TechLector TechPill - April Edition
Hello everyone! We are here again with the traditional monthly TechPill. We had the pioneering edition in the month of February and March's TechPill had its focus on the best smartphones for that month (March). These TechPills are rightly dosed, intriguing and enlightening. You should read them, as prescribed.
Without putting time to waste, this month's TechPill will have its light on Tablets. Smart-tablets this time around. Tablets that are worth involving in your everyday life and activities.
Be it work, school, home or just solely for play, these tablets below fits into one particular category or the other. Some even fit into numerous categories. Wait, could there be any that fits in all categories? By the way, have you by chance come across any tablet pre-loaded with two(2) operating systems? Yes? No? If you haven't, you should read on, you are on the right path to amazing discovery.
But before I move ahead to list some tablets you'd find amazing, I'd love to utilize the next paragraph to highlight some major advantages Tablets have over have over smartphones.
To start with, the first and most glaring edge tablets have over our regular mobile devices is the "large display". This large display provides better movie, reading and gaming experience. Tablets are also flexible as there are now many tablets out there that can perform laptop functions. To continue, you definitely need no priest to tell that tablets have bigger and better battery capacity than mobile phones. And lastly, prices of tablets are on the downside when compared to their smartphones counterparts.
Now let's do this... You ready?
Best Tablets to buy in 2017
1. Fero Pad 8
The Fero Pad 8 was made by Fero Mobile. The Pad 8 is a successor to last year's Fero Pad 7, also made by the same company of course. The Pad 7 was a 7-inch beauty that rocks a massive 3,500mAh battery among other amazing specs. Enough of the Fero Pad 7 for now,, let's talk about the Pad 8.
The Fero Pad 8 comes with a HD display which is sized at 8 inches and a resolution of 1200 * 800 pixels. With thickness size tagged at 8.9mm, the Pad 8 is quite slim and easy to hold and operate even with one hand.
The design of the Fero Pad 8 is similar to that of its predecessor. The tablets body is of metal aluminium build. Its top bezel consists of the selfie camera, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and gravity sensor at the front, while the bottom bezel is empty. At the rear, its main camera and LED flash are located.
The Pad 8 powered by a fast Quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor with a clock speed of 1.3GHz, RAM size is at 1GB, and ROM is a small 8GB but can be increased to up to 64GB through the use of an external storage (SD card).
The tablet is however poor when it comes to photography. The rear 5MP camera wouldn't do much as regards talking high quality pictures. Same can be said for the 2MP camera at the front too. Don't be disappointed when you take your selfie and it doesn't come out bright enough for your SnapChat. Some filters may be of help tho. You're welcome?
Nevertheless, the FeroPad 8 still got juice! A massive 5,000mAh battery that can take you for more than 24 hours on a full charge is on the Pad 8.
2. Tecno PhonePad 3
The Tecno PhonePad 3 sports a 7-inch IPS display with an HD (1280 * 720) resolution and 169ppi pixel density. It is 7.89mm slim, has a metal unibody design and a finely brushed metal back.
If you'd remember, I made mention earlier that some tablets were designed to fit the work or business atmosphere. The Tecno PhonePad 3 is one of such tablets. According to Tecno, the PhonePad 3 was created to satisfy the average business needs of an individual. Perhaps that is why a simple and not-so sophisticated Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8375W processor was used on the tablet. Sporting 2GB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 16GB, there's enough room to store your files, both for work or just casual documents.
And even though it is a business-targeted tablet, the camera is stunning. the Tecno PhonePad 3 comes with a 13MP rear camera accomapanied by a dual-tone LED flash. At the front, the 5MP shooter takes crystal clear selfies.
The PhonePad 3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Tecno's HiOS and is powered by a 4,100mAh non-removable Lithium-ion battery.
3. Huawei MediaPad M2 (10-inch)
To start with, the Huawei MediaPad M2 10 has a monster 6,000mAh battery! How's that for a start? Having a quick look at the front view of the Huawei MediaPad M2 for the first time, one might want to mistake it for a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Anyway...
The Huawei MediaPad M2 has a 10-inch screen and a 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution to complement. The pixel density of the display is tagged at 224 PPI. The tablet is 7.3mm thick and at 492 grams, the MediaPad M2 10 is heavy to operate on one hand for longer periods.
There's an additional accessory Huawei added to smoothen user experience on the tablet. The accessory is a stylus called the M-Pen. The M-Pen is a small pen-like metal stick with pointed black nib for writing and sometimes controlling the MediaPad M2, telling it what to do.
The Huawei MediaPad M2 10 is powered by a 64-bit Octa-core Cortex A53 Hisilicon 930 processor and comes out of the box with Android Lollipop v5.0.
In the camera department, the MediaPad didn't disappoint. The 13MP rear camera takes amazing and well-detailed pictures both in daylight and under conditions of low light. There's also a tiny LED flash on assistance duty. For selfies and video call, the 5MP front camera is decent enough. There's also a "Perfect Selfie" mode in the camera option that further beautify your selfies.
4. Chuwi Hi13
The Chuwi Hi13 tablet is one of the best tablet off Chuwi's stables so far. The tablet is slim (at 9.2mm thick) and is embodied in an all-metal design that provides it with the sleek and premium look. Although the tablet is quite heavy at 1080 grams, it functions and capabilities is worth the weight.
The screen of the Chuwi Hi13 is a 13.5 inch display. The screen resolution is 3000 x 2000 pixels; this makes the tablet's image and colour production top-notch.
The Hi13's processor is an Intel Celeron N3540 (Apollo Lake family) quad core processor with speed clocked at 1.1GHz and going by available information, the Chuwi Hi13 processor speed can climb up to 2.2GHz. Trust this processor to give you the best and smoothest tablet experience during usage.
The Chuwi Hi13 has a single operating system (Windows 10), 4GB of RAM for clogless multitasking and 64GB internal memory space for storing all your multimedia files and documents. The storage can be expanded to 128GB via SD card.
As per the battery, the Hi13 packs a massive 37Wh (10,000mAh) battery which Chuwi has said to be capable of delivering 8 hours of usage time on a single charge. This huge battery should take longer hours to charge but thabjs to the USB type-C port and the 24V charger that comes with the device, the Chuwi Hi13 charges from 0 to a 100 in no time.
5. Chuwi Hi12
The Chuwi Hi12 tablet comes with a really big 12-inch display. This is almost the size of a PC. In fact, it is quite bigger than some PC screens out there. The Hi12 weighs 852 grams and comes in a sleek and slim package with thickness of 8.9mm.
One interesting thing about the Chuwi Hi12 is the presence of a dual-boot version that comes with Windows 10 and Android 5.1 pre-installed. Two Operating system in one device. Who else also thinks that's amazing? Mind you, there is also an older version of the Hi12 that runs on Windows 10 OS only.
There are two full-sized USB ports on the Chuwi Hi12. One, a USB 3.0 port. The other USB, 2.0. The tablet has 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM which can be expanded to up to 128GB via microSD card. The Intel Atom X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor with a clock speed of 1.44GHz is used in combination with the 8th gen Intel HD graphics processor for smooth functioning of the Chuwi Hi12 tablet. Also, there's a 5MP-2MP rear and front camera combination on this tablet.
Yes, one more thing. The Chuwi Hi12 is powered by a massive 11,000mAh battery. Never seen anything like this on any other tablet before. Or have you?
6. Teclast X80 Pro tablet
The Teclast X80 Pro Tablet is an 8-inch sized tablet. The display is highly-resoluted and produces nice and bright colours at 1920 x 1200 pixels. Aspect ratio stands at 16:10 and pixel density is 283 pixels per inch (ppi).
The X80 Pro tablet is an Intel device with the Intel Atom X5-Z800 Cherry Trail processor which has a clock speed of 1.44GHz (with a burst frequency of up to 1.84GHz). The processor has 4 cores and is good at handling most basic Windows apps. RAM is 4GB. ROM, 32GB.
Moving down to the camera department, there are two cameras on the Teclast X80 Pro as expected. A 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front snapper. Lastly, the Teclast X80 Pro comes with a 3800mAh Lithium-ion battery.
7. Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 comes with a metal unibody design as like its predecessor in the Mi Pad series. The Mi Pad 3 has a 7.9-inch display screen which has a resolution of 2048 * 1536 pixels. The device dimensions are 200.4mm by 132.6mm by 7.0 mm (length, width and thickness respectively) and weight is 328grams.
Processes on this tablet are handled by the Hexa-Core(Dual-Core 2.1 GHz + Quad-Core 1.7GHz) processor. Chipset used on the Mi Pad 3 is the 64-bit MediaTek MT8176 and runs on Android v6.0 Marshmallow supplemented by Xiaomi's MIUI 8.1.
The 13MP camera at the rear shoots amazing and crystal clear images. On selfie duties is an 8MP camera. Assisting the fast Hexa-core processor is the 4GB of RAM which ensures nothing but fluid processes and clog-free multitasking. Internal storage space is 64GB,but sadly, no microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Keeping the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 up and running is a large capacity non-removable 6600mAh battery that, according to Xiaomi, can last at least 12hours on multimedia usage and up to 867hours on standby. In addition, the tablet supports quick charge, boosting your battery life so you don't have to wait too long to recharge your device after a long usage.
8. Cube iWork10 Ultimate
Starting with the display, the Cube iWork10 Ultimate has a large 10.1-inch IPS display of 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution. This device packs an Intel Atom X-5 Z800 Cherry Trail based processor clocked at 1.4GHz (speed can reach up to 1.8GHz).The Cube iWork10, like the Chuwi Hi12 tablet, is also a dual OS tablet. So you can choose whichever OS you would love to use any day, anytime. There's still more, read on.
The Windows 10 experience on the device is pretty decent due to the entry-level processor used. Working with Windows 10 on the iWork10 allows you to take up your office work with you wherever you go. The new Edge browser for the Windows OS offers a fast and improved web browsing experience. There’s also Cortana, the VA (virtual assistant) that is ready to answer all your questions.
Running the Android OS on the Cube iWork10 Ultimate also gives a nice tablet experience. Though it was first reported that when this tablet was launched, its Android OS lacked the Google Playstore application. That has been fixed now though through an over-the-air (OTA) update.
Cube did a nice job with the screen of the iWork10 Ultimate. How? They designed the screen in such a way that it can support 256 pressure sensitive handwriting. This gives room for users of the tablet to a stylus pen on the screen without causing damage to the screen.
Conclusively, a 7500mAh battery pack is the powerhouse of the iWork10 Ultimate with an estimated usage time of 6 hours 42 minutes.
There you have it people. If you made it this far reading our "prescription" for this month, let's here back from you. We will be in the "Tech lab" awaiting your feedbacks while we concoct next month's pill. And trust me, it holds a lot of promise.
By the way, there are other tablets that are worth the mention but didn't make it unto this space. You can check them out in our Tablets section.
Bye for now.