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The 5 Best Tablets of Early 2015

Updated on January 23, 2015
Who wins the Tablet Wars? Apple, Windows, or Android?
Who wins the Tablet Wars? Apple, Windows, or Android? | Source

The 5 Best Tablets of Early 2015

Tablets are rapidly growing in popularity, but you can’t just get any tablet. A tablet has to fit your needs or your tablet experience won’t be as good as you want it to be. Tablets, are usually designed to be really good at one thing, like the Nvidia Shield, which is designed to be a gaming tablet. However, tablets can also be amazing all-around media consumption devices, but you have to get whatever you need. Tablets are amazing devices, but you have to get the right one.

Best Overall Tablet: IPad Air 2

The IPad Air 2 is thin, has a great screen, is powerful simple, and beautiful. Apple has raised the bar yet again, producing a tablet that can be used for virtually anything, from gaming to productivity to running simple apps like youtube. Plus, it’s made by Apple so that’s always a plus. I just wish the IPad mini 3 was this good. At a $500 price point, this is a nice premium tablet for not too bad of a price.




IPad Air 2
IPad Air 2 | Source

Best Productivity Tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3, is the best productivity on the market by far. It has a keyboard and trackpad, a large screen and all the Windows capabilities that many laptop users have come to love. This is easily the best 2-in-1. Windows has raised the bar yet again with the tablet that is usually stacked up with many macbooks. There’s a reason they call this the tablet that can replace your laptop.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 | Source

Best Android Tablet: Nexus 9

We’ve covered the other 2 major players in the tablet world. Now here comes Google,the Nexus 9 reminds me of a bigger,upgraded Nexus 7 with an upgraded processor, the Nvidia Tegra K1. The amazing Tegra K1,allows you to do almost anything you want with this tablet. It directly rivals the IPad Air 2, so if you are an Android lover, I would definitely pick this over the IPad Air 2. The Nexus 9 features also features Android Lollipop, so you can have that nice materialistic design to this premium android tablet. The Nexus 9 has an amazing screen, and is very thin. So if anyone wants the premium look and feel of an IPad Air2 with a better processor and Android Lollipop for $100 less, look no further.

Nexus 9
Nexus 9 | Source

Best Gaming Tablet: Nvidia Shield

Nvidia has stormed into the mobile platform, going head-to-head with the Sony and Nintendo as the best portable gaming device. Now they have introduced the tablet for gamers. But for all you non-gamers out there, this tablet still stacks up with the Nexus 9. The Shield Tablet features Nvidia Tegra K1, an absolute monster of a chip that can handle Android gaming, and anything else you want to do on this tablet. It also has front facing speakers that allow you to get a great gaming experience. It has a multitude of other features that make android gaming on this a wonderful experience for any gamer. But then there’s the price, which puts the icing on the cake!! At $299, you get an amazing 8 -inch tablet that rivals the IPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 and is engineered for gaming. That’s definitely a win in my book. So, for you people that want all the look and feel of a premium tablet, near stock Android Lollipop,a great HD screen, features engineered for gaming, and arguably the best mobile processor on the market, all for under $300 (without the optional controller and cover), look no further.


Nvidia Shield
Nvidia Shield | Source

Best Small Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a good tablet, a really good one. But I do have a few drawbacks with this one. This is definitely the weak link in the bunch, but it is still a great tablet. It has an amazing screen, especially for the size, considering that most tablets that size have sub-par screens. One of the drawbacks I have about this tablet in particular is the processor. The processor in Samsung’s latest small tablet is so much worse than Nvidia Tegra K1 that it makes me laugh. But, if your priority is the screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is the king of all small tablets. However, if everything else the Nvidia Shield offers is more of a priority than the screen, I would get the Nvidia Shield.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 | Source

Best of the Rest: Jide Remix, and the Dell Venue 8 700


The Jide Remix and the Dell Venue 8 7000 are definitely the best of the rest. The Jide Remix is the best productivity tablet, outside of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It is more like a tablet than a laptop, much more, in fact. Jide has added many of the capabilities we come to know and love out of the Windows OS, on top of an Android OS. It is definitely the best Android productivity tablet, and the best productivity that is not a 2-in-1.


Then there’s the Dell Venue 8 7000, the thinnest tablet in the world. Dell has put its own spark on Kit Kat. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is extremely thin and has an amazing screen. Pair that with a bunch of Intel’s Real Sense technologies built in, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good tablet. For a $399 price point, this a pretty good option for a tablet.


Tablet comparison

Tablet
Rating
Price
IPad Air 2
9.7/10
starting at $499
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
9.3/10
starting at $799
Nexus 9
9.5/10
starting at $399
Nvidia Shield
9.5/10
starting at $299
Samsung Galaxy Tab s 8.4
9/10
starting at $349

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