Even though phablets are slowly gaining ground at the cost of tablets, the latter are still essential devices for many, be it children who need to watch their favourite YouTube channels on large screens or corporate users who need more creative tools to design graphs and charts. The purpose of owning a tablet isn't always the same as owning a smartphone, which is why these devices have held their ground in a hugely competitive market.
We let our readers choose the best tablet of the year from a choice of six of the best gadgets of 2016. The results aren't too surprising..
Apple's first mega-tablet is a joy to behold. Brilliant design, extremely thin form factor, sharp viewing angles, a large battery and four speakers on four corners makes it not only a great multimedia device, but also a decent work device with a screen as large as that of the MacBook Pro.
While Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil, split-screen view and Retina display add to its prowess, it may seem too large to handle for some so while some may go for the 9.7-inch iPad, others may go for the MacBook Pro for superior performance at work.
Acer's Iconia One arrived featuring a 10-inch IPS HD display with MediaTek MiraVision™ tech which offers high definition viewing experience. The multimedia experience is boosted by DTS-HD Premium Sound® as well as a quad-core processor which lets you watch movies without encountering lags. Two micro-UB ports also mean that you'll never struggle for space if you buy the tablet.
Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 features a 10-inch HD display like the Iconia One but it's unique design lets you place it wherever you want using its tilt, hold. stand and hang capabilities. A powerful battery ensures as long as 18 hours of usage on a single charge and the tablet can recognise any conductive object as a digital pen, letting you draw or take notes on it even if you don't own a digital pen.
A premium competitor to Apple's iPad Pro, what sets the Surface Pro 4 apart from other tablets are stock Windows 10 experience, bundled Surface Pen, beautiful display and powerful 6th Gen Intel processors. Featuring a larger display than the Surface Pro 3, it incorporates a robust design, superb performance, a handy kickstand and a gorgeous display.
If there is any Android tablet that has come close to toppling Apple's iPad Air 2 off its perch, its Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2. Not only is it Samsung's best tablet till date, it is also absolutely gorgeous and features a wafer-thin body, a light-weight frame and doesn't creak when you give it a press.
Galaxy Tab S2 comes with four 1.3 GHz processors to help with your browsing and running the display while you read as well as four 1.9 GHz processors for your high intensity gaming needs. The tablet also comes with an excellent battery which powers it for more than an entire day on a single charge under normal usage.
Huawei's MediaPad M2 is the world's first all-metal 4G tablet with competitive specs and features. While not as popular as Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 or Apple's iPad Air 2, it arrived as a great less-expensive alternative featuring dual speakers, a 64-bit octa-core Kirin processor, a 4,800 mAh battery and quick performance when connected to Wi-Fi.