Top 5 tablets for gaming in 2015

There have been huge advances in tablet technology over the past few years, which means that these devices can be utilised for working, watching television and gaming these days. Games range from simple arcade games, to the likes of Anomaly 2 with its sophisticated graphics, and these are the best tablets to play them on.

Apple iPad Air 2 ($829)

This latest Apple tablet is another improvement on previous models produced by the company – particularly in terms of the processor. The A8X is a step up and ensures smoother performance on all those great iOS games like Anomaly 2 and Real Racing 3 or some casino games available at You also get an excellent 9.7-inch screen (with 1536 x 2048 resolution level), while battery lifespan is also strong.

Nvidia Shield Tablet ($299)

Many gamers consider this the finest gaming tablet of all – although the 8-inch display is not the largest one you can get. Where it excels is in the processing as the Tegra K1 chipset has real power, ensuring everything from Candy Crush to graphics-heavy action games like Dead Trigger 2 play fast and smoothly on it. It’s also very good in price terms.

Google Nexus 9 ($440)

The screen is 8.9 inches and resolution is 1536 x 2048, meaning it matches the iPad Air 2 in the latter category. It also has the Tegra K1 processor, making it the equal of the Shield in terms of power, but downsides are limited internal storage (32 GB) and the fact that not all games apps run well on Android 5.0 at the moment.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8.0 ($229)

This is a good budget price tablet, offering 8 screen inches for enjoying the graphics of Dead Trigger 2 and Dark Meadow on. Resolution levels are lower (1200 x 1920) but it’s still decent from a visual perspective – and the Li-lon 6400 mAh battery has the sort of lifespan that makes it ideal for long RPG games.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 ($350)

This 8.4-inch tablet is one of the few with a Super AMOLED display, greatly enhancing contrast levels (awesome for top notch atmospheric graphics on games like The Room Two), while also offering a quad-core Krait 400 CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU.

Despite the strengths of all these tablets, the iPad Air 2 has the best overall gaming specs if you can afford the price tag.