A full review of the best tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a premium 8-inch tablet built for business. It’s fast, extremely thin, and its stunning AMOLED display is the best on the market. The resolution is a bit “taller” than normal, but that’s OK; the extra room allows for more features on the keyboard (including left-right directional keys!). That said, it was my go-to device for responding to emails.
Hardware aside, there are two main reasons it’s the top pick for businesspeople. First off, it has an intuitive file management hub that corrals data from both local storage and cloud services like DropBox — in other words, it’s crazy easy to locate all your stuff. And thanks to its fingerprint reader, those files and documents are safe behind a wall of biometric security. Secondly, it supports multitasking windows, which means you can use two apps simultaneously.
Forbes’ Ewan Spence calls Apple’s iPad Air 2 a “fine slice of modern computing,” and that’s exactly what it is. No other slate boasts such a premium design, stellar performance, and excellent selection of apps — not to mention it’s the second-thinnest tablet in the world.
At 9.7 inches, the Air 2 is essentially a 10-inch tablet, but it’s hardly a burden. Its lightweight, slim profile made it comfortable to tote around the house for 30-40 minutes at a time, even with one hand. And thanks to its gorgeous IPS display, storming my opponents’ islands on Boom Beach was as visually entertaining as it was fun.
Nvidia is a company synonymous with gaming, so it’s no surprise that the flagship tablet for gamers is its Shield. Paired with the company’s Xbox-like wireless gamepad (sold separately), it’s basically a small, portable console. And despite being a crazy-fast machine (thanks to Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor), Engadget says the battery lasts for about 8 hours of constant video playback (to be clear, it won’t last quite that long during gameplay).
In addition to its speedy hardware, there are three main software features that make the Shield perfect for gamers: built-in Twitch support, GameStream and Console Mode. Between those, you’ll be able to share in-game footage with friends, stream games from your PC on the tablet and broadcast gameplay onto the living room tele.