10 Tablets with the Longest Battery Life
Tablets make the ultimate couch companion, but even the sharpest and most powerful slates are useless if they can't handle hours of Web surfing, gaming and video streaming. That's why we've compiled the longest-lasting tablets we've ever tested. Every slate on this list lasted at least 8 hours on our battery test, which consists of continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi with the brightness set to 150 nits. If you need a tablet that can handle your Netflix addiction with ease, look no further.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3
15 hours: That's the kind of all-day battery life people have been dreaming of since forever. Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 has it, and as such, might be the best mobile media tablet on the market. Its 8-inch screen is relatively bright, and Lenovo's tablet even comes with a built-in kickstand. The extra-large battery results in a bigger-than-normal design, and the Snapdragon 212 processor can feel a little lethargic at times, but if you're all about watching movies and surfing the Web, the Yoga Tab 3 can go all day.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Uniquely, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ features an adjustable kickstand and hinge, which allows you to stand the tablet up for better viewing. And you'll be able to stream plenty of Netflix, thanks to the 13:01 of battery life endurance. This $349 Android tablet features a full-HD 1920 x 1200-pixel display and front-facing speakers for an even better cinema experience.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2
The 12 hours and 37 minutes of battery life is a good reason to love the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, but it's not the only one. This 10-inch Android 4.4 KitKat tablet sports a built-in kickstand and curved edge that allows you to use the tablet in multiple modes. The front-facing speakers positively boom audio at you, and the $269 price tag is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, on the software front, Lenovo adds a quick-settings menu called Bottom Switch, which gives you easy access to various settings.
Lenovo Tab 2 A8
Judging by the low $129.99 price tag on the Lenovo Tab 2 A8, you probably wouldn't expect to see it on our list of longest-lasting tablets. That's all the more reason its 11-hour-and-32-minute battery life is both memorable and impressive. Running a close-to-stock installation of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the device also features a very bright HD (1280 x 800-pixel) display that's great for watching videos and browsing the Web.
Apple iPad mini 2
Apple's iPad mini finally has a Retina display, and it's just as good as you'd imagined. But what you may not have expected from this iOS 7-powered slate is that it would get a crazy long 11 hours and 6 minutes of battery life over Wi-Fi. Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina display features Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor, making this one screaming fast slate.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9
Amazon adds so much value to its tablet line, at least for Prime members who enjoy free movies, TV shows, e-books and music. But even non-Prime members will love the Fire HDX 8.9 because of its excellent parental controls, attractive design and brilliant 2560 x 1600-pixel display. Plus, this Android-based tablet will keep going for an amazing 10 hours and 19 minutes.
Apple iPad Pro
While many Windows tablets and 2-in-1s sacrifice endurance for power, the iPad Pro offers a better balance of battery life and speed. This 12.9-inch slate lasted for more than 10 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. The iPad Pro isn't cheap, and it won't replace your laptop, like a Surface can. But the iPad Pro's A9X processor; crisp, 5-million-pixel display; and optional Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard make it a versatile device that can go the distance.
HP Pro Slate 8
Lasting for 9 hours and 49 minutes makes the HP Pro Slate 8 worth a second look. The 7.9-inch (2048 x 1536-pixel) screen performed well in our color accuracy and graphics performance tests. It also had a brighter screen than its competitors. Plus, it comes with a pen that can transfer notes from regular paper to the tablet.
Dell Venue 8 7000
Colors come alive on this tablet's 8.4-inch (2560 x 1600-pixel) OLED display; we found that it can display more colors than most tablets. This makes it perfect for watching movies and looking at photos on social media, which is where the 9 hours and 47 minutes of battery life come in handy. We also found that the Dell Venue 8 7000's booming speakers topped the charts. This tablet also features the first Intel RealSense Snapshot Camera, which can measure the length of objects in photos.