Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The great mini-tablet test - nrc.nl

The tablet market is currently at its peak. Research firm Gartner expects the total number of copies sold in 2013 by more than 53 percent increase to 184 million copies. Most consumers prefer no longer the 10 inch model but a handier copy: the minimum of 7 – or 8-inch


With the advent of better screen technology is its small size are suitable for reading comfortably. books and websites And all swore Apple, the company that the table cranked slow, two years ago that it would not make a smaller tablet PC iPad mini (since 2012 on the market) has become a best seller.

In recent years, getting the Android tablets is not to defeat. the big iPad But that also applies to the 7 – and 8-inch sizes? Manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HP and Asus take on the new iPad mini, which is equipped with a high resolution retina display.

Together with Hardware Info tested NRC the main mini-tablets of the moment. It looks at performance, such as the screen quality and battery life. And not least, the price. There is no Windows tablet in this test, because Microsoft’s operating system is rarely delivered. Tiny tablet formats This will change as the Dell Venue Pro (8 inch) later this month, is for sale in the Netherlands. Toshiba’s Windows tablet, the Encore WT8-A-2012, is already on sale.

The following tablets are tested:

  • Acer Iconia A1-810
  • Apple iPad mini 2
  • ASUS Fonepad
  • Google Nexus 7 (ASUS)
  • HP Slate 7
  • LG G Pad 8.3 inch
  • Samsung Galaxy TAB3 8.0-inch

applies to all models: a software update (major) changes entail. It is thus possible that a tablet after an update scored otherwise.

Acer Iconia A1-810

Android 4.2.2, 7.9-inch screen (1024 * 768 pixels), 400 grams, MediaTek MT8125T 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage (12GB available, expandable via MicroSD card) , 3G/4G not available, average price 188 euros.

This Acer tablet dangles at the bottom of the list. The MediaTek processor does not deliver the performance you can expect. Tablet In addition, the A1-810 on a 1024 * 768 screen resolution that does not make it to many competitors. The most positive aspect of the device is its price, which is an average of 188 euros, which is also for people with a small budget at hand.

Test results (stars), average: 2.9 the Screen: 2.5
Speed: 2.5
Portability: 3
Battery 3
Price / Quality: 3.5

Apple iPad mini with retina display

iOS 7, 7.9-inch screen (2048 * 1536 pixels), 341 grams, Apple A7 processor 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (not expandable via MicroSD card, or upgrade storage up to 128 GB is quite expensive), 3G/4G not standard (option is quite expensive) price average of 388 euros.

This is the minimum that Apple actually had to report last year: a small iPad with retina display (2048 * 1536 pixels). The upgrade is the mini is heavier and more expensive than its predecessor. The small iPad differs little from outside of its predecessor, but has been the rapid A7 64 bit processor., Just like the iPad Air The colors of the mini screen are slightly less saturated than the iPad Air, but jumps this test still positive.

Test results (stars), average: 4.4 the Screen: 5
Speed: 5
Portability: 3
Battery life: 5
Price / Quality: 4

ASUS FonePad

Android 4.2, 7-inch screen (1280 * 800 pixels), 320 grams, Intel Atom Z2560 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage storage (8GB available, expandable via MicroSD card), 3G present / not 4G, average price 235 euros.

FonePad is a tablet that you can call – if you find it, at least not object to hold such a large device to your ear. The FonePad certainly does not belong to the top end, but because it has a 1280 * 800 screen, the device ends up in the middle. With an average price of 235 euros, this Asus affordable than the big smartphones (5 inches and above) as phablets go through life.

Test results (stars), average: 4.3 the Screen: 3.5
Speed: 3.5
Portability: 4.5
Battery life: 5 (expected on the basis of another copy)
Price / Quality: 5

Google Nexus 7

Android 4.3, 7-inch screen (1920 * 1200), 305 grams, Qualcomm APQ8064 1.50 GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage (25.8 GB available, not expandable), 3G/4G present price an average of 270 euros.

Where most manufacturers failed, it succeeds Google: release tablets that can compete with Apple’s iPad. The search giant sells tablets and smartphones under the Nexus label and the Nexus 7 is the best that Android in tablet area has to offer. Good workmanship, good hardware and an affordable price. And he is also somewhat more manageable than the iPad, which has a screen with 4:3 ratio.

Test results (stars), average: 4.2 the Screen: 4.5
Speed: 4
Portability: 5
Battery: 2 5
Price / Quality: 5

HP Slate 7

Android 4.1, 7-inch screen (1024 * 600), 370 gram, Rockchip RK3066 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (6GB available, expandable via MicroSD card), 3G/4G not present , average price 150.

HP’s Slate was the worst in the test. This is mainly due to the outdated screen technology. Not only has the Slate 7 only has a 1024 * 600 screen, but when testing the tablet also showed that the screen ratio is not correct: it makes the icons stretched. The device costs an average of only 150 euros, but there are still 150 too many.

Test results (stars), average: 2.7 the screen: 1
Speed: 2.5
Portability: 4
Battery life: 3
Price / quality: 3

LG G-Pad 8.3 inch

Android 4.2, 8.3-inch screen (1920 * 1200), 338 grams, 600 Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (11.4 GB available, expandable via MicroSD card), 3G / 4G not available, average price $ 299.

G Pad is one of the few tablets that can compete with the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. The build quality is good, as the screen (1920 * 1200). Also included is a powerful processor. Thanks to the 8.3-inch screen, you see just a little more than a 7-inch (like the Nexus 7). Reading a lot easier when you read books and look at many websites. Price-wise he falls between the Nexus and the iPad mini.

Test results (stars), average: 4.3 the Screen: 4
Speed: 4.5
Portability: 3.5
Battery : 4.5 (expected)
Price / Quality: 5

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

Android 4.2, 8-inch screen (1280 * 800), 315 grams, the Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB storage (7 GB available, expandable via MicroSD card), 3G / 4G not available, average price 291 euros.

Samsung experimented up a storm with tablets. The South Korean company brings a lot of Galaxy Devices of different sizes, in their own words to test what the best catch. One is the three 8-inch Galaxy Tab, which is also available in a 10-inch model. The model has a screen of 1280 * 800 pixels. The Tab you should not be confused with the Galaxy Note: a 8-inch screen, but with a slightly faster processor and more RAM. However, the Tab 3 (291 euros) is a lot cheaper than the Note (average 364 euros).

Test results (stars) averaged 3.6 the Screen: 3.5
Speed: 3.5
Portability: 3.5
Battery life: 4
Price / Quality: 3.5

honorary and first division

With Hardware info we take stock of the offer. There is a clear distinction between the first and premier league of Android tablets: the cheaper models are not a competitor for the iPad mini. Because Apple mini comes in this test when out on top, closely followed by the Nexus 7 and LG G Pad.

Still running the Nexus 7 and LG G Pad slightly behind the iPad mini, partly because the processor of the mini just a lot stronger and better screen. Moreover, the iPad runs on Apple’s iOS operating system that provides a more developed specifically for tablet applications at this time.

only .. Apple does require a lot of money for additional memory and mobile internet. For ordinary mortals, who must take into account their budget, Android is an excellent alternative. The Nexus 7 wins this the the LG G Pad. The performance of these Android tablets are similar, but the Nexus provides a built-in modem for less money and more memory.

in the cheaper segment jumps ASUS FonePad is positive. No performance but excellent for surfing and email. Moreover, this tablet can immediately act as a phone – it will save you buying a smartphone


View the PDF with all test results.

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