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We put touchscreen tablets through their paces in a tough set of tests, assessing the quality of the screen, audio output, battery life, performances and responsiveness. Each criterion is analysed objectively by reliable top-notch equipment. The results can then be weighted (if necessary) after subjective analysis by the product reviewer. The most important part of our test has to be screen quality. For a product that's geared up first and foremost for multimedia, a good display is essential. That's why we always strip a star as soon as we see a TN-type screen in a tablet (TN screens are known for their tight viewing angles).
After Apple's original iPad burst onto the media scene and kick-started the tablet market, decent alternatives were thin on the ground in the sector's first year of life. As you can see from the number of product reviews on our site these days, that's clearly no longer the case. There are now loads of models to choose from, with new devices arriving each month. These range in size from 7” to 10.1” with 11” and 12” models in the pipeline. And the arrival of Windows 8—an OS designed specifically for touchscreen devices and tablets—will no doubt bring a whole new wave of products.
We try to review a wide range of tablets, from well-known best-sellers to models from smaller brands. Not all of them are perfect, but a three- or four-star model could still be a perfectly suitable device for many users. It's therefore a good idea to use our filters to sort and compare reviews and to look for the features that interest you the most.