With plenty of tablets vying for your attention, it can be difficult to know what the best tablet for your needs is. That's why we've compiled this list of the best options for every need and budget.
Combining the portability of a smartphone with the versatility of a laptop, tablets vary wildly in price and prowess. It's important to know why you need a tablet, such as whether it's for work or play. Some tablets are made for professionals and creatives, offering powerful performance and useful extras like a stylus or keyboard folio compatibility. Others work best as portable entertainment devices, being great for gaming or watching movies.
We've tested every major tablet and used each of them for a broad range of purposes, so we can tell you if they're worth your time or not. Each is ranked below based on processing power, software, screen quality, battery life, and how well they work with accessories.
If you've got a rough idea of what you need, checking out the best iPads or the best Android tablets may be preferable to this list. For a more general overview though, read on while we take you through what's out there.
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Best tablet 2022
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) is a spectacular tablet, with its headline feature arguably being the M1 chipset that powers it. This chipset was lifted straight from Apple’s top-end Macs, so you’re truly getting desktop power in a tablet here.
But that’s not all this tablet has going for it. For the first time in an iPad, it also has a Mini LED screen, with a remarkably high 1,600-nit peak brightness, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 2048 x 2732 resolution. It’s crisp, bright, vibrant, and all-round impressive.
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) also has a long-lasting battery, a decent camera, a premium aluminum design, and support for the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2 – these are sold separately, but turn it into a real productivity machine.
So if you want to get some proper work or creation done on a tablet, or you’re just a big tablet gamer, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) will be the perfect device. But if your needs are lighter then you might find this too expensive and too big.
Note: we’re only talking about the 12.9-inch model here. There’s also an iPad Pro 11 (2021), but we haven’t reviewed that yet. On paper it’s largely similar, but with a less impressive screen that doesn’t use Mini LED.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)
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With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Samsung isn’t just aiming to compete with the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), it’s aiming to top Apple’s slate, and in some ways it succeeds.
Samsung’s tablet has an even bigger 14.6-inch screen, and it comes with an S Pen stylus in the box – while with the iPad you have to buy an Apple Pencil separately.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra can also more or less match Apple’s best tablet in a lot of ways, including power, thanks to a top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and cameras, with both slates sporting a handy 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front.
You can also buy a keyboard folio for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, and it has great speakers and plenty of storage. So in many ways it really is an even bigger iPad Pro – just one that runs Android.
But that last point is a big part of why the Tab S8 Ultra doesn’t quite match the best that Apple has to offer, because Android is a slightly unwieldy tablet operating system.
Couple that with the slate itself being large and heavy enough to not be as portable as you might want your tablet to be, and Apple edges the win. But for Android fans who want the best available option and aren’t on a budget, this is the tablet to buy.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Apple's latest iPad has a lot more in common with the iPad Pro than with the company's entry-level slates, and when we tested the thing, we had to keep checking which tablet it actually was.
There's a all-body display, M1 chipset, Apple Pencil compatibility and long-lasting battery. Oh, and of course it runs on Apple's iPadOS which is a supremely useful tablet operating system.
This is one of the best tablets we've tested, and the iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra only beat it in a few ways, like with their bigger screens, extra storage space and high-res displays.
But if you don't have the money to stretch for those two premium tabs, this mid-range alternative could be great for you.
Read the full review: iPad Air (2022)
Huawei's HarmonyOS 2 powered tablet makes a bang with powerful specs powered by the Kirin 9000E processor. Huawei has done a good job refining it's new OS to make it one of the slickets Android experiences. It may not support GMS but for some, that could be considered a plus.
The highlight is undoubtedly its screen, which is an 12.6-inch 1600 x 2560 OLED panel with 240 pixels per inch and DCI-P3 wide colour gamut. It’s a big, sharp, and being OLED arguably gives it an edge over LCD rivals – including Apple’s entire iPad range. About the only thing missing is a higher refresh rate.
That screen makes it great for visual media, but it’s great for audio too, thanks to eight speakers. There's also support for a keyboard and stylus giving you the full tablet experience. In fact, paired with the Huawei MateView Pro, it supports Huawei's Smart Office experience with wireless connectivity making Huawei devices work cohesively.
On top of that it also has an impressive 10,500 mAh that supports SuperCharge and reverse wireless charging. Huawei has always had great cameras and if you like taking photos from your tablet, the 13MP camera along with the 8MP Ultrawide should do a good job.
Read the hands-on review: Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6
The iPad 10.2 (2021) is an affordable iPad and it looks it, as it’s now the only current model with an old-fashioned, bezel-heavy design. We’re not big fans of this aspect of it, but almost every other part of the iPad 10.2 (2021) impressed us.
From its excellent 12MP ultra-wide selfie camera (which gives video calls a major upgrade), to its True Tone display tech (which helps with outdoor visibility), there’s a lot to like here. You also get double the storage of the previous model and a power boost, so this might be a budget iPad, but it’s still a highly capable tablet.
Read the full review: iPad 10.2 (2021)
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is a really interesting tablet – one that goes well beyond just being basically a smartphone with a bigger screen.
That starts with its design, as it has a built-in stand which lets you angle it on surfaces without any sort of case, or even hang it off things – hence the Yoga name.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 also has a large speaker housed in the stand section at the bottom. This is bigger and more powerful than most tablet speakers, so it’s a treat for watching movies and playing games on, even without headphones.
Plus, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 has a micro HDMI port, which is an unusual find on a tablet. This allows you to connect it to other devices so you can easily output the display on a larger screen or use it as a second screen for a computer.
On top of all that it also has the tablet basics down, including a large 13-inch screen, a powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset, and a big 10,200mAh battery – complete with speedy 30W charging support. It lacks a camera on the back, but that’s the only real omission here.
Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
The first Android tablet on our list is the best tablet that Samsung has ever made, and it's a serious rival to the iPad Pro range that you've read about above.
In fact, its screen arguably has those slates beat, as it’s a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED one with a 2800 x 1752 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The iPad Pro range can match much of that, but those slates have LCD screens that aren't as good.
Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, which is the most powerful you can get inside an Android product and it comes with a premium metal build that is incredibly slim with it only being 5.7mm thick.
Want high speed internet? A version of the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also comes with 5G connectivity, and you'll get the Samsung S Pen stylus in the box for free. Android isn't as good as iPadOS is on tablets, but if you want an Android alternative to an iPad this could be it.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
The iPad mini (2021) is a big upgrade for Apple’s tiny tablet range, as it sports a more modern design with a bigger 8.3-inch screen squeezed into an even smaller space than the old model’s 7.9-inch display.
The new mini also comes with a lot more power and 5G support for the first time on a mini model. Elsewhere the changes are smaller, and we weren’t overly impressed by the battery life of the iPad mini (2021), but it’s still not just the best small iPad but the best small tablet from any brand.
Read the full review: iPad mini (2021)
The iPad Pro 11 (2021) is a superb tablet, but one that’s just ever so slightly underwhelming in the face of the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) with its Mini LED display.
This instead has to settle for LCD like its predecessor, but it still has a great 11-inch 1668 x 2388 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it has the same overpowered Apple M1 chipset as its larger sibling, so nothing should slow this down.
The iPad Pro 11 (2021) also has a smaller, lighter build than the 12.9-inch model, making it more portable – as a result of its smaller size and inferior screen it’s also more affordable, though certainly far from cheap.
If you do have extra cash to spend though, you can always shell out on a Magic Keyboard or an Apple Pencil, both of which are supported. All of which means this is a very powerful, versatile slate – albeit one that’s slightly let down by its restrictive software.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 11 (2021)
It’s not often that we see a Lenovo tablet in this list, but the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is deserving, as it combines loads of premium features with a mid-range price.
The highlight is undoubtedly its screen, which is an 11.5-inch 1600 x 2560 OLED one with 263 pixels per inch and HDR10 support. So it’s big, sharp, and being OLED arguably gives it an edge over LCD rivals – including Apple’s entire iPad range.
That screen makes it great for visual media, but it’s great for audio too, thanks to four powerful speakers. And it’s also well built, with a metal shell that leaves it looking as expensive as any other tablet.
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro also supports both stylus and keyboard accessories, so it’s similarly versatile to the iPad Pro range and the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7.
On top of that it also has impressive battery life, with the only weak link really being the cameras (which are a weaker part of most tablets anyway). The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro doesn’t quite have flagship power either, but it’s comfortably mid-range, and priced accordingly.
Read the full review: Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
How we tested
Every tablet on this list has been thoroughly tested and put through a comprehensive review, so we know exactly what makes them tick and how they compare. From there, we've ranked them based on our findings, factoring in their price and value too.
What is the best brand for tablets
Different brands make devices aimed at different buyers, so there's no 'best' brand, there's just a brand that's best for you.
Amazon's slates are great for low-budget entertainment, but aren't as good for work or creativity. Samsung has some like that too, though its top-end slates are better for workers.
Apple's iPads hit all beats, though they cost a lot, so aren't great for everybody. Lenovo's tabs are great for working, especially for students, and its Yoga devices bring features that are great for entertainment too.
Other, smaller tablet makers generally focus on entertainment tools, though some are good for work and a select few are also useful for creatives.
What should I look for when buying a tablet?
The main things to consider are how much you want to spend, and what operating system you want - with Apple's iPadOS and Android being the two main options. Then think about what else matters to you in a tablet - be it size, power, camera or battery - and choose accordingly.
What tablet can replace a laptop?
If you're hoping to get serious work done on a tablet then an iPad Pro, such as the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), would be a good option. This has a big screen, lots of power, and supports a keyboard accessory. For an Android alternative, consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which has similar selling points.