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Updated: 22-09-2019 22:47
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#1
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Apple iPad mini 5 (2019)

Dated design aside, the best small tablet money can buy, with an excellent mix of portability...

28 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)

The most advanced tablet gets a matching new design that's the biggest change since the iPad's...

39 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (T830, T835)

If you want a high-end Android tablet then the Tab S4 is the device to get.

72 expert reviews | 488 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple iPad Air 3 (2019)

iPad Air 2019 is arguably the best all-around iPad you can buy right now. Here's our full review...

22 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)

Once again, Apple blasts ahead of the pack, with a stylish, powerful tablet full of creative and...

26 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

It looks great, has a fantastic display and comes in at a price that's easy to swallow. Samsung...

27 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017)

Look past the price and this is a stunning tablet that needs iOS 11 to really feel complete.

74 expert reviews | 1068 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8-inch

Coming in 8.4- and 10.8-inch models, the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro are primed for watching video.

28 expert reviews | 162 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPad 9.7-inch (6th gen 2018)

The new iPad is an iPad Pro on a budget. You get many of the same features for a fraction of the...

56 expert reviews | 992 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Whenever you mention batteries and Samsung, the exploding Note 7 will probably come into the...

108 expert reviews | 1018 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Lenovo Tab P10

A tablet and smart speaker with display in one, Lenovo has managed to inject more life into the...

19 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition (2019)+ Zenmuse X3

While this 7-inch tablet's hardware could be faster, the design could be more exciting and the...

9 expert reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite

The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite could be a parent's dream

25 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (T590, T595)

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5 (2018) offers an Android alternative to an iPad, it’s a much...

19 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (5th gen, 2017)

Surface Pro 5 is the best laptop replacement tablet a creative could wish for, but most users...

51 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8-inch

This tablet may not bury the iPad Pro, but it gets you similar skills for hundreds of pounds less.

20 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Arguably one of the better compact Android tablets on the market, but not without compromises...

9 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a really good tablet at an impressive price. It’s made even better if you...

77 expert reviews | 694 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)

Samsung is rearranging its own tablet portfolio and is now placing the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)...

6 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active (T360, T365)

A worthy successor to the Samsung Gear Sport that boasts an attractive design and worthwhile new...

52 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Google Pixel Slate

The Pixel Slate has promise, but Chrome OS needs work.

27 expert reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2017)

The iPad Pro has a large, 10,307mAh battery that Apple claims will last for 10 hours. That’s the...

30 expert reviews | 1112 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPad 9.7-inch (5th gen 2017)

Apple's new iPad isn't revolutionary, inventive or, well, new. But for most people it's the...

45 expert reviews | 2477 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch (2016)

The first thing to note about the 9.7-inch iPad is that it isn't a replacement for your laptop –...

131 expert reviews | 2391 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPad mini 4 (2015)

Often the unloved tablet in Apple's lineup, the latest mini-iPad is pretty much an iPad Air 2...

108 expert reviews | 4483 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Tablet Computers

    The year 2010 was most definitely the year when the tablet was born. It has only been two years but somehow, it’s difficult to imagine the world without them. One look at a table is enough to declare that it’s neither a laptop nor a smartphone yet somehow it has caught the fancy of the world. So, what purpose does a tablet serve after all? Strictly speaking, it is not as feature intensive as a laptop and it is difficult to do any work on a tablet which requires intensive typing output. The tablet's USP, however is it’s lightweight and portability. It was specifically designed to serve that particular niche of people now known as digital nomads who need to stay connected to the internet wherever they are.

    A tablet is also ideal for watching movies or reading e-books on the go. It is in all senses a lighter version of a laptop- both in terms of weight and otherwise. It is definitely way more convenient to carry around than a heavy laptop and if you are looking to do only lightweight work, it fits your needs perfectly. You can use the Word processor, take quick notes, listen to a few songs, get some work done on the internet and just casually slip it into your bag. It is the comfort that it offers which has made it so popular. Off late, thanks to the impeccable design of the Apple iPad the tablet has become something of a fahion fad. It might not be something you strictly need, but you will still want to have it.

    Ever since the Apple iPad came out into the market, several other tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire, Blackberry’s Play Book, and Dell’s Streak have also been released. There is a whole new market segment which is flooded with tablets while there are many more to come. The sheer variety means both good and bad news- it means you have a lot of options to choose from but the bad news is that the options might just manage to confuse you.

    Let's quickly go through the features you must look for while buying a tablet-

    1. Operating System

    Quite understandably, the operating system used by a tablet make a world of difference in its functioning. For a long time, the choice for the best OS out there was a no brainer. Only one name- the Apple iOS would come to mind. And there was a reason it enjoyed such a stature. The system works wonderfully smoothly on an iPad. It is quick and efficient- exactly what a tablet promises to be.

    Recently, Google's Android and Microsoft Windows 7 have been giving the Apple iOS some very decent competition. The huge advantage that Apple has over others is the access to millions of iPad apps. However, many users have experienced problems due to the insulated nature of the OS which restricts any kind of Bluetooth transfers.

    The latest version of the Android- the Honeycomb is the first OS designed by Google exclusively for tablets. This OS has its share of benefits- good software integration, compatibility with Adobe flash, something which is missing in Apple iOS and integration with Google apps.

    2. Screen

    Visually, a screen is all that a laptop has. In fact, it is the area where you will be doing all you work which is why the size matters. A tablet can be anywhere between 5 to 10 inches but ideally, you should like it to be closer to the maximum limit. Remember, you are using the tablet as a lighter version of a laptop not as a bigger version of a phone. The bigger the screen, the more comfortable you would be typing. But again, it can't be very big because then it will become bulky which defies the whole purpose of a tablet again.

    Simultaneously, look for an optimum screen resolution. In technical terms, dot pitch is a measure of the screen resolution with respect to its size. Higher pixels per unit area imply sharper pictures and thus, this is what you should ideally look for.

    3. Battery Life

    Now, if a tablet is designed to be used on the go, the most vital question to ask is how long does the battery last. While all tablet manufacturers make huge claims about battery life, it is always a good idea to inquire people around you and get a better estimate.

    4. Storage

    Tablets are available with different storage space- right from 16 to 64 GB. When it comes to storage, the bigger the better especially if you are going to store a lot of movies and images on your tablet.

    Besides these, also consider other factors related to internet availability (Wi-Fi or 3G), the quality of the camera and speakers, the number of USB slots (the iPad has none) and finally the price. Think about your personal needs and expectation from a tablet, how and when are you going to use it and other priorities.  In the end, it all boils down to personal choice. You might like something the first time you see it and then no one can convince you not to buy it or vice versa.

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