The Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is an unapologetically premium tablet that looks to take the iPad's crown. Not only does it offer rich visuals and sound from its HDR Super AMOLED display and powerful quad AKG-tuned speakers, it's also got the sleek glass and brushed-aluminum design seen in the Galaxy S7 smartphone. The only problem? It costs $600.
|Best Samsung Tablets|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S3||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 Tab Active||Best Rugged Samsung Tablet||3.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Galaxy Book (12-Inch)||Best 2-in-1||3.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6-inch)||New and Notable||N/A|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Inch with S Pen||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 grips well, 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.
Engineered to survive falls, water and dust, the Tab Active offers all the same goodness you expect from a Samsung slate, but it's rugged. The touch screen even works when you're wearing gloves. We also appreciated its lengthy battery life of 11 hours and 57 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous streaming over Wi-Fi).
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 sports a desktop operating system that isn't hampered by the limitations of iOS.
This tablet is 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.
After the Note 7 met an early retirement, the S Pen stylus is getting a second life on the new Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch tablet. You'll use the pen to create GIFs from video playing on the slate's display, and it will also help with translation and pronunciation. Note-takers may also appreciate the S Pen, as it offers a "ballpoint pen-like" feel for more comfortable writing and integration with the new Notes app, which makes it easier to access Samsung's writing apps.
Samsung's pushing back at Apple's dominance in the tablet world, and there are many reasons why. While Apple sells four different iPads, ranging from the most affordable $329 iPad to the spec'd out $1,229 12.9-inch iPad Pro (512GB, 4G), Samsung offers a much broader range of options. Starting 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 big, bright screens give you great canvasses that are great for both consuming and creating. So whether you're streaming your favorite shows with YouTube TV or drawing in ArtBoard, you'll have a device that makes your colors pop. Productivity isn't a problem on Android either, thanks to apps like Wunderlist 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.