There are top tablets running Android and iOS if you are planning to buy a new tablet in 2017.Apple tablets come with iOS operating system and most of the other tablet manufacturers have Android operating System. So to keep it simple we will categorize into the best Android tablet and the best iOS tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7
This tablet was released in April 2017 and is the best option if you are looking for a top Android tablet. This tablet has the most powerful specs among competing Android tablets and with it you also get Samsung customization for the big screen which you wont find in many competitors who just sell tablets as bigger phones.
The screen has a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi pixel density) which is better than Full HD but we would have preferred a higher resolution which the manufacturer might have decided against as it would take a higher toll on the system which in turn would affect power consumption and battery life.
The processor is Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 which should be good enough for multimedia consumption and Gaming needs but why Samsung didn’t use the Snapdragon 835 is beyond us but whatever the case the Snapdragon 820 is a tried and proven SOC so you don’t have to worry about performance.
RAM and Storage –
The tablet comes with 4 GB of RAM which is more than enough for heavy multitasking performance and built in storage is 32 GB which can be extended by Micro SD upto 256 GB.
It also comes with a 13 MP, f/1.9 camera if you are into shooting pics and videos with huge slates and a 5 Megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls.
Rest of the Specs and Conclusion
An additional keyboard add on is available if you want to use the tablet like a laptop, comes with latest Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Samsung customization ,an S Pen is also included for taking notes, drawing and other tools provided by Samsung to increase productivity. All in all its a very well rounded tablet and currently the best available with Android OS .
10.5-inch iPad Pro
Now Apple this year released 4 iPads and to choose the best among them with the tablets having almost similar names and sizes might look like a daunting task. So here we will make it clear as to which is the best iPad and provides the best combination of performance and value for money
There were 4 new iPads released in 2017 and we recommend the 10.5-inch iPad Pro which has the best combination of value for money and performance
Apple released 4 iPads in 2017 and to many its confusing to figure out which one to go for and why one is more expensive than the other.
The iPad 2017(not the iPad pro mind you)has the Apple A9 chip which was introduced in the iPhone 6S in 2015 and similar chassis to the iPad Air which was introduced in 2013 and the rest of the specs are almost same to the iPad Air 2.The biggest difference to the older iPads which is now starting at $329.So the new iPad 2017 is basically a budget iPad.
The iPad mini 4 2017 was first released in September 2015 and is basically the same tablet from 2015 with no updates except for change in storage.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro are the real new iPads with completely updated internals and external parts. We are basically recommending the 10.5-inch iPad Pro as its a more manageable size of a conventional tablet and also has a lower starting price of $649 for the 64GB Wifi model while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 .Below we are talking about the features of The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has 2224‑by‑1668 resolution with 264 ppi while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has 2732‑by‑2048 resolution with 264 ppi. While both have almost the same superb displays we feel the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a more convenient size to hold for day to day usage.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro have A10X processors which blows away the competition in benchmarks and is the most powerful Apple chip to date.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro have the best cameras on a tablet hands down among the competition if shooting lots of pictures and videos with huge slates is your thing.12 megapixel rear and 7 megapixel front cameras are the same which are fitted in the iPhone 7 which is one of the best shooters in the market.
RAM and Storage –
Both the tablets come in 64, 256 or 512 GB .We recommend the 256GB for $749 which is a sweet spot if your looking for value as the 512 GB costs an extra $200 for both the pro models. RAM is 4GB for both tablets which is more than enough for multitasking and any other tasks.
Rest of the Specs and Conclusion
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 which comes with a stylus, you will have to buy the Apple pencil separately for $99 for the pro models and a separate $159 for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro keyboard add-on and $169 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro keyboard add-on. All in all both the pro models are exacty the same except for the size of the display .We recommend the $749 256 GB model 10.5-inch iPad Pro which is closer to a conventional tablet size and also better value for money.