Best Tablets for 2015 – Great laptop alternative

If you’re wondering what tablet to buy and which one suits your needs the best then this article is just for you. Here we’ve compiled a list of the best tablets for 2015 factoring in performance, design, size, audio, display and video quality, not to mention a lot of the newest features on the market including Fingerprint Security.

Best Powerhouse Tablets

google-nexus-9Google Nexus 9 – $570

Google has really set the bar with the Nexus line of tablets.  If you have not held one – the fit and finish is high quality.  The whole package is very thin and attractive and with a great case designed for the Nexus – they just look wonderful.

The screen is 8.9 inch and of course uses industry standard Gorilla Glass 3 – a tough option which is what all big name tablets use today.  It is large enough to enjoy movies – but small enough to stow away in a laptop bag or backpack.  The speakers are front-facing and provide good sound.

The operating system is Google’s Android – and is always early with the latest version.  If this is important to you – going Nexus is a must, because Google releases the latest Android OS’s to their own tablets first.

Hardware:  64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver @ 2.3GHz CPU with 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera/1.6MP front.

samsung-galaxy-note-pro12-2Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $549

Samsung has been in the tablet game from the beginning. The Galaxy Note Pro has a HUGE screen, if you are looking for a tablet that can be a laptop replacement, check out the XXL 12.2-inch, 2560×1600 resolution screen.  Yes – that is very high resolution – with 4 million pixels representing.

This translate to seriosuly good color, high quality graphics and a very clear display.  The processor is a home grown Samsung Exynos 5 Octa – high power and brings very good results.

The Galaxy Note Pro also features an IR blaster.  A what?  Basically you can turn this thing into the biggest universal remote control ever – if you have trouble seeing the numbers on your current TV remote.  This is for you.  And, coupled with Samsung’s WatchON feature lets you type in your zip code and cable app – you can browse and search current TV shows and programming.  You’ll get personalized recommendations based on the things you watch.

If you do need to switch into laptop mode – the full-size, on-screen keyboard and office applications will not let you down.  And – with the ability to use an external microSD card – you can transfer files quickly and easily.

Specs:  Android 4.4/KitKat OS, 8MP rear camera/2MP front camera, 32 GB memory plus a microSD slot – battery life estimated 13 hours.

Best Mid-Priced Tablet

lenovo-yoga-10-hdLenovo Yoga 10 HD+ – $377

One of the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD’s key features is that it has a unique build allowing 3 modes of use – HOLD Mode for reading, STAND Mode for viewing and TILT Mode for gaming. This is done with a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity and opening up the multiple usage modes.

When I asked my son about this tablet, he was very excited.  he liked the idea of being able to us this is all three configurations.  This is a testament to what  other users are starting to think when they look at these new lines of computers/electronics.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon processing combined with a Full HD display and then dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio…its a graphics/audio package that doesn’t disappoint.  The new “Smart Display” helps with eye fatigue by adjusting to the ambient light.

I’m not sure if this can even be correct – but it boasts an 18 hour battery life.  Even if it is 2/3 – that is very solid.

Specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera/1.6MP front camera, 18 hours of battery life, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, GPS (that works when offline) and the Dolby Digital Plus audio.

apple-ipad-air-2Apple Ipad Air 2 – $473

Lighter than ever, weighing under a pound, but with a surprising 9.7 inch screen with a 2048×1536 resolution and a new chip – A8X that delivers substantially better CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor. With its 64-bit desktop-class architecture, iPad Air 2 is as powerful as many personal computers. Air 2 runs on iOS 8 – the most advanced mobile OS ever.

The Ipad Air 2 comes with a unique security feature – your fingerprint. Not only can you unlock your Air 2 with your fingerprint but you can also make secure purchases in iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store.

The new iSight camera is the best iPad camera yet, with advanced optics, an improved sensor, and a powerful Apple-designed image signal processor. There are new features like panorama, time-lapse videos, slo-mo, and burst and timer modes.

WiFi is also twice as fast as the previous generation.

Best Low Priced Tablet

samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 – $289

On the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 you can enjoy rich graphics and clear text while you watch movies, play games, or read books on the 8.4-inch screen. With twice the resolution of an HDTV, the Super AMOLED display provides vivid images and extra-crisp contrast.

The Multi Window feature conveniently allows you to use two apps, side-by-side, and drag content from one window to the other.

Equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera, the Galaxy Tab S lets you take high-quality photos and video chat with friends and family members.

The Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet yet. Measuring just 0.26 inches thin and weighing less than 1 pound.

The tablet offers 16 GB of onboard memory and includes a microSD card slot that allows you to add up to 128 GB of memory.

Also includes a fingerprint scanner for security. Up to ten hours of battery life, which can be increased with Ultra Power Saving mode.

asus-vivotab-note-8Asus VivoTab Note 8 – $265

The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 is everything you need for your busy lifestyle packed into a portable 8 inch device.

Powered by the latest Intel Atom Z3740 processor, the VivoTab Note 8 is the perfect balance of performance and energy efficiency. Up to 8 hours of battery life and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 preinstalled means you can stay productive for an entire work day before it needs a charge.

ASUS SonicMaster audio technology uses a tailored mix of hardware and software to enhance sound quality to a level far above what you might expect from such a small tablet.

You’ll have plenty of space for apps, media, and files with up to 64GB MicroSD expandability.

You can wirelessly display any content from your VivoTab Note 8 to a compatible wireless display with Miracast.

Best Tablet By Type

Best Kids Tablet

amazon-fire-hd-6-kids-editionAmazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition – $149

The Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition is the perfect tablet for kids with a durable, lightweight case to protect against drops and bumps caused by kids at play, high definition touchscreen with 1280×800 resolution, 8 GB of storage capacity, a quad-core processor for great performance with 1 GB of RAM,  front and rear-facing cameras and Dolby Audio.

The Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games – at no additional cost.

You can also set educational goals, personalize screen time limits for your kids and choose what kids can access.

Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, and listening to music.

Also comes with a 2-year guarantee so if your kids break it replacing it is free.

microsoft-surface-pro-3

Best Hybrid Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – $999

Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form. It has a stunning 12″ display in a sleek magnesium frame, 4th generation Intel Core Processor that provides insanely fast performance, Dolby-enhanced speakers, microSD card and USB ports and two 5MP HD cameras, front and rear-facing, with 1080p HD video recording.

Pro 3 gives you unmatched versatility both as a tablet and a laptop thanks to the multi-position Kickstand and the optional click-in keyboard.

Since Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 Pro, you can install your favorite desktop software, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox Music and more.

Web browsing battery life of 9 hours.

Best Gaming Tablet

nvidia-shield-tabletNvidia Shield Tablet – $299

The SHEILD tables is undisputedly the best gaming tablet out there, with the world’s fastest mobile processor and unbeatable graphics, video and audio it delivers everything you need to get the most out of your games and movies.

The SHIELD tablet’s NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor uses the same NVIDIA Kepler architecture that powers the world’s most extreme gaming PCs. And with a custom engineered thermal system, SHIELD harnesses the full power of Tegra K1’s extreme performance.

On top of all that, SHIELD has front-facing stereo speakers and a dual bass reflex port that provides crystal clear sound.

Also includes front and rear-facing 5 MP cameras, 802.11n 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, and Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack.

If you are wondering why you should buy a tablet just remember the long list of advantages they offer: lightweight, portable, cheaper than laptops, start up quickly, provide fast web browsing, very handy for presentations and many can match the processing power of a PC. See our reviews on the top laptops for sale right now.