The best tablets to give away: Christmas 2014
December 15, 2014 at 18:00
The tablets they are one of the gifts Most demanded and considering that they are not exactly a cheap gift, it is worth thinking carefully about the best option, which is not always too easy to find out, either. One more year, we will try to help you choose wisely, depending on what the applications that they are going to give it and the features which, therefore, we can consider more important. These are our recommendations.
No expense spared: iPad Air 2
We are going to start in style, for those who can afford to do a gift of authentic luxury and whose only concern is to make sure that it is well received. This is probably the easiest choice of all since if we do not have budget problems and we want to tread on insurance, the clearest option is usually the tablets of Manzanawhich are still Most popular and they are usually devices with a good balance between design and user experience. In addition, they respond well to both more professional use and more casual use.
The tablet that has left us this year Manzana, the iPad Air 2, It is one of the most attractive models in the history of the range, perhaps not with as many innovations as the first iPad Air, but with a few very well selected. The one that will most attract our attention, surely, is the dramatic reduction in thickness It has taken place compared to its predecessor and makes it one of the finest tablets on the market. If we add this to their fantastic premium finishes, regarding its appearance, the iPad Air 2 it is faultless. The screen, on the other hand, still has the same resolution of 2048 x 1536, but a new laminate It has increased its contrasts substantially, and now it seems that the glass has practically disappeared. It has also made the leap to 2 GB of RAM and it mounts an even more powerful processor than that of the iPhone 6, the A8X, and its performance has improved substantially, especially in the section on graphic processing, something that most gamers will undoubtedly appreciate.
Price: 489 euros
For those who are determined to make a level gift and, for whatever reason (because it is more comfortable to handle or because the price is somewhat lower) they are considering a tablet of high-endbut of smaller size, we advise in this case to completely forget about the latest generation of the iPad mini, which most experts consider disappointing due to its lack of innovation, and go for the 8.4 inch model Of the new Galaxy Tab S range from Samsung.
It is true that perhaps we are losing something in terms of finishes, if we are lovers of aluminum cases, but in practically any other section in which we compare the tablet of Samsung with that of Manzana the victory is clear for this one, thanks mainly to much superior hardware. But even if we consider his physical appearance there are a few points where the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 it is placed above the latest iPad mini as it is quite lighter and thinner. Its greatest virtue, however, is probably its screen, with a exceptional image quality, and not only for its Quad HD resolution, but also for its colors, contrasts, brightness and energy efficiency. In the opinion of the experts, the screen of the Galaxy Tab S it's probably the best we can find on a tablet right now. In the case of the 8.4-inch model, we also have the added advantage that it is a fairly large screen for the size of the device, thanks to very small frames and a very good optimization of its design, in general.
Price: 399 euros
For Android lovers: Nexus 9
The iPad Air 2 It is a fantastic tablet but not everyone likes the products of Manzana and for many it may even be a bit of a pain having to face the discomforts that sometimes having a device with iOS as operating system and another with Android, not to mention the stalwarts of the mobile operating system of Google, which are not few. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (or the 10.5-inch model if we want something bigger) will be a good alternative, but for true Android fans, the Nexus 9 be an even better alternative.
Obviously, one of the main virtues of Nvidia Shield Tablet to enjoy games is the power of its processor, the Tegra K1, in section graphic performance, something crucial to move with ease the most demanding games. This is not, however, its only strong point, and it is not the only tablet that can boast of it (although it is the one that makes the most of it, judging by the benchmark results that we showed you precisely this very weekend). What distinguishes the tablet from Nvidia of the Xiaomi MiPad wave Nexus 9 are other details almost as important, such as its design (format, location of the speakers …) or, for example, having among the official accessories a wireless game controller. Furthermore, with the Nvidia Shield Tablet We have the possibility of running PC games in streaming, thanks to Grid Games. Nvidia lately, it has also demonstrated that it is taking good care of its users, with the introduction of several new features and the fastest update to Android 5.0 Lollipop we've seen among tablets outside the Nexus range.
Price: 299 euros
If we are clear that the lucky beneficiary of our tablet, what he is mainly looking for is a device that can be taken everywhere and that will be rolling around all day, it is clear that we need one light, resistant, with good autonomy and, if possible, with LTE connection. Without a doubt, no tablet meets all these conditions better now than the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact LTE, the latest addition to the range of tablets from Sony.
Regarding its design, and aside from aesthetic evaluations (although this is undoubtedly also very attractive), the tablet of Sony It has a few fundamental virtues: the first of them is that it is extremely fine and light (6.4mm thick Y 270 grams of weight), more than most of its rivals; the second, which is waterproof, and in this he is not better than most of his rivals, but practically all of them. It is true that its resolution is somewhat lower than that of other high-end tablets, but a Full HD screen still offers great image quality and has a very important benefit, which is lower consumption: despite its reduced thickness and which therefore cannot mount too large a battery, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is right now the tablet that has performed best in the autonomy tests. Finally, and to round off the pack, if we buy the model with LTE connectionWe have the perfect tablet for those who are always on the go.
Price: 479 euros
The offer of affordable tablets, as you know, has improved a lot in recent times and we have at our disposal a very wide repertoire of tablets of the most solvent for less than 200 euros. If you want a tablet for someone who you know will not be used very intensively and you do not want to spend too much on it, we can only recommend that you take a look at the tablets of the Asus MeMO Pad range Or the Acer Iconia range, as well as the catalog of the Spanish manufacturer of low-cost bq tablets. Our chosen one this year, however, is one that we have recently tried, which is really cheap and that has left us with very good feelings: the Amazon Fire HD 6.
The first thing to say in its favor is that its price is difficult to match: it can be purchased from 99 euros. It is not, however, the most important thing, since if one searches, it is not difficult to find tablets with prices that approximate it. The most important thing is what we get for that price and that is not just the peace of mind of buying a device with the guarantee seal of Amazon, but above all, buying a device that despite having more limited hardware gives us a user experience pretty good: the software Amazon It can be limited at times, but its simplicity becomes a great virtue in a device like this, since it is very light and allows us to enjoy a fluency that we rarely find among tablets in this price range. It also does not hurt that the interface is so simple if the person who is going to use the tablet is a casual or unfamiliar user with this type of device. It is also more than welcome that it is such a tablet solid How is it. The only drawback that maybe some can put is its size, which is only 6 inches. If you are among them we advise you to take a look at the Fire HD 7, very similar but with a screen of 7 incheswhich costs only 40 euros more.
Price: 99 euros