The new leading contender is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.
Highest-resolution screen at that size, octa-core CPU (for the WiFi-only version) and 3GBs of RAM. It’s not 4:3 but I see nothing other than that as an objection. Plus, it will have MultiView.
At some distance behind as second, the HP Slate 8 Pro.
I don’t see any commitment from HP. This is still available with only 1GB of RAM. Where’s the 2GB model? And where is this in retail stores? Is this to be an orphan soon? Or will next month’s Mobile World Congress bring a refresh?
Third place remains the Retina iPad Mini.
Although it’s probably the most powerful of the three, the lack of microSD card slot irritates me.
Now dropped from all consideration are the LG G Pad 8.3, the Tomato T2, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
I don’t expect the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 to have an AnTuTu X score beyond, perhaps, the 21,000-range (the slight increase will be due to the faster storage). That’s just too low for me now. And while the Rockchip 3188 was great in 2013, this is now 2014 with competition.
My decisions are based on my need for reading massive Google Books PDFs and shouldn’t be taken as anything other than my personal thinking.
But I do have one bit of general advice: Don’t buy a tablet that might be an orphan!