Best Tablet Reviews 2018

With their beautiful screens, sheer portability, simplicity and ease of use, tablets have garnered a surge of appeal ever since their inception. Not too long ago, Apple and its mighty iPad was the only product that ruled this space, but today there are options and we’ve found five of the best tablet brands for you – with a mixture of both features and prices for every budget.
Overview
PROS
CONS
SPECS
Screen Size
Resolution
Camera
Battery Life
Processor
Our Top Choice
Apple 2017 Model 9.7” iPad
Apple is a powerhouse in the world of technology. They’re a worldwide force that’s worth over $900 billion today! Products include the Desktop, Laptop, iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Newest model. iOS 11. 9.7” retina display. 2048 x 1536 resolution. 64-bit A9 chip. Use 2 apps simultaneously. 10-hour battery life. Touch ID. 8MP camera. 1.2MP HD FaceTime camera.
Isolated complaint of the screen cracking easily without being dropped.
9.7-inch retina display
2048 x 1536
8MP back / 1.2MP HD front
Up to 10 hours
64-bit A9 chip
Best Value
Lenovo Tab 4 Android Tablet
Lenovo has been around since 1984, where it was China’s leading PC brand. Since then they’ve expanded to reach over 160 countries with their laptops, desktops, phones, tablets and more.
Can create up to 7 profiles for different family members. HD screen resolution. Kids pack available. 2 Dolby Atmos speakers. 64-bit quad-core processor. 8.4mm thick. Lightweight.
Some isolated instances of SD cards being corrupted.
8-inch or 10.1-inch
1280 x 800
5MP back / 2MP front
Up to 20 hours
Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit
Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
Microsoft has been around since 1975 and are probably best known for their Office software which is used by millions. They also manufacture tablets, phones and PC’s.
Multiple processors to choose from. Choose from 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB memory. 2-in-1 laptop and tablet. 13.5 hours battery life. Rear and front cameras. HD video.
Some isolated cases of the screen starting to flicker.
12.3-inch PixelSense display
2736 x 1824
8MP back / 5MP front
Up to 13.5 hours video playback
Intel Core m3, i5 or i7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1”
Samsung was first founded in 1969 and was a leading microwave manufacturer. Now they’re 1 of the top 10 brands in the world selling phones, TV’s, home appliances and more.
Vibrant high res 10.1-inch screen. Lightweight at only 1.16lbs. Battery lasts up to 13 hours. 8MP back camera, 2MP front camera. Quick Connect connects to Samsung TV. Android 6.0 marshmallow.
Isolated incidents of screens turning off or Wi-Fi dropping in and out.
10.1-inch wuxga display
1920 x 1200
8MP back / 2MP front
Up to 13 hours video playback
Octa-Core 1.6GHz
Amazon Fire HD 8” Tablet
Amazon is world leading online retailer that began back in 1994 just as an online bookstore. Since then they’ve grown to sell thousands of products and manufacture their own.
Comes with a kid-proof case. 1-year FreeTime profile. Safe internet browsing with 56,000 vetted websites. Parental controls. Both front and rear facing cameras. Built-in mic.
Some of the actions might be hard for a toddler (like having to move downloaded games to the home screen).
8-inch HD display
1024 x 600
2MP back / VGA front
Up to 8 hours reading/games
Quad-core 1.3GHz

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How Do I Choose the Best Tablet?

When it comes to choosing a tablet, depending on what you're looking to use it for, you can splurge on a top of the line model, choose a mid-range model, or even settle for a reasonably priced device. Whether it's for work or casual use, the specs and design of the tablet will factor heavily into the price, but rest assured there are plenty of configurations available to please everyone. There’s one brand that we couldn’t fit onto our review, but they’ve got plenty of high-quality, functional tablets. One of their awesome tablets is the Asus ZenPad 8 Android Tablet which features a QuadCore 1.3GHz processor and a front and rear camera.

A tablet is a wireless, portable PC device with a touch screen interface. In terms of size, a tablet is usually smaller than a notebook style computer and of course, bigger than a smart phone. One of the first things you will need to do before making this purchase is to determine whether a tablet is REALLY what you need. If the sole purpose of the device is reading, then you may decide that a less expensive, simple e-reader such as a Kindle or Amazon Fire (which does have many tablet features), might be enough for you. Or, if your expectation is to have a device that will serve you as well as your laptop in terms of work productivity, you will definitely need to get a high end one that has the ability to attach a keyboard (yes, there are ones designed just for tablets).

If you are a fan of reading and you want to enjoy multiple features and connectivity options, these smartphones can also do the trick. Although they are a little bit more expensive than tablets, they come with more bells and whistles and at the moment of this writing, they are the most popular phones on the market. Don’t hesitate to check them out!

Now back to tablets, for the purpose of this review, we took a look at some really great tablets, from 5 of the leading brands – each with different features and different price points. Regardless of what tablet you get, these are some factors that you want to consider when making your decision.
Price
When it comes to the price of tablets, it varies significantly based specs, features and performance. Knowing your requirements will keep you within budget as well as help you make a perfect choice. Generally small screen tablets starting at 7 inches are cheaper compared to 10 inch tablets. And iPads being the leader in this maze are often more expensive than their Android and Microsoft counterparts, but these are also premium devices that well justify their price tag.

The iPad does however lacks certain features such as native HDMI and storage expansion support, but the flagship model we’ve reviewed boasts a comprehensive software catalogue, blistering performance, a robust ecosystem that offers great support to a wide range of games, apps, music and video and refined interface. Contrarily, not all cheap tablets are worthless devices that deliver a daunting user experience, but many simply don’t offer all the bells and whistles such as a high amount of onboard storage or a full HD display. For example, the Fire tablet by Amazon can be had at an affordable price, but the tradeoff is an unappealing design and a limited number of features (and this is why is doesn’t make it to our top 5 list, but as a runner-up, depending upon your needs, it might be the right one for you).

All the tablets starting from our top of the line model to our budget pick can be ordered in several different variants, further giving you the flexibility to suit your needs and of course wallet. Prices for the best tablets range from $200 to up to $1500 for a top notch model. However, the 5 products we’ve reviewed come in at under $200 and up to $899 for an all purpose tablet.
Features
Everyone wants a tablet with a bright screen and superb viewing angles. These qualities are a combination of the panel type and screen resolution, with the highest being 2,560 x 1,600-pixels. Panel type will dictate whether the images maintain their quality when viewed from different angles or how bright the screen can get. It also will determine how accurate and vibrant the colors are. The best panels are plane-line switching (PLS) and in-plane switching (IPS), and these are featured in the Nvidia K1 and Asus ZenPad S 8.0 tablets among others.

Content is a crucial part of the whole tablet experience, and includes moves, music, games and books. Content storing capacities start at 8 GB, but this, to be honest, is extremely low. If you’re going to settle for a device with low native memory, ensure it can be expanded with a MicroSD card. All the devices we’ve reviewed except the Apple iPad Pro offer some level of memory expansion through a dedicated Micro SD card slot.

Another thing worth pointing out is that the OS of a tablet does consume some of this native storage so 8 GB is not really 8 GB of storage for you to use. If you’re going to be using your tablet on the go, it’s best to invest in a device that offers both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity to insert a SIM and use on a GSM mobile network. It’s similar to using your tablet like your phone, and tablets that offer the best of both worlds are a little expensive compared to Wi-Fi only tablets, but are so worth it!
Construction and Design
The first thing you’ll want to make sure of is that the tablet feels good in your hands given these are extremely tactile devices. Dimensions and weight play a crucial role towards this, but balance as well. Also, it is important to make sure the tablet has no sharp corners or jagged edges, which might dig into your palm when holding the device. Since portability is the key selling point of tablets, the size of the device is an important aspect to consider.

Tablets generally come in 3 screen size ranges – 6 inches to 8 inches, 9 inches to 10 inches and over 10 inches. The first screen category measure 6 to 8 inches across the screen, and while 6 inches is rather small, 8 inches like our budget choice is a good fit for several tasks. They are much more portable than their bigger counterparts, and fit easily into purses and small bags. Reading eBooks on 7” to 8” tablets is a sheer pleasure since they are a joy to hold even with one hand.

Next up, 9” to 10” tablets are the range most mainstream tablets fall into. These showcase larger screens and top notch resolutions, and our top pick the iPad Pro 9.7 inch makes this quite evident. Large screens are great for several tasks, most notably watching movies, and certain games can even benefit from the extra screen real estate. Adding to this, higher screen size and resolution requires faster processors, and this is one area where this range of tablets doesn’t disappoint. Tablets such as the Samsung S2 9.7 inch make games feel more interactive and TV shows and movies more immersive.

Lastly, the biggest and somewhat best tablets that measure over 10 inches are sort of a rare breed in this arena, and there is just a handful available such as from Microsoft, Apple and Samsung. As you might have guessed, they don’t come cheap, but on a brighter note they take home the gold in terms of design, operating system, performance and features. Tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 we’ve reviewed can even be ordered with a backlit keyboard, which offers a laptop-like experience only in a much smaller package.

Apart from the size of the screen, it is important to check out the screen resolution of tablets, which dictates how clear it is. Even small tablets of sizes 8 inches, such as the Asus ZenPad S 8.0, are fitted with dazzling HD displays, which are a pleasure to view on bright sunny days as well. Next up is screen ratio, which refers to the shape of the screen, aka aspect ratio. To explain briefly, most TV’s and laptops sport a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio aka widescreen, while old CRT monitors and TV’s were 4:3. Most Android tablets feature a 16:9 aspect ratio resulting in slim devices and less black bars along the sides when watching widescreen movies.

The 16:9 ratio makes it easier to read books when in portrait mode, but can lead to a tall and unwieldy experience on 10 inch tablets because it is not the ideal shape for newspapers, web pages and magazines. Recently, some iPads and Android tablets feature a 4:3 aspect ratio and the big black bars are offset by a squarer screen. One great example of a device with a 4:3 aspect ratio is the Samsung S2 – a device that makes reading as well as watching movies a joy thanks to its squarer screen and AMOLED display.
Performance and Ease of Use
When it comes to performance, the two crucial elements that come into play are the Processor and Operating system (OS). Starting with processors, Apple uses its class leading “A” range of processors with the latest A9X and M9 co-processor fitted with the iPad Air Pro. This processor is one of the fastest mobile chips available, and is the reason why the iPad still remains the Holy Grail of tablets. Nvidia – a respected name in the gaming industry uses its very own Tegra K1 192-core Kepler GPU processor to deliver an outstanding gaming experience.

Exynos processors by Samsung don’t disappoint either, but this range of tablets does take a hit when it comes to battery life. But needless to say, mostly all Samsung tablets offers bucket loads of features and top notch displays so a little less juice is not much of a compromise. Operating systems are the backbone of tablets and the most common ones are iOS, Android and Windows. IOS boasts a deep media ecosystem, a massive app catalog and a user friendly interface. The latest iteration of iOS also brings in several new features such as multitasking and superior battery life, and you can experience this first hand on the iPad Pro 9.7 inch device.

Although most developers tend to roll out new apps to iOS first, Android devices are generally next in line. When speaking on a media ecosystem, Android wins hands down in terms of quality of selections such as TV shows, movies, magazines and games. Also, Androids latest version – Marshmallow is now more customizable than ever, and can be found on Google’s flagship devices right out of the box, or easily upgradeable on the two we’ve reviewed – the Nvidia Shield K1 and Samsung S2.

When it comes to operating systems, no one does it better than Microsoft and its newest Windows 10 is a perfect example. It combines the best features of the old and new versions of Windows, and fits them into one nice user friendly, cohesive package. However, the Windows apps store severely falls short compared to iOS and Android, but the OS excels in terms of touchscreen functionality.

What is the Best Tablet?

When shopping for the best tablet, there are several factors to consider including performance, specs, portability and price. The tablet market is not the same that it was when dominated 5 years ago by Apple, but today there are several brands available that offer great tablets to meet varying needs and budgets. Let’s take a look at our 5 recommendations and see how they stack up!
Our Top Choice
The Apple 2017 Model 9.7” iPad features iOS 11, a 9.7-inch retina display and 64-bit A9 chip for all the capabilities and features you could wish for. If you’d prefer a smaller iPad, you should definitely check out the Apple iPad Mini 4 which has a 7.9-inch display and comes with either 32GB or 128GB internal memory.
Apple Latest 2017 Model iPad with 9.7-Inch Retina Display, Wi-Fi, 32GB, Touch ID

Apple Tablet MPGT2LLA


Features
Does Apple really need an introduction? It was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as well as their friend Rob Wayne who had a smaller stake in the company. It’s a tech start-up love story that began with 3 friends in a garage with a passion for computers and innovation. Now, Apple is worth over $900 billion and they sold 77 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2018.

It’s no surprise that the Apple iPad is taking prime position in our review, with all the latest features and innovations you could want. We’re featuring the newest 2017 model that has a 9.7-inch retina display. If you’re going to be using your iPad to look at photos or watch movies, the size as well as the 2048 x 1536 resolution will guarantee a great experience.

Let’s take a look at what else you can expect:
  • 64-bit A9 chip delivers fast and fluid performance for any app
  • You can even use two apps at the same time with split or slide view
  • Impressive 10-hour battery life
  • Over 1 million apps designed for the iPad specifically
  • Upgrade to iOS 11 brings more capabilities and features
  • New augmented reality features
  • Advanced touch ID available
  • 8MP back camera, 1.2MP HD FaceTime camera and 1080p videos
  • Weighs just 1-pound and is 7.5mm thin
  • 32GB internal memory
Although we’re featuring the gold iPad, there are other colors to choose from and also thousands of iPad cases which are great for personalization.
Best Value
The Lenovo Tab 4 Android Tablet features a 10.1-inch HD screen with 2 Dolby Atmos speakers for an all-round great viewing experience. If you’d prefer a more budget-friendly option, you could opt for the smaller Lenovo Tab 3 Essential 7-Inch 2-in-1 Tablet instead!
Lenovo Tab 4 Android Tablet, Quad-Core Processor, 16GB Storage – Available in 2 Sizes & With Cellular LTE

Lenovo Tablet ZA2J0007US – 10-Inch, Tab 4 - WiFi


Features
Lenovo was founded in 1984 and was China’s leading computer company. They’ve since grown massively and now they have customers in over 160 countries, 52,000 employees and are worth an impressive $43 billion. With the motto “We Do What We Say. We Own What We Do.” Lenovo has become a well-known and respected brand. Their products include desktops, laptops, workstations, phones, tablets, gaming products and more.

The Lenovo Tab 4 Android Tablet is a powerful tablet that’s great for the whole family. Up to 7 people can create an account on this tablet which you can then personalize to suit you. If you choose to, you can get the add on kids package which includes a blue-light screen filter, shock-resistant bumper and 3M stickers!

Here’s some more features you should know about:
  • You can choose from an 8-inch or 10.1-inch display
  • The display is 1280 x 800 HD for a great viewing experience when looking at photos or videos
  • You can purchase the productivity pack separately which includes a keyboard to turn your tablet into a 2-in-1 device
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 64-bit quad-core processor and 2GB RAM
  • Includes 2 Dolby Atmos speakers for great high-quality sound
  • Just 8.4mm thick and weighing 1.11lbs makes it super portable
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Impressive 20-hour battery life
  • 5MP auto-focus back camera and 2MP front camera
You already know you can choose between 2 different sizes, but you can also choose to have just Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is an innovative 2-in-1 laptop and tablet combo. You can opt for a model with up to an Intel Core i7 processor and 1TB of memory. If you don’t want to spend so much for the very latest model, you could opt for the Surface Pro 4 which has a 12.3-inch screen and 128GB memory.
Microsoft New Surface Pro Tablet – Available with Different Processor, RAM and Memory Specs, Tablet Cover Also Available

Microsoft Tablet FJX-00001 - Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB, Device Only


Features
Microsoft is a world-renowned name in the computer industry. Their computing program is used by millions worldwide. Founded in 1975, Microsoft aim to help businesses and individuals achieve their full potential using their services, software and devices. Their products include the Xbox, desktops, laptops, tablets and cellphones.

The Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet is a great example how they use their experience and expertise to create a functional and stylish product. The Surface Pro is an ultimate 2-in-1 laptop and tablet device which is 2x faster than the Surface Pro 3 when you go for the 7th generation Intel Core processor. You can actually purchase this laptop/tablet combo with a Intel Core m3, Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor.

Here’s some more features to enjoy:
  • 50% longer battery life than Surface Pro 4 model, now lasts for up to 13.5 hours
  • Fast resume and start up time means there’s no waiting around
  • Front-facing 1.6W Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • 8MP rear facing camera and 5MP front facing camera
  • Full HD video for both cameras
  • Optional LTE Advanced
  • Works perfectly with the Surface Pen, Office and Surface Dial
  • Very lightweight for a laptop, starts at 1.69lbs
Microsoft like to give you choice and that’s why you can choose from 4, 8 or 16GM RAM and also 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of memory.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1” features a vibrant high-res screen and Octa-Core processor, ideal for watching movies and playing on your favorite apps. If you’d prefer a smaller tablet, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 which comes in 8-inch or 9.7-inch varieties.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-Inch Screen, 16GB – Available in Black or White & With S Pen

Samsung Tablet SM-T580NZKAXAR – Tablet, Black


Features
Samsung is a world-renowned brand know for manufacturing high-quality, functional and stylish mobile phones, TV’s, home appliances and computers. The company was founded in 1969 and quickly became a major player in the Korean market. They actually started with mass producing microwave ovens! Now, they’re known globally as a key brand in the tech industry and they’re even ranked in the top 10 companies worldwide.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A has a vibrant, 1920 x 1200 high-res 10.1-inch display, perfect for looking at photos or watching movies. You can easily do this on the go thanks to its compact design. It measures just 10 x 6.11 x 0.32 inches and weighs 1.16lbs, making it super lightweight and portable.

Here’s some more features to look out for:
  • Long lasting battery, up to 13 hours internet usage or video playback
  • Powerful Octa-Core 1.6GHz processor
  • 8MP rear camera with flash and zoom, 2MP front camera
  • 16GM internal memory and room for 256GM SD card
  • Uses android 6.0 marshmallow for all your favorite apps
  • Use Quick Connect to connect your tablet to your Samsung Smart TV
  • Open apps side by side for multitasking
  • Samsung Kids subscription available if your children will be using the tablet too
You can purchase this tablet with the S Pen too and also in black or white, depending on your personal preference.
The Amazon Fire HD 8” Tablet features a kid-proof case and a lot of parental controls to keep you in control and your child using the tablet safely. If you’re not looking for a kids tablet, check out the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa.
Amazon Fire HD 8-Inch Kids Edition Tablet – Available in Blue, Pink or Yellow

Amazon Tablet Fire HD Kids


Features
Amazon is a huge worldwide online retailer that sells millions of products every year. They were founded in 1994 and began as a online bookstore which later turned into being an online video download/streaming website. Since then they continued to expand to sell electronics, home & kitchen products, yard products, power tools, clothes, jewelry, furniture, toys, food and much more.

The Amazon Fire HD 8” Tablet is a great kid’s tablet thanks to it’s mix of features and also kid-proof case. The kid-proof case that comes with the tablet can be bought in blue, pink or yellow. When purchasing, you also get 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited, which lets your kid access thousands of apps, games, books and educational content. It’s marketed towards kids aged 3-12.

Here’s some more features you might be interested in:
  • Download content to your FreeTime profile and kids can play on-the-go without Wi-Fi
  • Kid-safe browser with 56,000 vetted websites; parents can add more if they wish
  • Includes parental controls like a curfew, limited screen time and you can even block use of games until educational targets are met
  • Battery life up to 8 hours of reading/surfing the web etc
  • Includes mono speaker and built-in microphone
  • 2MP rear camera with 720p HD video and a VGA front facing camera
  • Quad-core 1.3GHz processor
  • Measures just 8.7" x 5.5" x 1" and weighs only 13.8-ounces

Get the Best Tablet of 2018!

Wow! We can surely say that the latest model tablets from these top brands have a lot to offer. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which one has the features that you need, and meets your budget.

Our Top Choice
Apple 2017 Model 9.7” iPad
Best Value
Lenovo Tab 4 Android Tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1”
Amazon Fire HD 8” Tablet