November 2022

Tablets: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Tablet rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 7 Nov 2022, iPad Air (2022) takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed tablet with 9 expert endorsements. 6 experts out of 9 recommended it as the '#1 tablet' this month. It is followed by Apple iPad (2021) and Apple iPad Pro (2021) , with 9 and 7 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Tablet
Wirecutter
Tom's Guide
Laptop Mag
WIRED
PCMag
What Hi-Fi
Digital Trends
techadvisor
T3
TechRadar
1
- $549
iPad Air (2022)
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1
1
2
1
4
1
1
1
4
2
- $299
Apple iPad (2021)
1
-
2
1
2
3
3
3
2
10
3
- $1099
Apple iPad Pro (2021)
2
10
3
-
-
1
8
6
6
-
4
- $460
Apple iPad Mini 2021
-
8
10
9
7
5
4
4
4
-
5
- $770
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
-
11
5
12
-
-
7
7
5
-
6
- $45
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
4
16
-
5
-
6
5
-
-
-
7
- $150
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
-
-
-
4
3
2
-
-
11
-
8
- $599
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
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3
4
11
-
-
-
5
-
-
9
- $279
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
3
14
8
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
10
- Check price
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
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9
-
-
-
-
-
8
9
5
11
- $970
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
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6
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
3
12
+1 $985
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
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12
-
-
8
-
-
-
-
9
14
-2 $430
Xiaomi Pad 5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
8
-
15
New * $449
iPad 10.9 (2022)
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2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
16
-2 $827
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
6
17
-2 $535
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 2021
-
-
-
6
-
7
-
-
-
-
18
-2 Check price
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
-
-
-
8
-
-
6
-
-
-
19
-2 $318
Microsoft Surface Go 2
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5
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
-
20
-1 Check price
reMarkable 2
-
13
-
-
-
-
-
10
-
-

We ranked iPad Air (2022) #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked iPad Air (2022) as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best tablet for everyone

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

Cons
Peripherals are expensive

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Laptop Mag

A more affordable iPad Pro, for consumers

Pros
Sleek design with thin bezels
A14 Bionic chip delivers excellent performance
Good battery life
Loud, clear speakers

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

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WIRED

Best Upgrade

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PCMag

Best iPad for Creators and Advanced Students / Editors' Choice

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

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

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What Hi-Fi

An astonishingly powerful Air, but how’s the AV performance?

Pros
Still a lovely design
Extraordinarily powerful
The same great picture and sound

Cons
Poor placement of front camera
Nearly no change to AV performance

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Digital Trends

Best overall

Pros
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

Cons
64GB storage isn't enough
Battery life disappoints

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techadvisor

Best overall

Pros
Great design
Large display
Compatible with Pro accessories

Cons
Awkward Touch ID placement
A little pricey
Thick bezels

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T3

The best tablet for most people

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

Cons
iPadOS can limit creative work
60Hz screen refresh rate

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TechRadar

A more affordable version of the iPad Pro

Pros
Speedy performance
Great design

Cons
Limited storage
Quite pricey

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We ranked Apple iPad (2021) #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Apple iPad (2021) as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

The best all-around tablet

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Laptop Mag

The best tablet for most people

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

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

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WIRED

Best for Most People

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PCMag

Best Affordable iPad / Editors' Choice

Pros
Powerful performance
Multi-year OS upgrades
Solid front-facing camera

Cons
Dated design
Tinny speakers

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What Hi-Fi

The iPad (9th Generation) makes some welcome tweaks to a winning formula

Pros
Excellent picture quality
Refined sound for headphone listening
Sophisticated front camera

Cons
Short on meaningful upgrades
Design starting to look dated

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Digital Trends

Best value tablet

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

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

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techadvisor

Best Value

Pros
Affordable
Large display
Great performance

Cons
Dated design
Lacklustre cameras
Middling speakers

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T3

The best budget tablet is exceptional value for money

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

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

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TechRadar

A great basic iPad

Pros
Excellent value
Upgraded selfie camera

Cons
Only iPad without Face ID
Doesn’t support newer accessories

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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 November 2022 ranking

We ranked Apple iPad Pro (2021) #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Apple iPad Pro (2021) as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

An upgrade for multitaskers and creatives

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Tom's Guide

The best tablet for power users, period

Pros
XDR display gets super bright
M1 processor sets new iPadOS records
Center Stage is pretty cool

Cons
Display needs HDR content to look its best
Expensive with accessories

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Laptop Mag

The best tablet for power users

Pros
XDR display can get bright and vivid
M1 chip is outrageously fast
Slim, durable chassis
Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 support
Improved front-facing camera with Center Stage

Cons
Expensive

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What Hi-Fi

Apple's latest iPad Pro is the pinnacle of portable cinema

Pros
Stunning picture quality
Great sound with headphones
Hugely powerful

Cons
Expensive for a tablet

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Digital Trends

Best big-screen tablet

Pros
Incredible performance
Beautiful display on 12.9-inch model
Stunning design
Center Stage works great
USB 4/Thunderbolt 3 port

Cons
Nearly MacBook priced
No Mini-LED on 11-inch model

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techadvisor

Best for artists

Pros
Best-in-class display
Class-leading performance
Upgraded front camera

Cons
Expensive
iPadOS can't take full advantage of M1 chip

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T3

The best premium tablet, full stop

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

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

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We ranked Apple iPad Mini 2021 #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best ultra-portable tablet

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

Cons
No Magic Keyboard or headphone jack
Pricey

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Laptop Mag

Our favorite small tablet

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

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

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WIRED

Best Portable Tablet

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PCMag

Best Small iPad

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

Cons
No multi-user option in iPadOS
Pricier than previous model

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What Hi-Fi

The littlest iPad has come on leaps and bounds

Pros
Much improved build
Engaging audio
Punchy picture

Cons
No headphones socket
Some compromised tonal detail

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Digital Trends

Best small tablet

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

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

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techadvisor

Best Small Tablet

Pros
Compact design
Apple Pencil support
Superb performance

Cons
A little pricey
No Magic Keyboard support

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T3

The best small tablet you can buy

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

Cons
Screen size limited for working
No Smart Connector for keyboards

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We ranked Microsoft Surface Pro 8 #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best Windows 11 tablet

Pros
Large, vibrant display
Tailor-made for Windows 11
Supports external devices
Sharp webcam

Cons
Underwhelming gaming performance
Slim Pen 2 and Signature keyboard sold separately

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Laptop Mag

Microsoft's best tablet

Pros
Gorgeous display
Strong performance
Dual Thunderbolt 4 ports
Excellent webcam

Cons
Battery life could be better
Keyboard and pen sold separately

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WIRED

Best 2-in-1

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Digital Trends

Best Windows tablet

Pros
Gorgeous, 120Hz screen
Impressive performance
Has two powerful Thunderbolt 4 ports
SSD is easily accessible
The Surface Slim Pen 2 is exceptional

Cons
More expensive
Still lacks mobile apps

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techadvisor

Best Windows Tablet

Pros
Excellent display
Slick design
Solid performance
Impressive battery life

Cons
Expensive
Limited ports
Tablet mode needs work

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T3

The best tablet for work

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

Cons
Average battery life
No MicroSD card slot

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We ranked Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

A budget tablet for media

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Tom's Guide

The best Amazon tablet for most people

Pros
Fantastic battery life
Bright screen
USB-C port
Good selfie camera
Great for Amazon content

Cons
Still no Google apps
Pay to remove Amazon ads
Slow Silk browser

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WIRED

Best Tablet Under $100

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What Hi-Fi

A diminutive, likeable and gifted Fire HD tablet.

Pros
Clear and competent picture
Expansive sound
Snappy operation

Cons
Nothing of note

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Digital Trends

Best cheap tablet

Pros
Amazon integration
Ultra-affordable
Good battery life
Alexa

Cons
Software can feel like an advertisement
Sluggish performance
Under-par display

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We ranked Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Best Tablet Under $200

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PCMag

Best Cheap Tablet / Editors' Choice

Pros
Fast processor for the price
Plenty of RAM
Acts as an Alexa smart display

Cons
Poor app selection
Very Amazon-centric interface

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What Hi-Fi

A diminutive, likeable and gifted Fire HD tablet.

Pros
Strong, punchy picture
Very able for audio
Terrific value

Cons
Designed to sell subscriptions

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T3

The best cheap tablet for the whole family

Pros
Large, high-resolution screen
Solid build quality
Strong battery

Cons
Basic design
Limited access to apps
Disappointing cameras

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best premium Android tablet

Pros
Bright, beautiful display
Excellent battery life
Great sound quality
Surprisingly good cameras
Decent laptop replacement

Cons
Underwhelming performance vs. iPads
Camera quality degrades at extremes
Book Cover keyboard feels small, cramped

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Laptop Mag

The best Android tablet

Pros
Improved S pen
Great speakers
5G support

Cons
No headphone jack

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WIRED

Luxe Android Tablets

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techadvisor

Best with Stylus Included

Pros
Excellent flagship performance
Long-term software support
Slim, lightweight design
S Pen stylus included

Cons
LCD display
No charger included
No 5G option in the US

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

The best Android tablet

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Tom's Guide

The best cheap Android tablet

Pros
Slimmed down bezels
Lengthy battery life
Bright display

Cons
Underwhelming performance
Some Android apps still need tablet optimization

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Laptop Mag

An inexpensive tablet for Android users

Pros
Premium design with thin bezels
Amazing battery life
S Pen is included
Bright 10.4-inch screen

Cons
Middling performance

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T3

The best Android tablet for value for money

Pros
Includes S Pen stylus
A genuinely good Android tablet
Sharp and vibrant screen

Cons
Specs beaten by Tab S7, S8
LCD not AMOLED screen type

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We ranked Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best tablet for power users on the go

Pros
Fantastic screen
Epic battery life
M1 processor is blazing-fast

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

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techadvisor

Best Performance

Pros
Class-leading performance
Highly portable
Centre Stage

Cons
Expensive
iPadOS can't take full advantage of M1 chip

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T3

An all-round powerhouse from Apple

Pros
Serious processing power
Pencil magnetically clips to device
Easier to slip in a bag than the 12.9-inch model

Cons
Doesn't have the mini-LED screen
No microSD card slot
Pricey for a small scale tablet

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TechRadar

The best 11-inch iPad

Pros
Desktop PC-level performance
Good battery life

Cons
iPadOS doesn't utilize the power of M1
Doesn’t feature a Mini LED display

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

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

Pros
Big, beautiful OLED display
Svelte design
Snappy Android interface

Cons
May be too large for some
More expensive than better laptops

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T3

The best tablet with a big screen

Pros
Huge 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display
S Pen included in the box
Latest 4nm processor

Cons
Not particularly portable
Average battery life

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TechRadar

The best Android tablet

Pros
Very powerful
Giant screen can be useful

Cons
Unwieldy to transport
Incredibly expensive

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We ranked Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best Android tablet when you want a big screen

Pros
Built-in kickstand
Vibrant 13-inch touchscreen
Impressive speakers
Long battery life

Cons
Lacks 5G support
No rear camera
Hard to find suitable cases for it

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PCMag

Best Smart Display

Pros
Vivid display
Performs well
Long battery life
Wi-Fi 6 Support

Cons
Bulky design
No rear camera

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TechRadar

A great tablet for entertainment

Pros
Useful built-in stand
Fantastic speaker quality

Cons
Design makes cases hard to use
No rear camera

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We ranked Xiaomi Pad 5 #13 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Android

Pros
Stunning display
Good performance
Slim design

Cons
Lacklustre selfie camera
MIUI not for everyone

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T3

An excellent mid-range Android tablet

Pros
Excellent WQHD+ screen
Decent battery life
Four powerful speakers

Cons
Camera notch makes it unstable
Lacks adaptive refresh rate

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We ranked iPad 10.9 (2022) #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best regular iPad in years

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

Cons
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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TechRadar

The best all-around iPad

Pros
Beautiful mini-LED screen
Future-proof M2 chip

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

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus #15 in November 2022 because:

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

Best 5G Tablet / Editors' Choice

Pros
Solid build quality
Beautiful Super AMOLED display
Textured S Pen tip makes writing on screen feel natural
5G connectivity option

Cons
S Pen can easily become dislodged
Android app integration still falls behind iPadOS
Optional Book Cover Keyboard Case feels flimsy

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TechRadar

A golden 'oldie'.

Pros
Gorgeous OLED screen
Premium design

Cons
Android lacks quality tablet apps
High price - but reasonable value

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 2021 #16 in November 2022 because:

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

A Good Large-Screen Android Tablet

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What Hi-Fi

An awesome Android tablet for watching TV and movies.

Pros
Punchy, immersive screen
Effective quad speakers
Premium look and feel

Cons
Better app support in iPadOS
No headphone jack
Expensive

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We ranked Fire HD 8 Kids Edition #17 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Kids Tablet

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Digital Trends

Best tablet for kids

Pros
Curated age-appropriate content
Generous 2-year warranty
Easy parental controls
Rugged case
Decent battery life

Cons
Locked into Amazon ecosystem
Some content requires internet access

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We ranked Microsoft Surface Go 2 #18 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best tablet for Windows 10

Pros
Lengthy battery life
Bright, vivid screen
Great webcam

Cons
Unimpressive performance
Type Cover requires adjustments

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T3

The best tablet running Windows 10

Pros
Brilliant ergonomics
Fantastic pen and keyboard
Can run full fat Windows 10

Cons
Not as slick app experience compared to rivals

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We ranked reMarkable 2 #19 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Tablets” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best tablet for writers

Pros
Amazingly slim design
Faster stylus input
Excellent writing feel

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

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techadvisor

Best E-Ink

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

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

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