Tablets just may be one of the greatest inventions of all time. You want one, you need one, and it’s awesome to have one, but you can’t buy just any tablet. You have a reputation to uphold. Here are the six coolest tablets on the market right now, the ones that will make your buddies envious.
Amazon Fire HDX
No, the Fire is not the most powerful tablet on the market. The device’s cool quotient, however, is higher than you may realize. Since the Amazon ecosystem is so vast and grows more every time Jeff Bezos cuts a check, the Fire HDX offers more instant content than any other device on the market. It’s also one of the most affordable, a huge bonus if you’re currently cash-strapped. Analysts consider this tablet the most family friendly and media-rich tablet on the market, so it’s a streamer’s dream.
Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+
You probably won’t buy a Lenovo laptop ever again, because the company loads malware on its own devices. You should still consider its hottest tablet, though. This product answers a question you hadn’t even thought to ask: If an oversized smartphone is a phablet, what’s a tablet so large that it’s almost as big as a MacBook Air?
The answer is this surprisingly robust and powerful device that features an adjustable screen. You can pivot the 1920 x 1200 pixel monitor to maximize your comfort. While it’s not the most powerful tablet on the market, the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ definitely gets style points for its sleek appearance and design.
Apple iPad Air 2
Speaking of Apple products, the latest iteration of the originator in the tablet field sustains the iPad’s reign of dominance. The iPad Air 2 features a better processor, so your games will play faster than ever before. It also adds improved front and rear cameras, meaning that whether you’re taking pictures of your friends or mastering the art of the selfie, you’ll achieve better photographic results. These enhancements, combined with touch identification and Apple Pay, make this one of the coolest tablets in existence.
Upon launch, the Nexus 9 instantly became the fastest Android tablet on the market. It was also the first to use Android Lollipop 5.0, an operating system so advanced that many tablets remain incapable of running it. The HTC/Google joint venture optimizes Google’s software better than almost any other device available.
The Nexus 9 is intended to answer the iPad as a non-Apple response. Its response time is excellent, even when a handful of apps are open at once. Plus, its 2048 x 1536 pixel display is the gold standard in the industry now. The main sticking point with the Nexus 9 is that the maximum storage is 32GB, which means that you’ll have a hard limit on the number of games you can download.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Any Samsung Galaxytablet paired with a fast 4g network is sure to impress, yet perhaps the best on the market is the S version. Like the Lenovo above, it comes in the largest size now available for tablets, 10.5 inches, although a tinier 8.4-inch version is also available if you have smaller hands. If you stream a lot of content, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S provides the best display on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S offers the best battery life of any tablet in its class while its thinness and lightness are equally impressive. It also offers fingerprint activation like the latest versions of the iPad, making it the best overall Android answer.
Nvidia Shield Tablet
If you’re a gamer, who can you trust more than the people responsible for the finest line of graphic cards on the planet? The Nvidia Shield also runs Android Lollipop 5.0 thanks to its powerful Tegra K-1 processor, but its video gaming integration is what differentiates it. You can attach a controller to the device, and if the screen size ever becomes an issue, you can connect your tablet to the television. Play your video games however you choose!
Whatever you’re seeking in a tablet, the list above can fulfill your needs. Whether your budget is better suited for an entry-level tablet or money is no object to you, each device listed comes with an intrinsic cool factor that should make you the envy of your friends.