It isn’t often that we slice and dice a basic review of one product vs. another. Such written skirmishes are rare, and usually done to highlight an obvious misdeed. For this one, though, the reasons are different.
Chris Martin in IDG’s TechAdvisor website ranked the Best Tablet 2018 out of stack of 10 tablets. Let the slicing and dicing begin.
Any kind of a debate, parliamentarian, or collegiate, usually starts off with a list of definitions that both parties can agree upon. What defines a so-called ‘tablet?’ An iPad, for example, is different than a Microsoft Surface Pro which is little more than a notebook with a touchscreen and a detachable keyboard.
Likewise, you would be hard pressed to find two other contenders on the list; Lenovo Yoga, Huawei MediaPad. Samsung has two models; one from this year, one from last year, and there’s an Amazon Fire HD 8 which might fit the standard definition of a tablet.
So, before even starting out, the list is flawed. For example, the iPad mini 4 is on the list but should not be because it’s four years old. Ditto for last year’s Galaxy Tab S3. Old products. Just as flawed is having this year’s 9.7-inch iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which are much the same.
Those corrections don’t leave much that customers can compare. Have you ever seen a Lenovo or Huawei tablet in the wild?
Tablets are one of tech’s most versatile purchases. You can use them to watch films, send emails, browse the web or even make music.
Tablet sales have been going down a few years.
Apple iPads run Apple’s own iOS operating system which is widely regarded as one of the best out there.
There are only three. iOS, Android, and Windows, except Windows is a PC operating system, so maybe just two.
Windows tablets come in both cheap and expensive guises, but it has the advantage of being able to run the same programs you use on your laptop or PC – not just as many finger-friendly tablet apps as you’ll be used to on your phone or on an iPad.
You mean none. Windows is not a tablet OS. Most people who buy a Microsoft Surface use it as it was intended– a Windows-based PC with a detachable keyboard. It’s not a tablet.
And that’s why most Windows tablets come with a keyboard, or offer it as an option: they’re really a hybrid of a laptop and tablet.
As stated. It’s not a tablet. It’s a hybrid device which compromises both ends of the spectrum.
Amazon’s Fire tablets… are based on Android but are locked into Amazon’s system: you won’t find any Google services or apps on them so bear this in mind. But they are very affordable.
Because Amazon uses the device to track you while you’re online. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Except the reviews. Almost every tablet gets a four star review. And links to where you can buy the tablets. And those links contain data which Amazon can use to track the source and pay the source an affiliates fee.
Each of the mini-reviews is about three paragraphs and displays the basics– innards and price tag but nothing really critical. And, where is the review of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? And since the Surface hybrid was in the mix, how about a nod to some of the available keyboards?
Sanity prevails, even with bugs. iPad comes out on top at #1.
There’s very little to dislike here
Agreed. But we knew that already.