Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Redaktion (translated by Martina Osztovits), 07/04/2014

July 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 July 2014

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

#Date%ModelWeightDisplayCPUGPURAMCardreaderPrice/Buy
new06/1483%Lenovo A8-500.360 kg8.0" 1280x800 glossyMediatek MT8121PowerVR SGX5441 GByesstarting at $179
new06/1482%Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.10.487 kg

10.1"1280x800 glossy

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226Qualcomm Adreno 3051.5 GByesstarting at $319

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

Editors' Comments

Summer break – this is how you could describe the past four weeks for tablets. We just reviewed two devices – a record low. Nevertheless, it was not boring since we actually had to exciting models under review with the Lenovo A8-50 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. Certainly, many readers might have especially awaited the fourth generation of Samsung's evergreen. Since the competition - especially from the own ranks - is strong in the meantime, the Galaxy Tab 4 did not make it into our Top 10. Although the A8-50 even performs slightly better, it also barely missed our top list.

Cheap and well-made: Lenovo A8-50.
Cheap and well-made: Lenovo A8-50.
The great-grandson performs well, too: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
The great-grandson performs well, too: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

While tablet flagships jumbled up our Top 10 in the previous months, we only reviewed standard fare in June. Indeed, the two tablets under review could not challenge the current representatives in our top list.

And yet, the Lenovo A8-50 performs well. But, a mid-range SoC and average features are not sufficient for attacking the Top 10. In return, the 8-inch tablets might attract customers with a very cheap RRP of just 139 Euro. An HD display is seldom found in this price range - another pro of the cheap Lenovo tablet. In addition, it is a IPS panel with wide viewing angles, yet a not very bright one. But, the performance of the tablet is nothing to sneeze at and the battery life also left a good impression. Thanks to the microSD slot, it is cheap and easy to expand the memory. This is something what many might miss about e.g. the Google Nexus 7. However, the design of the Lenovo A8-50 is rather boring. The bottom line is that Lenovo delivers a well-made tablet for a fair price, which is certainly worth considering.

Without doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is a well-made tablet, too. After all, it is already the fourth generation of the bestseller from South Korea. So, customers do not need to worry about teething problems. Not much changed compared to predecessor, but this does not have to be a disadvantage. Samsung certainly changed critical aspects: For example the RAM capacity was increased by 50 percent to 1.5 GB, the Galaxy Tab was equipped with a modern quad core SoC, and the weight slightly decreased. What more could you want? Maybe a higher resolution than 1280 x 800, which is no longer high for a 10.1 tablet - even more, since the Samsung is definitely not cheap with a street price of about 400 Euro. On the other hand, it is a very mature device with an elegant case, flawless build quality and very long battery life. Decent performance, the fast LTE module and the bright display also meet the high claim. It is less appealing that the display is bluish, the image quality of the cameras is poor, and the speakers do not deserve being called that. So, the fourth Galaxy Tab of its kind finally missed an even better rating and remained one of many 10-inch tablets.

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
Review Apple iPad Air Tablet
Apple iPad Air
Review Apple iPad Air Tablet
Apple A7, Imagination PowerVR G6430, 11/25/2013
2
89% v4
Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi Tablet
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 04/09/2014
3
89% v4
Review Apple iPad Mini Retina Tablet
Apple iPad mini Retina
Review Apple iPad Mini Retina Tablet
Apple A7, Imagination PowerVR G6430, 12/06/2013
4
89% v4
Review Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
Review Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 12/05/2013
5
88% v4
Double-Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
Double-Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Tablet
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 03/19/2014
6
87% v4
Review Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Review Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 05/13/2014
7
87% v4
Review Asus Transformer Pad TF701T Tablet
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
Review Asus Transformer Pad TF701T Tablet
NVIDIA Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 05/06/2014
8
87% v4
Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 03/25/2014
9
86% v4
Review Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Review Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 03/12/2014
10
85% v4
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ME176C Tablet Review
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ME176C
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 ME176C Tablet Review
Intel Atom Z3745, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 07/17/2014

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