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The best (and worst) of 2015 in phablets and tablets

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The best (and worst) of 2015 in phablets and tablets

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December 31, 2015

Apple iPad Pro Microsoft Surface Pro

We have been bringing you the most interesting news in the world of tablets all year and today is the day that inevitably has to take stock to highlight the most interesting, with the advantage of being able to look at them with a certain perspective: who have been the great protagonists? who have triumphed and who have stayed behind? Who are the ones who have achieved the most surprise us? These are the headlines that for us best summarize what the 2015.

The year of professional tablets

apple ipad pro

The success of the Surface Pro 3 Last year he paved the way for professional tablets to start gaining weight and, indeed, in 2015 with the push of the launch of Windows 10 and the long-awaited debut iPad ProIt seems that they have finally consolidated: we have more and more quality options to replace our laptops with a tablet without compromising our productivity and more and more people are doing it. According analyst estimatesIn addition, this trend will not stop growing in the coming years, even if they will continue without being the majority option. But even if their high prices prevent them from being sold as much as the most affordable models, it is difficult to answer that they are the most advanced and called to exercise, in a way, leadership. A good example of this is that the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4 have managed to sneak in this year in the top 10 Google searches in the consumer electronics category.

A new milestone in low-cost tablets

Amazon Fire 7

It is curious that at the same time that we see tablets triumphing with technical specifications of their own PC and with prices that often exceed 1000 euros, we have also witnessed the launch of a tablet that has meant a revolution in the field of low -cost. We refer of course to Amazon's new Fire 7, a tablet that sells for the ridiculous price of 60 euros and that, of course, has not taken long to become a success in sales. The really innovative thing about this tablet, in any case, is not the price itself, since it has always been possible to find tablets below 100 euros, but the one that despite its price is about a trusted device, which gives us an experience of use more than acceptable for occasional users. No doubt the tablet market is more polarized than ever but the result could not be more positive for us as consumers: whatever we are looking for, we have a device tailored to our needs and our budget.

The biggest yet

Galaxy View children

The prominence that professional tablets have gained has made us end up getting used to tablets with screens of around 12 inches, but this year we have also attended the debut of others with which manufacturers have dared to go even further , even exceeding nothing less than 18 inch. We are talking now, of course, about the Galaxy View, though Samsung He has not been the only one who has launched himself to explore this terrain. These large format tablets, however, have very little to do with the iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4 tablets, starting with the fact that they are not intended to take work anywhere, but to move them freely inside the home . And is that a tablet like the Galaxy View is not a tablet like any other but bigger, but a tablet that really invites a totally different, shared and family use. He will be successful? It is too early to say it because it is a very new and risky concept, but it must be recognized that at least it is a different and interesting proposal.

Google launches alone

pixel c keyboard

Although it seems that thanks to its association with LG and Huawei in this 2015 Google has returned to recover the lost favor of fans the previous year, even more interesting if it has been the launch of his Pixel c, a spectacular tablet that, in addition, will go down in history for being the first that has been solely and exclusively in charge of them. And the results have been simply excellent, as we have commented on more than one occasion, even if it is not entirely clear that it can be an alternative to tablets such as the Surface Pro 4 or the iPad Pro, as it would have been possible to think at first that it could be the intention of the Mountain View, because what can not be discuss is that for its price It is difficult to find an Android tablet with better finishes and quality / price ratio. Will it have continuity? Honestly, we hope so, although only time will tell.

The consolidation of the “ultra-high” range

Galaxy Note 5 iPhone 6s Plus Galaxy S6 edge +

Apple may be late for the phablet field, but its passage through it has given it a new chance to demonstrate its influence in the sector, since without a doubt the success of the iPhone 6 Plus It has been decisive in the consolidation of what has been called the "ultra-high" range, a sector still sparsely populated (as is proper, on the other hand, of one with such an elitist vocation) and which is not far away in reality in prices of the conventional high-end, but that deserves to be distinguished for having shaped a rather curious phenomenon, which is none other than the fact that the flagships have ceased to be the top of the range for virtually all large Manufacturers: not only the iPhone, but also the Lumia 9xx, the Xperia Z and, everything indicates that soon also the Galaxy S, arrive already with a “plus” version that is not the one destined to be the star of the catalog and that, not However, it is the highest level we can find. The phablets are no longer more expensive just because they are bigger, but now they are also better, and there are the iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S6 edge +, Lumia 950 XL and Xperia Z5 Premium to prove it

The basic and average ranges, getting closer to the high

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 models

If in the tablet market we can say that the launch of tablets such as Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, on the one hand, and the new Fire 7, on the other, has caused a polarization never seen before, it seems that the increasing prominence of Chinese low-cost manufacturers in the market of the phablets it has had almost the opposite effect, even in spite of the arrival of those “plus” versions, responsible for that we can buy even more expensive smartphones. And it's not just that thanks to the push he gave Oneplus we can already buy phablets that have very little to envy to the high-end ones for between 300 and 400 euros, but thanks to the work of brands like Xiaomi, characteristics that just a year ago were typical of the high-end, such as Full HD screens, 13 megapixel cameras, metal housings and fingerprint readers, can be achieved for around 200 euros. Of course, there are still reasons to get a flagship or its plus version, but the result of comparing to the spectacular Galaxy S6 edge + and the theoretically modest Redmi Note 2, as we show you, it's simply amazing.

Curved, force-sensitive and lower consumption screens

Galaxy S6 edge + side

This year has also been interesting without a doubt in regards to the evolution of the screens on mobile devices and particularly in phablets, because while in the previous years everything revolved around size and resolution, it seems that this year the manufacturers have concentrated on other types of innovations: the screens have stopped growing (almost no phablet is already 5.7 inches) and the Quad HD has become the standard of the high range and Full HD in the range half. That does not mean, of course, that some brave, one in particular, Sony, has not dared to experiment with even higher resolutions (as the 4K screen of the Xperia Z5 Premium) but, in general, what has attracted the most attention this year are the screens sensitive to the different degrees of pressure (such as Apple's 3D Touch), curved screens that break molds in design (such as the "edge" of Samsung) and secondary displays or capable of showing us notifications without turning on to save energy (such as the LG V10 or those of Lumia 950 XL).

Windows 10 arrived

Surface Pro 4 interface

Microsoft He had presented it to us last year and we had had many occasions to see demonstrations of what the new version of his operating system would bring us, but it was finally this summer when Windows 10 has finally come (even, in an unprecedented movement, for those who did not enjoy an original copy of Windows 8), and it has not only done it to our computers, but it has also done so on our mobile devices, and despite its quota market is still relatively small, in terms of tablets at least, its strategic weight is enormous, since it is the star of that booming sector with which we began our review of the best of 2015: the professional tablets. We hope, in any case, that you end up giving a lot of yourself also in regards to smartphones and phablets since what Redmond showed us that can be done with new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL It is without a doubt spectacular.

iOS and Android, getting closer

iOS 9 Android M tablets

We will have to wait to see how it evolves Windows 10 in the field of mobile devices, but for now the protagonists remain, of course, iOS and Android. In spite of the enormous rivalry that exists between the two mobile operating systems and their unconditional ones, it must be said, however, that if any of them has caught the attention this year is how much they are approaching. It's not about just that Manzana take notes from other manufacturers for your tablets and smartphones and vice versa, but also in software we are seeing that there are many ideas that have been traveling from one place to another and iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow have had more in common than ever, starting because in both cases we have found updates that focused more on achieving greater stability and not so much on introducing new functions. In both cases there has been good news for tablet users, in addition,

Snapdragon 810, red hot

Snapdragon 810 heating

Unfortunately, not everyone has had the same success this year and if there is someone who has made headlines in 2015 and not for good reasons, it has certainly been Qualcomm with his Snapdragon 810: if with the Snapdragon 800, 801 and 805 he had achieved almost absolute dominance of the high range, to the point that we all already assumed that his last processor was going to be in all the flagships of 2016, we did not have to wait a long time for the first news to arrive that it was not going to be like that in which it was probably going to be the most important of all, the Galaxy S6And what is worse, it was soon confirmed that overheating problems of the chip to which the decision of Samsung They were real (this controversy has been responsible for the tests to measure the temperature of mobile devices have been a constant this year). We can, however, end a positive note and it is that for the moment it seems that the problems are not going to be repeated with their new processor, which at the moment is leaving us some great impressions.

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