The best tablets to give away: Christmas 2015
November 29, 2015 at 12:00
Although we still have the parties at a distance, surely many of you, the most predictable at least, have already begun to think about your gifts, so we have decided to leave you with the tablet guide for Christmas of this year and lend a hand if you are undecided and it still costs you choose a model with which to give a joy to another person, or to put on your list. And don't worry because we have good options for all budgets and for all needs (We start with the most expensive tablets but, do not despair, if you keep going down you will arrive at cheaper models). These are ours recommendations.
Large but safe investments
Let's start with the suggestions addressed to those who are really going to use their tablet to work and study, in addition to playing and browsing, or for those who directly want renew your laptop and this year the land of professional and hybrid tablets It is one of the best things that have left us, including the first tablet of this type of Manzana, the iPad Pro. We recommend above all that when choosing you think about the size of the screen (should be large) and in the accessories (A keyboard is practically essential). You have to go prepared, yes, because they are of the most expensive tablets that we can find, though, as we show you in this selection, there are some relatively affordable options.
If you can afford it, in any case, our recommendation is, without surprises, the Surface Pro 4. Moreover, already involved in expenses, we would even tell you that it is a good idea to spend 100 euros more and get the model that arrives with Intel Core i5 processor. What we can assure you, if you are willing to make the investment, that you could hardly do with a better tablet: its finishes they are impeccable, the screen it's spectacular and, of course, nothing to envy a laptop in terms of power, in addition to the fact that if we are really going to use it to work, it doesn't hurt to have an operating system that can run PC applications. The new Type Cover (a highly recommended accessory even for a Surface Pro 3) is also one of the best keyboards of this type we have tried.
If we are willing to make a significant investment, but not as much as buying a Surface Pro, or if we are simply looking for a more conventional tablet, in 2015 a few high-end models that can become real luxury gifts have come to light and that they lend themselves without problems to any type of use we want to give them, as is the case with the Xperia Z4 Tablet Or the Surface 3. Even some models from last year, like the iPad Air 2 (which has not found a substitute in 2015) and the Nexus 9 (which is significantly cheaper) if we prefer Android, they are still an interesting alternative.
In any case, if we had to recommend only one of them, our option would be the Galaxy Tab S2, halfway by price between them, but as good or better than any of them in practically all sections, although it is undeniable that what stands out most is in screen, and not only because of its high resolution (something in which they match it or exceed almost all of its price range), but its performance is spectacular also in contrasts, brightness and other parameters. It is also an incredibly slender device, very compact, lightweight and surprisingly thin.
The best of compact tablets
If money is not a problem but size is, and we want it, it is a high-end compact tablet, there is no shortage of candidates. In addition to the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2, to which all the good things we have said about the 9.7-inch one apply, it is also worth taking into account especially the ZenPad S 8.0, something cheaper than average, and with characteristics at the highest level and a very careful design. Also in this case we may be interested to keep an eye on some releases from last year, since the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, although it has a slightly lower resolution than the others, it is still a very good device and can be found with more interesting prices.
This time, however, our recommendation is going to be a tablet of Manzana: the iPad mini 4. If he iPad mini 3 It was at least disappointing, with this new model the apple company has more than compensated for those who prefer small tablets: not only is it thinner and lighter, but it has also received a fine tuning in terms of hardware , with a more powerful processor and more RAM. Even the screen, which has not changed at all in terms of resolution (the data we normally look at) has improved significantly, to the point that the best of the iPad family.
Tablets to always be on the move
At the moment of truth, and regardless of the advantage of its ease of transport compared to other types of devices, many use their tablets mainly at home. For those who, however, are going to jog theirs because they really want to take it with them everywhere, there are some recommendations that should be taken into account, such as dimensions, the resistance and the mobile connection (which is still not essential, but can be appreciated).
Last year we recommended if this was your case Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and this is still an interesting option for its resistance to water and dust. However, the new Huawei MediaPad X2It may be an even better option. Formally it is a phablet, not a tablet, but considering that its screen is 7 inches, it is not out of place to use it as one. The fact that theoretically it is a telephone, in any case, gives it an important advantage in size and weight (It is undoubtedly the most compact and light, but the most) and in camera (with a 13 MP camera it may make sense to use it instead of our mobile to take pictures), in addition to your metal housing It gives you extra strength and elegance.
Large, but more affordable tablets
Bearing in mind that a 10-inch high-end tablet will usually cost us between 500 and 600 euros, surely many of you will appreciate a somewhat more affordable recommendation and the truth is that for between 200 and 300 euros We can already find tablets that will offer us at least HD resolution (although in some cases even Full HD). For little more than 200 euros we can make ourselves with tablets as interesting as the Aquaris M10, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 wave ZenPad 10. The LG G Pad II It could be our preferred option, however, but it is not yet for sale in our country (and we do not know if it will be something more expensive).
Given that gap we hope that LG fill up soon, our proposal is a somewhat less sexy tablet than the previous ones (its design is less stylized and somewhat coarser, so if this is important for you any of the others would be more advisable) and not so new, but still still the one best quality / price ratio offers us: the Iconia Tab 10 FHD from Acer, which in addition to a higher resolution than usual, has a somewhat more powerful processor and, a detail that is not too much to take into account, 32 GB of storage capacity (normal is 16 GB).
Even cheaper and a little smaller
If we do not care (or want) that the screen is a little smaller, we can still lower the bar for prices, thanks to tablets such as LG G Pad 7 or 8 inches (which are not too new devices, but still at a great level for their price), the ZenPad 7 or 8 inches (the 8-inch has some slightly better features in addition to a larger screen) or the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. None of them exceed 200 euros (varies depending on the distributor, but in general, they can be found below that range) and all of them can leave more than satisfied users not too intensive.
Our preferred option, however, right now would be the "new" Shield Tablet K1. While we wait for the arrival of the new model with Tegra X1 processor, Nvidia He has relaunched the first with some minor modifications (now it comes without stylus and without charger) but with a much lower price in exchange: for 200 euros we can get a tablet with a screen Full HD, front stereo speakers and one of the processors with better performance in graphic processing, and with the extra of having unique options for the most gamers.
Almost given away
If you need an even cheaper tablet, either because it is for someone who is not going to use it much or for a child, and you do not want to spend another euro more than necessary, there are still a few models of the most interesting that can be achieved for less than 150 eurose even for less than 100. The palm has taken it, however, Amazon with his new Fire of 60 euros, a 7-inch tablet with similar characteristics to tablets twice as expensive and with better performance than some of them, in fact.
Another good option if you are maximizing economics, is to return to the Chinese tablet market: it is convenient to look at several importers and the process may be a bit heavier, but the price difference with the “conventional” tablet market can compensate us. If you dare to do so, especially if you still don't trust Chinese low-cost manufacturers at all, the safest bet is undoubtedly Xiaomi Mi Pad, both last year's model, which for prices that normally do not rise from 200 euros leaves us a own characteristics of the high range, how this year's, which arrives with a metal casing, although it is probably still a little late to be available in our country.