Warentest checks tablets: There is a good one for 180 euros
Tablets are a popular companion
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Whether as a work device or for travel: tablets are versatile companions. A current test by Stiftung Warentest shows that the cheaper models are often sufficient for simple requirements. However, they do not come close to the premium devices.
Watching a film on the flight, checking e-mails on the couch or reading a book in the park: tablets, with their combination of a light casing and a large display, are unbeatable in their versatility. Stiftung Warentest regularly checks which models are good. In the current test, the cheap brands from China are particularly surprising.
18 new devices were tested. Four have a very large display with a diagonal of more than 11.8 inches, 13 are in the typical tablet size between 9.8 and 11.8 inches and one is a compact model with 6.9 inches. The evaluation was based on everyday use such as surfing the Internet, playing games or the camera, the display, the battery performance and general handling. The result: Almost all tested devices are good, only a few perform satisfactorily, none is really bad.
Good but cheap
The first new product of the evening was the least spectacular: The iPhone SE keeps the old look and sticks to the design with the home button. Inside, however, it is very up-to-date: With the A15 chip, there is plenty of power.
If the demands are higher, however, it quickly becomes more expensive. The best tablets all cost over 550 euros, sometimes even twice as much. On the other hand, they perform a good deal better than the cheaper competitors. The two first-place winners come from Samsung: The Galaxy Tab S8 (10.9 inches) and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (14.4 inches), which is largely identical except for the significantly larger display, each have an overall rating of "good" (1st place) in their category ,7) clearly in first place. They perform well in every respect and offer the best displays in the test field. There aren't even dropouts in partial grades. A strong performance. However, it costs: The Tab S8 costs at least 570 euros, the tested version with 5G connection is another 200 euros more. It gets even more expensive with the Ultra: the 5G version costs 1070 euros, but if you do without mobile communications, you still pay at least 890 euros.
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