Looking For The Best Tablets? (Our Top 10 Picks)

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What are the best tablets?

Whether you’re a business owner, graphic designer, or just a casual browser, chances are you either have or want a tablet. They’re great for working on the go, and the more advanced ones are ideal for designing smaller projects. But as with phones and laptops, the market for tablets is ever expanding and evolving. Which one do you go for? The new iPad Pro. One of the many Android tablets? What about the Windows one? The possibilities are many, so we put this guide together to help you make the right decision.

Which operating system should you choose?

First thing’s first. You need to decide on what operating system you want: iOS (Apple), Android (Samsung, Google, and Amazon), or Windows (Microsoft). This decision can be made a whole lot easier depending on what you already have. If you already own a MacBook or an iPhone, then going with an iPad is a no-brainer. If you have a PC or an Android phone, you might want to consider a Surface Pro or a Galaxy Tab. However, it is also worth considering what the main purpose of the tablet is. If you are looking to fill a gap in your tech equipment, then, by all means, go ahead and choose a new operating system. It is always a good idea to start with the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’. Below we’ve outlined the three different operating systems to give you an overview.

iOS

Apple has long held the number one spot when it comes to creative pursuits like graphic design, music creation, and video editing. Although the playing field has become more even, Apple is still producing top-notch equipment and some of the best tablets for creative professionals. The iPad and the accompanying iOS is very minimalistic and intuitive. There are also over a million different apps you can download straight away. The various Apple devices such as the iPhone and the Mac also works seamlessly with the iPads. Apple also has a family sharing function, but this is not nearly as practical as Androids.

Windows

Although Microsoft has pretty much withdrawn from the smartphone market, their tablets are still going strong. They are mainly worth considering if you’re prepared to go all out and have an add-on keyboard. With that, you’ll have an awesome hybrid device that can work as a laptop as well as a tablet. Windows tablets are also some of the best tablets for children or can be used as e-readers and media players. You’ll get more bang for the buck than with an iPad, but you will not be able to utilize nearly as many apps as with Apple products.

Android

Android is the most flexible operating system out of the three, as you can choose between several different manufacturers. Since Android is developed by Google, you will have seamless synchronization with all your Google applications. If you’re a fan of Gmail, Google Hangouts, Google Maps, etc., then an Android tablet is not a bad bet. The amount of apps available for Android easily rivals the selection offered by Apple, so you won’t miss anything vital here. Android also comes with another advantage over iOS, which is the family sharing function. With an Android tablet, you’ll be able to create multiple users accounts for friends and family, making these the best tablets for sharing.

Summary

Apple’s iPad is a great choice if you want an intuitive tablet and you’re looking for the greatest number of applications. Windows’ Surface tablets are great if you can’t decide between a tablet and a laptop. Android tablets offer the largest amount of flexibility of the three operating systems.

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What are the best tablets for apps?

Apple produces the best tablets when it comes to the widest selection of applications created specifically for touch-screens. All app developers will ensure they cover Apple products before any other operating system. The iPad is unrivaled in this aspect, and you will find pretty much anything you can imagine on the App Store. However, this is of course only important if you either need specific apps or arent’ sure which apps you need. If, however, you’re looking for specific apps that are covered by other operating systems then you might be able to get a better deal on an Android or Windows tablet.

Android comes in on a close second, and make the next best tablets when it comes to applications. They have come a long way and have formed partnerships with many prominent app developers, although they are still on the same level as Apple. Android currently offers thousands of apps, whereas Apple offers a million. The only issue with Android apps is that many of them are optimized for phones and smaller tablets, which means up to 7 inches. Chances are the app will not look great if you have an Android tablet any bigger than that.

Windows has also come a long way, and have come much further than Android. Windows 10 currently offers over a hundred thousand apps that are optimized for the Windows tablets and PC. This means that you will be able to use the same apps seamlessly when switching between your tablet and your PC. The only drawback is that many of the Windows apps will not be optimized for touch screens, which means you’ll need an add-on keyboard for your tablet to get the most out of them.  

Screen size

The screen size of your tablet will largely depend on what you want to use it for. Tablets come in many sizes, from 7 inches and up. Smaller tablets are useful for browsing, reading ebooks, playing games, and using general apps. Larger screens are better for working on graphic designs and video editing. Most manufacturers offer their tablets in different sizes. If you’re considering a small 7-inch tablet, it might be worth looking at some of the phablets — smartphones with screen sizes that rival small tablets. An example of a phablet is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Screen resolution

Having a large screen is great, but not so much if the resolution of the screen is not up to scratch. Screen resolution might not matter much if you’re mainly using your tablet for reading and browsing. However, it will matter a lot if you’re planning on using your tablet for creative pursuits. Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the best tablet in terms of screen resolution with 2,732×2,048 pixels to boast of. This is the largest resolution currently available for a tablet. The next best resolution is Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet. Android tablets generally only reach 1,280×800 pixels in resolution.

Size and weight

Another point to consider is how big the tablet is and how much it weighs. As tablets are somewhere in between a smartphone and a laptop, the largest ones typically clock in at one pound in weight. This makes them a bit awkward to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. Only the smallest tablets will fit in your pocket, and that’s if you have very large pockets. Think about how you will be using your tablet when shopping around for size and weight.

Storage

How much storage do you need your tablet to have? Having a relatively small storage capability is fine if you’re only going to use it for reading and browsing. You will even be able to use it for music and other media given that most tablets will come with a certain amount of cloud storage. iPads come with iCloud, Kindle Fire tablets come with Amazon Cloud Storage, and Surface tablets come with OneDrive storage. Still, having a lot of on-device storage is very useful if you plan on installing a lot of apps, and want to have music, photos, and videos on your device. Many tablets will also have the option to add a microSD memory card — apart from iPads. This is worth bearing in mind if you’re working with a small budget but plan on expanding your storage later.

Internet capabilities

Tablets come with either wifi or cellular capabilities for accessing the Internet. Wifi models will make you dependent on being close to a hotspot, whereas cellular models will enable you to get online anywhere. The latter kind will require you to invest in a pay-as-you-go SIM card or sign up for a contract with a cellular provider. There is another way to get online without being close to wifi or have a cellular model, however. Most smartphones are able to function as a wifi hotspot, which means you can simply connect your tablet to your phone and get online when you’re on the go. Finally, there are also internet dongles you can use as a wifi hotspot — some even doubles as power banks that charge your tablet’s battery.

The best tablets available right now

The market for tablets is booming, so we expect this list to change rather fast. But we can say with certainty that there are some tablets out there right now that will definitely meet your needs. The best tablets have all the functions we’ve described above: large screens, good resolutions, a lot of storage, internet access, and a wide selection of apps. Without further ado, here are our top 10 best tablets — right now.

Best Tablets #1: iPad Pro

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Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch (256GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray) 2017 Model

Best Tablets #2: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 SM-T813NZDEXAR 9.7-Inch 32 GB Wifi Tablet (Gold)

Best Tablets #3: Amazon Fire HD 8

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ASUS ZenPad

Best Tablets #4: ASUS ZenPad

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ASUS ZenPad 10.1", 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, 2MP Front / 5MP Rear Camera, Android 6.0, Tablet, Dark Gray (Z300M-A2-GR)

Best Tablets #5: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

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Tablet

Best Tablets #6: Microsoft Surface Book 2

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - 13.5"

Best Tablets #7: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB) with Windows 10 Anniversary

Best Tablets #8: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Silver, SM-T820NZSAXAR)

Best Tablets #9: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

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Lenovo ZA1N0007US Yoga Tab 3 Plus QHD 10.1 inch Android Tablet (Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, 3GB RAM, 32GB SSD,Android 6.0), Black

Best Tablets #10: Samsung Tab A

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-Inch 16 GB, Tablet (Black)

 

Brandon Stapper
Brandon Stapper is an entrepreneur and investor. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Nonstop Signs, an industry leading graphic design, print, and sign business with multiple locations throughout the United States. At 20 years old, with no formal education and only a few hundred dollars, Stapper turned a $400 custom decal machine in a garage into an international printing powerhouse focused on helping businesses improve their marketing and branding with everything from retail signage to packaging, to trade show displays.
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