We call Apple's 9.7-inch iPad the best tablet because it gives you 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.
|Best Tablets 2019|
|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 S4||Best Samsung Tablet Overall||3.5 out of 5|
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 the ultimate tablet for creative pros.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the new iPad Air and iPad mini are so similar, we put them head-to-head in a face-off to find out which of Apple's 2019 slates is the best tablet overall. Spoiler: it's by a small margin. Also, Amazon's offering up to $50 off on its Fire tablets, including the Fire HD 8 Kids edition, the best tablet for kids.