A good tablet is something that should have a long battery life, a respectable selection of apps and services, and be more than just a screen to watch YouTube videos. Apple has dominated the tablet conversation for years with its iPad line, but it’s not the only company with a tablet that’s worthy of making our top tablets of 2020 list.
Below is a list of 11 tablets, in random order, that are designed to fit specific needs and budgets. Whether you’re looking for a cheap device for your kids or something that can effectively replace a computer, there’s a tablet for everyone.
Image: SamsungSamsung’s Galaxy Tab Active Pro is designed to be used and abused. Its IP68 rating and MIL-STD 810G shock/drop resistant rating mean it will survive in a harsh environment, while still giving you access to its Android interface. It even comes with a ruggedized version of Samsung’s S Pen stylus, allowing you to sketch on construction plans, or take notes out in the field without fear of dropping a delicate tablet.
Image: Apple, Inc.In 2019, Apple updated the design of its base iPad for the first time in a decade, increasing the display size to 10.2 inches and adding support for its Smart Keyboard Cover. With the optional keyboard, you can use the 7th generation iPad to work through your inbox or write a research paper on a device that’s compact and portable. The latest iPad also supports the Apple Pencil for those who want something to jot notes or sketch on.
Image: AmazonAmazon’s Fire tablets run the company’s forked version of Android, complete with Amazon’s services baked right in. The Fire HRD 10 is affordable, faster than ever, and doubles as an Echo, with Alexa awaiting your commands. I’ve been testing one for the past few weeks and have been impressed. The Fire HD 10 is perfect for someone who wants to browse the internet, watch videos, or check email without spending a ton of money.
Image: SamsungSamsung’s Tab S6 runs Android, integrates with Samsung’s products and services, and includes an S-Pen in the box. Samsung has an optional keyboard accessory for those who want to get some work done, and with expandable storage, those who want to be entertained on the go can store up to an additional 512GB of movies and music.
Image: MicrosoftThe Surface Go 2 was a welcomed update to Microsoft’s smallest and most portable 2-in-1 for Windows fans. It uses the same design as the original Go, and will even work with all of the original accessories, including the Type Cover keyboard.
The Go 2 faster internals that provides a better overall experience and performance, but you’ll still want to skip the entry-level model. The combination of slower storage and a slower processor isn’t going to be an enjoyable experience.
The tablet runs Windows 10 in S Mode and limits you to installing apps from only the Microsoft Store, along with a few other security features. But you can opt for the full Windows 10 experience be leaving S Mode and never looking back.