Best tablet 2023

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The best tablet is going to change based on what you need it for, but no matter what that is, we've got you covered here.

We’ve rounded up our top picks from all our tablet guides, so if you’re looking for the best iPad, the best Android Tablet, or even the best tablet for gaming, we’ve got you covered.

And if you're wondering how to pick the best tablet for you, stick around till the end of the article for our tips, tricks, and guide to make the best choice.

So whether you're after a marvellous iPad with the Apple iPad Pro or you want a cracking drawing tablet in the Wacom Cintiq 22, we've got you covered right here.

Best tablets

  1. Apple iPad Pro
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
  3. Amazon Fire HD Tablet
  4. Microsoft Surface Pro 7
  5. Wacom Cintiq 22
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1. iPad Pro

Best Apple tablet

Screen Size: 12.9 inches - Processor: Apple M2 - Operating System: iOS - Memory: 2GB - Display Resolution Maximum: 2048 x 2732 pixels - Battery: Up to 10 Hours - Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB - Weight: 682g - Camera: 12MP, 10MP / 12MP

The Apple iPad Pro is certainly one of the best iPads around, thanks to its powerful processor, which can also be found in the latest Macbooks.

Other standout features include a Liquid Retina XDR display, which boasts ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide colour for vivid, high-resolution visuals.

Cameras on tablets can be slightly hit-and-miss, but this one actually packs an impressive set and even includes a LiDAr scanner for AR.

It's a bit of a powerhouse and one we think will still set the bar high.

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2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

Best Android tablet

Processor: Snapdragon 865 Plus - Operating System: Android - Display Resolution Maximum: 1752 x 2800 - Memory: 6GB / 8GB - Storage: 128GB/256GB - Camera: 13MP / 5MP

As far as Android tablets go, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus is a great option to consider for both everyday usage and heavier lifting tasks.

This tablet boasts PC performance with tablet portability and considering it packs a Snapdragon 865 Plus, a 120hz SAMOLED display, we’d have to agree.

Another big win in our books, and for graphic designers out there, is the inclusion of the 9ms latency S-Pen, plus you can also pair this with the appropriate keyboard to turn it into a portable laptop.

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3. Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Best budget tablet

Screen Size: 10.1-inches - Display Resolution Maximum: 1920 x 1080 pixels - Operating System: Fire OS 7 - Processor: 2GHz Octa-core (4 Cortex-A73s and 4 Cortex-A53s) - Memory: 3GB - Storage: 32GB / 64GB

Going all-in with a premium tablet isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re planning on using it for everyday streaming, surfing the internet, or even something to keep you entertained when on long journeys.

Amazon’s Fire range makes for some of the best budget tablets around, and this Fire HD 10” tablet would be our top pick

With 50% more RAM than the previous generation, a substantial 12-hour battery life, and a full HD display, you really can’t go wrong here if you're looking for a quality tablet that won't break the bank.

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4. Microsoft Surface 7 Pro

Best tablets for students

CPU: Intel 10th Gen Quad Core i5 - Operating System: Windows 10 - Screen Memory: 4GB / 8GB - Size: 12.3-inches - Storage: 128GB / 256GB - Display Resolution Maximum: 2736 x 1824 pixels

As far as the best tablets for students, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 ticks practically every box.

Its small form factor makes it ideal for carrying around between classes and propping up on what is usually limited desk space in lectures.

It's also super powerful, with the latest Intel processor, and has up to 8GB of RAM, akin to some of the best laptops for students too.

And if you've got a great USB-C monitor, you can easily connect this tablet to it and use it as a second screen.

It even comes with a free upgrade to Windows 11. Win, win!

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5. Wacom Cintiq 22

Best tablet for drawing

Screen Size: 21.5-inches - Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels - Connectivity Technology: HMDI, USB 2.0 - Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

When it comes to finding the best tablet for drawing, again, the options are quite plentiful, but if we had to pick one that stood out from the crowd, we'd say this Wacom Cintiq 22 is a great option to consider.

It boasts a large HD display and its Wacom Pen 2 has impressive pressure sensitivity, allowing you to really control the types of marks you're making when creating.

It's also got an anti-glare finish, so if you're drawing outside you should still be able to see what you're working on.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Tablets are plentiful nowadays, with so many options to choose from, so we're here to cut through the noise and give you our two cents on what we think are the need-to-knows before making your purchase.

Should I get a tablet or a laptop?

If you're one of the many considering whether to get a tablet over a laptop, you're not alone, as both offer many of the same features nowadays, but in different amounts.

Many of the reasons to go for a laptop are fairly obvious - they're more powerful in general. But tablets beat them hands-down when it comes to multi-usage.

The fact that you can add on a keyboard to most tablets nowadays is a gamechanger, and let's face it, with tablets like the iPad Pro and its M1 chip, they're even starting to close the gap with performance too.

What is a good battery life for a tablet?

We'd say anything over 5000mAh is a good amount of battery for a tablet or something that has around 12 hours of usage.

However, even if you come across a tablet that doesn't pack a lot of charge, a quick purchase of an inexpensive portable charger should offset this quickly and easily.

What is the best size for a tablet?

For most people, we think anything around 10 inches is good, as it fits easily into bags, and gives ample room for watching content, gaming, and arguably drawing in some respects.

We'd say go a little bigger if you're planning on connecting it to a monitor if you're planning on using it as a second screen, and go a little smaller if you're buying something for the whole family to use.

Amazon Tablets vs 'Typical' Android Tablets, what's the difference?

Amazon tablets are a very popular choice and some of them are super reasonably priced too.

But there is a slight difference between the Amazon Fire Tablets and 'regular' Android tablets that you'll want to keep in mind before purchasing one.

Amazon Fire Tablets work on Fire OS, which is their own operating system, but one feature of this is that you can't access any of Google's apps or services.

However, fear not, as you can access the Amazon Appstore, which has tons of apps, many of which are available on Google Play.

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