This is an update to: My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment
Having tried an Intel Atom-based Android tablet for myself — the Dell Venue 8 — and finding it not powerful enough for Google Books PDFs, I can now drop Atom-based Android tablets from my list of contenders.
That basically leaves me with three possibilities, one wild card, and one surprise contender.
At the top of the list is the HP Slate 8 Pro. The Tegra 4 CPU has the potential to handle Google Books PDFs well. The high-resolution 1600 x 1200 screen is a plus too. I still don’t know if it will have 2GBs of RAM.
Next is the LG G Pad 8.3. Its 8.3-inch 1920 x 1280 screen is nearly as wide as the 4:3 iPad Mini. Its Snapdragon 600 scores in the 21,000-range, which sounds good on the face of it, but the Dell Venue 8 had an AnTuTu X score in the 20,000 range and lacked snap in handling Google Books PDFs.
The third choice is the riskiest: The Tomato T2 from China. It has a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5410 CPU and 2GBs of fast RAM. It seems very snappy in this video. No credible AnTuTu score has been posted for it yet.
The wildcard is the iPad Mini. If the rumored update brings the new A7 CPU to it this Tuesday, I will have to make a special trip to the Apple Store once it’s out to run my Google Books PDF test on it.
And the surprise is …
These are the only tablets I’d consider buying right now. Dropped from my consideration are the Rockchip 3188-based clones (such as the Chuwi V88), the Allwinner A31s-based Ramos K1, and all others.
My own thinking shouldn’t affect yours, however. I need a tablet that can do Google Books PDFs well. And any tablet that can do those well will do all other things very well.