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Tablet PC sales have been falling for several consecutive quarters. But while manufacturers are not worried about this: last year was very fruitful for powerful and premium models.
Microsoft has expanded its Surface range. Apple, Samsung and Google have also added new offerings. In 2019, we will certainly be presented with more tempting options, but there is no need to wait: right now the choice of tablets is as rich as ever. So if you are looking for a new "pill", scroll down. There you will find the best devices from this category.
iPad 9.7 ”2018 (6th generation): the perfect balance of price and quality
Price: from 23 000 rubles
At the moment, this is the cheapest iPad of all. Decent performance, adequate price (given that it is Apple) - this is all about it. He will not be able to replace the laptop, but he has a large supply of screen brightness and enough power to work with any application from the App Store.
A full charge is enough for 11 hours of work. Of the useful features is an improved split-screen function for launching two programs simultaneously.
- Thin, light, powerful.
- There is support for Apple Pencil.
- iOS is by far the best of tablet systems.
- The screen flashes.
- The rear camera is mediocre.
iPad Pro (2018): the best device for creators
Price: from 63 350 rubles
iPad Pro 2018 is the case when abandoning the traditional design has benefited. With flat edges and rounded corners, the tablet looks fresh. Holding it in your hands is a pleasure.
On the technical side, everything is fine: 4/6 GB of RAM, flash memory from 64 GB to 1 TB, Apple A12X Bionic proprietary processor. There is a version with a 4G module. But what pleases the most is the presence of USB-C . There will be no more torment with Lightning adapters.
The Liquid Retina display is flawless. Thanks to ProMotion technology, scrolling pages, drawing and playing videos are more smooth than before.
But not everything is perfect. The main problem with the iPad Pro lies in its software. Not so much in applications (everything is just fine with them, there are a lot of them and they are quite well optimized), but in tablet iOS 12 itself - its capabilities are very limited compared to macOS. The Split View functionality is poor, only the gallery has access to the media on the external storage, the Safari browser is presented in the form of a mobile rather than a full version. And this is far from all. If not for software flaws, the iPad Pro could compete with laptops. But alas, hardly anyone would consider it a full-fledged replacement for a laptop.
Price is a separate conversation. On the official website, the 11-inch iPad Pro is offered for 67 thousand rubles, 12.9-inch - already for 83 thousand. Many users will want to have a Smart Folio keyboard and Apple Pencil 2, but they will not be included. You’ll have to fork out additionally for accessories, and Apple has nothing cheap.
- Awesome display.
- Modern design.
- There is a USB-C.
- There is support for Apple Pencil 2.
- All accessories are bought separately, and they are also expensive.
- IOS tablet stripped down.
- There is no memory card slot .
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: a gadget for multimedia entertainment
Price: from 40 480 rubles
At the moment, this is the most current offer from Samsung. In some ways, the Galaxy Tab S4 is superior to many competitors, but it has software problems that are common to all Android tablets. In DeX mode, the user interface switches to a notebook style for more comfortable working with the keyboard. This is not always convenient, but in any case, automatic switching can be canceled in the settings. In general, DeX mode is more convenient than standard Android, but many applications are not optimized well enough for it.
The tablet is great for entertainment and working with media files: it has a 10.5-inch screen with HDR support, autonomy for about 16 hours in video viewing mode, and it also comes with a nice bonus - S Pen.
- Superb HDR AMOLED display.
- Thin, light.
- S Pen included.
- Glass coating collects prints.
- Not enough RAM.
- DeX mode is unfinished.
Apple iPad Mini 5 (2019) 7.9 ”: power in a compact package
Price: from 28 390 rubles
Visually, the iPad Mini 5 (or iPad Mini 2019) is no different from its predecessor, and this is a little offensive. But it is worth looking inside, as all claims to the tablet disappear.
A12 Bionic is responsible for the computing power - the very chipset found in the iPhone XS and XR. He will easily pull any of the modern games for iOS - at least Fortnite, at least Asphalt 9. Playing on a 7.9-inch screen will be a pleasure. Autonomy at a decent level.
- Holds a charge well.
- High performance.
- There is support for Apple Pencil.
- Old design.
- Marked screen.
- Weak speakers.
Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 ”: the best compact option
Price: from 22 750 rubles
Small, but reliable and productive Android tablets are in short supply. One of the best representatives of this small class is the latest version of the MediaPad M5 with a screen diagonal of 8.4 inches.
The display supports 2K resolution, has a large margin of brightness and is great for watching videos on the go. The only problem is that fans of subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will not be able to watch high-quality video on it: the tablet does not have full support for streaming HD. The maximum resolution available in this case will be SD (720 x 480).
There is no minijack. In principle, this is not surprising: the trend to get rid of the audio jack, which originated in the smartphone industry, sooner or later had to get to tablets. So you have to get used to the Bluetooth headset or use an adapter, since there is one in the kit.
- The screen is bright and contrast.
- The size is just for those who still hold on to the Nexus 7.
- Not the oldest android.
- No HD support for video streaming.
- No audio jack.
- There is a pre-installed garbage.
Microsoft Surface Go 10.1 ”: the best of tablets on Windows
Price: from 25 990 rubles
The device runs on Windows 10 in S mode (lite version, intended mainly for educational institutions). The office suite of programs and other well-known applications from Microsoft are presented in its full form, so you can work with documents on Surface Go in the same way as on a regular PC.
The stand allows you to give the tablet a comfortable position for watching videos or working with the keyboard. The only sad thing is that it does not come in the kit: the Surface Go Signature Type Cover is purchased separately at a rather big price.
In terms of performance, display features and price, the Surface Go cannot compete with the 9.7-inch iPad. Nevertheless, this is an excellent choice for a student or office worker who is not ready to give up the usual Windows (and is solvent enough to purchase accessories from Microsoft).
- Familiar, almost full Windows 10.
- Convenient cover stand.
- High price.
- Case not included.
- Slow performance.
- A little old design.
Lenovo Tab 4 Plus 10.1 ": the universal tool for any user
Price: from 14 600 rubles
Among inexpensive medium-sized tablets, this model is definitely worth paying attention to: it has a good screen and surround sound by budget standards. The good news is that the appearance is not copied from the iPad, as is customary with the Chinese.
At first glance, the case looks solid. This impression is due to metal inserts. But in fact they are only on the sides of the device, there is no reinforced design here, only plastic and glass.
Lenovo engineers thoroughly worked on the software part. The corporate shell included parental control, business mode and voice assistant Alexa. However, the seventh version of Android in 2019 is, alas, far from a plus.
The Tab 4 Plus has enough hardware for any kind of task. The user has 4 GB of RAM and expandable storage. Battery life - up to 12 hours.
- Decent display.
- Good autonomy.
- Convenient speaker layout.
- Old Android.
How to choose a tablet?
When choosing a tablet, you need to decide a few questions. The main ones are - for what purposes you take the device and which operating system you prefer to deal with.
What OS are used in tablets?
Most tablets come with Android and iOS. Windows in this segment is not as common as on laptops and home computers. In 2018, the first instances appeared on Chrome OS.
Best for tablets, iOS optimized. In second place Android: problems with this system usually arise due to the fact that manufacturers adapt it to their shell, as a result of which the interface loses convenience, and updates come out rarely or do not go out at all.
For those whose daily and working lives are tied to the Google ecosystem, the Android tablet is the right choice. Many of these models are much cheaper than the iPad, and all of them are suitable for basic tasks - watching videos, surfing the web, chatting, etc.
What is a tablet for?
You don’t need to follow the acquaintances who use the device of a certain brand or succumb to the entreaties of store consultants. Everyone should consider their personal needs. It makes no sense to lay out a lot of money for a premium tablet with a stylus support, if all you are going to do with it is to watch a video or give it to your children during the trip.
An expensive purchase is justified only if you are engaged in creativity or plan to use the gadget for work or educational purposes. Reading enthusiasts should give up the tablet and opt for an electronic reader.