There are tasks when your phone is the ultimate device and others when you need your laptop or desktop computer for more processing power. But sometimes, a tablet offers the best solution to meet your needs.
If you’ve decided that you want to invest in a tablet to combine the best of both mobile worlds when the situation fits, here are 7 ones worth considering, each ideal for a specific type of user or use case.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Ideal for those looking for a tablet they can use for work or school as well as entertainment, the Galaxy Tab S6 comes with Samsung’s S Pen that you can use to jot down notes while in meetings or lectures, then attach to an indent on the backside for safekeeping and charging when you aren’t using it. Combine the tablet with the portable BookCover Keyboard or a larger display when you need to get more work done, or use it handheld to watch movies, play games, and more. In addition to the built-in memory, you can expand it up to a terabyte via an optional SD card, making it a perfect device to back up and/or access important files as well. It can run for up to 15 hours per charge so it’ll last all day. $900
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro
If you’re looking for something you can safely use while working outdoors and on-the-go, the Galaxy Tab Active Pro might be the better option. It’s ruggedly designed with an IP68-rated housing for submersion in water (up to 1.5 meters in freshwaster for up to 30 minutes) and meets military specification MIL-STD-810G testing that makes it anti-shock and able to withstands bumps, dust, and drops. Ideal for those who work in harsh environments, it can also withstand extreme temperatures. It, too, lasts for up to 15 hours and can work with Samsung DeX for a PC-like experience when you need it, connecting it to a bigger screen when back at the office. $900
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition
As you might have guessed, this tablet is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something specifically for a young child. Along with the included kid-proof case in blue or pink that has an integrated stand, it also comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee that ensures if the tablet breaks, Amazon will send you a new one. Kids get access to thousands of apps, games, books, videos, and other educational content with Amazon FreeTime, which is free for the first year than $4/mo. thereafter. (There are also free kids activities.) And parents have peace-of-mind thanks to hefty parental controls. It has 32GB of internal storage and a 12-hour battery life. The 10″ version is $260 or there’s also a smaller 8″ option for $170.
Apple iPad Pro
For creators, the iPad Pro is the tablet to consider. Available in 11″ and 12.9″ screen sizes with an all-screen design has Liquid Retina display, it provides true-to-life colours for those who need to analyze photographs or renderings. It’s ideal for both productivity and fun, making it the perfect all-around tablet, albeit an expensive option. But if you’re in the Apple ecosystem at home or the office, this tablet is the way to go since you can seamlessly sync it with other devices like a MacBook and/or iPhone, and cast content using screen mirroring or AirPlay to a TV and/or Apple TV device. You can use the Apple Pen or Keyboard Folio when you need to get work done or hold it in your hands to watch movies, play games, FaceTime with friends, and more. From $999
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Is this a laptop or a tablet? The Surface Pro 6 is a versatile device that is a perfect complement to a Windows laptop, letting you leave your larger device at home and take this one on the go. Ultra-light in design at just 1.7 lbs., it comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, up to 13.5 hours of battery life, and Windows 10 Home installed. The built-in kickstand and Type Cover let you switch to laptop mode when you need it, then remove them to revert to tablet mode when desired. Ideal for business users who travel often or work remotely, it can be complemented with accessories like the Surface Arc Mouse and Surface Pen. From $1,180
RCA Voyager Pro 7
If you’re looking for a tablet the whole family can use, and one that won’t break the bank, the RCA Voyager Pro 7 comes with the Android 8.1 operating system and 16GB of built-in memory, along with a keyboard case. With a 7″ 1,024 x 600 HD display, you won’t get all of the processing power you might with the other devices. But if you’re looking for a tablet you can use to look up quick things at home, that the kids can use to watch movies on in the car, or that you can bring along on family vacations or short business trips, this one might be a good option. Note that the battery only lasts about six hours, though, so you’ll need to keep this baby constantly charged. But for about $80, it’s not a bad solution as a tablet that everyone in the family can use for small and basic tasks.