Behind the specs: The best tablets of 2017

27 November 2017

Shopping for a new tablet can throw up all manner of mind-boggling choices. Android or Apple? Pocket-sized powerhouse or big-screen entertainment beast? Understated Space Grey or bright, blingy Gold?

Yep, there are so many options out there, in all manner of different shapes and sizes. But which one’s right for you? Well, luckily, if you’re armed with a few helpful hints it’s easy to make a well-informed decision. And with your shiny new tablet hooked up to EE’s award-winning, superfast 4G network, you’ll soon be streaming movies and surfing the net to your heart’s content.

Need a helping hand? Here’s our round-up of the best tablets in 2017.  

Spend a few minutes playing around on an iPad, and it’s easy to see why it’s the most iconic tablet out there. Aside from the stunning design – tough and durable yet somehow wafer-thin and light as a feather – you get stunning Retina display, superfast performance and wireless speeds of up to 866Mbps. And this being Apple, there are zillions of amazing apps to keep you entertained. Whether you’re watching your favourite show, listening to music or just catching up on your emails, you can’t go wrong with this bona fide classic.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 VE
Quite simply one of the best Android tablets around. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 VE boasts a dazzlingly immersive screen, durable design and advanced security thanks to Samsung’s ultra-secure fingerprint scanner. And if you’re a workaholic, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 VE isn’t just for play; with built-in MS Office software you can make last-minute edits to that all-important document. Put simply, you can take the office with you on your daily commute. Throw in 32GB of memory and you’ve got a mighty all-rounder that’s pretty hard to beat.

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 VE on EE >

Huawei MediaPad T3 10"
Looking for a powerful, easy to use entertainment hub? Well, the smart-looking Huawei MediaPad T3 10" effortlessly mixes it with the best. The 9.6-inch HD display will stream videos in glorious, captivating clarity. While the slick Android 7 Nougat operating system makes sure your device is never left playing catch-up, whatever you’re up to. You get a 5MP rear and a 2MP front camera, so you’re guaranteed super-sharp photos whether you’re taking holiday snaps or a cheeky selfie. And it all comes in a sleek, lightweight aluminium case – because sometimes looks do matter.

Find out more about the Huawei MediaPad T3 10" on EE >

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch
The incredible new iPad Pro 12.9-inch combines the power of a laptop with the slick, super-intuitive look we expect from tablets. Get Apple good-looks on a huge scale, with a thrilling 12.9-inch Retina display that takes entertainment to another level. An absolute powerhouse of a device, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch lets you flip effortlessly between business and pleasure – whether it’s retouching images in Photoshop, surfing the net or just catching up on Game of Thrones.

Find out more about the iPad Pro 12.9-inch on EE >

Alcatel Pixi 3 (8)
If you’re looking for a low-cost way of streaming your favourite movies, TV shows and music – as well as taking phone calls – the Alcatel Pixi 3 (8) is a very smart choice. Running on the mega-speedy Android Lollipop OS with a crystal-clear 8-inch screen, it’s the perfect tablet to pair with EE’s superfast 4G network. If photos are your thing, take the perfect shot with the Alcatel Pixi 3 (8)’s brilliant 5MP front camera, then flip it round for a cheeky selfie using the 2MP camera at the rear. The Pixi 3 (8) is also one of the few tablets with a SIM card slot, so you can use it like a regular smartphone.

Find out more about the Alcatel Pixi 3 (8) on EE >

Apple iPad mini 4
“Small and mighty” is how the geniuses at Apple describe this pocket-sized version of the iPad. And with two amazing cameras, wireless speeds of up to 866Mbps, a 30% faster CPU, and an ultra-fast A8 microchip powering everything, you can understand why. It’s a breeze to operate one-handed too, and packs all the great features and innovative apps you’d expect from Apple into a miniature device. You also get peace of mind with touch ID security, making this the ideal tablet for those lazy Sundays at your local cafe – particularly as it slips easily inside your jacket pocket and weighs less than other tablets.

Find out more about the Apple iPad mini 4 on EE >

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1)
If you’re looking for a child-friendly device that’ll put some serious oomph into your home entertainment, Samsung’s brilliant Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1) ticks all the right boxes. It comes fully-loaded with family-friendly features like Parental Control and Kids Mode, making sure your little ones surf safely. But the Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1) isn’t just a child’s plaything. As you’d expect from a brand as tech-savvy as Samsung, this is a powerful piece of kit – with an innovative, textured design and sharp, powerful display. If you’re looking for an ultra-reliable all-rounder with state-of-the-art design, look no further.

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1) on EE >

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