Finding the best tablet for your needs can be difficult, whether you’re looking for inexpensive, durable tablets for your children’s school or a beautiful second screen to keep by the couch.
To help you determine which tablet is best for you, we conduct lab and field tests on all leading models. Amazon tablets are ideal for children and those on a tight budget. iPads are perfect for students and creative professionals, especially with the iPad Pro 2021’s M1 chip and enhanced displays.
Without further ado, here are the best tablets currently available, as determined by our testing and reviews. Now that November has arrived, we are also compiling a list of the best Black Friday deals.
Our Top Picks
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Which Tablet Size Do You Need?
This is an obvious factor, but screen real estate and storage capacity are also necessary. Priority comes first: When you hear phrases like “10-inch tablet,” this refers to the diagonal size of the screen, not the size of the tablet itself.
7- and 8-inch tablets are considered small-screen devices, while 9-inch tablets mark the beginning of the large-screen category. Apple’s iPads, Amazon’s Fire tablets, and Samsung’s slates are all available in both small- and large-screen configurations. Large smartphones increasingly blur the distinctions between what is and is not a tablet. If you’re willing to pay a hefty premium, folding smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 can efficiently serve as tablets.
Screen resolution is also crucial, particularly for ebook reading and web browsing. A crisp, bright display is essential. When shopping for a 10-inch tablet, look for a display with a minimum resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels.
A tablet’s lightweight advantage over a laptop is undeniable, but large-screen tablets typically weigh around a pound and are less light than smartphones. Holding one with one hand while standing for twenty minutes is likely to tire your hand. Setting one flat in your lap instead of propping it up on a stand is also somewhat awkward. And unless you’re wearing a huge jacket, few tablets will fit in your pocket. If you desire a pocketable device, consider a phablet.
Many tablets offer cloud (off-device) storage (Amazon Cloud Storage for Fire tablets, iCloud for iPads, Google Drive for Android tablets), but more onboard storage is always preferable. These apps, your local music, video, and photo libraries, and system updates can consume a significant amount of space. Some Android tablets include a microSD card slot for additional storage, but it’s important to note that some applications are incompatible with microSD cards.
How do we evaluate tablets
First, we run as many benchmarks as the tablet will allow determining their speed in a manner that can be directly compared to that of competitors. We say “will allow” because some tablets, such as Amazon’s Fire tablets, have issues with side-loaded Android applications. Then, we use colorimeters and light meters to determine how colorful and bright the screens of these tablets can become. Then, we put them through our in-house battery test, which measures how long it takes to deplete a tablet’s charge while web surfing with the brightness set to 150 nits.
Then, we do the same things you do—surfing the Internet, watching YouTube, playing games, composing emails, and much more. We attempt to write some (or all) of our tablet reviews on the tablets we’re testing, provided they have a keyboard. Trust me; nobody wants to write a magnum opus on a glass screen.
The best tablets you can buy today
Many tablets are on the market, but which is best for you? Whether you’re considering an iPad or one of the numerous Android models, we outline the most important factors to consider when shopping for a tablet and the highest-rated tablets we’ve reviewed.
Remember that Windows slates are unique beasts. If that’s what you’re looking for, head on over to our picks for the best Windows tablets, as well as the best 2-in-1s.
1. The best tablet for everyone: Apple iPad Air (2022)
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As excellent as the iPad Air 4 is, it has been replaced by the iPad Air 5. It strikes a balance between portability and strength. The new iPad Air 2022 is ideal for consuming and creating content, and its starting price of $599 makes it accessible to a broad audience.
Due to the inclusion of the M1, the iPad Air 2022 is nearly comparable to the iPad Pro. That is not to say that the Air can now replace the Pro, but the power gap is considerably smaller. This, combined with its relatively affordable starting price, could make the new iPad Air more appealing than the iPad Pro to shoppers on a budget who still desire the best iPad money can buy.
The most recent iPad Air is a nearly perfect tablet. Although there is still room for improvement, it isn’t easy to put down this sleek, powerful tablet. This may be the best tablet for the majority of people.
- CPU: M1
- Camera Resolution: 12MP wide (f/1.8) (front and rear)
- Display: 10.9-inch (2360 x 1640 pixels) Liquid Retina
- Storage: 64GB, 256GB
- Ports: 1 USB-C
- Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 0.24 inches
- Weight: 1 pound
- Excellent performance thanks to Apple M1 processor
- Solid 12MP cameras
- Sharp, colorful display
- Improved front-facing camera
- Same price as the iPad Air 2020
- All-day battery life
- Too close in cost to iPad Pro
- Peripherals are expensive
- 64GB is too little storage for base model
- IPadOS is annoying to use
- Front-facing camera is awkward in landscape orientation
- Still no Face ID
2. The best regular iPad in years: iPad 2022 (10th gen)
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The iPad 2022 is a tablet that looks and feels new, improving over previous models. Although some may miss the headphone jack from the iPad 9th generation, we appreciate the sleeker design and larger screen. Additionally, we understand the Touch ID-enabled power button, the repositioned front camera, USB-C charging, and the upgraded A14 Bionic chip and 5G connectivity.
However, $449 is quite expensive for this tablet. Yes, Apple will continue to sell the iPad 9th generation for $329, but the $120 price increase between generations still stings. Our biggest problem is with the Apple Pencil; it’s challenging to charge and there is nowhere to store it when it’s not in use.
Is the iPad 2022 a worthy upgrade over its predecessor? Mainly because this tablet is more future proof. Overall, the iPad 10th generation is one of the best tablets, but due to its higher price and Apple Pencil flaw, we cannot say it is the best tablet for most people.
- CPU: A14 Bionic
- Camera Resolution: 12MP (rear), 12MP with 122-degree FOV (front)
- Display: 10.9-inch (2360 x 1640) Liquid Retina
- Storage: 64GB, 256GB
- Ports: USB-C
- Dimensions: 9.79 x 7.07 x 0.28 inches
- Weight: 1.05 pounds
- Modernized design with a USB-C port
- Landscape front-facing camera is superior to other iPad models
- Four lively colors to choose from
- Reliable battery life
- $120 price bump from predecessor
- Dongle required to charge Apple Pencil (1st Gen)
- Excluded from some iPadOS features like Stage Manager
- Even my mom needs more than 64GB of base storage
3. The best premium Android tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
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The Galaxy Tab S8 performs well in various areas but excels as a premium Android tablet. It can be used to get work done in a pinch, but in my experience, it’s most useful as a quick, multipurpose device that does the job and plays more enjoyably. At home, it’s great for gaming or reading comics. At the office, it’s useful as a note-taking device or secondary display, mainly if you invest in the Galaxy ecosystem and make your office DeX-friendly.
If you must have the most significant, worst Android tablet possible, you’ll want the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Still, if you just need an excellent premium Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S8 delivers — and in doing so, raises the bar for what we should expect from the category.
- CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- Display: 11-inch (2560 x 1600) 120Hz LCD display
- Storage: 128GB/256GB
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Ports: USB-C, microSD
- Dimensions: 9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches
- Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Bright and vibrant screen
- Powerful performance
- Dex support
- Excellent sound and battery life, 25W charging
- No bundled charger
- Cover sold separately
4. The best tablet for those on a budget: Amazon Fire 7
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For many customers, price is the deciding factor so Amazon could have coasted with the $50 Fire 7 tablet. Fortunately, the latest version of the company’s cheapest tablet features a speedy quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, allowing you to navigate apps and browse the web more quickly than you would expect from a tablet of this price. And whereas previous Fire tablets required a tap to activate Alexa — which made no sense, as the digital assistant is intended to be activated via voice — the Fire 7 finally added voice triggers for the digital assistant.
Expect none of the extra features that come with more expensive tablets. The Fire 7 tablet’s sub-HD display is not sharp enough for iPad users, and unless you pay extra, its lock screen is filled with advertisements. Nonetheless, it is an excellent option for children seeking a media consumption device.
- CPU: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz processor
- Camera Resolution: 2MP (rear), 2MP (front)
- Display: 7 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
- Storage: 16GB, 32GB
- Memory: 1GB
- Ports: headphone jack. microUSB, microSD,
- Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches
- Weight: 0.6 pounds (10.1 ounces)
- Doubles as Alexa smart display
- Battery life
- Performance needs patience
- Display is just okay
- Cameras aren’t all that impressive
5. The best tablet for Windows 10: Microsoft Surface Go 2
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Sometimes it takes a second attempt to get something right. The Surface Go two targets and eliminates all of the shortcomings of its predecessor. Thinner bezels allow for a larger screen, the arguably most crucial tablet component. The Surface Go 2 has a display that is 0.5 inches larger than its predecessor.
More significant than five hours longer than the original Surface Go, the Surface Go 2’s battery life lasts 11 and 39 minutes. Microsoft also granted my wish for a laptop with an excellent webcam. The 5-megapixel, 1080p camera in the top bezel is ideal for the era of online video calls, and the second front-facing camera sensor adds Windows Hello biometric login. The Surface Go 2 with the 8th Generation Intel Core m3 upgrade is a bit more expensive at $629, but it is the multitasking model.
- CPU: Pentium Gold, 8th Gen Intel Core m3
- Camera Resolution: 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
- Display: 10.5 inches, 1920 x 1280 pixels
- Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Memory: 4GB, 8GB
- Ports: headphone jack, USB-C, microSD, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover Port
- Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 1.22 pounds (1.75 pounds with type cover)
- Compact size, light weight
- Will get Windows 11
- Solid productivity performance
- Versatile as a tablet and laptop
- Sharp front-facing webcam
- Good display
- Cramped keyboard makes prolonged typing awkward
- No real improvements to the $400 model
- Windows 10 S is limited
- Every accessory is extra
- Average battery life
6. The best mid-range Android tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
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Fans of Android now have a genuine iPad competitor at a significantly lower price. The Galaxy Tab A7, which retails for $229 and is frequently on sale for much less, is an excellent 10.4-inch tablet for media consumption. Thanks to its super-thin bezels, which are thinner than those on Apple’s $329 iPad, you can concentrate more on your content while web browsing or streaming movies. The device lasted for 13 hours and 13 minutes. Oh, and it also has a feature that Apple charges a premium for on the iPad Pro: facial recognition to unlock the device.
And like Apple’s more expensive tablets, the Galaxy Tab A7 charges via USB-C, allowing you to eliminate non-reversible micro USB cables from your life. Even though it’s not as fast as the iPad and its screen isn’t as bright, neither of these is a significant issue at this price, mainly when Samsung provides authentic Android with the Google Play app store, as opposed to the Amazon Fire tablet experience, which is diluted.
- CPU: Qualcomm SM6115
- Display: 10.4-inch, 2000×1200-pixel
- Storage: 32GB
- Memory: 3GB
- Ports: USB-C, microSD
- Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Excellent battery life
- USB-C charging
- Vibrant, colorful display
- Decent Dolby Atmos quad-speaker system
- Screen is a little dim
- Minor lag with demanding mobile games
- Underwhelming performance
- Processor and RAM are limited
- Camera quality is poor
7. The biggest screen possible: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
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The $1,099 Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the first tablet to cast a literal shadow on the iPad Pro. This Android tablet’s massive 14.6-inch OLED display makes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro appear diminutive. And with the optional keyboard attachment and enhanced multi-window mode, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra may be able to replace a laptop.
Samsung is targeting hybrid and at-home workers with the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, as it features dual front cameras with support for video calls at up to 4K resolution and auto framing to keep you in the frame as you move. In addition, advanced noise reduction ensures that your voice is heard loud and clear.
The Tab S8 Ultra also features a quick Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 processor, a low-latency S Pen experience, 45W fast charging, and enhanced integration with Galaxy S series smartphones.
At $1,099, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is incredibly expensive. But it offers an enticing combination of size, speed, and versatility, making it one of the best Android tablets.
- CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core CPU
- Camera Resolution: 12MP + 12MP UW (front), 13MP AF + 6MP UW (back)
- Display: 14.6-inch, 2960 x 1848-pixel
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
- Ports: 1x USB-C, microSD
- Dimensions: 12.85 x 8.21 x 0.22 inches
- Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Gorgeous, expansive OLED screen
- Efficient multitasking in Android 12
- Long update support
- Includes S Pen
- Dual front-facing cameras
- Very expensive
- Too large to be easily carried around—more a laptop than a tablet
- Updates only guaranteed quarterly
- Android still lacks robust selection of tablet-optimized apps
8. The best ultra-portable tablet: iPad mini 6 2021
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The iPad mini 6 (2021) is almost everything we know and love about the iPad Air, but in a size and weight that makes it super-easy to use with one hand. It may be the iPad you’ve been waiting for. It has Apple Pencil 2 support, a flat-edged design, and much smaller bezels, in addition to nearly every other feature we adore in an iPad. Currently, Amazon has the market cornered on sub-10-inch tablets with the pricing of its Fire slates, but the new iPad mini provides an investment-worthy alternative for those who prioritize quality.
The A15 Bionic system-on-a-chip is significantly faster than the iPad Air and every non-Pro iPad on the market. It has a high bright display (over 500 nits) and surprisingly good sound for such a small device. In addition to outperforming its size, the iPad mini 6 has excellent battery life. The only thing about the iPad mini 6 is that it is not tiny. Its $499 price tag is a bit higher than the standard iPads, but you get what you pay for.
- CPU: A15 Bionic
- Camera Resolution: 12MP (front and rear)
- Display: 8.3-inch (2266 x 1488 pixels) Liquid Retina
- Storage: 64GB, 256GB
- Ports: USB-C
- Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 0.7 pound
- Smaller form-factor with bigger 8.3-inch display
- Speedy A15 Bionic processor
- USB-C charging
- 5G support
- Great speakers and great mics
- Works with second-gen Apple Pencil
- No Magic Keyboard or headphone jack
- High price
- No MagSafe charging
- No FaceID facial recognition
- Base model has only 64GB of storage
- 60Hz screen
9. The best tablet for power users on the go: iPad Pro 2021 (11-inch)
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The 12.9-inch iPad Pro may have a prominent display, but the 11-inch iPad Pro may be more suitable for most consumers. Not only does its battery life exceed 13 hours on the Tom’s Guide Battery Test, but it is also lighter and more compatible with the Magic Keyboard from the previous year. Plus, it’s $300 less expensive. On top of that, you get the astounding speed of the Apple M1 chip, which is perhaps too powerful for most tablet apps. Still, they call it the iPad Pro because it’s designed for those who use video and image editing apps that require intensive processing power.
The 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 excels at the minute details. Its bright and colorful display is crisp, its four speakers produce a much louder sound than you’d expect from such a thin device, and it also has a fingerprint sensor. And if you’re willing to pay extra, it’s incredible (optional) Magic Keyboard provides the most accessible and fluid tablet typing experience.
- CPU: M1
- Camera Resolution: 12MP (rear, wide) 10MP (rear, ultra-wide), 12MP True Depth (front)
- Display: 11 inches (2388 x 1668 pixels)
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
- Ports: USB-C, Smart Connector
- Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 0.2 inches
- Weight: 1 pound
- Center Stage is fun and useful
- Thunderbolt enables faster external storage
- Fast M1 processor
- Weak external display support
- IPadOS shortcomings starting to grate
- 5G upgrade won't benefit everyone yet
- Camera still misplaced
- With no change to the screen, 11-inch model doesn't offer much new besides performance improvements
10. The best tablet for power users: iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch)
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The best got better this year, as Apple dropped its super-powerful M1 chip inside the already mighty iPad Pro 2021. That chip sets new tablet records in Geekbench and Adobe Premiere Rush — continuing Apple’s tradition of putting tons of brawn in its sleek tablets. In addition, this 12.9-inch model features Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR display, which offers significantly higher brightness — up to 1588 nits! In addition, Apple has a new video conferencing feature called Center Stage, in which the camera follows your movements during calls.
Oh, and the fundamentals are still excellent. Its quad-speaker setup is loud, its optional Magic Keyboard is comfortable, and its battery life is longer than last year’s model (endless hours longer than the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus). The super-bright XDR display, however, requires HDR content to thrive, which is not always available, as Hulu and HBO Max have yet to adopt it. Additionally, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 costs more than the MacBook Air (and heavier when docked with its Magic Keyboard). The iPad Pro 2021 is a worthwhile investment for creative professionals seeking the best tablet for their next masterpiece.
- CPU: M1
- Camera Resolution: 12MP (rear, wide) 10MP (rear, ultra-wide), 12MP True Depth (front)
- Display: 12.9 inches, 2732 x 2048 pixels
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
- Ports: USB-C, Smart Connector
- Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Gorgeous new Mini LED screen
- Center Stage works like a charm
- Unrivalled app and accessories ecosystem
- USB 4/Thunderbolt 3 port
- Upgraded front-facing camera
- Good battery life
- Fast M1 processor
- 5G, finally
- Heavier than earlier models
- IPadOS still limited
- Awkward front camera placement
- Can rapidly get expensive
- Lack of Portrait mode on rear cameras
- Face ID is awkward at times
How to choose the best tablet for you
Open your pocket and consider how dependent you are on your smartphone before considering the operating system in which you live. iPhone owners may skip the 6th Gen iPad in favor of the 7th Gen iPad or iPad Pro, and they would be correct to do so.
iMessage integration and the shared app ecosystems between iOS and iPadOS are an ideal pairing. However, suppose the iPad Pro is too expensive, and the iPad 7th Generation needs to be more powerful. In that case, the iPad Air’s faster CPU makes it the iPad to consider, though I can’t blame budget-conscious consumers for opting for the standard iPad.
Android users have more options, but since Android apps on tablets aren’t doing as well as hoped, now is a good time to consider your options. The Galaxy Tab S6 has an excellent display and Android applications, but isn’t Windows 10 a more capable operating system?
The Surface Go 2 is the best tablet for you if you are affirmatively nodding your head. In conclusion, if you have a large family and everyone lives in the Amazon Prime ecosystem, choose the Fire 7 if you’re on a budget and the Fire HD 10 if you’re sick of devices without USB-C.
Best Tablets For Every Budget – Buying Guide
Tablets were once believed to be able to replace or at least compete with laptops by eliminating the need for mice and keyboards. Steve Jobs articulated this vision when Apple released the first iPad in 2010, but it has yet to be realized.
Instead, tablets have settled into their role as a third screen over the past decade. Tablets are decidedly non-essential compared to laptops and cell phones, which remain our primary work tools. For most people, they are devices best suited for reading in a café or on the beach, watching movies on a plane, or checking Facebook while dinner is cooking.
For such simple devices, determining how much to spend on a new tablet can be surprising, with prices ranging from less than $100 to more than $1,000. If you overpay, you may waste money on advanced features you do not value. Paying too little may force you to make the wrong trade-offs, such as a mediocre screen on a device intended for movie-watching or short battery life in a tablet designed for mobile use.
Below are some of the most important questions you should ask when shopping for a tablet. You can also view our tablet reviews, which include options from Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers.
Convertible or stand-alone tablet
Regarding tablets, the form factor plays an essential role. Tablets resemble oversized smartphones and typically weigh between 300 and 500 grams. Tablets generally are less than a half-inch thick, making them highly portable and compact. You can easily control them via their touch screen display and pair them with a Bluetooth keyboard to transform your tablet into a portable laptop.
Convertible tablets combine the versatility of a laptop and the portability of a tablet. These devices include a detachable keyboard that connects to the tablet via connector pins or a keyboard case that snaps onto the tablet. So, when you need to work, you can snap on the keyboard attachments, and when you want to play games or consume media, you can remove the keyboard attachments and use the tablet as a standard tablet.
If a tablet lacks official or third-party keyboard attachments, you can pair any Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to complete tasks. This is a superior and more cost-effective option, as it is compatible with most tablets on the market.
The operating system plays a crucial role in determining the content to which you will have access. The Android OS and Apple’s iPad OS are the dominant operating systems on the market, but Windows tablets and Chrome OS tablets are also available. However, most of the market share is dominated by Android and iPad OS. Regardless of your operating system, you should always ensure that it will be updated to the most recent version of Android or iPad OS. With Apple, you do not need to worry about software updates, whereas Android tablets require caution.
Apple’s iPad OS
iPad OS from Apple is an iPad-optimized version of iOS. It resembles a well-designed interface that provides access to various excellent games and applications via the Apple app store. The iPad’s operating system supports widgets, multitasking, and FaceTime with a mouse and a keyboard. You can even use your iPad as a second monitor for macOS; if you own a MacBook, you will find this feature helpful.
If you are a fan of the Apple ecosystem, then any of the Apple iPads would be the best option, as they provide deep integration with the Apple ecosystem.
Google’s Android operating system is the most popular by far. The majority of popular tablets available on the market utilize Android. Samsung and Lenovo are two well-known manufacturers of Android tablets in India. The Android operating system for tablets is identical to that of smartphones, except for a few enhancements made by the manufacturer. Examples include enhanced multitasking capabilities, tablet-specific widgets, and more. In addition, the Google Play Store provides a plethora of apps and games you may wish to install on your tablet.
It is recommended to search for Android Tablets that operate on Android 10 or higher and include a guarantee of the next major Android update.
Despite their rarity and insignificant market share, Microsoft produces a few Windows-powered tablets. No third-party tablet manufacturers offer Windows OS besides Microsoft’s Surface GO line.
Regarding the Windows operating system, these tablets can completely replace your laptop, as you can do anything on them. You can also run your software development tools and Adobe’s full-featured applications.
Therefore, if you have been utilizing an existing Windows program on your desktop, you may find the identical application in the Microsoft store for your tablet. Even though Microsoft designed Windows 10S for tablets to be a lighter version of Windows, you can still find all the popular Windows features with a wide variety of compatible accessories.
Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system developed by Google that runs on Chromebooks. This operating system’s primary function is web browsing, but you can also download files and run Chrome and Google Play Store applications. Although most Chromebooks on the market are laptops, HP also produces a few excellent tablets. But these tablets are less powerful and have low-quality screens, so a Chrome tablet may be the best option if you are looking for a device to browse the web.
If your budget allows, you should opt for the Apple iPad operating system, but if you require an Android tablet for a specific app, you should consider Samsung tablets.
Tablets between 7 to 7.7 inches
If you already own a smartphone with a 5- to 6-inch display, a tablet of the same size makes excellent sense. It will be easier to carry wherever you go, and the size is unrivaled in terms of portability.
- Today, most smartphones are between 6 and 7 inches in size, so that this tablet will replace your smartphone, and you can choose one with a SIM card slot.
- This size tablet will provide the portability you have been searching for.
Tablets between 7.9 to 9 inches
Apple offers the iPad Mini 2, which measures 8 inches and has a 4:3 aspect ratio. While the new iPad mini 2022 measures 8.3 inches and has a 3:2 aspect ratio, its overall dimensions are identical to those of the previous model.
In addition, the Lenovo Tab M8 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0, both of which have an 8-inch screen, are also available. These devices have the optimal display size for media consumption. However, more than this will be required for content creation or video editing. It will be portable and small enough to hold in one hand but large enough to watch movies and browse the internet. Who should therefore purchase tablets of this size and shape? Here is the response
- Suppose you desire portability and long battery life and wish to do light gaming, Internet browsing, and movie watching. This is the optimal screen size to purchase.
- It is also helpful for book readers and comic book enthusiasts. The shape makes it easy to hold with one hand for extended periods. Additionally, the screen size is sufficient so that you do not strain your eyes.
Tablets between 9.7 to 10.1 inches
This is the screen size at which most tablets can replace laptops. Many users would find it convenient to use a device between a large smartphone and a large notebook. Here are the reasons you should purchase these tablets:
- This size is ideal for you if you primarily use your tablet at home and do not transport it.
- If you frequently travel and require ample screen space for productive work, you can use the tablet with Bluetooth keyboard and leave your cumbersome laptop at home.
- Using this tablet with a stylus is also more accessible, allowing you to be much more productive and easily replace your laptop.
Tablets between 11 to 13 inches
This is the screen size that most people, especially those who already own a laptop, would avoid. Apple offers the iPad Pro in this size, which is an ideal replacement for your laptop. Additionally, it supports graphically intensive games. Who should purchase these tablets:
- If you already own a laptop that is too cumbersome to carry everywhere, you should consider purchasing a smaller model. Then this size would be ideal for you to take with you around. You can have a smaller tablet alongside a larger one to perform multiple tasks.
- If content consumption is your top priority and you only occasionally need to create content, this size is ideal. With most tablets with this size display, you won’t even need to carry the attachable keyboard.
Tablet specifications can be somewhat complicated, as their use case differs from that of smartphones. So, in this tablet buying guide, we have included a summary of the features you may desire in a new tablet.
Wi-Fi vs. cellular
There are primarily two types of tablets on the market: Wi-Fi and Cellular. The Wi-Fi tablets are simple because the user can connect to nearby Wi-Fi networks. It is essential to examine the Wi-Fi capabilities of your tablet. Most modern tablets support 802.11n. A tablet that supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands are recommended. This is the most popular option that users purchase and is significantly cheaper than the cellular option.
A cellular tablet has a SIM card slot or an e-SIM card slot that allows it to connect to the local cellular network. This is essential if you spend most of your time working on the move. Remember that you would have to pay a monthly cellular connection fee to start. The battery life of cellular tablets is diminished due to the presence of cellular antennas, which consume significantly more power than usual. Another factor to consider is 5G connectivity. The recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has 5G support, so if you can find a tablet with 5G connectivity within your budget, it is best to go for it to prepare for the future.
With the 5G rollout in India still a few months away, you can also consider purchasing cellular tablets with 4G connectivity. This will reduce your reliance on public Wi-Fi spots if you are constantly moving.
Since Apple introduced its line of M1 Silicon chips, it has been all anyone can discuss. It provides tablet users with a more robust experience. At its March launch, Apple recently unveiled a new iPad Air with the Apple M1 chip. As Apple devices are renowned for their performance and battery life, it is evident that the most recent processor will enhance performance and longer battery life.
Now, Android tablets include processors from several different manufacturers. Samsung is one of the most popular Android tablet manufacturers, and Samsung’s tablets feature Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 features the Snapdragon 800 series and the most recent Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. In the budget price segment, the Realme Pad includes the budget-friendly Helios G80, which is also an acceptable option.
Regarding Windows, the most prevalent processors are Intel’s i3, i5, and i7. Tablets with Intel core processors are typically high-performance devices that are more expensive. In contrast, low-priced Windows tablets are open convertibles powered by obsolete Intel processors.
RAM is a minor selling point for tablets, but the more RAM you have on Android tablets, the better the performance. While the iPad Mini has 4GB RAM, the iPad Pro series has 8GB RAM, and the iPad 10.2 has 3GB RAM, respectively. Even though the iPad OS has an excellent memory management system, the RAM storage capacity makes little difference.
For Android tablets, you need sufficient RAM to store more apps and take advantage of multitasking. Android OS could be better at memory management, so 4GB RAM is typically the minimum a tablet should possess. This is what you should look for to have a pleasant experience.
When it comes to tablets, cameras are less critical than they are on smartphones. The rear camera is rarely used, whereas the front-facing camera is frequently employed. The front-facing camera should be adequate and valid for video conference calls.
Your tablet should have a front-facing camera with at least 5 or 8 megapixels. It should be equipped with autofocus and 4K video recording capabilities. The best way to determine the quality of the front-facing camera is to search for reference videos or to visit a local retailer and test the quality for yourself.
When purchasing a tablet, it is also essential to consider how long its battery will last. As a portable device, it is necessary that the tablet’s battery last at least one day under heavy use. If you use them sparingly, the batteries of most tablets can last for several days or weeks. In longer-use scenarios, however, you can invest in a tablet with at least 8 to 10 hours of battery life per charge.
There are a variety of activities that deplete the battery life of tablets at varying rates. Playing graphically intensive games will drain your battery faster than, for instance, browsing the Internet. If battery life is your top priority, the iPad Pro series will provide you with over 14 hours of runtime on a single charge. And if you’re an Android fan, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has a battery life of more than 13 hours per charge. Even some Lenovo Tab models have a battery life that exceeds 10 hours. You should only settle for 10 hours of battery life for any of your tablets, and a 5000mAh battery is adequate for most tablets.
Most tablet users only use them for entertainment, necessitating a large amount of storage. A tablet with ample storage will allow you to download many applications, watch videos, play games, and store many photos. All the media will take up a lot of space on your tablet, and if you don’t have enough, you’ll have to go through the agonizing process of deciding what to keep and what to delete.
Therefore, when selecting a tablet, ensure that it has at least 128 GB of storage and potentially more if you intend to shoot videos with the device in the future. If you consume all your media via OTT platforms, don’t play many games, and prefer to store all your data in the cloud, then 64GB will suffice.
If you are considering purchasing a tablet, getting one with an external storage card slot is recommended. This allows you to expand your storage capacity using a micro SD card, a valuable feature. However, you should conduct thorough research to determine how much the memory card of your choice will cost when you need to expand storage. Currently, memory cards are affordable and can be purchased everywhere for a low price.
Due to the dominance of the iPad, Apple is likely the first brand that comes to mind when people think of tablets, as previously alluded to. If you can afford one and it meets your needs, that’s great, but there are other trustworthy options.
As previously stated, Amazon manufactures its line of Fire Tablets. Still, when it comes to Android and Windows slates, there are almost too many options to choose from – although we are big fans of Microsoft’s Surface devices, which include several tablets.
We recommend devices from Samsung, Lenovo, Asus, and Xiaomi, among others, because they are among the brands that produce Windows and Android tablets. Various additional brands include Huawei, Nokia, and Realme, among others.
In terms of overall user experience, Apple’s iOS comes in ahead of Google’s Android OS system for the average user. Apple’s operating system is extremely easy to use, powerful, and has an intuitive interface. iPads also enable close integration between devices
Tablets are designed for portability and typically have less processing power than laptops. Their larger screens allow apps to customize based on user preferences, and tablets have become much more popular over laptops due to their versatility.
The most crucial factor to consider when you are wondering how to select a tablet is the screen size and quality; after all, it is the most frequently used gadget component. A tablet buying guide depicts a 10-inch screen and Full HD resolution as the best option.
Tablet computers have changed the digital landscape since their emergence in 2010, but now the market is losing steam. In a survey of more than 269,000 U.S. adults, CivicScience found that tablet ownership has grown steadily since 2015, but peaked at the start of 2017, with 56% of adults owning a tablet.
As of the third quarter of 2022, the Apple iPad held a 37.5 percent share of the global tablet market, up from 31 percent in the previous quarter. Around 168.8 million units of tablets were shipped worldwide in 2021, with shipments reaching over 52 million units in the final quarter of the year.
Amazon’s tablets are convenient, affordable, and practical. Simply put, they get the job done within a tight budget so they’re definitely worth your money. However, if you need a non-e-paper tablet for productivity, multitasking, and high quality content streaming, Amazon’s offerings will not suffice.
If you’re looking for a standard tablet at a fair price, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus are your best options. The S8 has an 11-inch screen, and the S8 Plus bumps that up to 12.4. After size, the key differences between the S8 and S8 Plus are the battery power and screen.
The tablets we evaluate serve as our daily drivers, so we put them through rigorous testing. This includes watching movies, playing video games, evaluating numerous applications, reading, working, and even taking photos and shooting videos with them. We adore new and innovative features but can also appreciate a well-executed classic design. Ultimately, we seek tablets that satisfy the majority of people’s needs, so their ability to provide entertainment is crucial.