Best tablets of 2023 | CNN Underscored

Author: victor

Nov. 28, 2023

Consumer Electronics

Whether you’re looking for a portable media experience or a powerful, lightweight laptop replacement for travel, a tablet can fit the bill. These increasingly do-it-all devices can handle work and play, and even replace a laptop. After months of testing, we’ve found four top picks, one of which should fit your touchscreen needs, whichever platform you prefer. Apple’s iPad can handle work and play, the iPad Pro can replace your laptop, Amazon’s Fire HD series is great for on-the-go streaming and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series continues to push Android tablets further with their DeX productivity environment.

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Apple iPad (9th Gen)

Best tablet overall

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The ninth-gen iPad stood out as the best overall option in our testing, thanks to a faster processor that crushes everyday tasks with ease. It mixes performance and value in a way that no other tablet can, and tosses in support for core iPad accessories.

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$329 $249 at Amazon

Apple iPad Pro M2

Best performance

Apple

The iPad Pro M2 is the best tablet out there for serious creatives who want the power of a laptop and the flexibility of a touchscreen. It's one of the most powerful machines we've ever tested, outpacing every tablet we’ve ever tested — and some laptops.

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$777 at Amazon

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Best Android tablet

Samsung

The Galaxy Tab S8+ impresses with a vibrant, clear display that’s great for play and has plenty of power for nearly any task, from drawing to video calls. And it works great with the rest of Samsung's Galaxy products.

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$900 $600 at Amazon

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Amazon Fire 7

Best budget tablet

Amazon

The latest Amazon Fire 7 tablet is a great affordable option for kids or anyone who needs a no-frills device for reading and watching shows. It's perfect if you need an extra device in the house or when you’re taking a car trip or vacation.

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$60 $40 at Amazon

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The new ninth-generation iPad keeps the classic design and a quality display but upgrades the front-facing camera and tosses in a faster chip, the A13 Bionic, which should keep this tablet working for many years to come. Most importantly, the price still starts at $329 with 64GB of internal storage. Last year that only got you 32GB, which filled up way too fast. It’s plenty of iPad for most users.

It may not have the laptop-like horsepower of the iPad Pro, but the ninth-gen iPad is best for everyday tasks — emails, web browsing, word processing, gaming, movies, video calls or even making your own films in iMovie. And all of the new features of iPadOS 15 work just fine. We threw all of this and more at the device during our testing period and it chugged right along. Unless you’re doing big-batch photo exports or outputting 4K movies, you’re unlikely to run into issues.

We wouldn’t rush out to upgrade if you have the eighth-gen iPad, though, since you won’t see massive improvements. Those coming from a Fire tablet — like the 8 Plus, our budget pick — or an older iPad, however, will find that the new iPad is snappier.

The ninth-gen iPad still features a 10.2-inch display, and it shines here. Text is both sharp and bold, while images and videos offer a lot of details with great colors. It also features True Tone, which adjusts the screen’s color temperature to match lighting conditions. This has reduced eye strain in our testing, making it easy to use the ninth-gen iPad for an entire day.

That’s good, since you’ll easily make it through a day of use without needing to recharge. The iPad lasted for nine hours and 45 minutes on our battery test, a 25-minute increase over the eighth-gen iPad.

The ninth-gen iPad now features a 12-megapixel camera, a significant upgrade over the previous 1.2-megapixel front camera. Apple’s Center Stage, which first premiered on the 2021 iPad Pro, is included here and performs just as well to identify who’s in the frame and keep them in the shot. This worked great for both video calls and capturing clips of our other projects during our testing

And if you want to use your older accessories with the ninth-gen iPad, you’re in luck. It still supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, so if you have one lying around from an old iPad Pro, you won’t need to buy a new one. If you need a keyboard, it supports the Smart Keyboard or Logitech Combo Touch. We’d opt for the latter since it’s an entire case and the keys provide much more travel if you’re looking for a keyboard. Trust us: Your fingers won’t bottom out nearly as often as they do on the Smart Keyboard. And if you have a seventh- or eighth-gen iPad, it’s the same design so you won’t need to buy new accessories. And conveniently, Apple ships the new iPad with a Lighting to USB-C cable and a 20-watt charging brick in the box.

The ninth-gen iPad continues to deliver an exceptional blend of features and performance for a very affordable price. We’d be willing to bet that this tablet will fit your needs perfectly, whatever they may be, and at a price point that won’t break the bank.

Best performance: Apple iPad Pro M2

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The latest iPad Pro is the fastest tablet we’ve ever tested. With the same stunning display, lightweight design and great keyboard experience you’ve become accustomed to in previous Apple models, the new iPad Pro has the addition of the blazing-fast M2 chip (yes, the same one on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro) that runs circles around most tablets and laptops.

While the standard iPad models will work just fine for most folks, the iPad Pro M2’s best-in-class performance makes it the obvious best pick for serious creatives who need something more flexible than a laptop. Aside from its faster processor and a few extra perks like Apple Pencil hover, the iPad Pro M2 is virtually identical to the M1 model that came out last year. That’s not a bad thing for new buyers — the display and design are still excellent — but recent iPad Pro owners have little reason to rush to buy the newest upgrade.

Everything about this machine moves with a beautiful fluidity, from the ultra-smooth and vibrant display to the sheer speed at which it’s able to juggle dozens of apps without a stutter. It’s the new best tablet for serious artists and editors who want the power of a laptop and the flexibility of a touchscreen. However, at a near $800 price tag, it’s not the best fit for the everyday users who just want something that streams, calls and can search the web.

Best Android tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

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The Tab S8+ looks a lot like Samsung’s previous line of Galaxy S7 tablet models, which make it familiar territory if you’re already use to Android devices. The display colors are bright and vivid, while blacks are deep and dark — just like we’ve come to expect from all flagship Samsung products — and the tablet is great for watching content. The Tab S8+ is comfortable to hold and light enough that it doesn’t cause any sort of fatigue when using it for long periods of time.

The Tab S8+, like Samsung’s tablets before it, is ideal for watching movies and videos while not ideal for reading books or creating documents. There are a total of four speakers on the Tab S8+, which combine to provide an impressive mix for both music and streaming videos.

On the front of the Tab S8+ is a single 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, while there are two rear-facing cameras on the Tab S8+ — a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 6-megapixel ultrawide sensor. The cameras aren’t as sharp as what you’ll find on a Galaxy S22 smartphone, but they’re good enough to take the occasional photo when your phone isn’t nearby. The front-facing camera, however, is a big upgrade over the Tab S7+, with a wider field of view that’s perfect for video calls.

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, we found the Tab S8+ to be fast and responsive, with no slowdown even with multiple apps open at the same time in various split-screen modes. It also has a stellar battery life so you can get through a full day of use between casual YouTube videos, browsing the web and triaging emails.

Best budget tablet: Amazon Fire 7

Amazon

Amazon refreshed its popular Fire 7 tablet in 2022, giving it a USB-C charging port, a faster processor and double the memory — a significant improvement over the 2019 Fire 7 tablet. Those upgrades, along with longer battery life, make this $60 (with ads) tablet a smart choice for those who want an affordable tablet for consuming media, especially for younger kids.

The Fire 7 tablet is an ideal content consumption device for younger kids, when you need an extra device in the house or when you’re taking a car trip or vacation. At 7 inches, it’s the right size for holding and watching videos, reading and playing simple games. While the screen resolution is not HD (1024 x 600), kids watching videos on a screen not much larger than a Pro or Max version of a smartphone are unlikely to notice or mind very much. They’ll probably just be glad to have their own tablet to watch and not have to share with a sibling.

The Fire 7 runs on Amazon’s Fire OS 8 software and uses its own Silk browser. You’re limited to the apps available in Amazon’s app store, which is not nearly as extensive, so you might be disappointed at not being able to download some of your favorite games or apps. However, most of the popular social and streaming apps are available.

We found the Fire 7 to be more durable than the iPad Mini and great for parents who want to monitor the apps and sites their kiddos are accessing. Plus, with a 10 hour battery life on a single charge, you can easily go from gaming to reading to listening to music without having to search for a charging port.

How we tested

Tablets can vary a lot in what they aim to accomplish and deliver, but we wanted to take a look at a diverse variety of devices. After sorting through dozens of expert reviews (including our own) and applying our own knowledge of the tablet market, we drew up a list of devices to compare. These ranged wildly in price from $109 to $999. But before we took price into account, we wanted to objectively test qualities that we expect from a good tablet.

Every device was scored on the following properties: design, display, battery life, performance, software, speakers, connectivity, ports, accessories and warranty. The categories we considered key were weighted greater, namely design, display, battery life and performance. A tablet is a largely visual device, seeing as it’s one big screen, so display and design are important. And performance determines how smooth your experience is going to be and what you can do on the device. Of course, better battery life means you don’t have to put the device down to charge as often.

With each tablet, we ran out the battery from full to empty while playing a movie with screen brightness set to 50% and airplane mode engaged. We multitasked with numerous apps, streamed shows and movies, listened to music, played games of various intensities and more. Plus, we looked into the quality of the display and actual construction of a tablet. In terms of design, we looked into the shape and portability, how it feels in the hand and more nuanced aspects like bezel-to-display ratio. Finally, we considered and tested available ports and connected various other tech via Bluetooth.

Other tablets we tested

From $446 at Amazon or from $449 at Apple

The 10th-gen iPad is a great tablet for first-time iPad buyers or those who haven’t upgraded in years. However, most folks are better off saving money on the ninth-gen model, or spending a bit more for the faster, more advanced iPad Air.

$799 $749 at Amazon

The 2021 iPad Pro is a fast-performing tablet that runs effortlessly through all sorts of tasks — Photoshop exports, video renders, gaming, productivity tasks and streaming all happen without a hitch. It got knocked out of our top-performing tablet spot once we tested the 2022 iPad Pro model, which is now powered by an M2 chip.

From $650 $350 at Samsung

The Tab S7 was our previous pick for best Android tablet. It has enough power to keep up with whatever you can throw at it and plenty of battery life. While Android isn’t quite on par with iPad OS, Samsung DeX brings Windows-like multitasking to the Tab.

From $90 at Amazon

Our previous best budget tablet pick, the Fire HD 8 Plus can handle a host of everyday tasks and access Amazon’s library of content, including streaming movies and TV shows, e-reading and even some light gaming. For $109.99, it can do a lot, but the Amazon App Store does limit its top tablet abilities.

From $501 at Amazon or From $599 at Apple

The $599 iPad Air sits in the middle of the iPad lineup with a modern design and really fast processing speeds. It goes a step beyond the entry-level iPad or the Mini, and really is a consumer-level Pro model. It sticks with a Touch ID in the power button but has minimal bezels and supports all the core accessories.

$499 From $400 at Amazon or from $499 at Apple

The iPad Mini 5 still serves a niche as an ultra-portable yet powerful iPad, but with a 7.9-inch screen size, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is closing in from behind. It’s a packed device that runs iPadOS 13 really well and, even on a tighter display, supports considerable multitasking. We just think for most people, the iPhone might be serving most of the use cases and opting for the seventh-generation iPad will give you more versatility and, ultimately, more bang for your buck.

$150 at Amazon

The new Fire HD 10 gets a lot right and fixes a lot from its predecessor — mainly a faster processor delivers a fluid FireOS experience that doesn’t choke under pressure. Its 10.1-inch HD display is just fine for streaming, but at $149.99 it doesn’t scale much beyond our budget pick. For the money, you’re better off sticking with a Fire HD 8 Plus. It’s also more portable.

From $250 at Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite offers an Android experience with a slow but steady performance and exceptional battery life. Its headlining feature is the included S Pen stylus that works seamlessly with Samsung’s suite of productivity apps. The Tab S6 Lite ultimately falls short of being a top pick because its slower performance doesn’t live up to its $349.99 price tag.

$550 $340 at Amazon

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 looks just as good as the previous generation and runs a full-fledged version of Windows 10. Its display is sharp and crisp, and battery life is more than enough to get through a day of work. But the entry-level model isn’t something we would recommend to anyone, due to the impact its slower processor and storage has on overall performance. In the end, you’ll have to spend $629 for a more powerful model. The Go 2 is perfect for someone who has a strong desire to remain within the Windows 10 ecosystem with Microsoft’s hardware, but it’s going to cost you.

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Whether you're looking for one of the best iPads or one of the best Android tablets, here you'll find our shortlist designed to help you find the best tablet to suit your needs.

Tablets run the gamut of serving as superb portable media players, to productivity powerhouses that deliver unique selling points like modular accessories (think magnetically-detachable keyboards) and, in some cases, even stylus support; granting a level of versatility and flexibility that even the best 2-in-1 laptops can't match – especially when you fold pricing into the equation.

As if often the case, there's no one perfect tablet for everyone; the iPad Pro 2022, for example, might be the most powerful iPadOS device out there, but you might find an iPad Air does everything you need and weighs significantly less, which means you'll be saving money and getting exactly the tablet that's ideal for you by opting for the cheaper Air. In fact, it might be that all you really need is one of the best cheap tablets.

We've tested every major tablet and used them in everyday life for an extended period of time. And, we know what to look for and what's worth your time and money.

Below then are the best tablets around. With a focus on performance, software, screen quality, battery life, and how well they interact with accessories, our list will guide you to the right choice – as well as the best value for your money.

You won't find any of the best Windows tablets here currently, simply because we prefer the selection of iPads and Android tablets that are available. But that might change, as this list is updated regularly thanks to new tablets coming out all the time, so check back often to see what's new.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series just dropped, and we're yet to review it fully. The Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra will very likely find a place on this list when we're done, but you can look at our hands-on Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review before that. We're expecting an influx of new iPads in September or October though, so this list will probably see a shake up then. 

This may also be the time to pick up one of the best power banks too, to keep you juiced up all day long.

The best tablet 2023

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We've tested every tablet included here extensively, so you know you can trust our recommendations and know that each entry has earned a place on this list.

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The iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is – as of 2023 – Apple’s ultimate tablet, and one which packs laptop-class power, thanks to an M2 chipset. Arguably this is overkill, since almost nothing you’d do on a tablet can even tax the M1 from the previous generation, but it certainly makes this future-proof.

In most other ways this is much like the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), including having a massive 12.9-inch screen that uses mini-LED to create a superior picture than you’ll find on smaller iPads.

It’s also remarkably thin and light for all the tech on offer, and has handy features like Face ID, capable cameras, and of course support for accessories like Apple’s Magic Keyboard and the Apple Pencil 2 – the latter of which is better than ever here, thanks to hover-detection, which makes this even better for drawing on than other iPads.

Yes, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is very expensive, and it’s probably overkill for most users, but if you want a superpowered slate, this is it.

Read the full iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) review

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The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) is a spectacular tablet, with its headline feature arguably being the M1 chipset that powers it. This chipset was lifted straight from Apple’s top-end 2021 Macs, so you’re truly getting desktop power in a tablet here.

We were blown away when we tested the tablet – the chip was great for tasks like photo and video editing, as well as gaming. But that’s not all this tablet has going for it. For the first time in an iPad, it also has a mini-LED screen, with a remarkably high 1,600-nit peak brightness, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 2048 x 2732 resolution. It’s crisp, bright, vibrant, and all-round impressive.

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) also has a long-lasting battery, a decent camera, a premium aluminum design, and support for the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2 – these are sold separately, but turn it into a real productivity machine, and we used them non-stop in our testing period.

So, if you want to get some proper work or creation done on a tablet, or you’re just a big tablet gamer, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) will be the perfect device. If your needs are lighter then you might find this too expensive and too big, if you somehow need more oomph, the M2 Pro is there, ready and waiting.

Read the full iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) review

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3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

The best Android tablet

Our expert review:

Specifications

Weight:

732g

Dimensions:

326.4 x 208.6 x 5.5mm

OS:

Android 13

Screen size:

14.6-inch

Resolution:

1848 x 2960 pixels

CPU:

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy

Storage:

256GB/512GB/1TB

microSD slot:

Yes

Battery:

11,200mAh

Rear camera:

13MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide)

Front camera:

12MP + 12MP

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Reasons to buy

+

Samsung multitasking is better than iPad and Pixel Tablet

+

Gorgeous display and blazing performance

+

Value is surprisingly good compared to iPad Pro

Reasons to avoid

-

Same price as a Macbook Air (M2)

-

Faster charging would have been nice

-

Flimsy keyboard and no easy S Pen storage

Much like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is the ultimate Android tablet. Its 14.6-inch display takes full advantage of the new OneUI operating system that plays nicely the included S Pen stylus and optional keyboard. So it should make for a great device when it comes to artwork, editing documents, taking notes, and other productivity tasks.

With a 1848 x 2960 resolution and smooth at a 120Hz refresh rate, that display is also big and beautiful, as well as being rather slick. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage means under the hood the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra makes a worthy argument as a laptop replacement.

In our review, we were very impressed with both the performance and the slick software. Samsung's OneUI software makes this feel like a real laptop with enhanced multitasking capabilities that you simply won't find on Google or Apple tablets. And Qualcomm's powerful chip keeps everything feeling smooth. The only issue os this is a double-edged sword in that the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra feels like a laptop without quite doing everything a true laptop can. Yet as a big, powerful tablet, the S9 Ultra is unmatched.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review

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Apple's latest iPad Air has a lot more in common with the iPad Pro than with the company's entry-level slates. And, when we tested the thing, we had to keep checking which tablet it actually was.

There's an all-body display, M1 chipset, Apple Pencil compatibility and long-lasting battery. Oh, and of course it runs on Apple's iPadOS which is a supremely useful tablet operating system. On test, its performance is very close to the iPad Pro range, which is impressive when you consider its list price. 

This is one of the best tablets we've tested, and the iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra only beat it in a few ways, like with their bigger screens, extra storage space and high-res displays. But if you don't have the money to stretch for those two premium tabs, this mid-range alternative could be great for you.

Read the full iPad Air (2022) review

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The iPad Pro 11 (2021) is a superb tablet, but one that’s just ever so slightly underwhelming in the face of the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) with its Mini LED display. This instead has to settle for LCD like its predecessor, but it still has a great 11-inch 1668 x 2388 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it has the same overpowered Apple M1 chipset as its larger sibling, so nothing should slow this down.

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) also has a smaller, lighter build than the 12.9-inch model, making it more portable – as a result of its smaller size and inferior screen it’s also more affordable, though certainly far from cheap. If you do have extra cash to spend though, you can always shell out on a Magic Keyboard or an Apple Pencil, both of which are supported. All of which means this is a very powerful, versatile slate – albeit one that’s slightly let down by its restrictive software.

Read the full iPad Pro 11 (2021) review

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The Google Pixel Tablet comes with Google's tablet-optimized take on Android that debuted in Android 12L and later reached maturity in Android 13. The Pixel Tablet is a genuine pleasure to use as the company has built out a suite of apps that now work well with large-screen devices and tablets, including the Google Suite of apps, its entertainment apps like YouTube, Google Play apps, and more.

This tablet isn't meant for productivity, though. With many people opting to use their tablets as productivity enhancers – and with the iPad and Tab S-series playing to those strengths, the Pixel Tablet doesn't quite reach the top-end on this list, but it more than earns its place here. As Google would explain it, you're meant to see it as an entertainment device, whether you lean into the company's positioning of this as a smart home device, or you use it simply as a tablet. With a lovely screen, a powerful speaker dock, and quick updates, the Pixel Tablet certainly lives up to the hype.

Read our full Google Pixel Tablet review

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7. OnePlus Pad

Best flagship Android tablet

Our expert review:

Specifications

Weight:

552g

Dimensions:

258 x 189.4 x 6.5 mm

OS:

Android 13

Screen size:

11.6-inch

Resolution:

2000 x 2800 pixels

CPU:

MediaTek Dimensity 9000

Storage:

128GB

microSD slot:

No

Battery:

9,510mAh

Rear camera:

13MP

Front camera:

8MP

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Reasons to buy

+

Display is sharper than iPad Pro

+

A flagship tablet priced like a cheaper model

+

Big battery and faster charging

Reasons to avoid

-

Performance doesn’t match best phones

-

One option for storage, RAM, color

-

Stylo pen is pricey, needs charging

OnePlus's first tablet was impressive with some of the perks we expect from OnePlus phones. It integrates with both OnePlus and Oppo phones, ships with Android 13, has a sharp and bright LCD display with a 144Hz refresh rate, a large battery with 67W super-fast charging, and very loud speakers. Certainly, the iPad can seem better at being a tablet due to its large variety of tablet-optimised apps, but OnePlus just about matches it in day-to-day use. 

To be fair, we found it was held back by the performance that wasn't quite as speedy as what you could get on the best phones. It uses a MediaTek Dimensity 9000, a chip that's a step down from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that most of the top Android phones – the OnePlus 11 included – are equipped with. This meant that for some heavy tasks like using Adobe Lightroom, there was enough lag that it would be annoying. On the other hand, if you're using it mostly for entertainment, you would be fine. 

Due to the weak Android tablet market, the OnePlus also didn't offer separate storage offerings. It did however come with a lovely green shade that we praised in our review.

The OnePlus Pad's few flaws are covered by its $479 price. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S tablets and Google's Pixel Tablet are the only real competition for Android fans, and they cost more.

Read our full OnePlus Pad review

iPad 10.9 (2022) with Magic folio

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The iPad 10.9 (2022) is a substantial upgrade for Apple’s most basic tablet line. It has a new, iPad Pro-like design, a big 10.9-inch screen, strong battery life, and improved cameras, with the front-facing camera now being on the long edge, which is an infinitely better position for video calls.

Add to that a selection of vibrant colors that you can buy the slate in, and support for various accessories such as the Apple Pencil, and you’re left with an excellent slate – and one which is remarkably close to matching Apple’s iPad Air line, just at a lower price.

That said, the iPad 10.9 (2022) only supports the original Apple Pencil rather than the Apple Pencil 2, and in our review we found the screen more reflective than we’d have liked, so there are still some compromises here.

Read the full iPad 10.9 (2022) review

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9. Lenovo Yoga Tab 13

A great tablet for entertainment

Our expert review:

Specifications

Weight:

830g

Dimensions:

293.4 x 204 x 6.2-24.9mm

OS:

Android 11

Screen size:

13.0-inch

Resolution:

1350 x 2160 pixels

CPU:

Snapdragon 870

Storage:

256GB

microSD slot:

No

Battery:

10,200mAh

Rear camera:

None

Front camera:

8MP

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Reasons to buy

+

Useful built-in stand

+

Fantastic speaker quality

Reasons to avoid

-

Design makes cases hard to use

-

No rear camera

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is a really interesting tablet – one that goes well beyond just being a smartphone with a bigger screen. That starts with its design, as it has a built-in stand that lets you angle it on surfaces without any sort of case, or even hang it off things – hence the Yoga name. We found this incredibly useful, as we could easily position the Tab on different surfaces when streaming music or movies.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 also has a large speaker housed in the stand section at the bottom. This is bigger and more powerful than most tablet speakers, so it’s a treat for watching movies and playing games on, even without headphones.

Plus, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 has a micro HDMI port, which is an unusual find on a tablet. This allows you to connect it to other devices so you can easily output the display on a larger screen or use it as a second screen for a computer, and we found the Tab a great device to use as a portable second screen.

On top of all that it also has the tablet basics down, including a large 13-inch screen, a powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset, and a big 10,200mAh battery – complete with speedy 30W charging support. It lacks a camera on the back, but that’s the only real omission here.

Read the full Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 review

How to choose the best tablet for you

When choosing a tablet, the first thing you'll need to decide is how much you want to do with it. Will it be an extra device for entertainment and productivity, or will it replace a laptop as a main computing device? Today's tablets can certainly handle all of the tasks of a basic laptop. Then you'll need to decide on your price range, because tablets can range from cheap budget devices to very expensive cutting edge portables, far more expensive than the laptops they replace. Finally, it would be helpful to choose between an Apple iPadOS tablet and an Android device, based on the services and software you prefer. 

How we test tablets

Every tablet on this list has been thoroughly tested and put through a comprehensive review, so we know exactly what makes them tick and how they compare. From there, we've ranked them based on our findings, factoring in their price and value too.

What is the best brand for tablets

Different brands make devices aimed at different buyers, so there's no 'best' brand, there's just a brand that's best for you.

Amazon's slates are great for low-budget entertainment, but aren't as good for work or creativity. Samsung has some like that too, though its top-end slates are better for workers.

Apple's iPads hit all beats, though they cost a lot, so aren't great for everybody. Lenovo's tabs are great for working, especially for students, and its Yoga devices bring features that are great for entertainment too.

Other, smaller tablet makers generally focus on entertainment tools, though some are good for work and a select few are also useful for creatives.

What should I look for when buying a tablet?

The main things to consider are how much you want to spend, and what operating system you want - with Apple's iPadOS and Android being the two main options. Then think about what else matters to you in a tablet - be it size, power, camera or battery – and choose accordingly.

What tablet can replace a laptop?

If you're hoping to get serious work done on a tablet then an iPad Pro, such as the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022), would be a good option. This has a big screen, lots of power, and supports a keyboard accessory. For an Android alternative, consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which has similar selling points.

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