If you want to buy a new tablet for high-performance gaming, this is the right place for you. In this post, I am going to bring to you the top 5 tablets for Clash of Clans fans.
Before showing the top 5, I should mention the elements that we must consider when talking about gaming tablets at first. Probably the application selection is the most important thing, as there’s really no point in buying a gaming tablet that lacks a wide selection of games (Playbook from BlackBerry, Fire tablets,… for example). Secondly, we should consider the performance, because I don’t think we could like lags or stutters when playing games. The quality of the display is also very important. And the last, gaming tablets should be as compact as possible.
In the tablet market, performance is quite high-priced, so don’t expect any of the best gaming tablets to be affordable.
Apple iPad Air 2
Currently, the best tablet that many people can purchase is the Apple iPad Air 2. Many mobile games are still developed with an “iOS first” approach, while Android has certainly gained a lot of traction with mobile game developers over the past few years. iPad Air 2 also has sufficient processing power to deal with any games you want to play. Besides that, its display and build quality are also top-notch.
In this list, the iPad Air 2 is not the least compact (240 x 169.5 mm) and the lightest (437 grams) tablet, but on the upside, it measures only 6.1mm and the aluminum build doesn’t disappoint us. Its specifications include a 9.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1536 by 2048 pixels and a pixel density of 264 per inch, a triple-core Apple A8X processor paired with 2GB of RAM and a custom-designed Apple/PVR GXA6850 GPU.
Google Nexus 9
Google Nexus 9 is one of the most powerful tablets in terms of processing power over in the Android system market. There are some complains about bugs, errors in the OS but most games run smoothly on Nexus 9. Moreover, the android 5.1 Lollipop which can solve most of the bugs that users reported has now started coming to Nexus 9.
It has an 8.9-inch IPS panel running at a resolution of 1536 by 2048 pixels at an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a PPI of 281. The Nexus 9 measures 228.2 x 153.7 x 8 mm and tips the scales at 425 grams. Its processing power is the 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver) chipset which is the fastest chipset available on any Android tablet. The chip integrates a dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver processor and a Kepler DX1 GPU. Running with 2GB of RAM, the 64-bit Tegra K1 offers great 3D performance.
Nvidia Tablet Shield
The other tablets in this list are designed to be all-rounders, but this Android-based Nvidia Shield Tablet is designed with mobile games in mind. With this device, you are not only able to play Android games, but also able to stream games from PCs, that integrate compatible Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, and from the cloud using Nvidia Grid system.
This tablet has an 8-inch IPS display running at 1200 by 1920 pixels at a 16:10 aspect ratio and a PPI of 283. It measures 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm and weighs 380 grams. The heart of the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a 32-bit Nvidia Tegra K1, a chip that integrates 2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and a 192-core ULP GeForce Kepler GPU. It hasn’t been tested by us but external benchmark tests prove that the Shield Tablet’s processing power is only slightly less than the HTC Nexus 9. Many GPU tests show that in on-screen tests the Shield Tablet actually performs better than the Nexus 9, which could be largely attributed to the fact that the 32-bit Tegra K1 has to push about 38% less pixels on the Shield Tablet.
Dell Venue 8 7000
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is a gaming tablet with a unique design design, a high-resolution display and an industrial build quality. It has an 8.4 OLED panel with a resolution of 1600 by 2560 pixels at an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a PPI of 359. The Venue 8 7000 is about 6.1mm thick, and its dimensions are quite compact for an 8.4-inch tablet.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 runs with an Intel Atom Z3580, a mobile chip that features a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU and a PowerVR G6430 GPU. After the test, Benchmarks show that the GPU does a really good job at keeping up with the high-resolution display, but the numbers decrease by quite a bit compared to the iPad Air 2, the Shield Tablet, or the Nexus 9.
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a medium sized Android tablet which offers an 8-inch display running a 1200 by 1980 pixels at a 16:10 aspect ratio and a PPI of 283.
This tablet is the only one in this list that has IP68 certified dust and water resistant, which means that you could play games while taking a bath if you want to. The tablet measures 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm and weighs 270 grams. So, this is the most compact tablet in the list, and it’s the lightest as well, just like its name. Moreover, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, a mobile SoC that makes use of a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU. Although it’s not as well as the tablets mentioned above, the Snapdragon 801 works decently in 3D benchmarks with 3GB of RAM.