Selecting the Right Tablet
Piecing the Tablet Puzzle
Tablets have returned with a vengeance, ever since Apple introduced its first iPad to the world in 2010. Over the months, the iPad wasn't the only tablet available on the scene. By 2011, Google stepped up its tablet presence with its tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. In doing so, manufacturers have started flocking to the new tablet OS, and with it, a flood of Android tablets were introduced onto the street.
Android tablets aren't the only contenders in the tablet race. Research in Motion joined the race with its first tablet, dubbed as the BlackBerry PlayBook. And who can forget the HP TouchPad fiasco, with the company discontinuing the development of its webOS products?
Nonetheless, the tablet scene is still dominated by Apple, Google and its band of hardware partners. The wide variety of tablets will grow even more as we continue on with 2012. As a consumer, the decision is yours to choose a tablet that matches your needs. With so many tablets and a vast variety of features to choose from, it can be a tough call to find a suitable tablet. To simplify the selection process, here's a primer on the points you need to consider when you choose a tablet, be it the hardware, software and the user experience on the different tablets in the market.
Reviews and Feature Articles
REVIEW / 21 Sep 2015 / By Hafeez Sim
With a 7-inch display, a reasonably slim and light build, dual-SIM 3G connectivity, and an unheard of price tag of S$199, the ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 looks like a great buy for anyone after an affordable and compact tablet for web browsing on the go. But is it any good? We find out.
FEATURE / 14 Aug 2015 / By Liu Hongzuo
Yolk, the team behind the Kickstarter success Solar Paper, came to Singapore to give us a hands-on with their portable solar charger, with news on the finalized version of the product.
REVIEW / 20 Jul 2015 / By James Lu
We loved Sony's waterproof Z2 Tablet and Z3 Tablet Compact, and now Sony has launched the new Z4 tablet. With an upgraded QHD display and octa-core processor, as well as a new Bluetooth keyboard dock that turns it into a 10-inch laptop, the Z4 looks like another winner. But can it live up to those expectations?
FEATURE / 12 Jul 2015 / By Cookie Monster
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen (8.0) and (9.7-inch) succeed the Galaxy Tab 4 series with thinner and lighter designs. They also come with an S Pen, a stylus once reserved for the flagship Galaxy Note series. Can Samsung redefine the entry-level tablet space with the Tab A using an S Pen? We find out in this review.
REVIEW / 19 May 2015 / By Koh Wanzi
The 10.8-inch Microsoft Surface 3 is a cost-effective alternative to the bigger and pricier Surface Pro 3. It is capable of handling basic productivity tasks and boasts excellent battery life and portability to boot.
FEATURE / 12 Mar 2015 / By Salehuddin Bin Husin
We had some extensive hands on time with the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet at Dell's launch event yesterday. As the world's thinnest 8-inch Android tablet, it still packs a lot of interesting capabilities, so here's a more detailed look at it.
REVIEW / 11 Feb 2015 / By Cookie Monster
ASUS is taking the 8-inch tablet segment seriously with its MeMO Pad 8, which is powered by the latest Intel Atom 64-bit "Moorefield" processor and Android 4.4 KitKat. With the entry of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is there still space for the ASUS MeMO Pad 8? We find out in this review.
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact LTE: An 8-inch tablet better than the iPad Mini and Tab S? We think so
REVIEW / 27 Dec 2014 / By James Lu
Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the company's first foray into the 8-inch tablet category. It boasts a razer-thin design that is completely dust and waterproof, while still packing a punch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Full HD display and front-facing stereo speakers. It's also the only tablet you can play Destiny and Titanfall on (with a little help from your Playstation 4).