Tablets for studies in the test 2022: The best tablet PCs for students

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In the CHIP test laboratory, we test the latest models from all relevant manufacturers on the German market. We use a procedure that is defined down to the last detail, in which all candidates are subjected to identical procedures. All results within a rating category are comparable with each other. The overall grade is made up of four components that cover all relevant everyday aspects of tablet use: display quality, performance, equipment, battery power.

Display quality (35%): The display is the most important individual component of a tablet. We invest a lot of testing here and measure brightness, contrast, viewing angles and reflections. This allows statements to be made about how easy it is to read the content on the tablet itself and under difficult lighting conditions. We measure the size of the color space and the neutrality of the white point. In addition, purely technical features such as pixel density are included in the evaluation. Together, these aspects account for 35 percent of the final grade.

Achievement/Performance (25%): A tablet must be powerful enough to execute program calls, system starts and shutdowns as quickly as possible. Smooth scrolling through extensive documents or demanding websites is also part of the practical requirement profile. In addition to visual inspection, benchmark programs are used in the test laboratory. You need tests that deliver comparable results on both Android and iOS, such as 3DMark, GFXBench and APPMark.

Battery (20%): The battery measurements in the test process represent a practical long-term load scenario: We measured the tablet’s runtime several times in different application scenarios: For example, during an Internet session or when watching a video, which is largely automated. We set the display to an average brightness of 200 cd/m². We also test how long it takes for a completely empty battery to reach 100 percent capacity again and how far it can be charged in just half an hour.

Amenities (15%): Our equipment rating is based on a simple checklist. How much memory does the candidate have? How many and which communication channels (sockets and mobile radio standards) are available? What extras can the user use beyond the basic functions, what is the camera like, are there input pens or additional sensors? The points that a candidate collects count for 20 percent of the overall rating.

Appstore (5 %): Users of Android tablets with Google’s Play Store connection and iPad users have no fundamental restrictions. That’s why both app stores get the rating 1.0 here. The situation is different with tablets, which are based on Android but are denied access to the official Google app store. In order to be able to give these devices a fair and objective overall rating, we checked how good their app support is.

We differentiate three times here: If the programs you are looking for are available in the pre-installed app store of the cell phone (e.g. Huawei AppGallery), you get full points. We rate installation options via connected external sources and alternative app stores with half the points. The reason: users are not quite as safe here as in the large tested stores, and the update cycle is a bit more cumbersome. There are no points for non-installable tools that are essential for certain purposes.

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