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#1 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Much like the Tab S5e is a watered-down version of the Tab S6, the Tab A 10.1 simply takes another step down the ladder in capabilities and price. You’re still getting a big beautiful dsplay, that signature Samsung design and build quality, and surround sound speakers — but there are big cuts particularly in the aspects of productivity, to hit a much more palatable price.
The slower processor and just 2GB of RAM are going to be deal-breakers for any sort of heavy lifting on the Tab A 10.1, as will the lack of official keyboard and stylus support. But that’s not really what this tablet is for; its huge 6150mAh battery and great screen will always get the job done for content viewing and casual use, and at this price you won’t be upset with that one bit.
#2 AMSUNG GALAXY TAB S6
If you prefer Android to iPadOS, and want the very best tablet that’s powered by Google software, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is it. It’s beautifully designed, it’s packed with power, and the S Pen continues to get more and more useful with each passing upgrade.
In our review we praised the slate’s sleek looks, the software sophistication, the quality of the media playback (both audio and visuals), and the look of that high-resolution 10.5-inch screen. It may not be quite as good as the iPad, but it’s close, and you can at least escape Apple’s walled garden (and set a default web browser that isn’t Safari – imagine that).
Samsung has even managed to pack in a dual-lens rear camera on this device, so if you absolutely must take photos with your tablet, this won’t let you down. As with the iPad, you’re probably going to want the official keyboard accessory as well, which will cost you extra.
Overall, if you want an Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the best on the market today.
#3 Asus ZenPad 3S 10
Nope, that’s not an iPad you can see just above. That’s the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 – and it’s our second favourite Android tablet you’re able to buy right now.
There’s decent power inside this slate as well as a super bright and beautiful display to look at on the front.
The battery life and build quality aren’t the best on the market, but considering the lower price point than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 above, we’d recommend picking this up if you’re looking for something a touch cheaper.
#4 Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is packed full of media-focused features and sports a unique, distinctive design.
There’s a built in stand to take the heft off your hands, while the integrated projector means you can enjoy big screen entertainment away from your TV, though the screen is sharp enough that you won’t always feel the need to use a projector anyway.
All that tech does make it less portable than most tablets on this list and the UI could be better, but it’s a fairly unique option.
#5 MICROSOFT SURFACE GO
“The Microsoft Surface Go is a pro-level tablet computer that successfully breaks into the market traditionally dominated by the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab ranges. It doesn’t quite match the slickness of its rivals, but then again its rivals don’t have the flexibility of Windows.”
And that, simply put, is why this compact and stylish Windows 10 tablet has found its way into our best tablets guide – it offers something that the other tablets in this list don’t, and it does so at an attractive price point, too. A well-made and stylish tablet, with solid internal hardware and screen, and running Windows 10, is a rare thing.
The best tablet on the market in 2020 for users who demand the Windows 10 OS and want to keep their purchase affordable.
#6 GOOGLE PIXEL SLATE
As we mentioned above, Google seems to have given up on pushing out its own Android tablets, settling instead for Chrome OS tablets that can also run Android apps – and that’s where the Pixel Slate comes in.
Easy to use as a tablet, it transforms into a makeshift Chromebook thanks to the official keyboard accessory you can pick up (it’s an optional extra unfortunately, like the official Pixel stylus).
The combination of Chrome OS and Android actually works pretty well, because you get the full desktop web experience, plus everything from the Google Play Store as well. Those Android apps really help when you’re offline, for example.
As far as specs go, you can pack this with some really impressive internal components – though of course you’re going to have to pay for them. We’d advise going for the best spec you can afford.