Tablets are one of the classics under the Christmas tree. The Stiftung Warentest has examined which models are recommended. Samsung ends up at the top, there is a catch with Huawei devices.
Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, but tablets are still very popular as Christmas gifts. But which model is recommended? Stiftung Warentest tested ten tablets. Seven devices received a “good” rating.
The test winners are the S7 + and the S7 from Samsung (read our extensive test here). They are among the best tablets that Stiftung Warentest has ever tested. The display of the S7 + is “excellent”, rave the experts, and it is the only one of the models examined that already supports the new 5G mobile communications standard. The cheaper S7 scores with a generous battery life. Both models come with a stylus.
iPad behind Samsung tablet
Apple tested the eighth generation iPad (here our test). This is the entry-level model from Cupertino and scores with graphics performance and a very bright screen. The low resolution of the front camera and the inability to expand the integrated memory with memory cards are criticized. In our opinion, a reasonable comparison to Samsung’s top tablets for more than 1100 euros would have been the new iPad Air 4, but this model was not included in the test.
The three tested models from the Chinese manufacturer Huawei show that good hardware is not everything: The tablets have good displays and large batteries, but they can only be recommended to a limited extent. The reason is the fact that Huawei is no longer allowed to install apps and services from Google on its devices due to a ban by the Trump administration. As an alternative to Google’s Play Store, there is Huawei’s AppGallery, “but there are not many popular apps there,” writes Warentest.
With the Fire HD 8 (from 97 euros) and the Plus version, Amazon offers one of the cheapest tablets in the test portfolio. However, it is only enough for a “satisfactory”. There are point deductions, especially in terms of versatility, as well as camera and sound.
The full test is available for a fee at test.de/tablets