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Stiftung Warentest has tested ten current tablets. The new iPad does not rank within the top 3. There is no need to be pleased, because the test winners cost even more.
This year too, thousands of tablets will be lying under German Christmas trees. Corona is helping people get flexible devices for media consumption. In the spring, tablets even became scarce for a short time.
There is especially great interest in devices that are relatively inexpensive. Alternatives to the iPads, which were relatively expensive in the past, are particularly popular.
However, it is now increasingly evident that manufacturers other than Apple are not afraid to charge high prices. This has the effect that iPads are priced in the middle range and are therefore definitely suitable for the Christmas tree – provided that the donor is able to donate.
Huawei suffers from US sanctions
If you are looking for good tablets at low prices, you cannot avoid Huawei. Functionally, they also do very well at Stiftung Warentest. However, the US sanctions have curtailed them so that they cannot be used for many purposes. They have this disadvantage in common with the Amazon Fire tablets. There, however, Amazon voluntarily refrains from integrating Google services, while Huawei would rather use Google services again today than tomorrow.
The current 12/2020 issue of Test magazine includes reviews of ten current tablets in the price range between 110 and 1,150 euros. Six of the ten devices received an overall rating of “good”. However, not all tablets are recommendable with this judgment.
This affects all devices from the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The Stiftung Warentest has not made any devaluation here because Huawei is not responsible for the restrictions and cannot actively change them.
This is an honorable attitude of the testers, but still only partially understandable for the buyer. In fact, the limitations are clearly evident in everyday use. Those interested in tablets have to look unusually closely at the current test of the referees.
Samsung secured a double victory
The foundation declares the two new Samsung devices Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus to be the winners of the tablet test. The Tab S7 Plus had it particularly easy for 1,150 euros, because the only competitor in the 11-inch class was the cheap Hannspree Titan 3 tablet for 245 euros.
In addition to the clear price gap, there is an equally clear gap in the rating. The Samsung S7 Plus gets an overall grade of 1.8, the Hannspree has to be content with 4.2. With the S7 Plus, the very good AMOLED display is particularly convincing, which alone has already been graded 1.1 and thus significantly increases the grade point average.
Anyone willing to pay the high price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus should take a look at the Apple iPad Pro 11 or 12.9 tablets. They are not included in the current test, but a few months ago they achieved results that were very similar to those of the S7 Plus in an earlier test by the foundation. In terms of price, they are also close to that of the Samsung tablet. In addition, they are likely to receive operating system updates for much longer than is typically expected for Samsung tablets.
Among the tablets with a ten-inch diagonal, the Samsung device in the form of the Galaxy Tab S7 LTE without the plus mark also wins. Like its larger counterpart, the device received an overall grade of 1.8. The screen was significantly worse, but still rated 1.8. On the other hand, the smaller S7 lasts longer, which is why it outperforms the S7 Plus in the battery rating. In addition, at 780 euros it costs almost 400 euros less.
Huawei offers top tablets
In second place among the 10-inch tablets and with a quality rating of 1.9 is the Huawei Matepad Pro LTE, which is cheaper at 600 euros. It can keep up with Samsung devices in all respects and even surpass them in terms of the display. The missing input pen alone is likely to have cost the 0.1 percentage points missed to win.
Despite this judgment, prospective buyers should look very carefully to see whether they actually want to buy a tablet without Google services. After all, not only are individual apps missing, but Google’s entire service system. This is why third-party apps that access Google Maps to display maps cannot be used on the Huawei device. There are quite a few of these integrations.
The lack of a Play Store as such is a minor problem. Here you can access F-Droid or Huawei’s app gallery as well as websites such as APK-Mirror and others.
If the restrictions didn’t exist, the price-performance winner would be a very clear recommendation, because the Huawei Matepad Wifi is available for around 300 euros. This is rated with an overall grade of 2.0 and delivers an even better display than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, while it delivers similarly in all other categories.
Apple fans can safely grab the iPad 8. This is available for around 470 euros with WLAN and around 604 euros with WLAN and LTE, each with 128 gigabytes of internal storage. Stiftung Warentest also gave the iPad 8 a very good display with a grade of 1.6.
Huawei wins 8-inch comparison
Last but not least, Stiftung Warentest took a look at the tablets available in the eight-inch league. Here the Huawei Matepad T8 wins for around 120 euros with an overall grade of 2.4. The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus can also be interesting for around 175 euros, which still achieves an overall rating of “good” (2.5).
In one point, the Amazon tab even secured overall victory. The battery lasted the longest compared to the rest of the test field.
The complete test is available as a single request for three euros from Stiftung Warentest or at the kiosk in the 12/2020 issue.