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01 AP­PLE IPAD MINI WITH RETINA

FROM $479, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013

LOVE Retina screen. Speedy per­for­mance. More LTE bands and 128GB op­tion. Per­fect size for every­day use HATE Touch ID would have been nice, but not es­sen­tial T3 SAYS Ap­ple’s small­est iPad is still its best, with specs that match the larger iPad Air SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS iOS 7 PRO­CES­SOR A7 SCREEN 7.9-inch, 2048x1536 STOR­AGE 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB

02 AP­PLE IPAD AIR

FROM $598, AP­PLE.COM/UAU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013

LOVE Stun­ning de­sign. Blaz­ing per­for­mance from the new A7 pro­ces­sor. In­cred­i­bly thin and light­weight HATE No finger­print sen­sor. Cam­era re­mains un­changed T3 SAYS That big Retina screen. Those sleek, slim­line looks. This is Ap­ple’s best full-sized iPad yet SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS iOS7 PRO­CES­SOR A7 SCREEN 9.7-inch, 2048x1536 STOR­AGE 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB

03 GOOGLE NEXUS 7 (2013)

32GB $338, JB­HI­FION­LINE.COM.AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2013

LOVE Beau­ti­ful, high-res screen. Pro­cess­ing power boosted to 1.5GHz. Light­weight, com­pact build. Very af­ford­able HATE Lack of tablet-op­ti­mised apps T3 SAYS The hard­ware is ex­cel­lent, but there are too few tablet-spe­cific An­droid apps to top­ple Ap­ple SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS An­droid 4.3 PRO­CES­SOR 1.5GHz quad­core SCREEN 7.2-inch, 1920x1200 STOR­AGE 16GB or 32GB

04 AP­PLE I PAD MINI

FROM $369, AP­PLE.COM/AI, TESTED JAN­UARY 2013

LOVE The pocket-friendly, 7.9-inch screen with ul­tra-slim bezel looks fan­tas­tic and works great. 4G LTE ver­sion avail­able HATE No Retina Dis­play. Now only in 16GB ver­sion T3 SAYS Ap­ple’s first minia­ture tablet can still turn heads, but it’s been beaten on specs SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS iOS 7 PRO­CES­SOR 1GHz du­al­core SCREEN 7.9-inch, 1024x768 STOR­AGE 16GB

05 SONY XPE­RIA Z2 TABLET

FROM $599, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED JULY 2014

LOVE Slim, wa­ter­proof build with newly rounded edges. Fan­tas­tic screen. Great bat­tery life, ex­tended by Stamina Mode

HATE Lots of bloat­ware. Size­able bezel around screen T3 SAYS In the cat­e­gory of best ten-inch An­droid slate, Sony’s Xpe­ria Z2 Tablet is king SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS An­droid 4.4 PRO­CES­SOR 2.3GHz quad­core

SCREEN 10.1-inch, 1920x1200 STOR­AGE 16GB or 32GB

06 NOKIA LU­MIA 2 520

$840, NOKIA.COM/AU-EN, TESTED JAN­UARY 2014

LOVE Tac­tile, at­trac­tive de­sign. Speedy per­for­mance. Nokia’s own-brand apps add to Win­dows 8.1 HATE Runs wa­tered-down ver­sion of Win­dows 8.1 T3 SAYS This is not the most pow­er­ful Win­dows tablet on the mar­ket, but it is the nicest to use SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS Win­dows 8.1 PRO­CES­SOR 2.2GHz quad­core SCREEN 10.1-inch, 1920x1080 STOR­AGE 32GB

07 AMA­ZON K IN­DLE F IRE H D

$279, READERSHOP.COM.AU, TESTED JAN­UARY 2013 LOVE Ama­zon’s sim­pli­fied An­droid is ex­tremely user-friendly. Plenty of con­tent on of­fer. Great screen HATE Pro­ces­sor can strug­gle. No Google Play store T3 SAYS A great tablet for me­dia con­sump­tion. Not avail­able lo­cally from Ama­zon, but you can still get one SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS An­droid 4.0, cus­tomised by Ama­zon PRO­CES­SOR 1.2GHz du­al­core SCREEN 7-inch, 1280x800 STOR­AGE 16GB or 32GB

08 KIN­DLE FIRE HDX

FROM $349, DICK­SMITH.COM.AU, TESTED JAN­UARY 2014

LOVE Sim­ple op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Dis­play has very high pixel den­sity for crisp images. May­day is al­ways on hand to help

HATE Only ap­proved apps. No rear cam­era T3 SAYS Ama­zon’s tablet is smarter than ever, but still in­cred­i­bly sim­ple. Great fam­ily tablet SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS An­droid 4.0, by Ama­zon PRO­CES­SOR 2.2GHz quad­core

SCREEN 7-inch, 1920x1200 STOR­AGE 16GB, 32GB or 64GB

09 SAM­SUNG GALAXY N OTE 1 0.1

FROM $589, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2012

LOVE The S-Pen is great. Plenty of pro­cess­ing grunt means easy mul­ti­task­ing. Handy IR re­mote blaster

HATE Cheap look and feel. Needs more op­ti­mised apps T3 SAYS The S-Pen is might­ier than the sword. At­tach it to a bet­ter tablet and you’d have a win­ner SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

OS An­droid 4.0 PRO­CES­SOR 1.4GHz quad­core SCREEN 10.1-inch, 1280x800 STOR­AGE 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, mi­croSD

10 GOOGLE N EXUS 1 0

$469, PLAY.GOOGLE.COM, TESTED JAN­UARY 2013

LOVE Out­stand­ing, su­per-HD dis­play. Jelly Bean OS is ex­cel­lent. Smooth op­er­a­tion. Solid build HATE Lack of ded­i­cated tablet apps. No 3G op­tion yet T3 SAYS Like the Nexus 7 this gives power on the cheap, but lack of tablet-spe­cific apps makes it less de­sir­able SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS OS An­droid 4.2 PRO­CES­SOR 1.7GHz quad­core SCREEN 10.1-inch, 2560x1600 STORAGE16GB or 32GB

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