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10 Best Tablets for Every Budget and Need

This handy guide will help you find the perfect tablet.

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The most important thing you need to know before buying any iPad is that it's the best tablet in its price range by an overwhelming margin. When shopping for an iPad, always consider spending a bit extra for a variant with more storage. It won’t take long before you find the additional expense to be well worth it. Not an Apple person? No worries. We've added our favorite Android tablets, too.

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Newest Model
Apple iPad 8th Generation

The most recent iteration of the iPad comes with a host of new features that iPad users everywhere will be excited to try out. 10.2 inch Retina display still delivers an exceptional picture quality while the upgraded camera and screen accuracy allow for more creativity. 

2 Samsung Galaxy Tablet

With a solid set of features at a reasonable price point, the latest iteration of Samsung's Galaxy Tab A is the best Android tablet for most consumers today. It has a sharp 10-inch display and dual speakers, which are great for watching video on the go. With a midrange Qualcomm chipset on board, the slate has enough oomph to keep you productive and entertained. The tablet can deliver over 13 hours of web browsing between charges. 

Laptop Replacement
Apple iPad Pro

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the ultimate Apple tablet, as well as a legit laptop replacement! If you are looking for the most powerful and feature-packed big-screen tablet money can buy, this is the one to get, so long as it fits in your budget. 

HD Video Recording
Fire HD 10 Tablet

The 10-inch Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet is our favorite budget-friendly tablet available today.  It has a longer battery life, meaning you'll get up to 12 hours of reading, streaming, listening to music, and searching the web. The tablet also comes with Amazon Alexa, giving you the option to control smart home devices from your tablet by using your voice.

Most Compact
Apple iPad Mini

The latest iPad mini has the same hardware and performance as the iPad Air, but in an ultra-compact form factor that's incredibly convenient for daily use. If you are looking for a small tablet, this is definitely the one to get!

Best Sound Quality
Lenovo Smart Tab M10

The coolest bit about the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 Android tablet is its bundled smart dock speaker with Dolby Atmos audio tech on board. Combined with the tablet's built-in Amazon Alexa functionality, it can instantly transform the slate into a smart screen, so you can use the Smart Tab M10 as a legit smart home product when you don't need its Android tablet functionality. Lenovo has equipped the tablet with a 10.1-inch Full HD display and built-in stereo speakers for on-the-go entertainment. 

Best Battery Life
Lenovo Tab M8 Tablet

The Lenovo Tab M8 is a full-size Android tablet that's capable, yet it'll go easy on your wallet. Its highlights include a Qualcomm chipset with a quad-core CPU, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, and expandable memory.  The 8-inch IPS display panel of the slate has a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels, which offers a fine balance between sharpness and power efficiency. Lenovo offers the Tab M8 with LTE network connectivity, too.

Best Splurge
Apple iPad Pro 2nd Generation

The 11-inch iPad Pro is our favorite splurge-worthy Apple slate. It is beautifully designed and crafted, incredibly versatile, and more powerful than any tablet out there. The latest Pro is also the most future-proof Apple iPad available today.  

Most Affordable
Apple iPad 7th Generation

The Apple iPad is the best option for budget-minded buyers. The slate delivers excellent craftsmanship and performance. Most importantly, this newer version of the entry-level iPad has a large 10.2-inch display and can also work with an attachable smart keyboard, and offers access to a vast selection of apps and content.

Most Versatile
Apple iPad Air 4th Generation

The newest model of the iPad Air offers a slightly bigger screen at 10.9 inches, and the new display includes True Tone, great for artists and designers hoping for a lightweight and versatile iPad. 

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