Best Tablet Overall
10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro
The iPad Pro is astonishingly fast, with its A10X Fusion processor, that allows it to run circles around most laptops. It also gives you a more prominent and more colorful 10.5-inch display and best battery life. But the iPad Pro’s most important tool is iOS 11, which is a more significant deal for iPads than for iPhones. Not only did Apple give its slates a Files app for uniting all the cloud storage services. But the dock, drag and drop and immeasurable multitasking go a long way to make it feasible for the iPad to be the only computer you want.
Best 2-in-1 Tablet and Windows Tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro
Even though Microsoft is proclaiming the Surface Pro a full laptop now, it’s still the best Windows tablet you can buy too. The built-in kickstand makes it simple to prop the Surface Pro up wherever you are, and now that the kickstand starts up to 165 degrees, it can transform into an ideal drawing platform by the flick of your wrist. Let’s not overlook that the Surface Pro’s 12.3-inch PixelSense screen is one of the most magnificent LCD panels on the market, unless. And when you want to get some typing done, you can immediately slap on Microsoft’s Type Cover to get a full notebook experience.
Best Tablet for Kids
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the best tablet you can give to a child. Not only does it feature the strict set of parental controls that help guard your kids against the wrong side of the internet, but it also packs a ton of free age-appropriate content. Further, it beats the cheaper $99 Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition with a brighter display, longer battery life and faster performance.
Best Tablet Below $200
Lenovo Tab 4
For only $129, the Tab 4 8 gives tablet users with practically everything they want from a slate. Its colorful 8-inch display is sharper than the standard tablet, and it’s got enough battery life to last longer than 10 hours on a single charge. And unlike Amazon’s cheaper Fire tablets, the Tab 4 8 gives you a real Android experience that doesn’t block Google’s apps.
Best for Creative Pros
12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2nd Gen)
The 2nd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes pretty close to being the laptop-killer that Apple wants it to be. Its speedy A10X processor as much (or more) power as some full-fledged laptops, its display is the star of the show. Emitting up to 555 nits, it’s one of the brightest screens we’ve ever seen on a tablet or even a laptop, and its new ProMotion technology enables continuous scrolling and less Pencil input latency than any tablet on the market. It also endured more than 12 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, beating last year’s model by more than 2 hours.
Best Battery Life
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3
Currently, on sale at $139 ($30 off), the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3’s 15 hours of battery life doesn’t come without a couple of sacrifices, but if you require the most endurance in a tablet, this is the machine for you. The Yoga Tab 3 features a colorful, 1280 x 800-pixel, 8-inch screen; convenient built-in kickstand; and the smart 8-megapixel camera that rotates 180 degrees from front to back. Sadly, its Snapdragon 212 processor puts out mediocre performance, and the big battery uses up a lot of space, but it does not stop when others do.
Best Value Tablet
The least expensive Apple tablet, the $329 iPad looks and feels anything but cheap. This 9.7-inch slate offers more than 12 hours of battery life, a speedy A9 CPU and a brilliant screen, along with Apple’s industry-leading ecosystem of tablet-friendly apps.
Best Audio Tablet
Asus ZenPad 3S 10
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 pumps a lot of volumes, but we love it for its support of hi-res sound files, the kind that real audiophiles collect and treasure. The tablet’s quad-core and dual-core CPUs make it one of the faster Android tablets we’ve tested. Its bright, vibrant display is great for streaming movies and music videos. This 9.7-inch slate is as gorgeous as it is speedy, with an aluminum design with beveled edges that will make some think it’s an iPad.
Best Amazon Tablet
Amazon Fire HD 10
Amazon’s ultimately selling a Fire tablet with a Full HD display, with the 1920 x 1200-pixel screen in the brand-new Fire HD 10. Not merely is this 10.1 screen the obvious from the super-retailer (at 224 PPI). It’s also the brightest and most colorful. The only catch, though, is its price, which is quite high for an Amazon tablet, as you could buy three Amazon Fire 7’s for that much.
New and Notable
ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The newest ThinkPad X1 Tablet — announced at CES 2018 — will feature 8th Gen Core CPUs (up to i7), PCIe SSD storage (up to 1TB). A 13-inch, 3000 x 2000-pixel layout. Weighing only 1.9 pounds and including 0.3 inches thick, it features a detachable keyboard that offers steadier typing than we have seen in previous models.