Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Patrick Afschar (translated by Martina Osztovits), 08/05/2014

August 2014 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

 

For the original German article, see here.

Almost every manufacturer of notebooks or smartphones now offers at least one and sometimes several tablets. This development is not really surprising, as the mobile browsing, mail, and gaming companions have taken a good chunk out of overall notebook sales. It is not only the premium manufacturers that are trying to take advantage of this trend, but also the cheaper brands. Most of these use inexpensive components manufactured in China, tend to emulate successful designs, and compete predominantly on price. So far, none of the bargain-basement tablets has managed to earn a spot in our exclusive Top 10 list, which is dominated by the stalwarts and led by the big players of the industry.

Notebookcheck Tablet Charts as of August 2014

Top 10 during the last 11 months at the time of writing; most recent reviews are listed first

#Date%ModelWeightDisplayCPUGPURAMCardreaderPrice/Buy
new07/1483%Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A0.550 kg10.1-inch 1280x800 glossyIntel Atom Z3745Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)1 GByesstarting at $289 
new07/1480%Acer Iconia One 7 B1-7300.320 kg7.0-inch 1280x800 glossyIntel Atom Z2560PowerVR SGX5441 GByesstarting at $119

Additional reviews during the month; most recent reviews are listed first

Editors' Comments

The summer break on the tablet market continues. We only reviewed three devices in our editorial offices over the last four weeks. However, the new generation of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S-series should be available soon. We will probably review several versions of the new tablets with high-resolution AMOLED displays in August. But back to our latest review units: Two of them are from Asus and have the designations Transformer Pad TF103C and Memo Pad HD 7. The designation alone already indicates that the two devices are not very similar. While the Transformer Pad has a 10.1-inch display and a keyboard dock in our review configuration, the Memo Pad HD 7 is a classic tablet that is flying the flag for small tablets with its 7-inch screen. It does so with flying colors: It can even take a place in our Tablet Top 10 – even though it is just the last place. The Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730, which has a 7-inch screen as well, does have some similarities with the Asus Memo Pad, but it cannot manage the good rating.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7: A lot of tablet for the money.
Asus Memo Pad HD 7: A lot of tablet for the money.
Fast typing thanks to the keyboard: Asus Transformer Pad TF103C
Fast typing thanks to the keyboard: Asus Transformer Pad TF103C
Budget tablet with poor cameras: Acer Iconia One 7
Budget tablet with poor cameras: Acer Iconia One 7

Asus is a well-known manufacturer of high-quality tablets, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has not been in our Top 10 for months. Now it is back in the Top 10 with an inexpensive mainstream tablet. The Memo Pad HD 7 has a 7-inch display with 1280x800 pixels and is powered by a pretty powerful Intel SoC. The internal storage is quite generous for this price range, and it can also be expanded. Otherwise, the tablet does not have any special features, but no serious drawbacks, either. The reviewers praised the updated operating system as well as the convenient IPS display. The good impression is completed by the long battery runtimes and a very appealing performance. Small points of criticism are the bad cameras, the missing 3G module and the pretty limited system memory of 1 GB. The verdict says the tablet is a good purchase; a place in our Top 10 is certainly a good sign.

The second Asus tablet from the last few weeks did not make our Top 10 list. Still, the 10.1-inch Transformer Pad TF103C does a pretty respectable job, and our review unit with a keyboard dock is a real benefit over normal tablets. Asus uses processors from Intel for the Transformers now. It uses the same SoC that powers the smaller Memo Pad HD 7. The two unequal siblings share other features as well: IPS display with 1280x800 pixels, 16 GB expandable flash storage, 1 GB memory. But what is well-equipped for a 7-inch tablet is average at best in the 10-inch class. In the end, the pros and cons of the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Transformer Pad TF103C are very similar. The latter also has issues with stutters during operation. The good keyboard dock has some problems as well. It does not have an additional battery, but is still quite heavy. The touchpad does not leave the best impression either. As a result, the tablet does not quite manage the good result of the smaller sibling.  

Another step away from the Top 10 list is the second 7-inch tablet from July, the Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730. Reasons for this are mainly the limited internal storage, the very bad cameras and the just average materials. For a tablet, which costs less than 100 Euros (~$133), the One 7 still offers some features. Especially the long battery runtimes, the decent performance and the IPS display with wide viewing angles are positive aspects. But we just cannot understand that apps cannot be stored on the SD card with just 8 GB internal storage.

Recent Tablet Awards


Editor's Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Editor's Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Editor's Choice in April 2014: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Editor's Choice in April 2014: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Editor's Choice in March 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE
Editor's Choice in March 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE
Editor's Choice in February 2014: HP Slate 8 Pro 7600eg
Editor's Choice in February 2014: HP Slate 8 Pro 7600eg
Best Value in January 2014: Toshiba Encore WT8
Best Value in January 2014: Toshiba Encore WT8
Editor's Choice in November 2013: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Editor's Choice in November 2013: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
 
 

Automated top 10 list updated daily


of the last 9 months
1
90% v4
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Apple iPad Air
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2
89% v4
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 04/09/2014
3
89% v4
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Apple iPad mini Retina
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Apple A7, Imagination PowerVR G6430, 12/06/2013
4
89% v4
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 12/05/2013
5
88% v4
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
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Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 03/19/2014
6
87% v4
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7
87% v4
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Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
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8
87% v4
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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
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9
86% v4
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10
85% v4
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Intel Atom Z3745, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 07/17/2014

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Author: Patrick Afschar, 2014-08- 5 (Update: 2014-08-11)