May 2024

Tablets: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of tablets rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 9 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 100 tablet endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

39 tablets were endorsed in total, only 19 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 May 2024, Apple iPad Air (2022) takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed tablet with 7 expert endorsements. 6 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 tablet' this month.

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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking tablets start at $59.99 (Amazon Fire 7) and go up to $1999 (Google Pixel Fold). Median tablet costs $449 (reMarkable 2).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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techadvisor
Laptop Mag
Tom's Guide
PCMag
Digital Trends
What Hi-Fi
T3
WIRED
Wirecutter
TechRadar
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Apple iPad Air (2022)
The Apple iPad Air (2022) receives positive reviews for its display, performance, and connectivity options, making it a versatile and powerful tablet for various use cases.
1
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1
1
1
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1
5
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2
+3 $400
Apple iPad Mini 6 2021
The Apple iPad Mini 6 2021 has received positive reviews for its display, performance, battery life, audio quality, storage options, and connectivity, making it a versatile and powerful tablet.
5
9
9
7
5
5
5
13
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9
3
- $300
Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021)
The Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021) has received positive reviews for its display quality, performance, and storage options, making it a versatile tablet for various use cases.
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2
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2
1
1
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4
- $400
OnePlus Pad
The OnePlus Pad has received positive reviews for its impressive display, performance, battery life, audio quality, and connectivity options, making it a versatile tablet for various tasks.
9
3
2
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2
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6
3
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3
5
-3 $329
Apple iPad 10th Gen (2022)
The Apple iPad 10th Gen (2022) has received positive reviews for its display, performance, audio quality, and connectivity options, making it a versatile device for various use cases.
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5
7
2
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1
7
2
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6
+1 $1250
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is a highly praised tablet with a stunning display, powerful performance, impressive audio capabilities, and versatile connectivity options, making it suitable for a wide range of tasks and activities.
8
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4
9
11
4
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11
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7
7
-1 $378
Google Pixel Tablet
The Google Pixel Tablet offers a good display, fast performance, excellent battery life, impressive audio quality, and sufficient storage options, making it a great choice for casual users.
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4
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11
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iPad Pro 12.9 (2022)
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is praised for its outstanding display, performance, battery life, audio quality, storage options, and connectivity, making it a versatile and powerful tablet for various use cases.
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3
8
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9
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Amazon Fire HD 8 2022
The Amazon Fire HD 8 2022 tablet offers decent display quality, good performance, impressive audio, and ample storage options, making it a budget-friendly option for general multimedia consumption.
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10
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2
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8
4
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10
- $1100
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is praised for its high-quality display, solid performance for everyday tasks, good battery life, clear audio quality, storage options, and comprehensive connectivity options, making it a versatile and portable device suitable for multimedia consumption and light productivity work.
4
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6
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10
14
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11
+6 $490
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+
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7
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Apple iPad Pro 2022
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8
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-1 $449
reMarkable 2
The reMarkable 2 is praised for its paper-like writing experience, minimalistic design, and focus-enhancing capabilities, but criticized for its high price, limited functionality beyond note-taking, and lack of color display or backlight, making it a niche device best suited for those prioritizing distraction-free writing and note-taking over multimedia features.
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11
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7
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14
-1 $898
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus
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4
15
-1 $999
Apple iPad Pro 5 (2021)
The Apple iPad Pro 5 (2021) is highly praised for its exceptional display quality, powerful performance, and impressive audio capabilities, making it an ideal choice for professionals and enthusiasts who prioritize visual excellence and a luxurious media experience.
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6
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2
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-1 $60
Amazon Fire 7
The Amazon Fire 7 tablet has a basic display and average audio quality, but its performance, battery life, and storage options make it suitable for casual media consumption and reading e-books.
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3
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6
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17
-1 $180
Amazon Fire Max 11
The Amazon Fire Max 11 tablet receives positive reviews for its display, performance, battery life, storage options, and connectivity, making it a highly regarded tablet within Amazon's Fire lineup.
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4
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Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) is a well-received tablet with a vibrant display, strong performance, impressive battery life, and flexible storage options, making it a solid choice for entertainment-focused users.
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Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) has received highly positive reviews for its vibrant display, exceptional performance, impressive battery life, and comprehensive features, making it suitable for power users and professionals.
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#16 $59.99 Amazon Fire 7
#9 $99.99 Amazon Fire HD 8 2022
#18 $110.29 Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
#17 $179.99 Amazon Fire Max 11
#3 $299.99 Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021)
#5 $329 Apple iPad 10th Gen (2022)
#7 $378 Google Pixel Tablet
#2 $399.99 Apple iPad Mini 6 2021
#4 $399.99 OnePlus Pad
#13 $449 reMarkable 2
#11 $489.99 Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+
#19 $602.83 Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
#14 $897.99 Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus
#15 $999 Apple iPad Pro 5 (2021)
#10 $1099.99 Microsoft Surface Pro 9
#6 $1249.99 Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

We ranked Apple iPad Air (2022) #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Apple iPad Air (2022) as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Apple iPad Air (2022) receives positive reviews for its display, performance, and connectivity options, making it a versatile and powerful tablet for various use cases.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best overall

Great design
Large display
Compatible with Pro accessories

Awkward Touch ID placement
A little pricey
Thick bezels

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Laptop Mag

Best tablet overall

M1 chip delivers excellent performance
Good battery life
Loud, clear speakers

Accessories are expensive add-ons
No Face ID or headphone jack

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Tom's Guide

The best tablet for everyone

Thin and elegant design
Sharp, colorful display
Speedy M1-powered performance
Long battery life
Solid 12MP cameras

Peripherals are expensive

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PCMag

Best iPad for Creators and Students Editors' Choice

Excellent performance
Works with second-gen Apple Pencil
Fits existing iPad cases and keyboards
Light and easy to carry

Battery life could be longer
No millimeter-wave 5G support

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Digital Trends

Best tablet overall

High-performance M1 processor
Slim and light
Software suitable for work or play
Large, colorful, and sharp screen
Wide array of quality accessories
Center Stage works well

64GB storage isn't enough
Battery life disappoints

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T3

The best tablet for most people

Astounding M1 chip is superfast
Great 10.9-inch screen
A wealth of tablet-optimised apps

iPadOS can limit creative work
60Hz screen refresh rate

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WIRED

Best Upgrade

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We ranked Apple iPad Mini 6 2021 #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Apple iPad Mini 6 2021 has received positive reviews for its display, performance, battery life, audio quality, storage options, and connectivity, making it a versatile and powerful tablet.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best Small Tablet

Compact design
Apple Pencil support
Superb performance

A little pricey
No Magic Keyboard support

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Laptop Mag

Our favorite small tablet

Compact size enables single-handed use
Fast performance from A15 Bionic
Sharp and bright display

Magic Keyboard isn't supported
Apple Pencil Gen 2 sold separately

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Tom's Guide

The best tiny tablet

Super-portable, light design
Speedy A15 Bionic processor
Sharp and bright display

No Magic Keyboard or headphone jack
Pricey

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PCMag

Best Small iPad

Excellent performance
Long battery life
Works with second-generation Apple Pencil

No multi-user option in iPadOS
Pricier than previous model

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Digital Trends

Best small tablet

Big enough to perform most tasks
Compact enough to travel easily
Powerful performance
Loud speakers
USB-C

Screen is not bright enough
Too small for content creation
No headphone jack

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What Hi-Fi

The littlest, 8-inch-screen iPad is small but mighty

Much improved build
Engaging audio
Punchy picture

No headphones socket
Some compromised tonal detail

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T3

The best small tablet you can buy

So portable and light
Packed with power
Apple Pencil 2nd Gen support

Screen size limited for working
No Smart Connector for keyboards

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WIRED

Best Portable Tablet

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TechRadar

The best compact tablet

Stylish compact design
Lots of power

Battery life could be better
5G connectivity is limited

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend tablets.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of tablets, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2024 ranking

We ranked Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021) #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021) as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 16 Sep 2023)
The Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021) has received positive reviews for its display quality, performance, and storage options, making it a versatile tablet for various use cases.
Critic endorsements:
Laptop Mag

Best cheap tablet

Outstanding performance at this price
Excellent battery life
Bright, vivid 10.2-inch display

Recycled design
Not compatible with Magic Keyboard/Pencil Gen 2
Lacks Wi-Fi 6 or 5G support

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Digital Trends

Best value tablet

Great battery life
Powerful internals
Big upgrade to the front-facing camera
Amazing software support
Base storage more acceptable at 64GB

Display doesn't get bright enough
Lightning port in 2021
Slow Touch ID sensor

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T3

The best budget tablet is exceptional value for money

It's the best value iPad
Apple Pencil support
With the latest iPadOS software

No landscape stereo speakers
Apple Pencil is the more awkward first version
Aging design

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WIRED

Best for Most People

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Wirecutter

The best tablet for most people

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We ranked OnePlus Pad #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The OnePlus Pad has received positive reviews for its impressive display, performance, battery life, audio quality, and connectivity options, making it a versatile tablet for various tasks.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best Tablet Speakers

Stunning 144Hz display
Superb speakers
Impressive performance
Solid battery life

Hit-and-miss software
Only one storage option
No cellular option
80W charger sold separately in UK

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Laptop Mag

The best Android tablet for most people

Powerful, smooth performance
Gorgeous display
Great magnetically attaching keyboard and Stylo Pen

Collects fingerprints
Android Tablets lack of tablet-specific apps

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Tom's Guide

The best Android tablet overall

Incredible battery life
Comfortable curved edges
Sharp front and rear cameras
Fast performance

Mediocre speaker quality

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Digital Trends

Best Android tablet

Bold and unique design
Fun green color
Sharp and vibrant LCD display
Up to 144Hz refresh rate
Gets 3 years of Android upgrades
Fast performance

Low-quality cameras
Odd placement of the rear camera
Some software quirks

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T3

The best premium Android tablet

Smooth and bright display
Powerful internals
Fast charging

Very weak cameras
Android tablets don't have the best OS

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WIRED

Best Android Tablet

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TechRadar

Best Android tablet for most people

Display is sharper than iPad Pro
A flagship tablet priced like a cheaper model
Big battery and faster charging

Performance doesn’t match best phones
One option for storage, RAM, color
Stylo pen is pricey, needs charging

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We ranked Apple iPad 10th Gen (2022) #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Apple iPad 10th Gen (2022) as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Apple iPad 10th Gen (2022) has received positive reviews for its display, performance, audio quality, and connectivity options, making it a versatile device for various use cases.
Critic endorsements:
Laptop Mag

The best mid-range iPad

Powerful performance
Solid display
Killer speakers

Subpar battery life
Magic Folio is ugly

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Tom's Guide

The best regular iPad in years

Sleeker design with slimmer bezels
Fast A14 Bionic processor
Long battery life
Comfy Magic Keyboard with touchpad
Cellular upgraded to 5G

More expensive that previous model
Apple Pencil awkward to charge
Just 64GB of storage
Doesn’t support Stage Manager in iPadOS 16

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PCMag

Best iPad for Most People / Editors' Choice

Appealing iPad Pro-like design
USB-C port
Relocated webcam
Higher-quality cameras
Improved speakers
Faster performance

Higher price than previous model
Loses traditional Touch ID button
No Face ID

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What Hi-Fi

A great tablet for multi-tasking and watching movies, packed into a slick design

Sharp and detailed display
Excellent sound
Lovely design

More expensive than predecessor
No 3.5mm headphone socket
No HDR

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T3

Banish the bezel with this great entry-level iPad

All-new design ups the entry-level iPad
Bigger screen than predecessor
Finally, USB charging!

Other iPads have better screens (brighter, faster refresh)
The 9th Gen model is much cheaper

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WIRED

A More Modern iPad

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 16 Sep 2023)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is a highly praised tablet with a stunning display, powerful performance, impressive audio capabilities, and versatile connectivity options, making it suitable for a wide range of tasks and activities.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best big tablet

Stunning 14.6in display
Top-tier performance
Great S Pen stylus
IP68 rating

Very expensive
Many apps not optimized
No 5G in the US

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Tom's Guide

The best Android tablet when you absolutely need the biggest screen possible

Gorgeous 14.6-inch OLED display
Slim, lightweight design
Fast performance

Pricey compared to the competition
DeX mode is a poor Windows 11 imitation

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PCMag

Best Android Tablet for Power Users

Gorgeous screen
Fast performance
Tight Samsung integration
Good productivity software
IP68 rating
S Pen stylus included

Pricey
Size makes it awkward to handle
Android on tablets is still limiting

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Digital Trends

The best overkill tablet

Stunning 14.6-inch display
Loud, rich speakers
Excellent performance
Very good battery life
Water and dust resistance

It's. So. Heavy.
App optimization issues
Outrageously expensive
Pricey, necessary accessories

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What Hi-Fi

An in-your-face Android tablet that makes other slates look small

Huge, cinematic screen
Very good speakers (for a tablet)
Fluid and smooth 120Hz display

Slightly soft picture
Colours could be more natural
Performance with headphones lacks enthusiasm and warmth

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WIRED

Luxe Android Tablets

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TechRadar

The best drawing tablet

Samsung multitasking is better than iPad and Pixel Tablet
Gorgeous display and blazing performance
Value is surprisingly good compared to iPad Pro

Same price as a Macbook Air (M2)
Faster charging would have been nice
Flimsy keyboard and no easy S Pen storage

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We ranked Google Pixel Tablet #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Google Pixel Tablet offers a good display, fast performance, excellent battery life, impressive audio quality, and sufficient storage options, making it a great choice for casual users.
Critic endorsements:
Laptop Mag

The best Android tablet for casual users

Slick, stylish design
Good audio performance
Fast, zippy performance
Seamless dock integration
Excellent battery life

Lacks some typical tablet accessories
Charging Speaker Dock could do more

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Tom's Guide

The best tablet for the smart home

Charging dock a useful accessory
Good photo quality
Strong photo editing features

Average performance
Few productivity accessories available

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PCMag

Best for Doubling as Smart Display

Solid Android tablet
Flawless audio hand-off
Good sound from Speaker Dock

Expensive
Speaker Dock has limited functionality
Hub Mode could do more

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T3

The best tablet for home

Dock included for home hub-like use
Decent battery life when off the dock

Dock inclusion won't suit all
Screen only has 60Hz refresh rate

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WIRED

Best Tablet and Smart Display Combo

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Wirecutter

Best Android tablet for most people

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We ranked iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is praised for its outstanding display, performance, battery life, audio quality, storage options, and connectivity, making it a versatile and powerful tablet for various use cases.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best tablet for creatives

Unmatched performance
Excellent range of features
Mini-LED screen

Expensive, especially in the UK
Not many apps take advantage of M2
Similar to previous-gen

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What Hi-Fi

The sixth-gen iPad Pro really is in a class of its own

Superb all-round picture quality
Detailed, dynamic headphone sound
Open and spacious-sounding speakers

Even more expensive than before
Only a minor upgrade on predecessor
Front-facing camera is in the ‘wrong’ place

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T3

The best premium tablet, full stop

Unbelievably powerful and slick
Great battery life
The best tablet screen ever

No change in typical brightness
iPadOS can be limiting
Face ID is awkward at times

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TechRadar

The best iPad for most people

Beautiful mini-LED screen
Future-proof M2 chip

128GB is small for the price
Battery life isn't huge

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We ranked Amazon Fire HD 8 2022 #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Amazon Fire HD 8 2022 tablet offers decent display quality, good performance, impressive audio, and ample storage options, making it a budget-friendly option for general multimedia consumption.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Tablet Under $100

Vibrant screen
Good battery life
Lightweight

Sluggish performance
$10 more than the previous model
Limited app selection

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What Hi-Fi

A super cheap way to enjoy your movies, shows and music on the go

Balanced, enjoyable picture quality
Clean, consistent sound via headphones
Excellent value and often discounted

Overly reflective screen
App selection could be better

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WIRED

Best Tablet Under $100

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Wirecutter

A cheap tablet for streaming media

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We ranked Microsoft Surface Pro 9 #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is praised for its high-quality display, solid performance for everyday tasks, good battery life, clear audio quality, storage options, and comprehensive connectivity options, making it a versatile and portable device suitable for multimedia consumption and light productivity work.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best Windows Tablet

Solid battery life
Premium design
Great keyboard cover and stylus
Excellent webcam

Poor performance on ARM models
Limited ports
Expensive

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Tom's Guide

The best Windows 11 tablet

Slim and light design
Responsive touchscreen
Works well as a laptop or tablet

Unremarkable display
Same old design
Slim Pen 2 and Signature keyboard sold separately

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T3

The best tablet for work

13-inch screen with 120Hz refresh rate
HD webcam and 4K rear camera

Not as powerful as elsewhere
No MicroSD card slot

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WIRED

Best Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Midrange Android Tablet / Editors' Choice

Good performance
Long battery life
High-quality, waterproof build
Includes S Pen stylus

Occasional performance stutters
Finicky fingerprint sensor

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Digital Trends

The best big Android tablet

Very competitive price
Water and dust resistance
Long-lasting battery life
Bright, vibrant display
S Pen included for free

Android software brings it down
Bulky and heavy
Refresh rate is disappointing

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TechRadar

Best battery life

Water and dust resistant
Great multi-tasking software
Includes an S Pen in the box

Bulky and heavy compared to iPad Air
Slower Exynos processor inside
Still expensive considering performance
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We ranked Apple iPad Pro 2022 #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Laptop Mag

The best tablet for power users

Incredible XDR display
Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil are great
Decent battery life (shorter than last year, though)
Killer cameras

Apple tax is real
Needs more colors

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Tom's Guide

The best tablet for power users, period

Gorgeous 12.9-inch XDR display
M2 chip delivers great speed
Excellent battery life
Optional 5G works quite well

Display requires HDR content to look its best
Expensive with accessories

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PCMag

Best iPad for Power Users

Laptop-level performance
Gorgeous, roomy display
ProRes video support
Capable cameras
Excellent connectivity

Costs as much as a laptop
iPadOS is still a limiting factor
Accessories add up quickly
Awkward front camera placement

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We ranked reMarkable 2 #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 May 2024)
The reMarkable 2 is praised for its paper-like writing experience, minimalistic design, and focus-enhancing capabilities, but criticized for its high price, limited functionality beyond note-taking, and lack of color display or backlight, making it a niche device best suited for those prioritizing distraction-free writing and note-taking over multimedia features.
Experts Praise For:
  • ✍️ Great writing experience
  • 🔋 Impressive battery life
  • 📚 Effective for note-taking and organization
  • 📈 Regular software updates
Experts Criticise For:
  • 🚫 Limited app availability/functionality
  • 💸 High price point
  • 🌙 Lack of backlight
  • 🖊️ Pen and accessories cost extra
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best E-Ink tablet

Thin, light and stylish
Excellent pen input
Powerful companion app
Continued software updates

Pen not included
Subscription unlocks all features
Very occasional software gripes
No backlight

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Tom's Guide

The best tablet for writers

Amazingly slim design
Faster stylus input
Excellent writing feel

More expensive than an iPad
Just for writing and reading, no apps

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WIRED

Best Digital Notebook

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best Android tablet

Excellent performance
Great screen and sound
Versatile interface and controls
Thin and waterproof

Apps and performance behind iPad Pro
Expensive

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TechRadar

Best premium Android tablet

Water and dust resistant
Includes an S Pen in the box
Excellent multi-tasking features

Performance isn't as good as best iPads
Software can be overcomplicated
No 'magic keyboard' competitor from Samsung

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We ranked Apple iPad Pro 5 (2021) #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Apple iPad Pro 5 (2021) is highly praised for its exceptional display quality, powerful performance, and impressive audio capabilities, making it an ideal choice for professionals and enthusiasts who prioritize visual excellence and a luxurious media experience.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best big tablet

Sleek and modern design
Bright, vivid, gorgeous display
Wild performance from the M2 chip
Apple Pencil hover feature
iPadOS 16 is super robust

Stage Manager needs more work
Lackluster, awkward front camera
Prohibitively expensive

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Wirecutter

For pro-level performance and a massive screen

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We ranked Amazon Fire 7 #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Sep 2023)
The Amazon Fire 7 tablet has a basic display and average audio quality, but its performance, battery life, and storage options make it suitable for casual media consumption and reading e-books.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best tablet for those on a budget

Fast for its price
Hyper affordable
Finally, hands-free Alexa

Lots of Amazon ads
Low-res display

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What Hi-Fi

A cheap everyday tablet that nails the basics

Superb value
Balanced and natural picture quality
Solid wired audio

Standard-def screen isn't very sharp
Weak mono speaker

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We ranked Amazon Fire Max 11 #17 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 10 Oct 2023)
The Amazon Fire Max 11 tablet receives positive reviews for its display, performance, battery life, storage options, and connectivity, making it a highly regarded tablet within Amazon's Fire lineup.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best High-End Amazon Tablet

Big, vibrant display
Stepped-up design
Respectable performance
Amazon ecosystem access

Limited app selection
No clear path to future OS versions

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Digital Trends

Best value Android tablet

Great screen for video
Keyboard feels good to type on
10-hour-plus battery life
Useful kickstand case

Sparse app store
Slow charging

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We ranked Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) #18 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 16 Sep 2023)
The Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) is a well-received tablet with a vibrant display, strong performance, impressive battery life, and flexible storage options, making it a solid choice for entertainment-focused users.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A bigger, more premium and ultimately great value tablet

Strong, punchy picture
Very able for audio
Terrific value

Designed to sell subscriptions

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WIRED

Best Tablet Under $200

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We ranked Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) #19 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best tablets” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 16 Sep 2023)
The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) has received highly positive reviews for its vibrant display, exceptional performance, impressive battery life, and comprehensive features, making it suitable for power users and professionals.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best tablet for power users on the go

Fantastic screen
Epic battery life
M1 processor is blazing-fast

12.9-inch iPad Pro's display is better
iPadOS feels limited with M1 power

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TechRadar

Best budget tablet

Excellent value
Upgraded selfie camera

Only iPad without Face ID
Doesn’t support newer accessories

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