Today’s tablets sport a variety of different hardware architectures and can come equipped with Windows, Android, or iOS. How are you supposed to know which combination is best? We get the latest tablets in our lab and test their speed, battery life, display quality, and usability for you.
EVGA Tegra Note 7 Review: Nvidia's Tegra 4 For $200
Nov 12, 2013 - in Reviews
Nvidia is partnering with EVGA on the company's second Tegra 4-based device. Its Tegra Note 7 sells for $200, sports unique stylus technology, and ships with a bloatware-free build of Android. Can it set a new standard for affordable seven-inch tablets?
Nvidia Shield Review: Tegra 4-Powered Handheld Gaming
Jul 30, 2013 - in Reviews
We've been playing with Nvidia's Shield handheld for more than a month, but only recently got access to its killer feature: streaming PC game content. Does Nvidia's foray into the hardware world deserve your $300, or is this expensive toy impractical?
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Review: Our First Table PC
Jul 28, 2013 - in Reviews
The latest all-in-ones look a lot like huge tablets, right? An internal battery adds portability to Lenovo's 27” IdeaCentre Horizon, but is this cool concept still functional as a desktop, or does the push toward mobility sacrifice too much performance?
Adata DashDrive Air AE400 Review: Wi-Fi, Charger, And Card Reader
Jul 10, 2013 - in Reviews
Adata's DashDrive Air AE400 offers a lot of functionality in a small package. It’s a USB port, an SD memory card reader, a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, and a 5000 mAh power bank able to charge your smartphone and tablet. How well does it work?
Intel Silvermont Architecture: Does This Atom Change It All?
May 6, 2013 - in Reviews
We sat in on a Silvermont deep-dive, the architecture powering Intel's next-generation Atom processors. Manufactured at 22 nm, armed with an out-of-order execution engine, and optimized for power, will this be what buries the ARM-based competition?
Acer Iconia W510 Tablet: A Tale Of Intel Vs. ARM And Acer Vs. Apple
Apr 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Some folks still say that the x86 ISA will never catch up to ARM when it comes to efficiency. Our granular power analysis demonstrates just how efficient x86-based CPUs can be, though. But how does Intel compete when we dig deeper into user experience?
GeChic On-Lap 2501M 15.6" Battery-Powered Monitor, Tested
Mar 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Do you ever wish you could watch video on something larger than a smartphone when you're on the road? GeChic thinks it has an answer with the On-Lap 2501M portable monitor. We benchmark the display to see if its performance matches its convenience.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: The Best E-Book Reader?
Mar 11, 2013 - in Reviews
Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HD gets all of the glory, the company's hardware business is rooted in e-books. The Kindle Paperwhite's front-light promises something different. But with the recent proliferation of cheap tablets, is it still worth buying?
Google Nexus 10 Review: Is 2560x1600 High-Def Enough?
Feb 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Google's Nexus 10 enables a 2560x1600 resolution on a 10" display, and features a powerful Samsung SoC. Can the affordable tablet take down Apple's iPad through superior hardware and better value? We apply our benchmark suite to answer those questions.
Samsung ATIV Tab Review: A Tablet To Hold Your Breath For?
Jan 20, 2013 - in Reviews
Microsoft set the standard for Windows RT-based hardware, but is there still room for partners to sell compelling alternatives? We take our first Qualcomm-powered Windows RT tablet for a spin to determine if Samsung's ATIV Tab is worth waiting for.
Update: Intel Expands Our Battery Testing At CES 2013
Jan 9, 2013 - in Reviews
We've already shown that x86 competes readily with ARM's simpler architecture when it comes to battery life. We continue our investigation at this year's CES, where Intel came packing its own tests on four current-generation tablets.
Nvidia's Tegra 3 Optimizations: THD Android Games, Tested
Jan 3, 2013 - in Reviews
Nvidia continues to encourage game developers to add Tegra-only details to their Android titles. Is Tegra 3 the killer SoC for Android gaming? How do Tegra-optimized games look compared to the same titles on iOS? Is it all just a bunch of marketing hype?
Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T: An Atom-Based Windows 8 Tablet
Jan 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Samsung takes Intel's Atom Z2760 SoC, the full version of Windows 8, and builds a tablet that begs to stay connected to its docking station. Is this the combination of freedom, performance, and battery life we've been waiting for, or are we left wanting?
ARM Vs. x86: The Secret Behind Intel Atom's Efficiency
Dec 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel recently shared very granular power measurements of its Atom SoC and Nvidia's Tegra 3. If you previously believed ARM's architecture to be inherently more efficient, perhaps you underestimated the benefit of Intel's manufacturing and architecture.
Apple iPad Mini Review: Our New Favorite Size, But...That Price?
Dec 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple wants $329 for its base-level iPad mini. Should you pay that much for an almost-8" screen, or are the 7" Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD better options? We run system benchmarks, battery tests, and provide display analysis to help you make the call.
Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?
Nov 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Today is our very first Web Browser Grand Prix on Android. Unlike iOS, Android-based tablets have real competition between browsers. So, how do Chrome, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera Mobile, and Sleipnir stack up against the stock Android browser?
Apple iPhone 5 Review: CPU, GPU, Battery, Wi-Fi, And Display Testing
Nov 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple's A6-powered iPhone 5 gets the Tom's Hardware treatment as we benchmark its twin processing cores, its triple-core graphics engine, and its more vibrant display. Battery life testing and Wi-Fi performance measurements round out our analysis.
Microsoft Surface Review, Part 2: Battery Life, Multi-Monitor, And More
Nov 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Part 2 of our Microsoft Surface coverage includes tons of battery life analysis, a look at what it takes to slow down Tegra 3 in Windows RT, a demonstration of the first tablet able to extend the Windows Desktop, and some clarification of display quality.
Microsoft Surface Review, Part 1: Performance And Display Quality
Nov 4, 2012 - in Reviews
We bought Microsoft's Surface the day it came out, and we're ready with first impressions and benchmarks. Does the company enable a truly productivity-oriented experience to complement content consumption, or will we have to wait for the Surface Pro?
Dell Shows Off Its Entire Windows 8-Based Fall Line-Up
Oct 31, 2012 - in Picture Story
Tom's Hardware was recently invited to an event in New York to preview Dell's line-up of Windows 8-based Inspiron and XPS families of notebooks, tablets, and accessories. From all-in-ones to convertibles, and notebooks, the company is all-in with touch.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD: Better; Can It Compete With The Nexus 7?
Oct 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD matches the Nexus 7's low $199 price point. But can it stand up to Google's features or performance? Yes—and no. Amazon addicts take note: the Kindle Fire HD may be just what you're looking for, even if its hardware is older.
Which Browser Should You Be Running On Your iPad And iPhone?
Oct 18, 2012 - in Reviews
Welcome to our first ever mobile Web Browser Grand Prix! How do Web browsers on iOS, the world's number-one tablet platform, compare? Today, Yahoo! Axis, Google Chrome, Dolphin, Maxthon, Apple Safari, and Sleipnir vie for supremacy on the third-gen iPad.
Snapdragon S4 Pro: Krait And Adreno 320, Benchmarked
Oct 10, 2012 - in Reviews
According to Qualcomm, its S4 Pro will be the next big thing in mobile performance, powering a new generation of smartphones and tablets. We put the company's claim to the test. The result? We think the competition, especially Nvidia, should be worried.
RoboHornet: The Next Big Thing In Browser Benchmarking
Sep 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Today, Google and GitHub unveil the mysterious project RoboHornet. This ambitious all-in-one Web browser performance benchmark is like no other seen before, and we have early access! Will RoboHornet become the one browser benchmark to rule them all?
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Review: Samsung's Second-Child Syndrome
Sep 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Samsung delivers its third-generation tablet: the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Does it become the undisputed Android-based alternative to Apple's latest? Or did Google's Nexus 7 change the game too drastically? The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tackles both tablets head-on.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X230T Tablet PC, Tested And Reviewed
Sep 5, 2012 - in Reviews
Do you want a tablet for the road that's also able to run your favorite Windows-based applications? Consider Lenovo's X230T tablet PC. With a built-in keyboard, this convertible PC enables tablet convenience without sacrificing notebook-class performance.
The Nexus 7 Review: Google's First Tablet Gets Benchmarked
Jul 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Googles’s first tablet impresses in a big way. Light, lean, and packed with Jelly Bean, the low-priced Nexus 7 hits the sweet spot and plays all the right notes. If the “perfect” tablet is what you seek, the one-of-a-kind Nexus 7 might be it.
Reporting From Google I/O 2012: Nexus 7 And Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
Jun 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Google unveiled its Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1 update. We did deeper and take a more technical look. But that's not all. We go over some new additions on Google+, and share a quick demo of an impressive HTML5-based game (hold the laughter, please).
SYNC With MyFord Touch: Automotive Infotainment For All
May 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Automotive infotainment systems are becoming smarter, and more powerful, featuring some of the same hardware as popular smartphones and tablets. It's time to apply our own unique analysis to technology finding its way into the automotive segment.
Tom's Hardware Interviews Four Android And iOS Game Developers
Apr 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Four leading mobile game developers divulge their thoughts on the rise of mobile gaming, the iOS vs. Android vs. WP7 industry face-off, the impact of HD tablets like the iPad 3, and whether mobile gaming is now challenging the dominance of game consoles.