Which Tablets Make The Cut?
By Simon Fitzpatrick
Sales of tablets are predicted to exceed those of PCs for the first time this year, with trouble expected for manufacturers who’ve been slow to embrace the touchscreen revolution. Tablets are particularly good for gaming, with intuitive control and high quality graphics, so let’s have a look at the best machines out there – as well as a few of the most entertaining games.
Google’s Nexus 7 is a great little tablet at under £200 for the 16GB version. It’s light and slim; handy for long gaming sessions. The screen is excellent at 1920 x 1200 pixels. The performance is superbly quick; gamers will surely forgive the very slightly cheap feel of the casing. Battery life is claimed to be around nine hours.
For those with a bit more cash to splash, the iPad Air is a real beauty. The bottom-end 16GB version sells for around £400; the lightness and slimness of the device are bewitching, so if you don’t want to spend that much, don’t try one! Retina screen resolution is 2048 x 1536, and the graphics have a seamless, silk-smooth feel that gamers will love. Battery life is around 10 hours.
For the same money, non-Apple fans can have Sony’s Experia Tablet Z. Its waterproof design will allow gaming in the bath â€“ if you trust it! Frame rates and overall performance are good, if not quite iPad Air standard. Screen resolution is 1920 x 1200 and battery life is excellent.
Tesco’s Hudl may not have the glamour of the machines we’ve discussed so for, but it’s priced at under £120, so how attractive is it for gamers? It’s a 7-inch machine, and only slightly heavier than the equivalent Nexus, so that’s good news. The screen’s about what you’d expect at 1440 x 900. It comes preloaded with all sorts of Tesco-related services, but it does allow users to get into Google’s Play Store for game downloads. Worth a look â€“ perhaps as a second tablet.
Choice of games is a deeply personal thing, but here are three that’ll excite tablet users and sometimes test the capabilities of the devices.
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is a first-person shooter. It’s an excellent test for touchscreen responsiveness, with superb graphics and gameplay, as well as online multiplayer options. Available for all platforms.
Fans of poker, blackjack and roulette have many options for turning their device into an iPad casino. Gaming Club is a good example, and of course Android (and other) users are covered as well. Slots and video poker are also offered.
Real Racing 3 will test your tablet’s graphics and responsiveness with its high-speed chases around some beautifully rendered tracks. It’s free to download with paid upgrades in-game.
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