The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset with a 2.0 GHz base clock rate makes this model substantially more powerful than other tablets in the same price range. Add to this a decent amount of RAM and Dolby Atmos speakers and you'll get an ideal gadget for streaming media and playing mobile games.
The Call & Message Continuity setup can take quite a while.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is an advanced tablet with a number of innovative solutions. An excellent 10.4-inch screen makes any picture or video crystal clear even in Full HD resolution. The Samsung Knox mobile safety system and expandable memory of up to 1TB make this particular model a true flagman among both Samsung and Android-based products.
10.4", TFT, WUXGA+ (2000 x 1200)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (2GHz octa-core)
Up to 13 hours
8MP / 5MP
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0
MicroSD Slot, USB 2.0, 3.5-mm jack
The tablet works with 4G high-definition calls and supports 5G. Stretching the maximum battery life 15 hours, this tablet will survive the longest flights without recharging. The dual speakers can produce passable 3D stereo surround sound, making the content on the screen more immersive.
The audio sounds terrible through headphones.
The YESTEL T5 is more impressive across the board than its price tag would suggest. The metal-textured back shell even makes this tablet look a little expensive, whilst the scratch-resistant glass screen will enable worry-free use and transportation. Plus, both cameras capture alright-looking photos.
10.1", IPS, WXGA (800 x 1280)
Unisoc SC9863A (1.6 GHz octa-core)
Up to 15 hours
8 MP / 5MP
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0
MicroSD slot, Slot for NanoSIM cards, USB Type-C, 3.5-mm jack
The integrated 64-gigabyte storage capacity will let you build a considerable multimedia library without expanding the capacity with a MicroSD card. If you choose to do so, however, the tablet accepts cards up to 256 gigabytes.
The back panel is not fingerprint-resistant.
The Vankyo MatrixPad S20 offers mid-range specs at a budget price. Besides the impressive hardware, the tablet comes equipped with an excellent screen. Automatically adjusting backlighting, the Eye Health and Read modes will let you read at night without damaging your eyes.
10.1", IPS, WXGA (800 x 1280)
Not stated (1.6 GHz octa-core)
Up to 10 hours
8 MP / 5 MP
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
MicroSD slot, USB Type-C, 3.5-mm jack
Android 9.0 Pie
The large-amplitude sound cavity unit keeps the treble bright and the pass deep. The integrated GPS module is more accurate than they usually are on Android tablets. The Android 10.0 operating system offers humanised global gesture touch and the long-awaited dark mode.
The camera's video capturing quality is passable at best.
Teclast P20HD has the best screen and maybe even the best appearance among tablets below ~300 quid. The IPS display makes sure the viewing angle is wide (178 degrees), and colours are accurate, and the contrast ratio is high, preventing the image from looking washed out.
10.1", IPS, WUXGA (1200 x 1920)
Unisoc SC9863A (1.6 GHz octa-core)
Up to 13 hours
5 MP / 2MP
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0
MicroSD slot, Slot for NanoSIM cards, USB Type-C, 3.5-mm jack
The Eye Health mode samples the ambient light to turn the screen monochromatic the moment you open any reading app. The Reading mode will make the display yellowish, protecting you against eyestrain. The metal housing has a modern and elegant feel to it.
The tablet's battery life seldom reaches 10 hours.
The Vankyo MatrixPad Z10 will allow you to purchase an Android tablet with above-average specs without paying an above-average sum. You'll be taking excellent selfies, capturing crisp and detailed footage, and running pretty demanding applications without facing any challenges at all.
10.1", IPS, WUXGA (1200 x 1920)
MediaTek MT8163A (1.5 GHz quad-core)
Up to 10 hours
13 MP / 5 MP
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
MicroSD slot, Micro USB, 3.5-mm jack
Android 9.0 Pie
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Big and Beautiful
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is one of the newer Android-based tablets from the company widely known for its high-tech gadgets and electronics.
The thing that will immediately catch your eye in this tablet is its oversized screen. With a 10.4-inch TFT display, the Galaxy Tab A7 is one of the bigger models included on our list. What makes the screen good in our opinion is the resolution of 2000x1200 pixels providing both videos and still pictures crisper than ever. As compared to other models in the same price range, we can safely say that Samsung offers by far the highest level of clarity.
Although the 8-megapixel (MP) camera can hardly impress anyone today, the features that make Samsung cameras truly shine are the capturing software and AI capabilities that enhance seemingly low-resolution photos to a whole new level. As for the front camera, it is a slightly less powerful 5-megapixel camera that will be enough for video calls but won’t be really that great for selfies.
Conversely, the audio capabilities of the gadget are nothing short of amazing. Namely, the speakers here are Dolby Atmos Quad Speakers that put any stereo speaker to shame. And to top all that, what we have here under the backplate of the Samsung-labeled cover is a 7,040 mAh battery that provides the user with up to 14-16 hours of continuous use, which basically means that you can use the tablet for a whole day before it needs to be recharged.
Ideal for Games and Other Power-Demanding Apps
As for the sheer processing power, this particular Samsung tablet model features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with a base clock rate of 2.0 GHz, which is not too shabby, especially when compared to other Android-based models that can barely reach 1.6-1.8 GHz in boost mode. Combined with a decent amount of RAM (3 GB), it ensures you get a reasonably quick tablet based on Android OS that can play modern mobile game titles, stream your favourite shows, and even do something in the background (messaging and social media apps) without too much of a lag.
The base internal memory, on the other hand, is capped at 32 GB. Considering how much space the OS takes, you'll have approximately 25 GB of free space, so we highly recommend getting a high-capacity microSD flashcard, on top of that.
All things considered, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4-inch tablet will be a good option for those looking for an inexpensive device that can be used for browsing social media, surfing the web, and watching movies or TV-shows.
|Last updated price||£179.99|
15 Hours of Battery Life
YESTEL is not the biggest name in the game and its T5 is also not the tablet that many people have heard about. But, as long as the company continues sticking with what's working, there's a pretty good chance the status quo will start shifting soon enough. At less than 150 quid, what this device is offering and packing is quite remarkable.
To start with, the model's battery life is nothing to sneeze at even when you're suffering from allergies. Even Samsung's Galaxy Tab line usually surrenders at 10-13 hours tops, and they're considered to be the longest-lasting Android tablets on the market today. But not if YESTEL T5 has anything to say about it, which it does. With this device, the battery life stretches 15 hours.
Naturally, as it always is, squeezing every minute from the advertised 15-hour battery life will be almost possible and, if you play system-intensive games or juggle multiple demanding apps (especially streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Twitch, and so forth), the battery will start dying out at 10 hours and will no doubt give out before 12. But, again, the same rules apply to the titans like Samsung, so we'll be working with ~2 hours of additional battery life compared to the best Android tablets on the market no matter how you slice it.
Whilst the battery is the model's strongest suit, the audio is its weakest point. What's surprising is that the issue lies not with the speakers. No, the speakers are fine. These dual speakers can even produce a decent 3D stereo surround sound effect, making the on-screen visuals more immersive. The issue lies with the stereo jack (or the circuitry surrounding it), making audio sound terrible through headphones.
Metal-Textured Back Shell
Budget tablets normally come outfitted with middling hardware. But we cannot say the same about the YESTEL T5. Equipped with Unisoc SC9863A (1.6 GHz octa-core) chipset, the model enables smooth multitasking without compromising fluidity.
Budget tablets usually look bad. However, again, this model is not cut from the same cloth. With its metal-textured back shell and sturdy glass screen, the device appears quite stylish. Likewise, the glass screen is scratch-resistant and ensures improved light transmission.
Long story short, despite sharing a price bracket with budget Android tablets, the YESTEL T5 is nothing like them. On the contrary, the model has more in common with mid-range and even high-end tablets, especially its construction and battery life.
|Last updated price||£149.98|
VANKYO MatrixPad S20
Impressive Tech and Hardware on a Budget
Vankyo is not the biggest, most well-known brand there is but people that follow the tablet world have heard the name before, no doubt about that. Because this is not some huge brand like Samsung, the company has to make affordable products with hardware that can tussle with much more expensive models, not the easiest task but the MatrixPad S20 manages this task with ease and finesse. Considering that this tablet costs less than 150 quid, pretty much every spec here is impressive, from the hardware to its battery life.
Even though the CPU is not stated here, we know that it is a 1.6 GHz octa-core chipset, meaning that the tablet excels at multitasking and will let you juggle multiple system-intensive apps without lagging. To add more, the model comes equipped with a 3 GB RAM setup, so you can even edit videos, handle large databases, and work with complex spreadsheets without the system taking ages to load the data and crashing occasionally.
While most tablets nowadays are capping at 32 GB of internal memory, this device offers 64, doubling its default storage capacity. Of course, as always, the model also comes equipped with a MicroSD slot, so you can expand its storage capacity but the fact that you have 64 GB at your disposal from the get-go is quite impressive, especially when you take the budget price tag into account.
Last but not least, the tablet's battery can last as long as 10 hours (naturally, that number will always depend on the app(s) you're using, brightness settings, tools like Bluetooth, GPS, and more), which is no small feat since most usually die at 8 hours tops.
Comfortable Nighttime Reading
Needless to say, the model's not flawless. While the screen is scratch- and fingerprint-resistant, the back panel is not, so you'll have to wipe it clean from time to time. Otherwise, the tablet will not look particularly presentable. On the upside, the Bluetooth 5.0 module will be able to ensure a stable connection between this gadget and any Bluetooth-enabled device.
The IPS screen here is nothing to sneeze at too, offering a realistic viewing experience from all angles. Plus, using the Read and the Eye Health modes, you can tone down its impressive performance, with the modes automatically adjusting and optimizing backlighting to make nighttime reading much less detrimental to your eye health.
Without addressing boring details, customers that can put their faith in a relatively unknown brand will likely find the Vankyo MatrixPad S20 a great fit for their needs and preferences.
|Last updated price||£149.99|
The Teclast P20HD leaves very little to be desired. Both supporting and contradicting this statement, we're not crazy about the cameras. Capping at 5 megapixels and 2 megapixels (back and front respectively), the cameras snap passable pictures (at best) and shoot middling video. Of course, very few people use cameras on tablets anyway, so this is not the biggest problem you can have with these gadgets.
What's much more important is the hardware. Between the Unisoc SC9863A (1.6 GHz octa-core) chipset and the 4 GB RAM setup, this device can juggle multiple gluttonous applications without slowing down. Using the A55 architecture core, the chipset's Antutu running points exceeded 70,000. To add more, its AI computing performance is increased sixfold, achieving 24-second boot.
Continuing with the performance subject, the Android 10.0 operating system that this gadget comes pre-installed with contributes quite a bit to the performance cause as well. Besides streamlining navigation and making its utility tools less awkward, the latest Android version supports humanised global gesture touch as well as the crowd-favourite dark mode, making the gadget more personal and easy on the eyes.
Speaking of easy on the eyes, the model's brushed metal body looks brilliant, with this grainy texture not just improving the tablet's appearance but also making this device less slippery, so you can use it without covering the tablet with a case. What's also easy on the eyes is its curved edges, making the gadget feel less stiff. As you can guess, the edges are covering the 10.1-inch screen. With its IPS panel and >Full HD (1920 x 1200p), the screen reproduces stunning visuals. Aside from that, the in-plane switching (IPS) technology pushes the viewing angle 178 degrees, delivers accurate colours, and gorgeous blacks, making the image look less muted/subdued. Plus, the screen adopts respectable anti-glare coating so that you can use the tablet even with the sun hitting right at it.
Large-Amplitude Sound Cavity Unit
Setting aside everything that we've outlined and discussed above, the tablet's biggest strength is the large-amplitude yet elegant sound cavity unit. Working alongside the model's metal body, the sound unit makes sure that the treble remains bright and the bass output is always deep. What will also be 'deep' is the built-in GPS module that lets you find the way without relying on phones or GPS navigators.
In closing, the Teclast P20HD is where form meets function. No matter the application or the environment, this Android tablet will thrive, and you'll thrive with it.
|Last updated price||£159.99|
VANKYO MatrixPad Z10
The Unknown Brands' Advantages
Because VANKYO is not the brand that can compete with Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and the bunch, the people behind this company are forced to make the prices more affordable, shipping brilliant tablets like the VANKYO MatrixPad Z10 at the same prices that the aforementioned companies assign to much less impressive models.
Less than 150 quid will not buy you a tablet with a 13-megapixel camera from Samsung yet this is precisely what the product is offering. With its primary camera measuring 13 megapixels, the device lets you take stunning pictures and even shoot great videos. Even the front-facing, 5-megapixel camera is nothing to sneeze at, more than good enough to take top-notch selfies and enable video calling with respectable quality. Provided the person is equipped with a decent camera too, you'll be seeing that person with enough nuance, clarity, and detail since the model's IPS screen with its 1920 x 1200p native resolution will easily handle reproducing sharp and detailed video.
When you take the tablet's price into account, the IPS panel comes as a nice surprise too. These panels are much better at reproducing accurate colours than TFT panels. They're also better where sunlight visibility and viewing angles are concerned. IPS panels last, which is why we're always glad to see them inside Android tablets because we do not like replacing tablets every few years.
Eye Health and Reading Modes
From the hardware standpoint, the device is basically what you would expect from this price range. The MediaTek MT8163A quad-core CPU is pretty good but its clock speed capping at 1.5 GHz is nothing to write home about. You'll be fine running demanding apps and juggling non-demanding programs but doing both will prove challenging. Having said that, with 3GB RAM, you'll be taking some load from the CPU and managing system-intensive applications will become less strenuous than what you're normally dealing with when the processing unit is not that great.
The battery leaves conflicted feelings. Advertised to last 10 hours, more often than not, you'd be lucky to squeeze 8 from it, which is not terrible but not blinding too. On the homonymous subject, the Eye Health and Reading modes, sampling the ambient light and turning the screen monochromatic when you're opening reading apps and making the screen yellowing to protect you from eyestrain.
Bottom line, provided you do not mind investing a modest sum of money in a product from an unknown brand, the VANKYO MatrixPad Z10 will not leave you disappointed.
|Last updated price||£113.92|
What Is an Android Tablet?
When you feel like a laptop takes too much space and isn't very convenient in terms of mobility and your smartphone isn't as comfortable when it comes to watching movies and working, getting a tablet is the only correct logical conclusion. A tablet is an electronic device capable of connecting to the Internet through WiFi or via a 3G/4G technology thanks to the internal or external module. This kind of device allows you to comfortably browse the internet, listen to music, watch movies as well as utilise a variety of different applications in terms of work and entertainment.
What's great about a tablet compared to a laptop is that you can operate it through a touchscreen display without a keyboard or a mouse. Tablets with Android as their operating system boast a plethora of advantages in terms of configuring the device and its interface. The system's incredibly flexible and adjustable nature allows its users to create their own unique interface and set all the intricate aspects to their liking. You will be able to find a variety of interesting and useful applications that you can download or purchase through Google Market, often for free.
You can play video games on a tablet as well, but if you're looking for a more serious gaming setup, you might be better off with a gaming laptop instead.
What Features to Compare
When looking for the best Android tablet, one of the first things you ought to pay attention to would be the type of display and its characteristics. In order to make the right choice, you will have to first figure out what is it you're primarily aiming to do with that device. There are two kinds of tablets - the standard type and the ones that come with an adjustable keyboard that allows you to type with some additional comfort (these models are also known as transformers). The key element of every tablet is the touchscreen display, so figuring out its characteristics is the utmost important question. The size of the display of your average tablet ranges from 7 to 13 inches, so you will always have a choice in that matter. You also should not disregard the resolution of the screen and the type of matrix since those will determine the quality of the picture. The display resolution is the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. The bigger the number of pixels, the better your picture is going to look.
Some other aspects you should have in mind when purchasing an Android tablet would be the performance and memory. These elements can be especially important if you aren't just looking for a device to surf the Internet but also the one that could run the latest video games and operate the most demanding applications. Just like any other type of computer, your tablet also features a chipset and random-access memory, the quality and quantity of which is going to determine the speed and performance of your device. You should also keep an eye out for the amount of internal memory your potential Android tablet comes with. The more of it you have, the bigger the number of multimedia and applications you can store on your device. Most top Android tablets should also have an additional card slot in case you're not satisfied with the amount of internal memory.
The number and presence of wireless technologies and inputs are going to determine the number of ways you will be able to apply your tablet. Virtually every one of them comes with WiFi support so that you'd be able to browse the Internet through the number of potential wireless hotspots. Unless you're going for the cheapest possible option, you ought to take a look at the type of WiFi technology your model supports, preferably including the latest industry standard 802.11ac. If you're looking to take your tablet outside, you might want to look for a model that supports mobile internet technologies (3G, 4G or LTE). The presence of Bluetooth can be quite crucial as well since it gives you the opportunity to conveniently share data and connect various devices through it. GPS technology is going to allow you to locate your current whereabouts utilising a number of potential navigation applications. Talking about inputs, you definitely ought to look for the model that comes with 3.5 jack for headphones and microUSB since the latter one is the Android industry standard for chargers. If you're interested in wireless charging, you may want to search for the device that features NFC technology. All in all, there's no downside to having as many wireless technologies and inputs as possible.
The last thing you may be interested in includes the number of potential additional features, be it the camera, the device's battery life, the version of an Android operating system, the design and the materials of the casing. The primary camera is going to allow you to shoot photos and videos to share them with your friends later while the frontal one will grant you the possibility of video calling. The built-in speaker will provide you with the opportunity to listen to your favourite music or enjoy some Youtube clips without having to connect a headset. The battery life is going to determine how long you can operate the device without facing the need to charge it up which can be quite important if you're looking to take your tablet outside. You should also make sure that your tablet comes with the latest operating system or the ability to easily update it in order to avoid facing some problems with applications later in the future. Regarding the look of the device, you should get the one that appeals most to you while also keeping in mind the weight of the model so that you don't strain your hands after hours of continuous use.
Did you know?
- More than a billion people in the world operate a tablet on a semi-daily basis and over 150 million own one of these devices.
- Android tablets have had a large spike in popularity over the last few years and were able to finally surpass Apple with a market share of 57 percent.
- Average tablet usage adds up to about 15 hours a week which is considerably more than that of a smartphone and a computer.
- Some may find this statistic surprising but the most popular tablet activity has nothing to do with work, any form of videos or internet in general. It is actually video games with movies and TV shows trailing behind them in popularity. About 84% of tablet users tend to spend at least a few hours a week playing video games on their favourite device.
- Although your average tablet boasts a convenient structure capable of providing a sufficient level of mobility, up to eighty-two percent of tablet owners use their device strictly at home, with 28% of them replacing their computer with a tablet altogether.
- Researchers found that people tend to spend more time with their tablets than they do with paper books. Although this statistic may be somewhat ambiguous since a lot of individuals tend to read books on their tablets.
Bit of History
Although the first touchscreen piece of equipment was introduced fairly recently, with the first ever model being produced in 1982 by George Samuel Hurst and released in 1993 by IBM (though the technology didn't really receive any kind of popularity or commercial success for another 10 or so years), it does seem like touchscreen devices have been around for ages, doesn't it?
Part of it certainly has something to do with the fact that while the device became popular in the last decade, the first attempts to produce a touchscreen technology date back to 1970s when a couple of engineers from CERN developed a transparent touchscreen based on their work at a television factory in the early 1960s. Another cause for it could very well be the fact that an idea of a touchscreen technology has been prominent in the science fiction genre being mentioned as early as 1951 in Isaac Asimov's series of science fiction books called The Foundation.
The last but not least possible reason for this kind of phenomenon could possibly be the fact that a touchscreen technology provides a tremendous amount of convenience and utility that simply isn't possible to achieve using a regular device paired with an orthodox screen.
Speaking of convenience and utility, did you know that you could use your tablet as a powerful TV remote? With the right model in your hands, you will be capable of entirely replacing your remote with a tablet. Some of these devices are specifically designed with this kind of application in mind. The popular Samsung Galaxy Tab line, for instance, boasts a built-in IR transmitter that can be used as a universal TV remote. Although just like with the good old-fashioned remote, you will have to aim directly at your television set in order for it to work.
But that isn't even the remotely the most peculiar possible application for your tablet. The honour and privilege of bestowing that title would have to go to those bright folks that figured out that you can use your touchscreen device to tune your guitar. Professional and aspiring musicians usually tend to carry electric guitar tuners with them. But if you're an intermediate player that just wants to quickly tune his favourite musical instrument, or you would like to have a backup guitar in case your band is on tour, all you have to do is download Guitar Tuna, a free Android and iOS app that will do that job for you.
Q: What are the advantages of a tablet compared to a modern smartphone?
A: A tablet features quite a few advantages even if you compare it to some of the most technologically impressive models of smartphones on the market. First of all, tablets generally feature a much larger display, providing you with far more workspace opportunity and convenience regardless of whatever task at hand you're looking to execute. They're a considerably more appropriate tool for work and can also make the viewing experience, be it a blockbuster movie or your favourite television drama, a much more engaging activity. Second, a tablet is a far more versatile device that is much more suitable for video conferencing and can also serve as an e-reader far better than your average smartphone. Last but not least, tablets tend to be noticeably cheaper than their smartphone counterparts.
Q: What are the advantages of a tablet compared to a laptop?
A: Although your average tablet may lose to a laptop when it comes to functionality, the device has an array of features and assets that often make a tablet a significantly more alluring choice than a laptop. One of the more obvious and noticeable advantages of a tablet would be its portability. Tablets tend to be thin and light. Of course, if you happen to own a MacBook Air or an ultrabook, the difference may seem less noticeable than it usually is, but when it comes to most laptops, a tablet is thinner, lighter, and more portable by a long shot. If you plan on carrying the device around with you all day, that few pounds difference can be not just evident but often crucial. Another important difference is that tablets generally feature a battery life that far exceeds the one of your average laptop. There's also the fact that tablets tend to be much more convenient when it comes to certain tasks like reading or watching movies and they also almost always feature a camera, something that your typical laptop normally lacks.
Q: What is the most recent version of Android?
A: The latest version of Android is 8.0 "Oreo", which was released in August 2017. If you want to learn more about whether your knowledge on the subject is up to date, you can visit the Android History section at the official Android website.
Q: How can I tell which version I have?
A: The steps for checking your version may somewhat vary depending on your device but as a rule of a thumb, you should go to your device's settings option, look for an entry that says something along the lines of About Device, About Phone or anything of the sort and find the version of your Android on the list of specifications.
Q: Can I stream live sports on my Android device?
A: Absolutely. One of the many perks of owning an Android device is the ability to stream live sports. By virtue of the latest mobile technologies, sports fans nowadays are capable of having an unprecedented and unrestricted access to games happening simultaneously all over the world. To access live sports streaming on your Android device, you will have to download an app using the Google Play store or locate a website that is capable of connecting you to an online broadcast of the sporting event that you wish to observe.
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