Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad gives you the best bang for your buck of any tablet. It packs a powerful A10 Fusion processor that smokes most Android slates, and it enables immersive augmented reality experiences with a growing number of AR apps. The other key highlight is Apple Pencil support, which works with the new iWork suite and makes it easy to take notes, sketch and annotate. And in over 10 hours of battery life and a quality 8-MP camera and you have a great choice.
|Best Tablets 2018|
|Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018)||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro||Best for Power Users||4.5 out of 5|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||Best 2-in-1 Tablet and Windows Tablet||4 out of 5|
|Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition||Best Tablet for Kids||4.5 out of 5|
|Lenovo Tab 4||Best Tablet Under $200||4 out of 5|
|12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2nd Gen)||Best for Creative Pros||4.5 out of 5|
|Lenovo Yoga Tab 3||Best Battery Life||3.5 out of 5|
|Asus ZenPad 3S 10||Best Audio Tablet||4 out of 5|
|Amazon Fire HD 10||Best Amazon Tablet||4 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook Tab 10||New and Notable||N/A|
|Microsoft Surface Go||Best 2-in-1 Under $500||3.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S4||Best Samsung Tablet Overall||3.5 out of 5|
|Amazon Fire HD 8||New and Notable||N/A|
The iPad Pro is incredibly fast, with its A10X Fusion processor, that allows it to run circles around most laptops. It also gives you a bigger and more colorful 10.5-inch display and epic battery life. But the iPad Pro's most important tool is iOS 11, which is a bigger deal for iPads than for iPhones. Not only did Apple give its slates a Files app for uniting all the cloud storage services, but the dock, drag and drop and better multitasking go a long way to make it possible for the iPad to be the only computer you need.
Even though Microsoft is calling the Surface Pro a full laptop now, it's still the best Windows tablet you can buy too. The built-in kickstand makes it easy to prop the Surface Pro up wherever you are, and now that the kickstand opens up to 165 degrees, it can transform into an ideal drawing platform with the flick of your wrist. Let's not forget that the Surface Pro's 12.3-inch PixelSense screen is one of the best LCD panels on the market, either. And when you need to get some typing done, you can quickly slap on Microsoft's Type Cover to get a full notebook experience.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the best tablet you can give to a child. Not only does it feature the serious set of parental controls that help guard your kids from the wrong side of the internet, but it also packs a ton of free age-appropriate content. Further, it beats the cheaper $99 Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition with a brighter display, longer battery life and faster performance.
For only $129, the Tab 4 8 provides tablet users with practically everything they need from a slate. Its colorful 8-inch display is brighter than the average tablet and it's got enough battery life to last more than 10 hours on a single charge. And unlike Amazon's cheaper Fire tablets, the Tab 4 8 gives you a true Android experience that doesn't block Google's apps.
The 2nd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes pretty close to being the laptop-killer that Apple wants it to be. Its speedy A10X processor as much (or more) power as some full-fledged laptops, its display is the star of the show. Emitting up to 555 nits, it's one of the brightest screens we've ever seen on a tabler or even a lapotp, and its new ProMotion technology enables smoother scrolling and less Pencil input latency (down to 20 milliseconds) than any tablet on the market. It also lasted more than 12 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, beating last year's model by more than 2 hours.
Currently on sale at $139 ($30 off), the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3's 15 hours of battery life doesn't come without a couple sacrifices, but if you want the most endurance in a tablet, this is the device for you. The Yoga Tab 3 features a colorful, 1280 x 800-pixel, 8-inch screen; handy built-in kickstand; and clever 8-megapixel camera that rotates 180 degrees from front to back. Unfortunately, its Snapdragon 212 processor puts out mediocre performance, and the big battery takes up a lot of space, but it doesn't stop when others do.
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 pumps a lot of volume, but we love it for its support of hi-res sound files, the kind that true audiophiles collect and treasure. The tablet's quad-core and dual-core CPUs make it one of the faster Android tablets we've tested, and its bright, vibrant display is great for streaming movies and music videos. This 9.7-inch slate is as gorgeous as it is speedy, with an aluminum design with bevelled edges that will make some think it's an iPad.
Amazon's finally selling a Fire tablet with a Full HD display, with the 1920 x 1200-pixel screen in the new Fire HD 10. Not only is this 10.1 screen the sharpest from the super-retailer (at 224 ppi), it's also the brightest and most colorful. The only catch, though, is its price, which is quite high for an Amazon table, as you could buy three Amazon Fire 7's for that much.
Microsoft's Surface Go gives you a ton of the perks of the Surface Pro, but at a much-more affordable price. Starting at $399, it offers a bright, colorful display, a comfy keyboard and a sturdy-feeling magnesium design. It also includes Windows Hello support for biometric logins.
Samsung's brought life back to the Android tablet market with the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S4. Beyond the must-have standards (a beautiful display and solid sound), this slate packs a DeX mode that gives users a desktop-like interface for windowed apps and highly improved productivity.
The Fire HD 8 tablet is great for an $80 slate, and it's about to get better. In addition to the long-lasting battery life, bright, high-res display and decent performance, Amazon's finally fixing one of the device's most annoying flaws. Instead of the 0.3-megapixel selfie-cam in the previous model, you get a 2-megapixel sensor that should be much better for video calls. Also, this tablet offers touch-free Alexa, so you can activate it from far away.