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Best tablet 2024: Fully tested tablets from Apple, Amazon, Samsung and more

Best tablet - Honor Pad 8 sat on a blanket with a plant and book

Our tech experts have tested and reviewed all of the best tablets. These are the top picks

With so many different models on the market now, it’s no longer a case of picking out the best tablet, but finding the one that’s tailored to your specific needs. With tablets ranging from cheap and cheerful devices that are perfect for light streaming all the way up to powerful laptop replacements, there’s a tablet out there that meets your requirements, and we’re here to help you find it. 

We’ve tested and reviewed dozens of tablets from all of the biggest manufacturers – at last count, our benchmarking database included over 90 tablets – and we regularly update this list, so you can be sure that our recommendations include the latest and greatest products.

In addition to bitesize reviews of the best tablets on the market, we’ve included a comprehensive buying guide detailing which features you should prioritise and the other important things to consider before making a purchase. If you want to head there first, just use the link below. Otherwise, read on to see our picks of the best tablets you can buy right now. 

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Best tablet: At a glance

Best value Android tabletHonor Pad 8 (~£190)Check price at Argos
Best tablet for most peopleApple iPad 10.2in (~£319)Check price at John Lewis
Best budget tabletAmazon Fire 7 (2022) (~£65)Check price at Amazon
Best iPad tabletApple M2 iPad Pro (2022) (~£1,249)Check price at Amazon

How does Expert Reviews test tablets?

As is also the case with smartphones, we generally begin our tablet tests by downloading the Geekbench and GFXbench applications from either the Google Play, Apple App Store or Amazon Appstore. These give us benchmark results for CPU and GPU performance that we can use to compare the tablet to its competitors. Using DisplayCal software and a display colorimeter, we then measure the screen’s colour-accuracy, contrast, black level and peak brightness.

Next, we test the battery life. To keep consistency across all devices, we set the brightness to 170cd/m2 and engage aeroplane mode, then we set a looping video running and record the final timestamp. For the cameras, we take a variety of photographs, including scenic, low-light and indoor shots, as well as any video recording features. We also test how clear the front-facing lens is, for video call purposes.

Testing the S Pen stylus on a Samsung Galaxy tablet

As there can be quite a lot of disparity between the different app stores, we also compare the availability of certain apps and services on each, to better determine whether a certain tablet comes with any software compromises.

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The best tablets to buy in 2024

1. Apple iPad 10.2in (2021): Best tablet for most people

Price when reviewed: From £319 | Check price at John Lewis

Best tablet - Apple iPad 10.1in (2021) leaning on a sofa arm

  • Great for… powerful performance and versatile software
  • Not so great for… no USB-C and expensive peripherals

With the 2022 model only making the most minor of improvements, our favourite standard iPad is still the 10.2in 2021 iteration. The A13 processor may be a bit behind the latest iPhones, but it still manages impressive performance. The tablet’s front-facing camera received a decent upgrade over the previous model, with the same 12MP ultrawide camera found on the iPad Mini (2021).

This was also this model in which Apple brought its True Tone colour matching technology to the display. This picks up on the tone of ambient light in your environment and matches the display’s white point to that colour temperature so your eyes don’t have to readjust when you look up from the screen.

There’s still no USB-C – this is one of the few advantages that the 2022 model offers – but aside from that, there’s very little to dislike about this tablet. Affordable and supremely versatile, the Apple iPad 10.2in remains, in our opinion, the best tablet around for most people.

Read our full Apple iPad (2021) review 

Key specs – Processor: A13 Bionic; Screen: 10.2in, 2,160 x 1.620; Storage: 32GB; Size: 250 x 174 x 7.5mm; Weight: 493g; Operating system: iPadOS 15

Check price at John Lewis

2. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2022): Best £100 tablet

Price when reviewed: £100 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Amazon Fire HD 8 on a table with candles and flower

  • Great for… excellent value and impressive battery life
  • Not so great for… FireOS is frustrating and the display is middling

Though not quite as big a leap as we saw with the 2020 iteration, the Fire HD 8 (2022) is still an improvement in all areas that matter, with particular advances in both battery life and processing power. Carrying over from the 2020 version is the 8in display, 2GB of RAM and your choice of either 32GB or 64GB of storage space. There’s a microSD slot, too, allowing you to bump that capacity up to an extra 1TB.

As with the other recent entries in Amazon’s tablet range, the Fire HD 8 (2022) comes with a £10 price increase, and if you want to remove the ads from the lock screen, you’ll need to pay another £10 on top of that. There’s also still the restricted Amazon app store to contend with – Google apps aren’t present, meaning you can’t carry over bookmarks from your Chrome profile, and accessing your Drive folders is more of a hassle than it needs to be.

Even with those caveats, the Fire HD 8 (2022) is still the best choice if you’re looking to spend no more than £100 on an Android tablet. It’s not the biggest advancement we’ve ever seen, but it’s enough of an improvement over its predecessor to take its spot on this list.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 8 (2022) review 

Key specs – Processor: Hexa-core MediaTek MT8169A; Screen: 8in, 1,280 x 800; Storage: 32GB; Size: 202 x 137 x 9.6mm; Weight: 337g; Operating system: Fire OS 8

Also consider: Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2022)

If you can stretch the budget a little further, the Fire HD 8 Plus (2022) adds an extra 1GB of RAM, wireless charging support, and a slightly improved 5MP rear camera. The base model with 32GB of storage and lock screen ads costs £20 more, with a 64GB model available for £50 more, and once again the choice to remove lock screen ads from either for an extra tenner.

The screen is the same 8in panel as the standard version, and it uses an identical processor, so we didn’t find the value for money to be quite as good here. Still, if you want a relatively affordable tablet that charges wirelessly, the Fire HD 8 Plus fits the bill nicely.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (2022) review 

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3. Apple iPad Air 5 (2022): Best mid-range tablet

Price when reviewed: From £649 | Check price at John Lewis

Best tablet - Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) with keyboard on a sofa

  • Great for… speedy performance and solid battery life
  • Not so great for… low storage on base model and pricey accessories

If you’re looking for a powerful tablet but can’t quite stretch your budget to the iPad Pro, then the fifth-generation iPad Air is your next-best choice. It houses Apple’s powerful M1 processor, and outstripped laptops that cost almost twice as much in our CPU and graphical performance tests.

It’s thin and lightweight, too, and comes with a decent 12MP (f/1.8) camera, though it does lack the flash and secondary ultrawide camera that features on the iPad Pro. The only other issue we had with it is that the accessories that transform it into a true laptop replacement are very pricey: with the official Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2, you’re looking at a total outlay of around £1,000.

Read our full Apple iPad Air 5 (2022) review 

Key specs – Processor: Apple M1; Screen: 10.9in, 2,360 x 1,640; Storage: 64GB, 256GB; Size: 248 x 179 x 6.1mm; Weight: 461g; Operating system: iPadOS 15

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4. Amazon Fire 7 (2022): Best budget tablet

Price when reviewed: From £65 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Amazon Fire 7 (2022) on a bench

  • Great for… extremely affordable and improved performance
  • Not so great for… dull display and obnoxious software

The most recent refresh of Amazon’s budget tablet offers enough technical improvements over its predecessor to justify the £10 price increase. Battery life gets a marked improvement, now lasting roughly ten and a half hours in our tests, with a new processor boosting general speeds and responsiveness.

Quality of life features returning from the previous model include hands-free Alexa, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot, now allowing you to extend the internal storage by up to 1TB. Given that the Fire 7 (2022) is only available in 16GB and 32GB variants, this extra capacity is greatly appreciated.

We weren’t all that impressed by the 7in screen and the restrictions of Amazon’s FireOS haven’t seen any improvements, but these feel like small concessions for how much the Fire 7 gets right. If you’ve got a hard budget, this is the best value you’re going to get out of a budget tablet.

Read our full Amazon Fire 7 (2022) review

Key specs – Processor: Quad-core 2GHz MediaTek MT8168; Screen: 7in, 1,024 x 600; Storage: 16/32GB; Size: 118 x 181 x 9.67mm; Weight: 282g; Operating System: FireOS 8

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra: Best premium Android tablet

Price when reviewed: From £1,119 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra close up of rear

  • Great for… large, gorgeous display and slim, lightweight build
  • Not so great for… very expensive and niggly software

If you want the biggest possible screen and have the money to spare, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is really the only way to go. It has a big and beautiful 14.6in Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, one we’ve praised as stunning. It excels at HDR content and makes all your movies and TV shows from Netflix and Prime Video look gorgeous. It gets pretty bright so you can expect it to perform well outdoors, and that large screen makes this tablet a candidate for a laptop replacement (just add a keyboard for £340 and you’re already there). Samsung didn’t send us the keyboard to review, so we can’t comment on that, but we did have a look at every other aspect of the tablet.

It’s also a very powerful device, backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. In other words, you can run all the apps your heart desires and store all the documents or files you want without needing to opt for cloud storage or a microSD card slot (though both options are there, naturally).

The app support for tablets of this size isn’t as good as you’d get on a comparable 12.9in iPad Pro. However, if watching TV and films is your priority, this is certainly worth a look.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review

Key specs – Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Screen: 14.6in, 2,960 x 1,848px; Storage: 256GB, 512GB or 1TB; Size: 326 x 209 x 5.5mm; Weight: 732g; Operating system: Android 13 (ONE UI 5.1)

Also consider: Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus 

Samsung also sells a slightly smaller 12.4in tablet in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus. With an excellent display that’s just as good as the one on the larger Ultra, a powerful processor that’s been battle-tested across different devices at this time, and pretty much the same software experience as the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, it’s a cheaper option we can enthusiastically recommend.

The size is a downgrade for those who want the biggest screen possible, and you’re also getting a weaker pair of front-facing cameras which means your Meet or Zoom calls won’t be as good. Still, it’s a great substitute if you want to save some cash.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus review 

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6. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023): Best Amazon tablet

Price when reviewed: From £150 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023)

  • Great for… fast performer and Amazon Stylus Pen support
  • Not so great for… outdated software and slightly lower battery life

It’s no longer the high-end offering of Amazon’s lineup (that’s the Fire Max 11 just below) but the new Fire HD 10 (2023) makes several improvements over its predecessor without bumping the price up, so it’s once again our pick of the Fire tablets. Performance keeps up with more expensive rivals, the display gets a few solid tweaks and support for the Amazon Pen Stylus carries over from the Fire Max 11, bringing with it surprisingly decent tracking for sketching and note-taking.

As a Fire tablet, there’s still the shortcomings of FireOS to contend with, including no Google apps and generally outdated software that’s still based on Android 11. The battery life also clocks in slightly lower than the previous model, tapping out after 17hrs 50mins in our test. As long as those complaints don’t put you off too much, however, you simply won’t find a better tablet for this price.

Read our full Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023) review

Key specs – Processor: Octa-core 2GHz MediaTek MT8186; Screen: 10.1in, 1,920 x 1,200; Storage: 32 or 64GB; Size: 246 x 165 x 8.6mm; Weight: 434g; Operating system: Android 11 (Fire OS 8)

Also consider: Amazon Fire Max 11

As the name suggests, this tablet is fronted by an 11in display, which has a sharp 2,000 x 1,200 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The MediaTek MT8188J processor delivered impressive speeds in our tests, and the battery life proved even better, lasting for close to 20 hours.

As with all Fire tablets, the Max 11 really falls down on the software side of things. FireOS 8 is based on Android 11, so it already feels outdated compared to other modern devices, and there are several missing apps in the store – most notably those from Google. As long as you don’t need it for Chrome, Drive or Gmail, however, the Fire Max 11 is a bright and powerful budget tablet that’s especially well-suited to streaming.

Read our full Amazon Fire Max 11 review

7. Apple M2 iPad Pro (2022): Best iPad tablet

Price when reviewed: From £1,249 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Apple M2 iPad Pro (2022) with keyboard and stylus on a desk

  • Great for… amazingly powerful and phenomenal mini-LED display
  • Not so great for… very expensive and low storage on base model

We aren’t convinced that there was much need for more power from the iPad Pro, but Apple has delivered it regardless, with the new M2 processor delivering substantial performance leaps, alongside new Hover functionality for the Apple Pencil and support for Wi-Fi 6E. Otherwise, the hardware isn’t really changed: the 12.9in model is again outfitted with a dazzling mini-LED display, offering terrific peak brightness and colour reproduction, and storage options ranging from 128GB all the way up to a massive 2TB.

Our biggest issue with the M2 iPad Pro (2022) is that, even considering the ridiculous speeds and beautiful display, it is far too expensive. So much so, in fact, that when you add the optional keyboard, this tablet winds up a good few hundred pounds more expensive than the faster, lighter and more practical M2 MacBook Air.

This excessive price makes it a hard sell as a laptop alternative, but if you’re looking to buy a big-screen iPad, and you’ve got the money to back it up, the M2 iPad Pro (2022) is top of the game.

Read our full Apple M2 iPad Pro (2022) review 

Key specs – Processor: Octa-core Apple M2; Screen: 12.9in (2,732 x 2,048); Storage: 128GB–2TB; Size: 11in – 248 x 179 x 5.9mm, 12.9in – 281 x 215 x 6.4mm; Weight: 11in – 468g, 12.9in – 684g; Operating system: iPadOS 16

8. Microsoft Surface Pro 8: Best Windows tablet

Price when reviewed: £1,099 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Microsoft Surface Pro 8 on a sofa

  • Great for… terrific display and impressive speakers
  • Not so great for… expensive peripherals and no entry-level model

Microsoft’s eighth-generation tablet-laptop hybrid still offers the same premise as its forebears, but quite a lot has changed in this recent model. From the display to the connectors to the basic shape, the Surface Pro 8 is unlike anything that came before, and with improved internals, we’re looking at the best Windows 11 tablet yet.

Looking similar to the pricier Surface Pro X, the Pro 8’s two USB-C ports now support Thunderbolt 4 connections, with max data speeds of 40Gbits/sec. The detachable keyboard, despite costing extra, remains one of the best on the market, and the new charging connector works wonders, too. The integrated kickstand can be used to set the Surface Pro 8 to any viewing angle you wish, and the 3:2 aspect ratio display is perfect for working on while in laptop mode. The new 120Hz refresh rate is a real treat, as well.

Performance was also rock-solid in our tests, with the Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU outperforming its predecessor with more than double the speeds in our benchmarks. Battery life remains the only sticking point, but at seven hours it isn’t atrocious by any means.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review

Key specs – Processor: Quad-core 3GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7; Screen: 12.3in, 2,880 x 1,920; Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB; Size: 287 x 208 x 9.3mm (without keyboard); Weight: 892g (without keyboard); Operating system: Windows 11

9. Apple iPad mini (2021): Best compact tablet

Price when reviewed: From £569 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Apple iPad mini (2021) on a table in front of a fence

  • Great for… fantastic display and nippy performance
  • Not so great for… no 3.5mm port and mediocre battery life

The original iPad mini launched way back in 2012 and this sixth-generation model has finally got rid of its predecessors’ chunky upper and lower bezels. That has seen the overall size decrease but the screen size jump from 7.9in to 8.3in. The iPad mini 2021 now more closely resembles an oversized iPhone rather than a shrunk-down tablet and in our opinion, that’s no bad thing.

The new model also comes with a USB-C port, support for the Apple Pencil 2 andApple’s A15 Bionic processor. It’s nippy as a result and that speedy performance is complemented by a sharp 2,266 x 1,488 display that delivers colours in the sRGB gamut with exceptional accuracy. There’s also support for Apple’s True Tone tech, which helps reduce eye strain by matching the white point on the screen with that of ambient light in the room.

The absence of a 3.5mm audio jack is a little annoying and battery life could be better, but for those seeking a quick, compact, well-designed tablet that balances screen size and function, we think that the iPad mini is just the ticket.

Read our full iPad mini (2021) review 

Key specs – Processor: Apple A15 Bionic; Screen: 8.3in, 2,266 x 1,448; Storage: 64GB; Size: 195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3mm; Weight: 293g; Operating system: iOS 15

10. Nokia T21: Best tablet for around £200

Price when reviewed: £200 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Nokia T21 on a wall in front of a plant

  • Great for… gorgeous 2K display and sleek design
  • Not so great for… stagnant performance and a price increase

While Amazon’s range of Fire tablets definitely dominate the sub-£200 tablet market, you do have alternatives if the software restrictions put you off. The Nokia T21 runs a clean version of Android 12 straight out of the box, meaning no gaudy layouts or excessive bloatware when you boot it up. So, unlike with the Fire devices, you’ll also get full access to Google’s app store and services, which makes working across devices with Chrome or Docs much easier.

The T21 also features a large 2K display that, unlike its predecessor, isn’t hampered by DRM restrictions, leaving you free to enjoy HD content in full resolution. The boosted vibrancy makes the colours pop more than ever and the viewing angles are decent enough. It’s a shame that the refresh rate tops out at 60Hz, though it’s understandable at this price.

The tablet, as a whole, feels nice and solid thanks to the all-aluminium chassis, and the charging speed has been bumped up from 15W to 18W. Not everything gets an upgrade from the T20 – with performance in particular showing roughly the same results in our tests – but the Nokia T21 is a terrific all-round sub-£200 tablet.

Read our full Nokia T21 review 

Key specs – Processor: Octa-core Unisoc T612; Screen: 10.4in, 2,000 x 1,200; Storage: 64GB; Size: 248 x 157 x 7.5mm; Weight: 466g; Operating system: Android 12

11. Honor Pad 8: Best-value Android tablet

Price when reviewed: £190 | Check price at Argos

Best tablet - Honor Pad 8 on a book on a blanket

  • Great for… cheaper than entry-level iPad and terrific battery life
  • Not so great for… no HDR support and no LTE option

If the prices of even the cheapest iPad puts you off, our favourite affordable Android alternative is the Honor Pad 8 – a similar, big-screened tablet at a much more palatable price.

While performance is a little sluggish compared to its Apple rivals, the large 12in 2,000 x 1,200 screen is vivid, sharp and is surprisingly colour accurate, while battery life clocked in at a highly impressive 14 hours in our test – a bit longer than the 10.2in iPad. The Honor Pad 8’s 5MP rear camera and 5MP selfie-cam will cater for all your photographic needs and performance is surprisingly competent for a tablet at this price, too.

Read our full Honor Pad 8 review 

Key specs – Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680; Screen: 12in, 2,000 x 1,200; Storage: 128GB; Size: 278 x 174 x 6.9mm; Weight: 520g; Operating system: Android 12

Check price at Argos

12. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet: Best Chrome OS tablet (that’s also a laptop)

Price when reviewed: £235 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Lenovo IdeaPad Duet

  • Great for… versatile design and beautiful display
  • Not so great for… small size and only middling performance

Chrome OS tablets may be relatively rare in comparison to their straight Android and Apple counterparts, but we think that this tablet-cum-laptop from Lenovo proves they still have their place. Its strength comes in its versatility – use it as a tablet when you’re on the move (or on the couch) or attach the clip-on keyboard it comes with to transform it into a fully functional, if rather small, Chromebook.

Its Full HD 10.1in screen is of excellent quality, with decent maximum brightness and superb coverage of the sRGB colour gamut, while its battery lasted over 16 hours in our video playback test – a frankly staggering result given how compact it is.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Duet review 

Key specs – Processor: MediaTek P60T; Screen: 10.1in, 1,920 x 1,080; Storage: 4GB; Size: 160 x 240 x 7mm; Weight: 450g (without keyboard); Operating system: Chrome OS

13. reMarkable 2: Best digital notepad

Price when reviewed: £379 | Check price at reMarkable

Best tablet - Person writing on the reMarkable 2

  • Great for… excellent paper-like display and straightforward software
  • Not so great for… marker sold separately and pricey subscription cost

A monochrome E-ink tablet that’s purely designed for note-taking, the reMarkable 2 is a great distraction-free option. With a screen that mimics the feel of paper, it doesn’t come with apps like Netflix or Twitter, but it is able to share your notes via Wi-Fi so you can access your doodles elsewhere.

Writing felt remarkably natural in our tests, in a way that scribbling on an iPad with an Apple Pencil never does, and the syncing works wonders, too. The only downside is the price, and the fact that you have to pay extra for the stylus isn’t ideal, either. Still, if you’ve got the money and you’re in the market for a great digital notepad, we’ve yet to test anything better than this.

Read our full reMarkable 2 review 

Key specs – Processor: Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM; Screen: 10.3in, 1,404 x 1,872; Storage: 8GB; Size: 188 x 246 x 4.7mm; Weight: 404g; Operating system: Codex

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14. Lenovo Tab P11 Pro: Best-value laptop alternative

Price when reviewed: £430 | Check price at Amazon

Best tablet - Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

  • Great for… lightweight design and top-notch display
  • Not so great for… fiddly keyboard and middling performance

If you’re in the market for a laptop alternative, Lenovo’s Tab P11 Pro should be your first stop. The tablet itself is here bundled with a detachable keyboard, a magnetic stand and a stylus pen, all for an incredibly competitive price. Not only that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a laptop that is as lightweight as the P11 Pro – at just 485g, this is a seriously portable machine.

The slim build doesn’t come at the expense of quality, either: the 11.5in OLED screen delivers exceptional colour reproduction and apparently reaches a peak brightness of 500cd/m², meaning that it can do a movie justice as well as handle your daily workload. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset running the show, it’s nippy enough, too, producing respectable scores in our benchmark tests.

Though speeds aren’t on the same level as some competitors – such as the lightning-quick Apple iPad Air – the P11 Pro has a secret weapon in its battery life. In our standard video-rundown test, with the brightness set to and flight mode on 170cd/m², it lasted for 17hrs 28mins. If all-day battery life is an important feature for you, there’s not much better out there than the P11 Pro.

Read our full Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review 

Key specs – Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G; Screen: 11.5in, 2,560 x 1,600; Storage: 128GB; Size: 171 x 264 x 6mm; Weight: 485g; Operating system: Android 10

How to choose the best tablet for you

What do you need your tablet to do?

On paper, all tablets do mostly the same things. The difference comes in how well they perform. If you just want a tablet for browsing the internet, watching Netflix and maybe a little light gaming, a 12.9in iPad Pro is overkill in our opinion, even if it does handle all of the aforementioned tasks brilliantly.

Likewise, if you want to use your tablet for any kind of demanding work – chopping up 4K video or playing the greatest mobile games – the cheap and cheerful Amazon Fire 8 HD isn’t going to cut it, either. If you’re caught somewhere in the middle, you’re looking at a price between the two. Set aside a budget of somewhere between £250 and £350 and you’ll have plenty of choice – especially if you’re happy looking at some of the favourites from the previous generation of hardware for bargains.

Which operating system do I need?

Tablets come with three main operating systems: iOS for iPads, Android or Windows for everything else. Amazon’s Fire tablets come with their own Fire OS but in reality, this is a heavily modified version of Android designed to sell you Amazon goods more effectively.

In some respects, it makes sense to stick to what you know when in search of the best tablet. It’s certainly easier to stay within the same ecosystem, as everything will have a great familiarity about it – and we’ve found that Apple products, in particular, are very good at syncing between Mac, iPhone and iPad. Likewise, if you’ve only ever used iPhones and Windows laptops, taking the plunge with Android will take a little getting used to. But, in truth, it doesn’t matter which one you use that much, what with cloud storage being what it is. It’s very easy to move documents and files between all three, be it through Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

Do you want to draw or type with your tablet?

Tablets are designed to be poked with the finger, although in our experience, iOS and Android have a better handle on this than Windows. All the same, certain devices have their own pressure-sensitive stylus for drawing or note-taking. In the case of iPads, this is the Apple Pencil for the iPad and first-gen iPad Pro tablets or the second-gen Apple Pencil for the more recent iPad Pro tablets. Sadly, you won’t get a stylus included with your iPad so you do need to factor the cost into the overall price if you plan on using one.

Microsoft Surface devices all support the Surface Pen, which is again sold separately. A number of Samsung’s tablets come with the company’s own S Pen in the box, too.

We see bundled keyboards even less frequently, but as a rule of thumb, you can use any Bluetooth keyboard with a tablet. Some, such as Logitech’s K780, are designed to be used with multiple Bluetooth devices and even contain a raised lip to hold your tablet in place.

For our money, the better solution is to buy a cover with a keyboard built-in so it’s there whenever you need it. Apple’s official iPad keyboard case starts at £159, while similar options for the Tab S and Microsoft Surface go for broadly the same price. You can save a few quid by going for third-party alternatives, which exist for all the most popular tablets, but be sure to check customer reviews before investing as they may behave oddly or not be up to snuff.

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