Best Tablets 2019
Whether you're going for budget or over-the-top professional functionality, you'll find something to love in our list of the best tablets available in 2019.
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Amazon Fire HD 8
Starting off our list of the best tablets is the latest from Amazon, the Fire HD 8. The 2018 edition of the tablet has many of the same features as previous versions, but with some notable upgrades, including a better front-facing camera and the noteworthy ability to use Alexa voice commands, even with your screen is on standby.
The travel-sized 8-inch (1,280 x 800 pixels) glass screen is tucked surrounded by durable plastic. The tablet is available in red, blue, yellow and black. The speakers play music decently loud and the screen is nice and bright.
A great budget buy in tech, it’s best for playing a few games, reading books and letting you watch movies and TV shows. We especially love the included MicroSD slot again, allowing you to save movies and other media to cards up to 400GB. Check out these 10 kitchen tablet stands you can make yourself.
Apple iPad Pro
This gorgeous tablet is packed with amenities. Available in 11 inches or 12.9 inches, it has the facial recognition capability that sets Apple products apart with its ease of use for premium privacy and the best user accessibility. For those who want to draw or write, the tablet supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation), purchased separately. It also supports the Smart Keyboard Folio, allowing you to turn the iPad Pro into a makeshift laptop.
This sleek device is thinner than most smartphones, yet it has a wide body with the biggest display screen you can get on an Apple device. Its versatility makes it ideal both for professionals, as the name would suggest, as well as those looking to simply sit back and catch up on their favorite Netflix shows.
The screen uses Apple’s new Liquid Retina display, for vivid, bright colors. We especially love the True Tone display, which measures ambient lighting wherever you are.
Its four-speaker setup is another standout feature, with two speakers in the top and two in the bottom of the frame making for exceptional audio quality.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Next on our list of the best tablets is the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, which came out in late 2018. The device has some notable improvements from its predecessor, including a faster processor and much longer battery life (more than 9 hours). The 2-in-1 makes for a great versatile product, thanks to the built-in kickstand and type cover that allow you to go from laptop to tablet to portable studio.
The 12.3-inch PixelSense display is mesmerizing with its sharp 2736 x 1824 pixels, undeniable brightness and color. Featuring a stunning new matte-black color, the tablet’s 0.33-inch-thin magnesium body looks even slimmer.
HP Chromebook x2
Another 2-in-1 design on our best tablets list, the HP Chromebook x2 may give the iPad Pro a run for its money — literally. The 12.3-inch display comes with a 235 pixels-per-inch, 2,400 x 1,600 resolution touch display, which is just shy of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s resolution. Yet it’s a couple hundred dollars less expensive.
We especially love its well-structured keyboard. Instead of a wobbly keyboard cover, the HP Chromebook x2 comes with a multi-modal keyboard base with a magnetic hinge that makes it more ergonomic.
The tablet even includes the stylus in its base price. Check out these 39 awesome home tech products (and one really geeky one!).
Lenovo Tab 4
This budget-friendly tablet features a colorful 8-inch display that’s noticeably bright, and provides Dolby Atmos Audio and built-in dual-stereo front-facing speakers that make for supreme binge-watching of your favorite TV shows. We also love that the battery life is more than 10 hours on a single charge.
The solid tablet features a respectable 1,200 x 1,920 display that makes it good for games, movies and digital comics. Also, you can add-on the Lenovo Bluetooth keyboard for a 2-in-1 tablet for professional needs.
Amazon Fire HD 10
Far less expensive than an iPad, and offering a 10.1 screen with a 1920 x 1200 pixels, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a big and bold addition to the list of the best tablets on the market right now.
Ideal for someone looking for a big-screen tablet, this reasonably-priced device provides a high-definition display, speedier performance than its 2015 version and the ever-popular, hands-free voice activated assistant, Alexa.
Packed with features like stereo speakers, Dolby Audio and dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, it’s a prime choice for watching full HD video, playing games and streaming content seamlessly. The Amazon Fire HD 10 also comes with a MicroSD card slot for cards of up to 256GB. Here are 10 things you should know about recycling electronics.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
This 2-in-1 tablet is a standout device for those who really want the capabilities of an actual laptop, thanks to its built-in DeX software. This Samsung software is built into the tablet and lets you connect to an external screen like a monitor or large-format display.
When you do want to switch from one mode to the other, the tablet comes complete with re-sizable windows, task bar and system tray. When in desktop mode, you will see a standard desktop-like interface for windowed apps.
With the included stylus, you can write notes, annotate screenshots, translate text and send live messages. Check out these top 20 smart home tech products coming out in 2019.
Apple 9.7-inch iPad
There’s no doubt a standard iPad should make the list of the best tablets. Packing a powerful A10 Fusion processor with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, and offering 10 hours of battery life, a quality 8-MP camera and Apple Pencil compatibility, it’s a high-quality tablet that won’t set you back nearly as much as the Pro.
The iPad is also equipped with a touch ID fingerprint sensor and two-speaker audio. Check out the top iPhone/iPad home improvement apps for DIYers.
Apple iPad Air3
Are you really surprised Apple made the list three times? The 2019 iPad Air is a beautiful tablet that’s ideal for the on-the-go person who wants to keep things light without giving up the high functionality Apple is known for.
A step up from the iPad 9.7, the Air has a gorgeous 10.5-inch display with thinner bezels (the first Air to have such specs as well), along with a faster chipset, comparable to the iPhone XS and iPhoneXS Max. Its higher resolution front-facing camera is also a selling point.
We’d be remiss not to mention its dimensions. It is an Air after all. The Air3 is the thinnest non-Pro iPad at 6.1mm and it weighs just one pound. Check out the 10 high-tech gadgets you and your pet will love.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10
It’s not a name you hear nearly as often as Apple, Microsoft or Samsung, but the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a noteworthy tablet. It has an iPad-like feel, with its 9.7-inch 1536 x 2048 screen, and it’s thinner than an iPad at 5.8mm.
Its internal specs are impressive, too, thanks to its MediaTek hexa-core chipset and 4GB of RAM. It also has a 5,900mAh battery.
We also appreciate the ZenPad’s IPS screen’s sharp definition, brilliant color replication and striking contrast, thanks to its implementation of VisualMaster technology. Here’s how you can reuse your old tech devices.