Best Tablets 2019

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Best Overall

Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018)

Editor's Choice

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad isn't just one of the best tablets, it's the king of the mountain with the best bang for your buck. 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.

Read our full Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018) review.

Best Tablets 2019
Product: Use Case: Rating:
Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018) Best Overall 4 out of 5
12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2018) Best for Power Users 4.5 out of 5
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Best Tablet for Kids 4.5 out of 5
iPad mini (2019) Best Small Tablet 4 out of 5
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Best 2-in-1 Tablet and Windows Tablet 4.5 out of 5
iPad Air (2019) Best 10-inch Tablet 4.5 out of 5
Lenovo Tab 4 Best Tablet Under $200 4 out of 5
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Best Battery Life 3.5 out of 5
Amazon Fire HD 8 Best Tablet Under $100 4 out of 5
Amazon Fire HD 10 Best Amazon Tablet 4 out of 5
Microsoft Surface Go Best 2-in-1 Under $500 3.5 out of 5
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Best Samsung Tablet Overall 4.0 out of 5
Microsoft Surface Pro X New and Notable N/A
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition New and Notable N/A
  • Best for Power Users

    12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2018)

    Editor's Choice

    The new iPad Pro's A12X Bionic processor runs circles around Windows PCs based on our testing. Apple also delivers a full-screen design, great audio quality and an improved Apple Pencil that automatically starts charging when it magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro. Add in more than 13 hours of battery life and you have one of the best tablets for creative pros.

    Read our full 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2018) review.

  • Best Tablet for Kids

    Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

    Editor's Choice

    The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is one of the best tablets to pass around the family. 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. We're also ranking the best Amazon Fire tablets.

    Read our full Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition review.

  • Best Small Tablet

    iPad mini (2019)

    Editor's Choice

    Apple's updated one of its most beloved tablets with a set of specs that makes it more than worth buying. From its speedy A12 Bionic chip to its bright, beautiful display, this is both a slate that's great to consume content on and get things done on as well. On top of that, you get lengthy battery life plus support for the Apple Pencil.

    Read our full iPad mini (2019) review.

  • Best 2-in-1 Tablet and Windows Tablet

    Microsoft Surface Pro 6

    Editor's Choice

    Tablets are great for consuming and doodling, but when you need a great 2-in-1 for a lot of writing, look no further than the Surface Pro 6. Its attachable Type Covers beat the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard Cover on comfort, thanks to deep travel that mimics an actual laptop. Also, improved battery life (nearly 2 hours more!) and a new black colorway make the Surface Pro 6 the hybrid for those who don't want to compromise. Still, though, without its Type Cover, the Surface Pro 6's build quality and performance are enough to make it one of the best tablets. Looking for a more affordable detachable? Check out our guide to the best Surface Pro alternatives. Think you can wait? We're already collecting Surface Pro 7 rumors and reports.

    Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review.

  • Best 10-inch Tablet

    iPad Air (2019)

    Editor's Choice

    Apple's latest iPad Air is one of its best non-Pro iPads ever. Its brilliant display and strong sound make it great for consuming content, while its support for Apple's Pencil and Smart Keyboard enable more creation than ever before. Add Apple's speedy A12 processor and long battery life on top and you get a very good tablet.

    Read our full iPad Air (2019) review.

  • Best Tablet Under $200

    Lenovo Tab 4

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    Read our full Lenovo Tab 4 review.

  • Best Battery Life

    Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    Read our full Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 review.

  • Best Tablet Under $100

    Amazon Fire HD 8

    Editor's Choice

    Amazon's 2018 Fire HD 8 offers most of what we like about its predecessor -- an affordable $80 price, bright screen and decent performance -- and then adds more. Not only does its selfie camera finally snap acceptable photos, but you can activate Alexa without tapping on the screen. But if you bought the 2017 Fire HD 8, you might want to hold on, as that model lasted 2 hours longer.

    Read our full Amazon Fire HD 8 review.

  • Best Amazon Tablet

    Amazon Fire HD 10

    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.

    Read our full Amazon Fire HD 10 review.

  • Best 2-in-1 Under $500

    Microsoft Surface Go

    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.

    Read our full Microsoft Surface Go review.

  • Best Samsung Tablet Overall

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

    Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 ($649) has a gorgeous 10.5-inch display, fast performance and an included S Pen stylus that charges on the back of the tablet. We also appreciate the touchpad on the new BookCover Keyboard accessory and the DeX desktop interface makes the Galaxy Tab S6 a viable laptop replacement. 

    Check out our full Galaxy Tab S6 review.

  • New and Notable

    Microsoft Surface Pro X

    Yes, Microsoft is aiming for even better battery life. Meet the Surface Pro X, which is like a Surface Pro, but it runs a custom ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 processor. A groove in its keyboard fits the new rechargable Microsoft-made stylus. It's coming this November, for $999, and will include built-in LTE connectivity.

    Check out our full Surface Pro X preview.

  • New and Notable

    Fire HD 10 Kids Edition

    Amazon's 2019 Fire HD 10 Kids also comes in a kids edition. It packs the same USB-C you get in the update to the regular version, plus the kid-friendly case with adjustable stand. On top of that, Amazon's claiming faster performance and increased battery life. We can't wait to test it for ourselves.

Oct. 2 Update: At its Oct. Surface event, Microsoft revealed the Surface Neo -- a foldable PC made with dual 9-inch tablets, the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X. Apple's 10.2-inch iPad (2019, 7th Gen) is here (we're testing it right now). Check out our full iPadOS review.