Which Gaming Tablet is Best for You?
If you’re a gamer, you have probably learned that all tablets are not created equally. So how do you know which one to get? Knowing which tablet to get for gaming depends a lot on the type of games you play. For instance, in some fast paced multiplayer games, speed and stability are as important as the graphics. Whereas 3D multiplayer games, like Real Racing 3, as well as single player games, stress the importance of graphics in addition to speed. Whatever games you play more of, multiplayer, online, 3D or single player, all of the tablets we’ve listed below will work perfectly for any of them. So, before you upgrade your current tablet for a better tablet to game on, check out our guide to some of the best tablets for gaming:
Sony Xperia Z2
The 10 inch Sony Xperia Za tablet has a lot going for it. The 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm CPU and 3GB of Ram offers some of the fastest gaming benchmarks on the market. While the screen resolution is not the best on the market, the Xperia has no problem with graphically intensive games; the screen is very sharp and the graphics pop to life. The Xperia is one of the slimmest and lightest tablets on the market. The optional wireless controllers are also a nice touch. One of the standout features of the Xperia has nothing to do with the speed or graphics. The Xperia is waterproof which means you can take the tablet to the pub, the beach and even the bath without worrying that an accident will send you back to the shop for a new one. The only real drawback to the Xperia is the bezel, which is excessive and feels a bit awkward.
Apple remains the king of the tablet market. The iPad Air is lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 and lots faster. The iPad Air features the Apple A7 1.GHz processor and the graphics are truly state of the art. One of the key benefits of the iPad air is that it seems future proof. The speed, functionality and graphics make the tablet very durable and should take away the desire to upgrade in the near future. If you are among the legions of Apple fans, the iPad Air is the perfect tablet. If you are a diehard Android fan, there is probably little that can be done to convince you to try the iPad Air.
Asus Transformer Pad TF103
If you occasionally need to do some actual work on your tablet, the Asus Transformer Pad is not a bad choice, although the keyboard does add some weight and bulk to the tablet. The Intel Atom Quad Core 1.86 GHz processor is fast enough to handle any game demands and the low price is hard to beat. There are some drawbacks to the Asus. First if you need to use any orientation other than landscape, you’ll be disappointed with the graphics. In landscape mode the hybrid is fine and can handle even 3D action games. The screen resolution is not full 1080p, which actually helps with the smoothness of game play.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro
Samsung is rapidly becoming a user favorite in the smartphone and tablet market. The 8.4” Galaxy Tab Pro is a perfect example, especially for gamers. This is one of the fastest midsize tablets and has a 2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor. The Galaxy Tab Pro super HD screen also showcases the Galaxy’s well deserved reputation for incredible graphics. The only downside to the Galaxy Tab Pro is the capacitive buttons on the bottom bezel, which can get in the way especially in landscape mode.
Tegra Note 7
In terms of price versus performance, the Tegra Note 7 with a1.8GHz quadcore processor is one of the best. Of all of the tablets we’ve listed, the Tegra Note 7 has the lowest screen resolution, at 1,280×800. So the tablet won’t win any awards for clarity. The tradeoff is a better frame rate. The lower pixel count does have advantages for games as the Graphic Processor Unit is not working overtime to handle complex images. The Tegra Note 7 also has a stylus, which for many is a semi-necessary feature.
*We’ve included links to most of the tablets so you can find them on Amazon which we found had the lowest prices. Sometimes though they can also be found for less at your local BestBuy or Walmart, or if you want it locally you can ask them to match the Amazon price. Enjoy your new gaming tablet!