Apple iPad Pro (12.9) (2017)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (9.7)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (i7)
Apple iPad Pro (10.5)
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Google Pixel C
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0)
Asus ZenPad S (8.0)
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (Windows 10)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (Android OS)
Huawei MediaPad M3
Huawei MediaPad X2
iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) is the bigger of the two iPads Apple released this June. The generation comes as an attempt to direct the placement of iPad as a productivity device, bringing together features from the laptop and the smartphone genres.
The device brings you enhancements in the display and the processor, but the biggest of them comes from the operating system, iOS 11. The new OS revolves around the needs of the iPad, and it manifests the best in the iPad Pro (12.9) (2017).
We only have an initial verdict at this point. Apple’s iPad Pro lineup this year comes with sensible upgrades and changes. The choices that Apple has made are aimed at making the device a proper productivity device, without piling on the pounds on to its back.
The display is good, the stuff under the hood is good, the performance should be good even for the more heavy users, and the camera set is a dramatic improvement for the iPad generation.
All of that, combined with the feature set of iOS 11, look set once again look set to lift the benchmark for tablets across the industry.
Microsoft has been on a quest to create all-in-one devices that can function both as a tablet and a laptop, more specifically to create a tablet that was capable of replacing your laptop.
With the launch of the Surface Pro 3 in 2015 it did conclusively meet this goal, and the Surface Pro 4 just streamlines things further. There are subtle design changes from the Surface Pro 3, and they are not really a bad thing. After all the Surface Pro 3 was the third generation of the same product that’s been evolving with every iteration.
Designed for artists and designers who like using digitiser styluses for precision drawings, as well as students and professionals who like to take notes on the go, the Surface Pro 4 is truly a “Do it All” device.
The best Windows Surface Pro yet!
If you are looking for a tablet that can also double up as a laptop in a pinch then this is it, without any doubt.
There is no tablet on the market currently that comes close to the Surface Pro 4, both in design and performance. And since it runs Windows 10, you have a lot of software to choose from, even desktop-grade software.
Microsoft also releases a lot of software updates, so glitches if any, get sorted out in due course.
Apple’s new iPad Pro (10.5) is a device that marks a change of direction for iPads. In the midst of dropping sales for the iPad, Apple is working on bringing more functionality and productivity to the tablet, in an attempt to bring it closer to the laptop experience, but cooler.
The device is much like a refresh button for the iPad lineup. With this, Apple ditches the 9.7-inch display that iPads have featured since the original one back in 2010.
The tablet also brings enhancements in the display and the processor, but the biggest of them comes from the operating system. This is the first time that Apple has made its operating system revolve around the iPad, such that it has brought most of its laptop functionality to the tablet, making it much more productive for the users.
We only have an initial verdict for you at this point. It’s true, that the iPad Pro 10.5 is a tablet of the future in many ways. The screen, the power under the hood, and the overall design are impressive.
The new iOS 11 serves to add so much more functionality and productivity to the device. It’s also true that for some people a tablet will never replace a laptop, but if there is anything that can come close, it is this.
Considering how bullish Samsung is in the smartphones and tablets space, it was only a matter of time that it decided to jump on to the hybrid tablets space that has so far been dominated by the duopoly of the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro tablets.
Samsung’s entry into this emerging space was a catch-up game by itself considering that Samsung is the third player in this space, yet it decided to increase it’s risk by going with a surprising choice of OS – the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is Samsung’s first-ever device running Windows 10 OS!
So how does it fare? Well, if it’s this high on Chip-Monks’ list of Top Rated tablets, then obviously, it’s faring well!
Let’s tell you why.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S has some pretty impressive specs and an interesting concoction of Samsung + Windows.
Considering Samsung’s immense experience with AMOLED screens over the past several years, we expect the battery life to be fairly good with this AMOLED+Windows partnership, while offering some pretty decent viewing angles and colour reproduction.
But time will tell, as to how well this partnership works – especially since the Windows Apps Marketplace would need to support this device, for it to swell it’s catchment in the Hybrid (thus professional-users) space.
That said, this is a great device and deserves you to consider this seriously, if you’re looking for a tablet this large.
Huawei’s MateBook is it’s first 2-in-1 convertible (a.k.a. hybrid) tablet. It was unveiled at MWC 2016 and is par for the course with it’s metal frame and a stylish metal back.
The build quality and the solidity of the device makes it feel very premium, as does that fact that Huawei (like Samsung) has invested in some great, use-centric hardware rather than relying on looks and gimmicks.
As this line of hybrid machines gains momentum, Huawei seems well placed with it’s maiden hybrid offering.
Let’s see what makes the Matebook a worthwhile contender and why it appears on Chip-Monks’ Top Rated list
Huawei’s out to eke out a place in the Enterprise and Business users’ market with it’s Matebook.
There’s nothing wrong with the device at all, in fact more of the hardware puts it in the same room as the vaunted Apple iPad Pro (12.9). The one slight may be the pixel density on the large screen, but truth be told, even the 216 count is quite enough for a screen that size, for most users in the world.
With it’s all metal body and its excellent build, there’s very little that Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro has over the Matebook.
Consider this one seriously folks!
The world has already seen some very impressive large-screen tablets this year – the Apple iPad Pro (12.9) and (9.7), the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro and Huawei’s Matebook.
Here on we can expect things in the tablet world to get only better. And they have!
Google’s just spun out a hot tablet called the Google Pixel C. And Google is prophesying this as the ‘the most advanced Android tablet‘ in the market thanks to it’s powerful Nvidia X1 processor, ultra-sharp 10.2-inch screen, and the Nvidia Maxwell graphics processor.
And while the two stellar tablets ever seen, the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4 technically do not stand in the way of Google’s claim of the best Android tablet (as neither of them ride Android), they prove the premise wrong.
A brilliant device which surely is in with a shout for the throne of the best Android tablet in the world.
It’s got a great screen, bright and spectacular with excellent detailing. And it can do some power-lifting thanks to its processor.
Apart from the OS and the optional keyboard there isn’t much that this tablet is not good at.
However, priced at INR 40,000 it surely aimed at people who have the money to experiment. And for them it is a must buy.
Apple’s been running roost in the mini-tablet market for a while now, and while Xiaomi’s Mi Pad did introduce some form of competition, but Samsung’s absence in that equation was unsettling.
Enter the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0), the latest flagship mini-tablet from Samsung.
Bearing a new, slick design, the Tab S2 (8.0) one of the best Android mini-tablets in the market and it comes loaded with custom Samsung tech.
It has some drawbacks, but on the whole, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0) is a good challenger to have in the marketplace.
A very good device, in fact, one of the best small-form tablets in the market, but the TouchWiz remains an issue.
For those of you who want a small, light, handy device to carry around with you everywhere, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0) makes an excellent companion and can keep up with all your daily needs.
This is not a power horse though. For that, get a thoroughbred.
Asus is making quite a name for itself in the market. Not only is it making a lot of good smartphones under it’s own banner, it is also credited with making some really good Nexus phones, and even the much-loved Nexus 7 tablet that it made for Google.
As it gains repute, Asus is doing a lot to compete with the bigger names, and in emerging markets.
Their mini-tablet, the Asus ZenPad S (8.0) is a step in that direction, and it really is a great tablet.
The astonishingly light weight Asus ZenPad S (8.0) is a great amalgam of etched aluminium and faux leather.
Fairly well powered, with an Intel Atom processor that is fairly power efficient and performance optimised, and it lets you do everything you’d want from a consumer-grade mini tablet.
Not only that, it feels premium too, and plays the part of a viable alternative to Apple’s and Samsung’s mini-tablets.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 sits in a segment of many similarly priced tablets, but the high-end features and build quality which touches that of Apple, helps it cream the competition.
The only tablet that comes in two avatars – Android and Windows OS, the Windows one is a sheer joy to use. Given that it’s not may not have as many apps to choose from, it still is a solid performer.
Now, there have been some eyebrows raised over Xiaomi’s weekly online flash sales which is a little frustrating for the customers. The Mi Pad however, will be available to purchase without any trouble.
Possibly the best affordable tablet in the market and one of the best tablets around in general.
It is a Windows tablet disguised in an iPad mini like body, and in reality, it’s not very far away from the iPad mini in terms of quality.
What it is far far away from the iPad Mini is in terms of the price. Indian availability is still a question mark though.
Lenovo is one of the most up and coming brands. In the tablet world especially.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab Pro 3 aims to be more than just ‘another one tablet’. It carries an inbuilt projector and some awesome hardware to boot.
Built well internally and externally, this is one tablet that you should take seriously if you’re in the market for an Android tablet that you can carry with you for work or play.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air compared to the unidimensional ones rolled out by Samsung or Google or Apple year after year.
Lenovo has paid attention to it’s users’ needs – not only have they built in a nice projector, they’ve also exceeded expectations on the display front. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro scores brilliantly with it’s QHD resolution allowing for extremely sharp images and crisp text.
The software manages display brightness exceedingly well and even adjusts colour tone and brightness based on device temperature and the tasks that you’re performing which prevents device overheating on account of this conditioning.
It is a great candidate to find preference among those who enjoy watching high quality videos, or need to make presentations regularly.
First up, Sony always makes devices with very good build quality, and they don’t normally scrounge on internal hardware either – and that gives us enough of a reason to consider the Xperia Z4 Tablet seriously.
A light, well-built tablet with a 10.1 inch LCD screen, running atop a great graphics package, bodes well for a device that could be used for business or play, or creation.
Considering that it’s made of plastic (and not metal), the Xperia Z4 Tablet is light to hold at 393 grams (as against the iPad Air 2 which weighs 430+ grams). And it’s thin enough too!
So, as a package, the Xperia Z4 Tablet has all that an average user needs for day-to-day use, this is a good alternative, and don’t go by price – 10 inch tablets obviously cost more than 7.9 inch competitors!
Sony’s Xperia Z4 tablet is clearly aimed to prove that budget devices need not involve compromises.
It has all the hardware you need, a screen that will meet your expectations without plaguing battery life, and a processor that is powerful enough for your business needs.
On first read, the choice of processor may seem like a blemish, considering that the Snapdragon 810 was renowned to have some heating issues. Sony smartly waited for an updated version and launched with version 2.1 of the Snapdragon 810, thus avoiding any unpleasant heating experiences.
Overall, a serious contender from Sony.
The Mi Pad 2 sits in a segment of similar price tablets but the high end features and the kind of quality which again, reaches as high as that of Apple, is not provided by the competition.
Now, there have been some eyebrows raised over Xiaomi’s weekly online flash sales which is a little frustrating for the customers. The Mi Pad however, will be available to purchase without any trouble.
The best cheap Tablet in the market and one of the best tablets around in general. It is an Android tablet disguised as an iPad mini and it is not far away from the same in terms of quality. What it is far far away from the iPad Mini is in terms of the price.
Huwaei is not a newcomer to the industry anymore. with MediaPad M3 the company has introduced a tablet that aims to recover market space that has been captured by large phones and phablets. Surely with the b price and stellar qualities,it might just be able to do that.
Great music experience with world class dual stereo speakers certified by Harman Kardon. the bass feels quite other worldly and the loudness of the speakers is really good.
Outstanding audio imaging and pure, natural sound with the AKG H300 earphones. the feel of the earphones is also really nice.
Beautifully crafted body made out of aerospace-grade aluminum feels very sturdy and ergonomic.
– slim and Stylish body
-Great gaming experience.
-Big sharp & vibrant IPS display with good color reproduction, the blacks are richer and the hues are pleasurable to look at.
-Faster unlock with fingerprint scanner compared to other tablets.
5100 mAh battery which provides backup for hours.it is also coupled with the fast charger.
-No dual sim.
-The processor is a mixed bag, Kirin 950 is an extremely powerful processor, poor optimization for the chipset results in somewhat lackluster real-world performance.
-Android skin feels really a disaster in terms of experience, EMUI 4.1 is not a good skin for Android. Some of the tweaks that Huawei’s made are beneficial to the overall user experience, but the vast majority of the changes feel as if they were made for the worse. While a lot of this will be resolved once the MediaPad M3 gets the update to Android 7/EMUI 5.0.
– Battery is not user replaceable.
At only 21000 INR approx (299 us$), it is about $50 (3500) cheaper than the iPad mini 4. Standing by its name, the Huawei MediaPad M3 is ideal for media viewing, the 8.4 inch display and 16:9 aspect ratio makes the tablet suitable for reading e-books and watching movies with stunning visuals, thanks to the IPS LCD
display. However, audio at higher volumes becomes much of a problem on this one. But in the same
price range, tablets like Asus ZenPad S 8.0 and Amazon Fire HD 10 and HD 8 also deserve a mention.
The Huawei MediaPad X2 has cast a doubt in many a mind – is it a phablet or a tablet?
A seven inch screen on any device usually clearly, unambiguously puts it into the latter category. However, Huawei maybe onto something here.
Their device is both. And they’re serious about it. They (Huawei) don’t see why you can’t use the device as a multi-functionality device. We know they’re serious because they didn’t just put in one SIM for telephony purposes, they put in two SIMs!!
And despite it’s 7 inch screen, the MediaPad X2 is a fairly diminutive device and that is quite an achievement by Huawei.
Also, as we realised, once you look pass this conundrum/argument of phablet or tablet, the MediaPad X2 is indeed a good device (our rather scathing Intro notwithstanding).
Let’s see why we’re changing our mind, and now even including it in our Top Rated Tablets list.
Initial scepticism and smirks aside, the Huawei MediaPad X2 has almost everything one needs from a reliable device.
And perhaps, Huawei sees something we didn’t realise fully – device fatigue and changing usage trends.
Given that telephonic use is reducing even on smartphones and being replaced by Apps and chatting (hence typing), there is a lot of merit in driving this change through a device that actually focuses on the current preferences and enables peripheral uses (read: telephony).
This MediaPad X2 might actually end up becoming an ideal device for it’s time. True, you can’t carry it in your pockets, but it’s large size may actual make it an ideal device for those looking for a single device to address both, their smartphone and tablet needs.
Battery Trouble Strikes Samsung Again
There seems to be an odd connection between Samsung Note and battery troubles. The good thing, it’s a minor trouble not a safety hazard!
Some of the Note 8 users have concerns around their phone not charging or booting up after its battery hits zero charge. A few users shared that their phone heated up(no, not burning guys!) when they tried to wake it from its untimely slumber and refused to switch on. A user complained, “My wife’s Note 8 turned off today and won’t turn back on. Tried the soft reset and safe mode button pushes and it won’t turn on. When it’s plugged in, the red light doesn’t turn on.”
The latest flagship device by Samsung is having battery concerns and it has got people pretty concerned. Note 8 is an expensive handset and you really don’t want it “bricked” just because you forgot to charge it before it hit the zero mark.
One of the first customer to report about such a problem was way back in October 2017, 20 days into owning his Note 8, however, news around the battery vows gained momentum in later half of December 2017. Almost three months since the start of sales of the device did the concern gain traction, which means that out of the millions handsets sold only a few reported a similar problem. A few tech experts comment that the issue is similar to what we may call “Battery Discharge” which often affects the lithium ion batteries. Samsung is not the only company to have handsets suffering from the issue. A person had the same issue on his BlackBerry PlayBook tablet back in 2013.
Understanding the possible grievances of its users, the company was quick to reply to it users. “Samsung is taking all reports of this kind seriously, we only received a very small number of customer inquiries that could be linked to charge management, and unfortunately we can only comment on the matter further,” Samsung said, according to a report by German-language site PCWelt.
If you have already been affected then you can first try “Stack Charging”. Get a few seconds of charging before the charge control system kicks in by plugging in and unplugging it about 30 seconds apart. If this does not work then you can contact Samsung Support at 1-800-SAMSUNG so as to receive some help.
It’s easy to conclude that not all the brethren of Note 8 have been affected. The percentage is pretty small. However, it is still an issue of worry if you are a Samsung Note 8 (or 8 Plus) user. Make sure that you charge the phone regularly before it hits the mark zero. Also, it will be a good thing to have a back up of your important data.
iPhone ‘chaiOS’ Bug Can Freeze Your Phone with a Single Link
“Effective power” bug is back on iPhones and Macs! Apple is moving sluggishly towards bug-free devices, struggling since 2015 to fix some otherwise harmless bugs like Crashsafari.com and the macOS High Sierra critical flaw. Security and user privacy have been a top priority in every Apple product but regrettably, it has stumbled upon it endeavor sometimes. Recently, a bug has been discovered in iOS that crashes the Messages app and can freeze or restart your phone. A flaw in iMessage has been targeted allowing a single message to lock up and potentially crash your device, without you even opening the message to read it. This bug was given a catchy, slightly alarmist name “chaiOS”.
This newly discovered security vulnerability can be used to prank friends and family with iPhones and Macs. A simple text message embedded with a malicious code can crash the recipient’s Message app and freeze the device requiring a full power reboot. When iMessage receives a message with a URL, it will go online and generate a small thumbnail preview of the link. When the metadata is much larger than normally accepted, the iMessage app will lock up the device. iPhone’s Message App pre-loads links to webpages so it can show users a preview of the webpage and trying to retrieve such links or just receiving them on your phone is found to cause lag in Messages app and iOS in general. Your device could endup in “Respring” or “boot loop” at times. “Respring” refers to re-starting the device’s Spring Board, which takes nearly 10 seconds and, by default, returns you to the Lock Screen. While during the “Boot Loop”, the Apple logo flashes on the screen and instead of booting it, the device restarts again. This keeps on repeating time after time to form the iPhone boot loop.
One can simply input random characters into a webpage’s metadata and use it to troll you, as all that is required, is your phone number and this bug requires absolutely no action from the recipient to do the damage. iMessage app crashes when trying to load all this unexpected information, sometimes taking the entire operating system down with it. ChaiOS affects iOS versions 10.0 through 11.2.5 beta 5.
Scary? No Worries, you’ve got our aid. Well, if you do receive a bad link running the chaiOS bug, you can try a handful of fixes to continue using iMessage on your Phone.
First, block the domain in safari restrictions, iPhone wont overload even if you get the link. This can be done by following the given steps. Go to Safari settings, then General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > Websites > Limit Adult Content > Never Allow > webpage URL.
Second, delete the message thread received. Sometimes, if you try to open the Messages app, it will continue to crash before you’re able to delete the thread. If Messages is in a recurring loop, you can reset your iPhone to factory settings.This is an extreme measure as it’ll delete all your files, photos and other saved data and settings on your device. Just ensure you’ve backed up all your data proactively.
ChaiOS isn’t a new breed of bug for the iPhone. Such dodgy web links have caused shut downs in iOS before and Apple has been alert and responsive towards similar software mites. Although, it has been a little indifferent to the “chaiOS” till date but users are looking forward towards some fixes in the short run. Taking off, Chip-monks advises you to always keep your iPhone and iPad updated to the latest version of iOS, which includes security patches for bugs like this.