The tablet world is no longer as versatile as it once was. And yet there is still choice and more than just an operating system. We show you the best tablets - with Android, Windows and Apple.
Apple has changed the tablet market with its iPads with iOS. Even many Android users now use iPads when it comes to tablets. With iPadOS, the operating system should be even better adapted to the tablets. These are our three favorites:
The iPad Pro is Apple's largest tablet. You can choose between an 11" and a 12.9" display. The latter combined with a keyboard really makes the iPad a laptop. You can also use the Apple Pencil to write and draw on the tablet - although this is no longer a unique feature of the Pro model. The iPad Pro powered by the A12X Bionic can be unlocked via Face ID.
iPad Air (2019)
The iPad Air grew in 2019 and now offers a 10.5-inch retina display. Apple has also narrowed the edges here, so it's still a compact size - after all, iPad Air has been especially thin and lightweight since its launch, similar to MacBook Air. The A12 Bionic processor sits under the hood and Apple promises up to ten hours of battery life. New on the 2019 model: the Apple Pencil can now also be used with the iPad Air.
iPad Mini (2019)
The iPad Mini has always been popular because of its size. The latest Mini was long awaited and now also runs with the A12 Bionic. The screen is 7.9 inches and it is also a Retina display with True Tone. Apple now also allows the Pencil to be used here. The small iPad should also offer up to ten hours of battery life.
Of course Android also runs on tablets and there are interesting options in this area as well, of which we present three here:
Samsung Galaxy S5e
Samsung has launched several new Galaxy tablets this year. The Samsung Galaxy S5e is in itself a premium device, with its unibody housing made of aluminum. Fingerprint sensors and face unlocks are also available, as is a 10.5-inch OLED display. And yet the S5e is designed for those who don't need the best hardware performance. Here is the Snapdragon 670 with 4 or 6 GB RAM. The battery, however, lasts for over 14 hours - and that's quite impressive.
Huawei MediaPad M5
The MediaPad M5 from Huawei was one of the stars at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The tablet does not only have a good display and a chic housing, but also continues the legacy of the M3: It has four great speakers made by Harman Kardon. No other tablet can currently offer that. The good thing about the MediaPad M5 is that Huawei gives the customer the choice: If you need a little more power and memory, you can use the MediaPad M5 Pro, which also comes with a stylus. Both models are available with an optional LTE slot. And those who like to work on the tablet can get the matching cover with a real keyboard.
The Amazon Fire devices are certainly not the best tablets on the market if you just look at the specifications. Whether it's the Fire 7 or the Fire HD 10, Amazon doesn't opt for the strongest chipsets, and it's noticeable in everyday use. And yet the devices are interesting. Especially if you use a lot of Amazon offers, e.g. watching movies via Prime. But also if you would like to have a tablet for simple tasks and don't want to spend a lot of money on it.
Microsoft may no longer play a role in the smartphone world, but the manufacturer is still well on its way with Surface devices. Thanks to the S version of Windows 10, you have a system here that is very similar to the one on your home PC.
Microsoft Surface Go
The Surface Go is Microsoft's challenge to the iPad. The Surface Go comes in netbook format with a 10 inch display. The 500 gram Surface offers 4 or 8 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB memory. The Surface Go has hardly any connections on board, in keeping with modern trends. There is a USB-C port, a jack socket and a slot for a memory card, plus the proprietary port for the charger or the dock. In addition to the keyboard and mouse, the stylus can also be used with the Surface Go.
Microsoft Surface Pro
The Surface Pro is of course more powerful than the Surface Go. There is a choice of 8 or 16 GB RAM. Up to 1 TB are available as read-only memory! The display is 12.3 inches and the device runs Windows 10 Home. So you have a full-fledged laptop in your hand. But the weight is still just under the 1 kilo mark.
Do you use a tablet? Which one did you choose? Let us know in the comments.
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