The GSMArena Tablet Buyer's Guide: August 2014: Full-size Tablets

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Full-size tablets

If you must have the best, full-size tablets is where it's at. With 10-inch and higher display sizes, you'll have plenty of classy screen estate for enjoying multimedia content. If you're going this big, then display fidelity plays a much bigger part, so we'll only be listing tablets with eye-popping pixel density in our full-size recommendations.

We'll also be sure to mention models that include 3G/LTE connectivity, as large or not, sometimes you just want to hold your tablet out without having to constantly bounce from one Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network to the other.

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 10 comes first as both the most affordable decent 10-inch Wi-Fi-only tablet currently available, and the cheapest tablet that offers 3G connectivity (with the 3G model).

Although its 1280 x 800 pixel resolution stretches seriously thin on such a large display, at least it's an IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit that offers remarkable viewing angles. Otherwise, the quad-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) processor of the Tablet 10 has small distress pumping out all the pixels to the classy screen and it feels snappy (though not lightning fast).

There's also the tradeimprint built-in 3-stage kickstand, a 9,000mAh battery and dual front stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for multimedia viewing. Lenovo also announced a Android 4.4 KitKat update for the entire lineup.

The 3G-enabled Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ does have fairly limited 3G network connectivity (it supports only HSDPA bands 900/2100), so be sure it has the correct coverage for your area if you decide to acquire one.



Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Pros Cons

  • Low cost
  • microSD card slot
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Large battery
  • Stereo speakers
  • Has a 3G version

  • High-res camera

  • GPS receiver

  • Android 4.4 KitKat

  • Limited 3G band coverage
  • No LTE support


Sony's Xperia Tablet Z is still one of the most stylish tablet offerings you'll see at this or any other size, with is dual-glass panel design and ultra-slim 6.9mm waistline. The lifecycle of the Tablet Z has gotten to the point where the price has stopped dropping, so if you've been thinking of getting Sony's first tablet, now's the time.

Under the hood there's a 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) Snapdragon processor with 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and Adreno 320 GPU and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update. Despite being more than a year old, the Tablet Z is still a remarkable performer, and offers a similar package as the Xperia Z2 tablet without the price premium.

The relatively small 6,000mAh battery is the only real downside, as you may not acquire much time between charges, but battery life is still passable.



Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Pros Cons

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • microSD card slot
  • Impressive design
  • IR-port, NFC
  • IP57 dust and water resistance
  • LTE version available

  • High-res camera

  • GPS receiver

  • Average battery life

  • Chipset doesn't rival the best

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The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 has dropped into the sub-€400 price range for the 16GB model, making it even more competitive than before. It brings an incredibly sharp 2560 x 1600px display, 3GB of RAM, and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset to the table.

Samsung's remarkable pressure-sensitive S-Pen offers something other tablets simply can't match, and the pleasant leather-like textured plastic back from the Note 3 has also made its way to its elder sibling and it works remarkable visually.

The LTE version also bumps up the performance by upping the clock speed to 2.3GHz, and also features Adreno 330 graphics and 1080p@60fps video recording.



Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Pros Cons

  • Excellent performance and unrivaled multitasking
  • IR-port
  • S-Pen pressure sensitive stylus input
  • microSD card slot
  • LTE version available

  • High-res camera

  • GPS receiver

  • Heavier than competition

  • No NFC

  • No DivX and AC3 codec support

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Still uncharacteristic of Apple, its Apple iPad Air tablet is not the most expensive device in this section. Recent competitive offerings from Samsung have forced the iPad Air to come down slightly in price, and you'll also find the iPad Air (16GB WiFi-only) in the sub-€400 price range for the first time (the non-expandable storage makes this option hard to recommend, however).

Otherwise, you still acquire an ultra-sharp display alongside Apple's proprietary A7 chipset. The iPad Air features a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is arguably the more user-friendly aspect for web browsing or reading and also offers more classy screen real estate for the same diagonal. Thanks to Apple's extensive app store, there's no shortage of functional and innovative apps and games.

The iPad Air does not come with a microSD card slot, so we recommdiscontinue you acquire at least the 32GB version despite its exorbitant markup.

The LTE-enabled version offers an immensely wide LTE band support, and also has the benefit of having a built-in GPS chip, something which the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only version lacks.

In this August edition of our Tablet buyer's guide we would advise against buying an iPad as the next generation is just around the corner (expected in November). As Apple usually goes about it, they will release the updated version soon after the November announcement at the same price tag you would pay correct now. Even if you don't acquire the recent iPad, the mere fact of its release will allow you to snatch a better deal on the Apple iPad Air as it will no longer be the current model.



Apple iPad Air

Pros Cons

  • Metal back
  • 4:3 classy screen aspect ratio
  • Unmatched selection of tablet-optimized apps
  • Great performance
  • Lighter and more compact than most rivals
  • LTE version available

  • High-res camera

  • No GPS on the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only models
  • No microSD card slot and costly memory upgrade options
  • No standard Universal Serial Bus (USB) port

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If you're gigantic on typing, then Asus has you covered with its Transformer Pad TF701T. Basically a MeMo Pad on steroids, the TF701T comes with an ultra-crisp 2560 x 1600 pixel screen, a hefty quad-core 1.9 Giga Hertz (GHz) Tegra 4 processor, and 32GB of expandable storage.

More importantly, the Transformer earns its moniker by being the only tablet that also comes with a keyboard dock as part of the retail package, making it a remarkable deal.



Asus Transformer Pad TF701T

Pros Cons

  • microSD card slot

  • Crisp display

  • Great performance

  • Proprietary keyboard dock included

  • High-res camera

  • GPS receiver

  • Larger and heavier than other high-discontinue slates

  • No 3G/LTE version

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It's not too long ago that Sony announced their next gen tablet, dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. It has a faster Snapdragon 801 chipset and an 8MP back capturing camera with improved Exmor RS sensor, but also does away with the stylish dual-glass panel design that made its predecessor so attractive.

Otherwise, Sony have improved on the Tablet Z in almost every regard, including improved water resistance - this time it would gladly hold a dip in the kiddie pool for up to 30 minutes. There is also the latest Android 4.4 KitKat on board correct out of the box.

We were a bit anxious about the lower battery rating, but our own review tests proved that the Xperia Z2 Tablet provides up to 80% longer web browsing and video playback times on a single charge than the original Xperia Tablet Z.



Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Pros Cons

  • Android 4.4 KitKat

  • microSD card slot

  • Impressive design

  • Top-notch performance

  • High-res camera
  • Notably lighter than competitors
  • IP58 dust and water resistance
  • LTE version available

  • GPS receiver

  • Rather reflective screen
  • Below average loudspeaker performance
  • Does away with predecessors' premium design


Somewhat less cost cost-prohibitive than upon launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 offers the best that Samsung has to offer alongside its superior Note stylus integration and a large 12.2-inch classy screen size.

It comes with 2560 x 1600px resolution, a minimum of 32GB of built-in storage plus a card slot, octa-core chipset and 8MP capturing camera with 1080p video recording. The Note should run you about €20 more than the identical Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, so we figure it's worth the extra cost for the added stylus functionality.

It also comes with the latest Android Operating System (OS) v4.4 (KitKat) coupled with Samsung's home-baked goodies that bring a huge boost to productivity. The split-classy screen multi-tasking view is well overdue on high-res classy screen tablets and it's brilliantly implemented here, allowing to run up to four apps side by side plus even more in the form of floating windows.



Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Pros Cons

  • Exclusive Samsung S Pen functionality

  • One-of-a-kind tablet classy screen size

  • Gorgeous high-res screen

  • Android 4.4 KitKat

  • microSD slot

  • Great performance

  • The latest tablet-optimized TouchWiz UI

  • High-res camera

  • GPS receiver

  • 3G and LTE versions available

  • Still somewhat pricey

  • No NFC

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