Tablets with the best screens
The importance of a tablet's screen quality cannot be understated. The vast majority of your interactions with a given tablet take place on its display.
When it comes to qualifying the best, there's more to the screen quality of a tablet than meets the eye -- proverbially speaking. There's a lot of focus on high resolutions and pixels per inch (PPI) and, although these are important, there are other components that contribute to the overall quality of a screen. Brightness and black levels, as well as color accuracy and range, are all equally important factors to consider.
We've rounded up the tablets with the best screens, taking into consideration the various traits that together make Netflix binges and Angry Birds marathons even more hypnotizing and visually immersive. This list is updated as new tablets come out.
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a modest 1,280x800-pixel resolution, but its screen is seriously impressive when it comes to color reproduction. Its range of color surpasses the competition in the small-tablet category, producing visually rich and detailed images. In addition, it comes with calibration software for fine-tuning the screen to your liking. Read the full review.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
The freshly released HDX 7 boasts an impressive feature-to-price ratio, including a sharp 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen that matches that of Google's new Nexus 7. The rebooted 7-inch tablet packs more oomph than last year's model, including a bevy of useful features and exclusive perks for Prime members. Its sharp screen looks great on its small, compact form, but in white balance it can't compare to Google's new 7-incher. Read the full review.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3's vivid screen displays richly saturated colors that vibrantly pop. It doesn't rock the highest resolution, but its superbright display and mesmerizing ability to produce sharp, colorful images earn it a spot on this list. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
There's a new Nexus 7 in town, but it still wears the best small-tablet crown. The 2013 model has an upgraded 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution with a notably high pixel density. Its screen is so sharp and bright it could probably score a full ride to Harvard if it tried. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 10
Though its colors are nicely saturated, the Nexus 10 doesn't hit the high mark set by the iPad when it comes to black level, contrast, and color accuracy. Still, the Nexus 10 matches the highest resolution screen of any tablet yet, and in certain games like N.O.V.A. 3, it's even sharper than the fourth-generation iPad. Read the full review.
The king stays the king -- at least for now. The fourth-generation iPad still has the best tablet screen, thanks to its low black level, high contrast, and precise color accuracy. One look at the screen and its superiority to the competition in nearly every category is readily apparent. The screen's impressiveness is also spurred by the fact that nearly every app made for the iPad runs at its native 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution. Read the full review.