The best 10 tablets in comparison

Which are the best tablets of 2020?

Best tablets of 2020 (1 - 5)
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
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Huawei MatePad Pro
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Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) Wi-Fi + Cellular
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Apple iPad Pro 11 (2020) Wi-Fi + Cellular
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LTE
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Apple iPad Pro 12.9" (2018)
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Huawei MatePad 10.4
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro LTE
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
100points
Huawei MatePad Pro
96points
Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
94points
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) Wi-Fi + Cellular
93points
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2020) Wi-Fi + Cellular
92points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LTE
89points
Apple iPad Pro 12.9" (2018)
88points
Huawei MatePad 10.4
88points
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro LTE
87points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
87points
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Best price
Summary
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Pros
Pros
  • Faster CPU speed
  • Higher resolution
  • More battery power
  • Bigger screen size
  • Faster downloads
  • Pen tilt sensitivity
  • Higher pixel density
  • More internal storage
  • More microphone(s)
  • Pen tilt sensitivity
  • Faster CPU speed
  • Higher pixel density
  • More internal storage
  • More microphone(s)
  • Pen tilt sensitivity
  • Higher resolution
  • More battery power
  • Bigger screen size
  • More internal storage
  • More megapixels (main camera)
  • More microphone(s)
  • More internal storage
  • More megapixels (main camera)
  • More microphone(s)
  • Higher pixel density
  • Higher resolution
  • More battery power
  • Bigger screen size
  • More internal storage
  • Pen tilt sensitivity
  • More battery power
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dust- and water-resistance
  • Weather-sealed (splashproof)
  • Faster CPU speed
  • More battery power
  • Faster downloads
  • Pen tilt sensitivity
Cons
Cons
  • Video recording (main camera)
  • Number of microphones
  • Battery life
  • Video recording (main camera)
  • Megapixels (main camera)
  • Screen size
  • Stylus included
  • Video recording (main camera)
  • Megapixels (main camera)
  • Screen size
  • RAM
  • Battery life
  • Megapixels (front camera)
  • External memory slot
  • Pixel density
  • Stylus included
  • RAM
  • Battery life
  • Megapixels (front camera)
  • External memory slot
  • Pixel density
  • Resolution
  • Download speed
  • CPU speed
  • Battery power
  • Number of microphones
  • Flash
  • Screen size
  • CPU speed
  • RAM
  • Battery life
  • External memory slot
  • Stylus included
  • Download speed
  • Download speed
  • CPU speed
  • Battery life
  • Video recording (main camera)
  • Megapixels (main camera)
  • RAM
  • Download speed
  • CPU speed
  • Fast charging
  • Number of microphones
  • Video recording (main camera)
  • Megapixels (main camera)
  • Video recording (main camera)
  • Number of microphones
  • Support for widgets
  • Multi-user system
  • Free and open source
Design
Detachable keyboardYou can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
Detachable keyboardYou can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
Dust- and water-resistanceThe device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
Dust- and water-resistanceThe device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
Pen tilt sensitivityWith tilt sensitivity you can change the angle of the pen to control things such as opacity.
Pen tilt sensitivityWith tilt sensitivity you can change the angle of the pen to control things such as opacity.
Stylus includedA stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
Stylus includedA stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
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Total score for "Design"
Display
Damage-resistant glassDamage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
Damage-resistant glassDamage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
Pixel densityPixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.266ppi280ppi280ppi264ppi264ppi287ppi264ppi224ppi224ppi266ppi
ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.2800 x 1752px2560 x 1600px2560 x 1600px2732 x 2048px2388 x 1668px2560 x 1600px2732 x 2048px1200 x 2000px1920 x 1200px1600 x 2560px
Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.12.4"10.8"10.8"12.9"11"10.5"12.9"10.4"10.1"11"
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
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Total score for "Display"
Performance
External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
Internal storageThe internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
Internal storageThe internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.256GB512GB512GB1000GB1000GB256GB1000GB128GB64GB256GB
Integrated LTEThe system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.
Integrated LTEThe system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.
RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.8GB8GB8GB6GB6GB8GB6GB6GB4GB8GB
CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.1 x 3.1GHz & 3 x 2.42GHz & 4 x 1.8GHz2 x 2.86GHz & 2 x 2.09GHz & 4 x 1.86GHz2 x 2.86GHz & 2 x 2.36GHz & 4 x 1.95GHzN.A.N.A.1 x 2.84GHz & 3 x 2.42GHz & 4 x 1.78GHz4 x 2.49GHz & 4 x 1.6GHz2 x 2.27GHz & 6 x 1.88GHz2 x 2.2GHz & 6 x 1.7GHz1 x 3.1GHz & 3 x 2.42GHz & 4 x 1.8GHz
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Total score for "Performance"
Cameras
FlashA flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
FlashA flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
Front cameraA front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
Front cameraA front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
Megapixels (front camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
Megapixels (front camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.8MP8MP8MP7MP7MP8MP7MP8MP8MP8MP
Megapixels (main camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
Megapixels (main camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.13MP & 5MP13MP13MP12MP & 10MP12MP & 10MP13MP & 5MP12MP8MP13MP13MP & 5MP
Video recording (main camera)The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
Video recording (main camera)The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.3840 x 30fps2160 x 30fps2160 x 30fps2160 x 60fps2160 x 60fpsN.A.2160 x 60fps1080 x 30fps2160 x 30fps3840 x 30fps
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Total score for "Cameras"
Audio
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
Dedicated media keysPhones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.
Dedicated media keysPhones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.
Number of microphonesMore microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
Number of microphonesMore microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.1555512411
RadioA built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
RadioA built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
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Battery
Battery level indicatorAn indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Battery level indicatorAn indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Battery lifeThe device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
Battery lifeThe device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.N.A.11hN.A.9h9h15h9h12h15hN.A.
Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.10090mAh7250mAh7250mAh9720mAhN.A.7040mAh9720mAh7250mAh7600mAh8000mAh
Fast chargingFast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Fast chargingFast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Rechargeable batteryThe battery can be recharged and used over again.
Rechargeable batteryThe battery can be recharged and used over again.
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Features
Download speedThe download speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can access online content.
Download speedThe download speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can access online content.7500MBits/sN.A.2300MBits/sN.A.N.A.2000MBits/s1024MBits/s1400MBits/s800MBits/s7500MBits/s
Free and open sourceAnyone is free to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software.
Free and open sourceAnyone is free to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software.
Multi-user systemA multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access the device. Each user has a dedicated profile with apps and data available only to them.
Multi-user systemA multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access the device. Each user has a dedicated profile with apps and data available only to them.
Support for widgetsYou can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
Support for widgetsYou can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
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How to choose the best tablet

Mobile devices are great for working on the go or making a long commute entertaining. But a smartphone might be too small for watching videos or playing games, and carrying around a laptop is inconvenient. This is where tablets enter the scene.

Smaller, thinner, and much lighter than laptops, yet still providing a significantly larger display size compared to smartphones, tablet computers offer both computing power and portability. You'll also note that it's becoming more popular to sell a tablet with a keyboard or stylus pens, essential accessories for boosting your productivity. If you are looking for the best gaming tablets, a device with a powerful processor and a large screen is a perfect choice.

With so many options available, finding the best tablet of 2020 is a difficult task. However, there are some key aspects you should take into account, and focusing on them can help you choose the right tablet for your needs.

Design and build

Tablets should offer a balance between portability and utility. All else equal, a tablet with a high screen-to-body ratio is always desirable as it maximizes the viewing area while keeping the bezels small, thus saving precious space.

Most tablets have screen sizes of approximately 9.2 inches when measured diagonally, which seems to be the best balance between portability and utility for most people. A critical aspect of the tablet's design is the material used for the chassis. The materials used in a tablet also influence the price tag of the device.

  • Plastic: Typically in the form of polycarbonate, most tablets in the lower price range are made out of plastic. Even though it is the cheapest option, plastic has some important advantages, such as being lightweight and having relatively good heat resistance.
  • Metal: For the more expensive devices, metals are widely used to encase the components. Metals used in the production of tablets, usually in the form of aluminum alloys, can sometimes be even thinner and lighter than their plastic counterparts. Another advantage of metal is that it disperses the heat produced by the tablet's components, thus making it possible for manufacturers to use more powerful processors. Aluminum alloys are also aesthetically pleasing.
  • Glass: While glass is widely used in the form of strengthened glass for protecting displays, some tablets have it as casing in combination with metal. It provides a sleek look and is also the most scratch-resistant among the three materials mentioned. The principal disadvantage is that dropping a tablet with glass panels often results in a wholly shattered tablet, and glass panels are expensive to replace.

Types of tablets

There are two main types of tablets: stand-alone tablets, which are also called slates or booklets, and 2-in-1 tablets, which can be convertible or hybrid PC tablets.

Stand-alone tablets are made of just a single slate, like an enlarged smartphone. With on-screen keyboard and navigation buttons, these tablets are a reasonably good choice for those who don't use their tablets primarily for writing since on-screen keyboards have never been the best for this job. An on-screen keyboard takes up around 50% of the display, which means a substantial decrease in viewing space.

2-in-1 tablets have two slates held together on one edge, one of the slates being the tablet itself, the other a keyboard. The keyboard is either detachable or attached permanently by a hinge, which can then be folded to the back of the tablet when not in use, like in the case of Lenovo's Yoga tablets. 2-in-1 tablets look very similar to laptop computers, but they are usually smaller. Convertibles have one significant advantage over stand-alone tablets: the physical keyboard. Some keyboards may also have an additional battery or an extra storage drive, which comes in handy if the internal storage is insufficient.

Display

The display is probably one of the most important aspects of a tablet. There are two main types of screens in today's tablets: LCDs and OLED/AMOLED displays.

LCDs (liquid crystal displays) adjust the amount of light that passes through each liquid crystal layer. LCDs are thin and light and have a low refresh-rate flicker. The downside is that the viewing quality is not that good compared to OLED displays, especially in direct sunlight and in high-temperature environments.

OLEDs (organic light-emitting diode displays) and AMOLEDs (active-matrix light-emitting diode displays) emit light directly. Therefore, the contrast ratios are very high. The display's response time is also much faster than in the case of LCDs. However, because OLED and AMOLED displays use organic materials, the viewing quality tends to decrease over time.

The size of the display is a matter of personal preference. A larger screen means a larger viewing area, but it also increases the overall size of the device, making it less portable. A smaller display is a plus if you are looking for portability. The average screen size for tablets is 9.2 inches, but 10-inch tablets and even tablets with larger screens are becoming more popular.

Other important factors to take into account are resolution and pixel density. The screen resolution determines the clarity and sharpness of images. Pixel density refers to the number of pixels per inch displayed on the screen, and it depends on the screen resolution and screen size. The higher the resolution, the higher the pixel density is if the screen size remains constant.

Battery

Battery life is vital if you want to be able to use your device for more than just a few hours. Extended usage time is crucial for people working on the go. Finding a socket while traveling is nothing short of a miracle. Even if you're at home most of the time, with outlets everywhere, it's not comfortable to be stuck in one place. Battery power is measured in milliampere-hour (mAh) and determines how long your device can last on one charge. However, this also depends on how energy-efficient the tablet is. Typically, tablets can last from around 4 to 10 hours if used continuously under moderate load.

Processor

There are numerous options when it comes to processors. The most renowned mobile processor manufacturers are Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Intel. The total clock speed can loosely determine a processor's performance. More cores combined with higher clock speeds would mean better performance. However, it would still depend on the particular circuit design of the processor, process size, and other factors.

To find out more about mobile processors, you can consult our article on mobile chipsets. The best way to test the performance of a tablet is to run the most demanding applications on it, such as 3D games or video editing software. Simple web browsing cannot push the processor to its limits, so be sure to test the tablet using the most processor-intensive applications that you intend to use regularly.

OS

There are three operating systems for tablets: Android, iOS, and Windows. Android is by far the most popular OS worldwide, just like in the case of smartphones.

Android is a mobile OS developed by Google. It is open-source and, in principle, anyone with the proper knowledge and skills to modify the system can do so. Samsung, for example, is well known in installing heavily-modified Android systems on their devices. Android tablets are best known for their customizability and flexibility.

Apple develops iOS for its iPhones and iPads. Unlike Android, the source code cannot be modified, so the system is unitary. Some common pros for iOS are enhanced security features and ease of use.

Windows is the least common OS on tablets, though there are still many Windows tablets on the market. Take note that there are two kinds of Windows OS, Windows for ARM devices, and Windows for x86 machines. Windows for x86 allows the installation of third-party desktop applications, those typically installed on laptops and desktops. With Windows for ARM, on the other hand, users are limited when it comes to installing applications, as they have to choose only apps from the Windows Store. There is a limited number of applications in the store, although Microsoft is partnering with app developers to catch up with Android and iOS. Most tablet processors employ ARM's architecture. Consequently, most tablets use Windows for ARM.

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