iPad Mini 2021 64GB Wifi
Watch the video above to find out what makes a tablet a Which? Best Buy, and why there is a big difference between the tablets we recommend and the ones we don't.
We put every tablet through the same assessments in our lab, mixing technical tests and measurements with real-life ease-of-use testing. We get to the heart of how you actually use a tablet every day, so that every one of our tablet reviews will tell you what you need to know to make the right choice. This includes:
We use a panel of three experts to judge how good the screen is. They check that it’s sharp and bright across the surface, and that its colours are rich and vibrant.
We know that you’re not always going to be sitting on your sofa, so as well as testing the screen in a normally lit room, we see how it looks in bright daylight and under direct sunlight. Can you still see your apps or just the sunlight reflecting from the screen?
Not every tablet screen looks good if viewed at an angle, so we check to see if the detail and colour accuracy suffer if you're not sat straight on.
Most tablets don’t come with a physical keyboard, so a responsive, accurate touchscreen is crucial. We check how much force you need to use before the screen responds and assess how accurately it tracks your finger’s movement on the surface.
We also type on the on-screen keyboard to see whether you’ll be happy typing emails on it or frustrated by the number of mistakes.
We run three sets of exhaustive tests.
Some tablets last upwards of 16 hours from a full charge before they run dry; the equivalent of watching a whole season of House of Cards.
We don’t rely on subjective impressions of a tablet’s speed, but instead run technical benchmarks to see whether the tablet’s processor can cope with demanding apps – or with running several apps at the same time.
This means we can tell you whether your tablet will cope with new versions of Android or the latest games and apps or if it’s likely to crumble and sputter out when you give it something tough to work on.
When we see tablets start to consistently ace these benchmarking tests, we rethink the software we use to make sure it's always a challenge and only the very best tablets do well.
Three lab experts evaluate every tablet to determine how easy they are to use from the moment they're taken out of the box for setup. We then replicate the same tasks that tablet users will be doing every day, whether that’s setting up accounts, browsing the web, sending emails or making a video call, to see how easy it is and whether the tablet can cope with everyday tasks.
All these assessments figure in to a total test score, so that we can identify the best tablets from the worst and make meaningful comparisons between rival models.
We concentrate on processor performance, ease of use, screen quality, battery life and features, and we don’t take price into account. The final score breaks down as follows:
If a tablet receives a total test score of 81% or above, we’ll make it a Best Buy, while anything under 45% is a Don’t Buy.