Monday 24 November 2014

We compare... tablets from Samsung, Acer and Apple

Sarah Stack

Published 10/08/2014 | 02:30

Left to right: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Acer Iconia A1-810, Apple iPad Air 32GB
Left to right: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Acer Iconia A1-810, Apple iPad Air 32GB

Trying to decide on a tablet can be tricky. Budget might be top of the list for some folk, brand for ­others. 
But no matter what your preference, make sure you also check out screen size, resolution, wireless connectivity and ­memory - and of course it all depends on how you plan to use it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - €500

Samsung had hoped its 2014 edition would finally beat its way to the dizzy heights usually occupied by the popular Apple iPad.

This 10.1-inch Android tablet has a great, bright and crisp screen, with more pixels than ever before, and the touchscreen is quick and responsive, whether you're using your finger or S-Pen stylus.

It has a decent battery life when playing video or browsing the web, and a fast processor when streaming video and making Skype calls.

Another advantage over some competitors is that you can expand the memory via its micro-SD card slot.

Acer Iconia A1-810 -  €249

This Android tablet has an 8-inch screen and is one of the cheaper models on the market, but is it worth considering?

It's a good option for someone who wants a basic tablet to use alongside their laptop or PC. E-books appear crisply on the screen and it's great for browsing the web and streaming videos. When fully charged, the battery will give about six hours of browsing and it has a micro-SD card slot for extra storage. However, competitors have better processors when copying large files over.

Apple iPad Air 32GB - €580

It looks good and lives up to its name for being exceptionally light for a 9.7-inch tablet.

Images on the screen are still crystal-clear and the touchscreen is accurate and incredibly fast to respond, or you can use voice control. A full battery lasts well over 10 hours and runs smoothly when streaming videos or browsing the web, and the processor is faster than any of its predecessors. It also has stereo speakers.

On the down side, it does not have an expandable memory or HDMI port, like the other devices reviewed.

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