MOVE over laptops, your reign is at an end. The march of the tablets continues apace, with their better battery life, constant connectivity, touchscreen access, lightweight nature and, of course, access to apps. For these reasons, a growing number of new manufacturers are jumping into the tablet arena, and the more established tech giants are competing by upping their game on their latest offerings.
Here's our pick of the best tablets on the market.
FULL OF BEANS Google Nexus 7 32GB - Pounds 169.99 from currys.co.uk, above WITH this first tablet to pack in a ultra-quick quad core processor, you'll be well ahead on any game. Inside is the Android Jelly Bean operating system, pretty much tailor-made for a great
LET'S GET PHYGITAL Lenovo Horizon 27 inch - Pounds 1,499.99 from shop.lenovo.com, right WITH a 1TB hard drive, this super-sized tablet is quite a monster. Designed with the family in mind, the Windows 8 powered machine supports ten-finger touch, and the manufacturers tell us this device will also support activity that is "part physical, part digital" or, as the firm dubs it, "phygital".
Optimised for multi-player touchscreen games, it is also superb for all manner of other entertainment - and the dedicated
A SWEET TASTE Apple iPad Mini - From Pounds 268 at carphonewarehouse.com, below THIS is the only tablet using iOS that has made it into the top six, because while the larger iPad is still a decent piece of kit, this mini is Apple's real masterpiece. A stunning 7.9" HD display offering access to the plethora of apps on iTunes, decent battery life giving up to ten hours and a speedy processor. This sleek device is also crafted from aluminium, putting it first place on the beauty parade.
CHILD'S PLAY Kurio 10S - Pounds 214.99 from amazon.co.uk, left A FAIR amount of tablets have vied for the kid-friendly spot over the past months, but the snail's pace of most of them meant that sticky fingers were soon finding their way back onto parents' devices.
Not giving up, Kurio fine-tuned their earlier offering and the result is this 10S, with a feature list that leaves the competition standing. Pre-loaded games, front/rear camera, WiFi, 4GB internal memory, HD video player, top-notch touchscreen, music player and e- reader - it's the tablet you need, if you want to keep their mitts off yours!
SMOOTH OPERATOR Sony Xperia Tablet Z 16GB - Pounds 399.99 from argos.co.uk, left THE designers at
This rather fine device also happens to be both dust-proof and water-resistant - TV in the tub, we're sold.
KEYBOARD INCLUDED Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB - Pounds 639 from currys.co.uk, below THIS tablet still holds on to some of its laptop roots, making it a pretty decent choice for business users. A touch optimised screen gives you access to all your files with the added benefit of a surface pen to make notes or sketches. There's also the full-sized keyboard, so you can type at length. Weighing in at 907g this is a serious piece of kit, compacted to near perfection.
MOVE over laptops, your reign is at an end. The march of the tablets continues apace, with their better battery life, constant connectivity, touchscreen access, lightweight nature and, of course, access to apps.
For these reasons, a growing number of new manufacturers are jumping into the tablet arena, and the more established tech giants are competing by upping their game on their latest offerings.