10 Tablets with the Longest Battery Life

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longest lasting battery tablet march16Even the sharpest and most powerful tablets are useless if they can't handle hours of Web surfing, gaming, video streaming and — yes — work. That's why we've compiled this list of the longest-lasting slates. Every slate on this list lasted at least 10 hours on the Laptop Mag 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 last as long as your Netflix binge session or workday, start here.

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 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 A10

The epic 12 hours of endurance from the 10-inch Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is just the beginning of what we loved about this tablet. The Editors' Choice winner also sports a beautiful display and an attractive shell, and it only costs $179. We also appreciated its strong performance overall. 

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.

HP Elite X2 1011

The 11.6-inch HP Elite X2 isn't only a tablet. It can also function as a laptop, if you attach the keyboard. The keyboard has its own battery, which helped this device last for a whopping 11:24 on a charge. This 2-in-1 can take a beating, it comes with some extra security features, and it sports a bright and accurate screen. 

Google Pixel C

Google's 10.2-inch Pixel C features a powerful Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and a brilliant display, and it lasts a phenomenal 11:08 on a charge. Add the $149 keyboard to make it more productivity friendly. Android 6.0 isn’t the most productivity-friendly OS, but this tablet has serious staying power.

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.

12.9-inch 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.

9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro

As our favorite overall tablet, the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro has a lot going for it. Not only does it feature a stunning True Tone display in a sleek design (now in Rose Gold), but it also lasts for 10:53 on a charge. The 12-MP camera is particularly impressive, due to its ability to shoot 4K video. The A9X processor inside is powerful enough to edit those clips, making this a pretty powerful tablet. 

Author Bio
Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  • WishedMediaWasNotBiased Says:

    So it was decided to include as many tablets as that would keep iPads on the list. That way you would not be "lying" as it would be a true statement as far as the biased writer is concerned. Got it! Do not want to upset Apple or their fans.

  • Cynthia Lyman Says:

    Is there a trick to extending even the best (OR WORST) battery life?

  • Stanley Says:

    Was wondering why you have not included the Miscrosoft SP4 and HP Elite X2 1012 for the comparison. Would be great to add them as well.

  • ZoltanF1 Says:

    So the Sony Z4 Tablet that would easily win here with it's 18 hours video playback battery life is left out...

    It achieves this even though it has a big 10.1" screen, powerful processor and a high resolution 2K(2560x1600) screen.


  • Pete Says:

    Apple mobile OS is the sole reason I abandoned Apple... It is God awful!!
    I can't believe anyone from the world of tech could even consider it.
    Ohh I suppose it looks nice. Sort of like a footballers wife!!

  • bias Says:

    Where is the asus range? where is sony z3 tablet compact?
    What about acer 840 tab
    or the galaxy 8.4 tab s?
    and xiaomi!
    The hell you review about 1/10th the tablets which really does not help anyone in making a true decision based on battery length

  • ruby Says:

    question: Do tablets' battery need to be fully used first before recharging? Or, how much should be used before recharging?
    Thank you

  • poty Says:

    rubish rubish rubish.......u all are fools and asses all around foolish motherfuckers..........u all urself look like cows hahahaha

  • poty Says:

    its all rubish......fuck...........everybody is a fool asses fnnhvgrhehei

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  • vamp Says:

    i have ipad 4 retina display.
    from 100% till 50% using surfing n games, i have notice that i can get around 3 -4 hours tops only. if i play nonstop. sometimes i even watched battery dips 1-5% within 5-10 min of surfing only or facebook few msgs only (no game at that time)
    I keep my brightness less than 50% at all time and volume nil except sometimes.
    i dont play music or video on it.
    just surfing the net using safari n crome, check email once a day only. play games mainly on it.
    i have also turn lot of things off to give me better battery life. but i do still have few push mail of games on.

    i have checked when i keep my ipad closed it will last longer and working fine according to a site. and my ipad get hot alot.

    so ur time written for ipad dont seem to add to my time at all

  • Jake Long Says:

    Is anyone forgetting some tablets from Panasonic?

  • stephanie Says:

    I have the Asus Infinity with 16 hours of battery life. Why wasnt it mentioned? Best tablet I ahve owned. I have owned samesung galaxy 2 both 7 and 10 inch and toshiba excite. asus beats All.

  • Nerd's Best Advice Says:

    I appreciate your list and the work you put into it. However, it might do you good to include another tablet. It's the Toshiba Thrive. Although this tablet has technically been discontinued, it is still available to get. I get upwards of 16 hours out of my 1yr. old Thrive!

    Just thought worth mentioning! Have a great day!

  • wm Says:

    Lenovo yoga 8 has 18hrs battery life and a built in kickstand a great camera, metal body and front Dolby speakers. I love it and can easily watch movies,YouTube and read while laying in bed or on the couch!

  • fedes Says:

    hahah weird list, my asus longs most that all the other tablets listed here.

  • BusinessWoman Says:

    Be aware that the author of this article it is likely an iPad owner (therefore an Apple lover with a heavy bias against anything not made by Apple). Therefore it will be extremely bias towards everything that the iPad can do (and likely exaggerate) and like many internet authors, the author did little to no research on anything not made by Apple relying on complains of new users to tear apart non-Apple products.

    Case an point:
    Unlike the brief BIASED copy on the Lenovo. The Lenovo CAN and WILL connect to outside storage but does not provide enough power for many devices which makes it inconvenient as you will need to either provide alternative power, use the optional Lenovo docking station (which by the way is nice as it adds Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI while it charges the tablet) or use a power USB hub. In addition, it has a MicroSD card slot in the side making it possible to have infinite storage on the go (but up to 64MB at a time) NO CLOUD. All you get with the iPad is a maximum of 64GB (and now 128MB) which is FIXED (you can add anything later).

    In addition, according to Laptop (oh wait the same website) the longest lasting would be:
    Dell Lattitude 10 (17:40 with 4 cell battery installed)
    Acer Iconia W510 (15:09 with keyboard dock)
    HP Envy X2 (11:57 with dock)

    Then there are others like the Padfone but how could the author know about it it is not like he knows people like Daniel Burg to ask.

    Finally I noticed they use the constant Web Surfing battery life as a benchmark not the constant video watching battery life since that would eliminate the ipad from the top 10 (and possibly the top 20).

    But is the BIASED author going to say it (oh heck no!) he maybe expelled from the biased authored guild (or Laptop's Magazine staff which ever catches them first). Because not praising Apple is against Hollywood, the press, and the TV's rules. I think they kill you or something like that when that happens. Just noticed no one on big networks, magazines and movies EVER breaks that rule.

  • J.T. Says:

    You know, despite the damn thing being a flop, the HP TouchPad deserves a nod here.

    I have an HP TouchPad and I once left it in my work bag for like two weeks without touching it. I pulled it out and it still had 25% battery remaining. I had to look at it again to make sure it was right.

    It's not just mine either, both mine and my wife's HP TouchPads go somewhere between 10-14 days between being charged. Hers gets much heavier use!

    Jus' sayin', for all the beating up every does on the thing, can we at least give it some credit in that department?

  • CaptainSiscold Says:

    I just wanted to point out that the Nook HD/HD+ now have full Google Play access, so that particular objection that some people have against them are now gone. Of course, if you want a Nook, you might be better off waiting until B&N announces their new partner for manufacturing them. (I'm hoping for Asus :)

  • Jess Says:

    I agree with David and Todd, Asus infinity over the past year edged out iPad and pretty much everyone else but is not even mentioned. Just on that simple fact of selective product endorsement by these people put any thing they say into question. I went thru some of their other top picks and found once again selective product bias, excluding other better products. Can anyone say, kick back!

  • Todd Says:

    Why didn't they include the Asus Padfone?
    Afterall, it CAN be a tablet and has up to 63 hours of battery life.

  • David Says:

    Notice how ASUS was completely left out of this. Some of their tablets go for even longer than the iPad.

  • Dr. Electronics Says:

    That any of these do not have 20 hour battery life for 5 dollars extra extra built in is ridiculous you can put in 3 batteries like high capacity camera batteries each lasting 8 hours cost was 2.00 a battery triple or quade system should be standard 14 to 20 hour system I worked in electronics over 20 years

  • GhettoSquid Says:

    The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a glaring omission...I believe either the international or Verizon version was averaging 10-11 hours of battery life.

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