1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
A top Android tablet, now with a lower price
Weight: 429g | Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm | OS: Android Oreo | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | microSD slot: Yes, up to 400GB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may have been super-ceded by the Galaxy Tab S4, but with its lower price and more stable, simple approach it still comes in on top of the newer model.
It has a HDR screen for the ultimate contrast ratio, four speakers that sound as good as those on all the iPad Pro models and there’s an S Pen stylus that’s included in the box. You won’t get a free keyboard cover though, which if you buy on top of the tablet helps make it a good on-the-go productivity tool.
The HDR-enabled 9.7-inch screen is also pretty useful, given that there are a lot of services out there using the improved quality – you can now get Netflix in premium color and brightness quality, for instance.
2. iPad Pro 10.5
Apple’s latest flagship tablet is our favorite
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 1668 x 2224 | CPU: A10X Fusion | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 8,134mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
The iPad Pro 10.5-inch is best for anyone who wants a serious tablet upgrade, even though the cheaper iPad 9.7 remains good enough for most people.
Apple’s iPad Pro 10.5 has standout features that give it a productivity boost, including Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard compatibility. With iOS 11 on board this tablet is even a suitable laptop replacement for certain consumers.
The new ProMotion screen adds an impressive layer of fluidity to daily use and the smaller bezels means you’re getting far more display in a footprint not much bigger.
It’s an iPad for the professionals – but also one that media munchers will adore using.
3. New iPad (2018)
The best iPad for anyone looking for the basics
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: A10 Fusion | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: TBC | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
For most people on a budget, the best tablet you can buy right now is the new iPad (2018). Much like the 2017 edition, you’ll get okay internals, a crisp 9.7-inch display and a lower price tag than all of the iPad Pro models.
Inside there’s an A10 Fusion chipset, which won’t blow away the iPad Pro models, but this one comes with Apple Pencil support, which brings it a touch closer to the top-end products in the iPad range.
You’ve got the choice of either 32GB or 128GB of storage, but there’s no 256GB option, which is worth bearing in mind if you wanted to pack this tablet full of media to take away and watch or play with when you’re on the go.
Everything about the new iPad (2018) adds up, and while it may not come with the top-end features of the iPad Pro it’s so much cheaper that many people who just want to browse the internet and watch movies are going to be suitably happy with this.
4. iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
Apple’s super-sized tablet is ready for multitasking
Weight: 677g | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 | CPU: A10X Fusion | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10,891mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
This is the biggest and, to some, represents the best iPad that Apple makes. It’s fast, powerful and a visual treat thanks to its fluid ProMotion screen with lots of feedback. That makes it ideal for multitasking and the Apple Pencil.
Of course, that Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard Cover and new 512GB size all cost more than most people want to pay.
It also has the same specs as the 10.5-inch version. This makes the iPad Pro 12.9 ideal for media professionals who want to be productive and entertained by a giant iPad display.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Weight: 482g | Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 7,300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP