Unless you’ve opted for a pocket-busting phone, you can probably still see the utility of having a tablet to handle books, movies or even a bit of on-the-go productivity. There are plenty of tablet options for different budgets, so Melody and I have lined up our top picks to help you find your next.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
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The Tab S from Samsung arrived hot on the heels of the Tab Pro series. There’s a bit less processing power on board, but its display is one of the best and brightest around, making it perfect for media consumption. It’s also light and easy to hold, with stellar battery life, to boot. The line includes both 8-inch and 10.5-inch models, so if you’re looking to do more multitasking than movies, the extra real estate could come in handy. It will set you back R4500.
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
The main reason this tablet didn’t get top marks in my review was its high price. Other Android tablets with better specs could be had for less, but if you’re flush with cash or a die-hard Sony fan, this is still a solid slate. The Z3 Tablet Compact is thin, fast and even waterproof, with a vibrant screen and great battery life, to boot. If Sony ever sees fit to drop the price (and we bet it will), this will be a top contender. Pricing is set at R4000
ASUS MeMO Pad 8
When price is a factor, but you still care about quality, the MeMO Pad 8 is one to keep an eye on. It builds on the success of 2014’s HD 7 model, but packs in an improved Atom processor, refined software and a better front-facing camera. And all that comes at a R2830
If you’re looking for a well-rounded Windows tablet in a portable form factor, we suggest checking out this 7-inch beast from Lenovo. It may not offer a high-res screen, but there’s an HDMI output and its battery life is respectable compared to others in its peer group. It is highly responsive to heavy, everyday use and productivity apps. It sells for R1500.
ASUS Transformer Book T100
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Looking for a PC experience, but want it in a slimmer form factor? The T100 gives you a quad-core Atom processor, desktop Windows apps and a bundled keyboard dock in a netbook-like package. It may not be a leader in performance, but it’s got stamina: This tablet can manage around 11 hours on a charge. It costs R3428
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