Six powerful tablets with Android and iOS in comparison Expensive chip in a cheap tablet Big differences in loading times Functions of pens Multitasking with apps Support and cameras Individual reviews Conclusion Test table Read article in c’t 23/2023
How high-end does it have to be? The question also arises with tablets, because the price range is enormous. Cheap models change hands for barely more than a hundred euros, while the most expensive ones cost well into the thousands. Especially if the tablet is to be harnessed as a workhorse, it makes sense to spend a little more money – we’ll explore the question of how much it needs to be.
The niche of real high-end tablets with price tags well beyond the thousand euro mark is smaller than some people think. Our test field in this area consists of three models. In the Android corner there are the two giants Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra and Lenovo Tab Extreme with displays over 14 inches in size. Opposite them, the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 completes the trio, the most powerful and most expensive tablet with the apple on its back. Its screen is slightly smaller with a diagonal of 12.9 inches, but still expansive for a tablet.
In order to clarify the question of who such noble flounders are suitable for, a counterpoint is needed, and this also comes three times from the middle class around 500 euros. There is also fine technology, stylish looks and exciting features, but with slightly smaller screens between 10.9 and 11.6 inches. The Xiaomi Pad 6, which costs 400 euros, marks the lower end, while the Google Pixel Tablet for 680 euros is at the upper end of the scale. In between is the OnePlus Pad for 500 euros, which is currently not available to buy in Germany due to a patent dispute with Nokia. However, importing from other European countries is quite easy, and either the matching stylus or the keyboard case is currently available at no extra charge. All three mid-range models run Android 13. Like Xiaomi’s, the OnePlus pen costs 100 euros and the keyboard cover costs 150 euros.
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