If you like to buy a good, quality and branded tablet, there are a lot of options. But we would like to look at tablets not from hardware manufactorers – Amazon, Microsoft and Google. The reasons are the following: the companies try to use good hardware and offer sweet prices. Also you will have some benefits as Amazon, Microsoft and Google try to attract people to their market as much as possible.
So we have:
It looks like Kindle Fire HDX has the best screen as compared with other tablets right now. It has the best resolution and accurate color calibration, accuracy, contrast, and brightness. Also, Amazon points out that they built in advanced polarizing filter which helps to reduce glare. And it really works as it should. Even in critical reviews people usually say positive words about display.
About Microsoft Surface 3 display we should say that it is good and has advantage of size. But if you want to have the same resolution as Kindle has you should buy Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with starting price 899$. In other words you have to pay double price to have the same resolution as Kindle has.
Google Nexus 9 Tablet has the same size as Kindle but lower resolution. The difference is not critical, but noticeable.
The second characteristic which we would like to take into account is battery life. As our tablets have different motherboards and CPU, we cannot use batteries capacities for direct comparison. Amazon promise that Kindle would work up to 12 hours. In customers reviews we did not find any negative point to battery life but we did not get particular hours either. Usually, real battery live is about 60% – 70% from declared. So, Kindle should work about 8 or 8 and half hours.
Microsoft promise up to 10 hours of video playback. In reviews people mention only 4 hours with screen brightness 100% or using heavy apps.
Google says that Nexus 9 Tablet will continue working up to 7 hours. In real live condition the time is 4.5 – 5.5 hours.
Once again, Kindle has the first place in our test.
About application we should notice that if you expect that can run all your desktop applications from Microsoft on Surface 3 you are missing one detail: weak CPU. It makes absolutely uncomfortable gaming, using Adobe, CAD, etc. If an application needs clock speed over 1GHz as a requirement of CPU, you will not run this application.
Kindle also has distinction in application as it is tiered to Amazon store, which is small compared to Google, Apple or even Microsoft stores. But as it’s build on Android OS, you can use applications from Google store (Google play). You just need to allow your Kindle use third parties application. Also you can find many “paid for” applications on Google and Apple ecosystems for your Kindle for free.
Nexus 9 Tablet has access to all applications on Google play.
Before comparing prices you need to make decision about storage capacity. Amazon says that Kindle can be with 16, 32, or 64 GB, but right now only 64Gb variant is available for $429.99 (regular price 479.99).
Google Nexus 9 Tablet has 2 options: 16 Gb for 298.99$ (black color) and 32GB for 320$ (white color). Regular prices are 399.99$ and $479.99 respectively.
Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet with 64Gb will cost you $489.99 (regular price is $499) and 128Gb – $499 (regular price is $599).
Conclusion: if you looking for cheapest tablet – you should take Nexus 9 Tablet as right now it has the greatest discounts. If you would like to have best quality with reasonable price – you should choose Kindle Fire HDX. If you have no strict budget limitation and like Microsoft ecosystem – you should prefer Surface 3.
Date: November 29, 2015