A tablet that has it in the belly
Despite everything, there is no question for Samsung to sacrifice the performance of its tablet to guarantee a lower price. The Galaxy Tab S5e remains a small power monster with its 2 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and over 7,000 mAh battery, for a fairly impressive 15 hours of autonomy. Even facial recognition is integrated to make access to your personal data and that of your family members as secure as possible.
Only the storage seems a bit scarce to us, with 64 GB as standard. Yes, it is expandable by a MicroSD card, but the manufacturer could have been a little more generous towards the majority of customers who will buy the basic version.
Our opinion on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
It will be very difficult to do better than this tactile slate this year. Samsung offers a product at a slightly high price compared to the competition but which is explained by a technical sheet doped with steroids.
The Tab S5e can accompany your entire digital life for many years to come, that’s all we ask of this type of device.
4. Amazon Fire HD 8
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Amazon Fire HD 8Quality / price ratio
- Superb, fine and very light
- A sumptuous and sufficiently bright screen
- Top-flight autonomy
The tablet for neophytes
As we suspected, the Fire HD 8 is not a revolution. Amazon is nevertheless refining its flagship tablet on several points: addition of USB-C, increased autonomy, new processor. These are ultimately the most important points of a successful update.
The world leader in e-commerce, with its 8-inch touchscreen tablet, offers a product radically different from its competitors. Rather than focusing on power, the company is targeting the very mainstream. A surprising positioning but not devoid of qualities.
A compact and versatile format
We will not be able, as fans of technology, to go into ecstasies on the Fire HD 8. Amazon, to keep a price below the 100 euros mark, has removed all unnecessary artifice and offers an LCD screen with a resolution of only 1 200 x 800 pixels, 16 GB of storage and an anemic processor at a frequency of 1.3 GHz and 1.5 GB of RAM.
The object is all plastic, apart from the glass screen, which also offers good impact resistance and a weight of 363 grams which will be ideal for long reading sessions and web consultation.
A few dozen applications? Sufficient for the general public
If Amazon uses Android for its Fire HD 8, it is without the Google Play Store and Google services pre-installed by default. Instead, Amazon offers its own app store, and luckily most of the most downloaded online services are there.
Without knocking yourself out with a long list of content, just know that Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Netflix or even Instagram and Plex are available in the store. And of course Amazon offers its entire galaxy of services, such as access to its store or even Kindle to buy digital books. You are never better served than by yourself.
A product made for consumption
Surprisingly, if Amazon has deliberately chosen a few entry-level components, starting with the screen, the two speakers are Dolby Atmos compatible and will allow you to enjoy your favorite series on the move satisfactorily without using headphones. .
The autonomy is just as sufficient, with 10 hours of versatile use. On the other hand, do not expect to take pictures, with its unique 10 megapixel sensor, except for a few extra shots.
Our opinion on the Amazon Fire HD 8
With its tablet Amazon seeks to convince its preferred commercial target: the very large public, rather allergic to technology. The technical characteristics are below market standards, that’s for sure, but it was the concession to be made to offer a floor price of 100 euros.
The Fire HD 8 is the perfect gift for a family member who just wants a device that allows them to check their Facebook feed and watch an episode of their current series. While the tablet doesn’t promise much, it does very well nonetheless.
5. Lenovo Smart Tab P10
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Lenovo Smart Tab M10The most complete
- Smart Dock and Alexa
- Ecran HD
- Very decent performance
Under the tablet hides a connected speaker
Lenovo is succeeding in innovating in the already highly codified world of touchscreen tablets. We were won over by this device, which is not the most powerful on the market but is quite sufficient for the majority of users.
And above all, this Smart Dock makes it possible to obtain a fairly unique two-in-one product, for all of their daily information and entertainment needs.
The Chinese manufacturer has always had ideas. Far from wanting to follow its competitors, Lenovo is betting with the Smart Tab P10 with a clever concept for use both outdoors and in the home.
A beautiful Android tablet
Lenovo offers here a beautiful 10.1-inch Full HD screen. If the object is not the most original or elegant, it should nevertheless be noted the first originality included by the manufacturer: the home button is not placed in portrait mode but in landscape mode.
This simple button placement is essential to the concept of the Smart Tab P10: the screen is designed more for watching content or displaying a disclaimer (we’ll come back to this) than for browsing the web. It’s quite unsettling the first time, but you get used to it quickly.
For the rest Lenovo follows the trend and includes four speakers
Dolby Atmos compatible for quality sound reproduction and incorporates a
fingerprint reader to secure access to the various
A device in the center of the house
If in its tablet use, Lenovo has not reinvented the wheel and offers a device perfectly suited to the most common uses, it is the presence of a station called Smart Dock that calls out.
The accessory incorporates speakers optimized by Dolby to stream music to your home from any streaming service. The principle is simple, once connected your tablet becomes a connected screen allowing you to make video calls or display information throughout the house.
Alexa, at your service
To obtain the largest galaxy of services and uses, Lenovo has chosen Amazon Alexa, which allows tens of thousands of web applications to be used with a simple voice command.
The interface, seen in the Echo Show, activates automatically once the device is plugged in to allow you to watch programs and ask your questions. The use could not be more practical and allows not to leave your tablet lying around carelessly on the coffee table but to exploit its potential permanently.
6. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4A good compromise
- Careful manufacturing
- Écran Full HD
- Complete connection
A concentrate of technology in an 8-inch format
The manufacturer offers a nice demonstration of its know-how with the Mi Pad 4. The device only makes a few rare compromises on the power of its processor to keep a price much tighter than some of its competitors, but remains a very good alternative. solid to the iPad Mini.
Leisure or work, it is possible to do just about anything on the Mi Pad 4 (apart from the most demanding 3D games) and the device is a must in the world of Android tablets.
For this model, the Chinese manufacturer returns to the somewhat neglected format of compact tablets, but not in any way. Xiaomi delivers with the Mi Pad 4 a solid product, and very well equipped for all your needs.
A very attractive small format
Xiaomi offers, with the Mi Pad 4, a beautifully crafted device that combines a 7.8-inch glass screen with a very elegant metal back that is not very sensitive to fingerprints. On the connectivity side, the manufacturer does not deprive itself and includes a MicroSD port as well as an audio jack port. Charging is done with a USB-C port.
The screen resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels, with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The manufacturer first thought of viewing videos and the screen is ideal for viewing content on streaming sites, without the presence of too intrusive black bands. The front photo sensor is 5 megapixels, correct without more, compared to the rear 13 megapixel lens.
A nice technical sheet for entertainment
If the Snapdragon 660 is an SoC which begins to show the weight of the years, it remains sufficient for a large majority of the uses offered by this tablet. The processor is supported by 3 GB of RAM to ensure fluidity in the operating system as in the various applications.
For storage, Xiaomi offers 32 GB from the start. It’s a bit limited, especially if you download a lot of videos and music on your tablet, but consistent with the starting price of the tablet, around 250 euros on the various online resellers.
MIUI puts on the show
If Xiaomi uses Android, it is in a significantly optimized version that fans of the brand know well: MIUI. The manufacturer offers many and regular updates to optimize Google’s operating system as much as possible.
The software is well optimized for the display surface and offers a nice range of default software for surfing the web and viewing different sources of content. It looks a lot like iPad OS, that’s for sure, but takes up its ease of use and the clarity of the interface.
How to choose your Android tablet?
What screen size?
Android tablets are grouped into two main families: 8 and 10 inch tablets. The first model is more compact, offers a smaller display surface, but is also much lighter (around 300 grams) and is ideal for reading enthusiasts and for web browsing.
10-inch tablets are heavier (even if their weight never exceeds 500 grams) but compensate with their screen. You can watch movies and series, but also play thousands of mobile games designed specifically for this screen size. If you consume a lot of entertainment on your tablet, the 10-inch models are for you.
Why give performances?
Again it all depends on your daily use. If your use of a tablet stops at web browsing, a few social networks and a series from time to time on Netflix, an entry-level model will do just fine.
If, on the other hand, you plan to use 3D games, office software or file management software, or if you want to create, draw or edit videos on your tablet, it will be better to go on a more powerful device, capable of supporting everything. software over several years.
What about updates?
Android is not known for the consistency of its patches. If Google offers a major annual update, manufacturers then have the free field to apply or not the new features offered by the search engine.
A tablet being a device that renews itself after several years, we recommend brands that offer long support over two or three years, such as Samsung, for example, one of the best students in the field.