Tablets have found new life in our homes asPandemics have increased the need for a device that can handle entertainment, education and even some work. In 2020, Apple updated almost the entire line: Advanced was updated in the spring, while a new one and mostly arrived this fall. The Pro and Air models have seriously powerful processors, which allow for features that were previously exclusive to computers and laptops, such as photo editing. And while we̵
Elsewhere in the UK, Microsoft debuted new Surface models in May, including the 15-inchand , an update to the smallest tablet. options meanwhile remain limited by their phone-centric mobile device operating system – but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from taking a shot at Apple’s iPad Pro in terms of productivity . And in the value segment, Amazon remains the best option for cheap and kid-friendly and inexpensive tablet models with its Fire tablet. All of these options offer app stores, but you want to check that your must-have apps are available on potential devices before you buy (do not look for right now, for example).
Here are our picks for the best tablet available right now. We included budget tablets and premium tablet options, as well as laptop replacement devices at intermediate prices, including Android tablets and Apple iPad options. We even threw in a tablet as a bonus. All of these products (or earlier versions thereof) have been fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by CNET editors. We took several factors into consideration, including touch sensitivity, screen size, inclusion of the front camera, internal storage, the ability to add a microSD card and whether the tablet has a headphone jack. This story was previously published, and we will continue to update it as new products become available.
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Apple recently updated its novice iPad in 2020, adding a faster chip – the iPhone XS-era A12 – but kept the base price at $ 329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version. The important thing to know is that this 10.2-inch model will provide a smooth experience and access to iPad’s rich library of app options. This powerful tablet supports a connected smart keyboard and the first generation Apple Pencil, which also makes it a solid alternative to distance learning. Just be on the lookout for price drops: Apple’s iPad model earlier than this was often reduced to $ 250 – that’s the price you should ideally wait for. Read our iPad 2020 review.
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Updated in 2020, the latest version of the Apple iPad Pro adds a more advanced camera lineup behind and even a lidar sensor for groundbreaking AR features. But the biggest of Apple’s Ipad Pro upgrades comes via the software, which now supports laptop trackpieces. To use it, however, you need something like Apple’s Magic Keyboard cover for Apple iPad Pro, an expensive addition.
Still, this great tablet finally makes us more excited about this state-of-the-art Apple iPad, which is otherwise a performance monster, with Face ID, USB Type-C, good battery life, a killer retina display and the best processor and the best design in Apple’s line. This Apple tablet can also be counted among the best drawing tablet options, especially when paired with the Apple Pencil from 2018. (If you already have the previous iPad Pro, there’s no big reason to upgrade to this 2020 model.) Note that the iPad Pro is available in 11- and 12.9-inch models.
All that said, anyone looking at the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro should give the iPad Air 2020 – which has a similar design and newer processor – serious consideration. Read the review for iPad Pro 2020.
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Fire DeX up on the Tab S7, with the keyboard attached, and you get a remarkable laptop-like experience. Open more apps, resize them in different windows, minimize everything down to the taskbar. This Samsung tablet provides a much more familiar experience for laptops than even the latest iPad with keyboard and touchpad support. A new DeX trick is quite clever – the ability to throw your DeX desktop wirelessly to another monitor or even a TV monitor. Read our Samsung Tab S7 Plus hands-on.
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Apple updated the iPad Mini in the spring of 2019 with support for the Apple Pencil and an A12 processor. Now that the 10.2-inch model has taken hold in terms of specifications, it’s hard to swallow the fact that this smaller 7.9-inch model has a higher price – although you should know that it is often sold for $ 350. Still, some people love this model as a smaller, lighter mobile device option that is well-sized as an exclusive ebook reader. Read our iPad Mini review.
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Amazon’s prices for tabletops on tablets are always shocking, and this year’s Fire 7 is a solid budget tablet choice for basic needs for video / games / children’s apps. This cheap tablet has a relatively small screen size, but as always, Amazon Prime lets you get a lot more out of it in terms of content, even though Amazon’s Fire ecosystem is more limited than Android. But if you are buying for a child, you definitely need to invest in Kids Edition. In addition to parental controls, this child’s tablet version of the device includes a rubberized case, a free year of child-friendly FreeTime Unlimited content – and a no-questions-asked two-year warranty for damaged devices. Stop living in fear of a broken screen! This Amazon Fire tablet also has an important headphone jack, so you do not have to worry if the wireless earbuds are charged. Read our Amazon Fire 7 (2019) review.
The 10-inch Amazon Fire HD tablet is faster and better than the 7- or 8-inch Fire tablet, and it’s still pretty low at $ 150 (or less). For Amazon Fire HD 10, there are two storage options, 32 GB and 64 GB. The Amazon Fire HD Tablet also charges battery life via USB Type-C now. Read our Fire HD 10 for the first time.
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For the right price, the Chromebook X2 may be the best tablet for the gang as far as deals go. It is a functional Chromebook laptop screen that is also a detachable tablet, and it can also be used for modest photo editing and games of Android tablet apps. This Chrome OS tablet comes with 4 GB of RAM. Read our HP Chromebook x2 Review.
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