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From tiny to titanic, the 10 best new and upcoming tablets you can buy (at any budget)

Tablets may not be as popular as they once were, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any great ones out there. Whether you’re looking for a tablet on the high or low end of the spectrum, you’ll be sure to find plenty of options.

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Although Apple’s iPads may come to mind first, there are many high-quality Android tablets out there, and even a Windows option. For those of you who are on a budget, we’ve got a few well-made tablets in this list that clock in under $400, too. Here are our picks for best tablets, based on what we’ve seen in the past year and a half.

The Best

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch ($950), Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch ($600), and Apple Pencil ($99)

Companies like Samsung and Toshiba have tried making 13-inch tablets before, but Apple made one worth buying. The iPad Pro features everything you might already like about the iPad, but its screen is large enough that you might be able to get some actual work done, too. And if it’s too big, Apple now offers a 9.7-inch variant that packs enough power to get the job done. Both Pro models are as powerful as a lot of desktop computers, and as thin as the iPad Air. You’ll find some splitscreen functionality, though it may be a little cramped on the 9.7-inch version. It’s keyboard ready, and of course you’ll be able to use both devices with our favorite stylus, the Apple Pencil. Thanks to a specially built screen, Apple has created the ultimate drawing and writing stylus/tablet combo we’ve ever used. They’re not cheap, but no matter what you want to do, the two iPad Pros are worth a look. Read our iPad Pro 12.9-inch review here and our iPad Pro 9.7-inch review here.

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Apple iPad Pro, 128GB with Wi-Fi Apple Pencil
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The Rest

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S ($900)

Samsung isn’t just sticking with Android — the Korean company is trying to steal some of Microsoft’s market share with the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Tab Pro S. It’s a lightweight 2-in-1 that offers one of the finest displays you’ll see for a Windows tablet or laptop, but you should be wary of its weak viewing angles. It’s powerful enough for your everyday tasks such as Web browsing and document editing, and its metal build doesn’t make it look cheap. You’ll find a keyboard included in your purchase, though you may find it limiting. The Tab Pro S is a good addition for anyone with a Samsung smartphone, as you can pair the two to connect your notifications and unlock your phone. Read our full review here.

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Huawei MateBook ($700)

You can’t purchase Huawei’s first 2-in-1 offering yet, but our initial impressions of the Matebook have us impressed. It’s sleek, thin, light — and it’s running Windows 10. The vivid Quad HD display keeps the bezels thin, and though it sounds like it would drain the battery fast, Huawei says the MateBook should provide at least 10 hours of mixed use. Speaking of which, you’ll be able to charge this laptop-replacement in about 2.5 hours thanks to the Quick Charge function and a built-in USB Type-C port. You won’t feel any sluggish performance, thanks to the Intel Core M 6th generation processor, and Huawei is letting you choose which model you want. Unfortunately, the stylus and keyboard aren’t included. Read our hands-on review here.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8 ($350) or Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 10 ($400)


If you’re looking for an iPad alternative, or even if you’re considering an iPad, the Galaxy Tab S2 is the best Android tablet money can buy. Coming in 8-inch and 10-inch screen sizes, it brings Samsung’s Galaxy-flavor of Android to tablets, but doesn’t skimp on the finer details. The Tab S2 is just about as thin as any tablet, has a nice 3:4 aspect ratio so its screen resembles the shape of an iPad (or piece of paper), and doesn’t skimp on power. If there’s a game or app out there you want to try, the S2 is powerful enough to handle it with ease. Read our full review here.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8, 32GB with Wi-Fi Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 10, 32GB with Wi-Fi
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Apple iPad Mini 4 ($500)

The iPad Mini 4 doesn’t get the same attention as other Apple tablets, but it’s still fantastic device. For a smaller tablet option, the Mini 4 is a good buy that offers a strong, full-metal design, and a fast A8 processor that can power its high-res display. The 7.9-inch display is ideal for reading news and browsing the web, and you’ll be able to perform those task for a long 10 hours, but it may take a while to charge it up to full capacity. Unfortunately, it’s not as powerful as the as its other family members, but it still gets the job done. Read our full review here.

Buy it now from now:

Apple iPad Air 2, 64GB with Wi-Fi Apple iPad Mini 4, 64GB with Wi-Fi
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Walmart Walmart
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Google’s Pixel C ($500)

Google skipped a Nexus tablet in 2015, and there are rumors of a Nexus 7 refresh coming some time this year. However, if you want a fresh stock Android experience with updated hardware, you can’t go wrong with the Pixel C. The Chromebook team has done another beautiful job with this slate’s design. It has a gorgeous 10.2-inch screen that offers a 2,560 x 1,800-pixel resolution. And you won’t find any hiccups here, as the Pixel C packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, and has 3GB of RAM. Google also offers a keyboard that features inductive charging, meaning the tablet charges the keyboard, but you might find the keys to be a little cramped. You’re getting stock Android with fast updates on a bigger screen, and the Pixel C will only get better after it receives Android N, which is set to offer split-screen support. Read our full review here.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 Series ($300) or Dell Venue 10 7000 Series ($400)

If you’re an Android fan who’s not into the Nexus 9’s slightly larger screen, or its plastic back puts you off, look no further than Dell’s Venue 8 7000 Series tablet. It looks as lovely as an iPad, but adds the power of Intel and a cool, depth-sensing camera. The 8.4-inch screen sports a 2,560 × 1,600 pixel resolution, and is almost bezel-free. The latest Venue is probably the best built Android tablet around, though we still question the odd placement of the camera. Read our full review here.

Buy it now from:

Dell Venue 8 7000 Series, 16GB Dell Venue 10 7000 Series, 32GB
Amazon Dell
Best Buy

Microsoft Surface Pro 4, 128GB ($900)

Like the iPad Pro, the Surface Pro 4 is pretty much a full PC sitting on a list of meager tablets. This has its plusses and minuses. We’ve had some continued issues with the Pro 4, but still believe it’s the best tablet you can buy if you hope to replicate a full laptop/desktop experience. Sadly, the price is not cheap, and the stylus and keyboard accessories aren’t cheap either. Again, like the iPad Pro, you get what you pay for. The Surface Pro 4 is absolutely the best option if you’re considering a Windows tablet. Read our full review here.

Buy it now from:

Amazon Best Buy Walmart B&H Newegg