The Tab S4 is the best Samsung tablet because it aims to reinvent and fix Android tablets, with its DeX mode that gives Android users a desktop-like experience. Complete with windowed apps (up to 20 at once), drag-and-drop interactions and an app tray, the DeX mode breathes new life into the Android tablet world. Further, its 10.5-inch screen is super-bright, and one of the most colorful screens we've ever tested.
|Best Samsung Tablets|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S4||Best Samsung Tablet Overall||3.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8-inch)||Best 8-inch Samsung Tablet||3.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Galaxy Book (12-Inch)||Best 2-in-1||3.5 out of 5|
|Galaxy Tab S5e||New and Notable||N/A|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6-inch)||New and Notable||N/A|
|Galaxy Tab Active2||New and Notable||N/A|
With its stunning Super AMOLED display and stylish, svelte design, the S2 8.0-inch may be similar to Samsung's 9.7-inch tablet, but this 8-inch tablet is much easier to keep in the palm of your hand. Its soft-touch back offers a good grip, so you're less likely to drop this slate. The S2 also has an excellent 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, which shoots crisp photos that we found to be accurate with true-to-life color.
Samsung's 12-inch Galaxy Book is a Windows 10-based tablet that wowed us with its vivid Super AMOLED display. Making matters better for the panel, it also supports HDR video content, which offers a wider, richer range of colors. It also packs Samsung's S Pen, which makes it easy to open proprietary apps for note-taking and screenshot annotating. So while Apple's new iPad Pros may offer powerful processors, this detachable 2-in-1 earns our respect as one of the best Samsung tablets with its desktop operating system that isn't hampered by the limitations of iOS.
The $399 Galaxy Tab S5e is Samsung's thinnest 10.5-inch tablet ever, with a 5.5mm-thin, 14-ounce design that should make it a great travel companion. The Tab S5e packs quad Dolby Atmos speakers and a rich 2560 x 1600 display for immersive entertainment, and its 64-bit processor and Book Cover keyboard support seem ideal for serious multitasking. Plus, you can use this slate to control your SmartThings smart home devices, complete with Bixby voice support.
It's not hard to see the 9.6-inch Tab E becoming the next best Samsung tablet when it drops later this year. It's the most affordable slate Samsung sells but it still offers a decent set of features. Its 9.7-inch display is big enough to stream video at an OK resolution. Parents will be relieved to know that Samsung didn't forget about younger users, as this slate offers Kids Mode to limit their usage to safe, child-friendly content.
Samsung's revealed its latest ruggedized tablet, the Galaxy Tab Active2. Not only is it IP68-rated for water (up to five feet deep for half an hour) resistance, it's also passed 21 of the MIL-Spec 810G durability tests (the kind that U.S. military equipment must), so it's ready to be dropped a lot and used in extremely hot and cold atmospheres. Available with an LTE modem, the slate includes a ruggedized version of the S Pen and sports a Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) 8-inch display, 16GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Pricing is TBA.
Samsung continues to release a ton of tablets to push back at Apple's dominance in this world. In April, the tech giant revealed two new slates: the $399 Galaxy Tab S5e, which is the company's thinnest 10.5-inch tablet ever, and the $229 Galaxy Tab A 10.1, which promises a solid 1920 x 1200 display and speedy specs for a fair price. Both of these go on sale on April 26.
On April 23, leaked renders of Samsung's Galaxy View 2 hit the internet, and this iPad Pro alternative appears to be getting slightly smaller and more ergonomically friendly.
While Apple sells four different iPads, ranging from its $329 iPad to the spec'd out $1,229 12.9-inch iPad Pro (512GB, 4G), Samsung offers a much broader range of options (even if Apple does launch a $259 option, as is rumored). From that pack, the best tablets include the nimble and from the small and affordable $199 Galaxy Tab E and all the way up to the premium $1,128 Galaxy Book (a detachable 2-in-1 that runs Windows 10), Samsung's tablets even offer Windows 10, a more-traditional operating system than even iOS 11 will provide.
These slates offer big, bright screens that make your favorite shows on YouTube TV look fantastic, and allow you to clearly see your creations come to life in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. Productivity on Android is pretty easy too, with apps such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office.
Samsung offers a similar design and software experience across its top-selling phones and tablets, making the transition feel seamless. Its S Pen stylus, for example, comes with the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3, the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab A and the 12-inch Galaxy Book. Plus, you can use your Samsung slate as a remote control for your TV and enjoy Multi Window split-screen multitasking (on higher-end models). However, some Samsung tablets are more worth your money than others, so use this breakdown before you shop.