microsoft Surface and the Asus Transformer Book can attach to most accessories thanks to the Windows system and full-size usb ports. That tablet, though, is Sony’s most complete unit.There is memory card slot and supports most wireless standards including ANT +, FM radio and NFC.

Winner: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Media and screen
The largest screens, we find in the two Windows drives Surface and Asus Transformer Book. A large screen in 16:9 or 16:10 format is great for video, but to surf, watch photos or read, it is more important with high pixel density. This survives LG G Pad as well as the two Asus devices are the worst. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 combines large screen real estate with high resolution, but Samsung’s Amoled display is even sharper. IPad Air 2 has the best camera.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 10.5

Systems and software

To use Windows Tablet is not a bad idea. The Metro interface is simple and clear, while “the computer” – Windows desktop – goes to pick up on the same device. Above all, Ios, Android, however, but also offers a much wider range of touch screen devices and surfplatteanpassade apps. With Ios and Android 8 5 takes the two big systems one step closer together. Apple Cloud Drive makes it easier to send files between computer and flat while Google has advanced in terms of ease of use. IOS is still the option of using multiple accounts on the same device. This extends instead Android 5 ahead with new features like guest access and possibility of locking plate in an app.

Winner: Microsoft Surface and HTC Nexus 9

User experience
The iPad is still a safe choice when it comes to tablets. Good performance and free updates – even for 3-4 year old units. Apple has also done well with power management – plates can be standby for several days without discharging the battery. Here’s HTC significantly worse. Although Nexus 9 provides decent battery life for active use it much in the sleep mode. Microsoft Surface can be used in new ways. As a graphics tablet for creative work, such as a tablet or as a compact laptop with the keyboard case. The built-in fan does, however, that the plate is not completely silent in all situations.

Winner: Microsoft Surface

Materials and quality
Android devices like the Asus Transformer Book is constructed in plastic. LG G Pad and Asus Fonepad 8 has a little easier build quality while the plates from Samsung and Sony feels more lavish. Metal is harder to fail. The Apple both units are, as usual, extremely well-made, but Ipad Air 2 takes home fempoängaren thanks to the super-slim style and the new, matte surface on the screen. Microsoft Surface may settle for a four-plate has a little sharper edges and not as a perfect fit between the components.

Winner: Ipad Air 2

Winner-Microsoft Surface
Microsoft is challenging with a gadget that is both PC and tablet in the same compact device. From a tablet perspective you have to compromise on size and weight – Surface is a fairly large device compared to competitors in the test. The plate has a few connections and comes without a keyboard, but many retailers offer it in a kit with docking station and “Cover”. We have tested the Microsoft the model with Intel Core I5 processor. Surface, however, there is both a simpler I3 version and with monster processor I7. The cheapest model costs about $8000, but has the same excellent on-screen and map. Windows has a lower range of touchscreen apps than Ios and Android, but in return the plate can run all applications that work in a regular PC.

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