Top 5 Tablet Devices for 2016As you know, the technology sector moves quickly, and each and every year, (or quarter), will see a vast array of tablets enter the market at various price points. What I aim to do in this blog, is give you a snapshot at what I think are the top 5. I’ve done the hard yards for you and come up with these top choices for you.

I have decided not to rank them by price because that fluctuates or by preference, so here they are in random order.

The Google Pixel C

This tablet is light and stylish, running on the Android system, and therefore, has access to all of the apps running on Android.

The good

  • Well-designed keyboard with good spaces
  • Latest Android operating system
  • Large Display
  • Stereo Speakers

The not so good

  • Lacks a good camera
  • No MicroSD expansion slot
  • Fast keyboard input causes lag

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony devices don’t come cheap, their build and design is often top of the line. Although, with excellent engineering towards slim and lightweight devices. The Z4 is the technological perfection of this design.

The good

  • 10.1” Screen 2k Resolution (2560×1600)
  • High-performance 64bit CPU
  • Very expensive ($1099 rrp), you get what you pay for!
  • Optional keyboard attachment feels cheap and plastic

The not so good

  • Very expensive, however, you do get what you pay for!
  • Optional keyboard attachment feels cheap and plastic

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung has been a big player in the tablet/mobile arena for a long time, and the Android based Galaxy series is a good middle of the pack option for tablet computing. The S2 is definitely worth a look.

The good

  • HD Screen with good colour
  • Similar interface to Samsung phones
  • Generous 32gb storage

The not so good

  • Camera isn’t the best quality
  • Comes pre-loaded with more software than you need (Bloat)
  • Battery life is only so-so

Apple iPad Mini 4

You can’t have a 2016 list of mobile tech devices without having an Apple mentioned on the list. While the dominance of Apple devices has slipped in recent years, they still create very user friendly, and stylish tablets and phones that consumers love.

The good

  • Great camera
  • Split Screen Apps for iOS9
  • Small and light
  • Easy to use

The not so good

  • For an 8” tablet it’s a little pricey
  • Shorter battery life than full-size tablets

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

This is an expensive option because it is actually what is known as a 2-in-1. It is effectively a laptop replacement, a high-powered tablet with a detachable keyboard so you can turn it into a laptop in a hurry and back to a tablet when the need arises, look into this option if you are looking to merge 2 devices into.

The good

  • Latest OS Windows 10
  • 6th Gen Intel Processor
  • Full USB 3.0 ports
  • Good inbuilt graphics
  • Functionality of a laptop with the size of a tablet
  • 2736 x 1824 resolution display

The not so good

  • The battery life isn’t good; enough for a full day so have a charger ready
  • The full-size keyboard with a track pad is sold separately
  • It’s expensive

All of these machines are what I consider the best of, in a long list of great devices. I decided not to include the prices as they vary by region and fluctuate naturally. Use the links  to visit the relevant manufacturers website for more information.

NOTE:  These tablets might have multiple model variations which change the storage capacity, memory, screen size and cost accordingly. If you wish to investigate a particular model further, remember you have the opportunity to scale the price and features to your requirements to fit your budget.