Windows, Android or iOS? Before you decide which tablet to buy, you should keep in mind that there’s a war between these platforms and Microsoft, Google and Apple are doing their best to bring as many attractive new features as possible, but internal specs are also playing an important role, because everybody wants a tablet with a superlative performance and a good price. So, here’s a list of the best tablets that you can buy in 2016.
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Its price starts at $449.99 and it can be found on eBay. It comes with a stylus that can be used to take notes or draw directly on the 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display that supports a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264 ppi. Its exterior is made of aluminum and the available colors are Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold. Under the hood, it hides an Apple A9X chip with a dual-core 2.16 GHz (Twister) processor that’s backed by 2GB of RAM and you can find it in three variants of internal memories: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. There’s a primary camera of 12MP on the rear side with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a secondary camera of 5MP on the front side. Soon, this tablet will be upgraded to iOS 10.
Google Pixel C
This hybrid tablet was released with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and it costs $559 on Amazon, but this is the price for the 32GB variant. On the 64GB variant you’d pay $60 more. It has a metal shell and a slide-and-snap keyboard that is sold separately, and as for its specs, you should get used to working on a 10.2-inch LTPS IPS LCD display that supports a higher resolution of 2560 x 1800 pixels at 308 ppi. Inside, it has an Nvidia Tegra X1 chip powered by a quad-core 1.9 GHz processor that’s backed by 3GB of RAM. The two cameras have resolutions of 8MP and 2P respectively.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
It costs between $899 and $1,799 on Microsoft’s online store, but it’s available in five variants of hardware configurations: Intel Core m3 processor + 128GB SSD + 4GB of RAM; Intel Core i5 processor + 128GB SSD + 4GB of RAM; Intel Core i5 processor + 256GB SSD + 8GB of RAM; Intel Core i7 processor + 256GB SSD + 8GB of RAM and Intel Core i7 processor + 256GB SSD + 16GB RAM. The 2-in-1 tablet has its exterior made of magnesium and the stylus is included in the box. The screen measures 12.3-inch and it supports a resolution of 2736×1824 pixels at 267ppi. On top of it sits a Windows Hello-compatible camera which can be used to unlock the device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
On Amazon, you can find the 32GB variant at a price of $399, while the 64GB variant is $100 more expensive. It has a soft-touch plastic cover with metal edges, a Super AMOLED screen of 9.7-inch supporting 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264 ppi, it runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Samsung has released it in two variants of internal configurations: an Exynos chipset with a quad-core 1.9 GHz CPU and quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU, or a Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chip with a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 CPU and quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. The tablet supports 3GB of RAM and has an 8 MP camera on its back and a 2.1MP selfie camera.
Sony Xperia Z4
You can buy this tablet from Amazon at a price of $605. Its design is modest, not spectacular, as the back is made of soft-touch plastic, but it has stainless metal corners that are more resistant to accidental drops. The tablet is resistant to dust and water, its IPS LCD screen measures 10.1-inch and supports 2560 x 1600 pixels at 299 ppi. At the same time, this is a triluminos display that uses X-Reality Engine technology. For now, the device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it’s planned to be upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow in the near future. It’s powered by an older Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 quad core processor (four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores clocked at 2GHz) which is backed by 3GB of RAM and it has an internal memory of 32GB, which is expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card. You will take high quality pictures with the 8.1MP rear camera or with the 5.1MP front camera.