Which is the best tablet with a stylus in 2017? There are a lot of choices with Android, Windows 10 and even iOS. Here are the 10 best ones.
For a long time, people didn’t want to use a stylus with their tablet. But times change and devices with an active pen have become very popular. It started with Microsofts Surface Pro and Samsungs tablets with an S-Pen. Now you can even get an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil.
There are a lot of other choices out there. I’ve tried most of them and here are the ten best I reviewed or used at a trade show.
Best Android Tablets with Stylus
There actually are not many Android tablets with a solid pen offer out there. But you can get a couple of interesting ones. Here are the three I can recommend.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with S-Pen
In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet right now. It offers a great display, a good performance, and a very nice design. The S-Pen stylus is included and Samsung is offering a lot of nice software features for it. Compared to the Galaxy Note series the S-Pen is more comfortable to use for a long period of time and it supports 4096 pressure points now.
- Very nice display
- Great Performance
- S-Pen stylus is included
- Good battery life
- Very expensive
- Fingerprints visible on the back easily
- Glass instead of metal back
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 with Z Stylus
The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 is similar to the Galaxy Tab S3. While the performance is not as good it still offers an excellent build quality with a nice display. You can get the Z Stylus with it, an active pen that supports 1024 pressure points. While I did review the ZenPad 3S 10, I never tried the stylus though.
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 is a high-quality 9.7-inch Android tablet. Even though it is not that expensive, it features a full metal body and premium features like a fingerprint reader. The performance is good enough for higher-end games.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S-Pen
If you’re looking for a much cheaper option to the Galaxy Tab S3 the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 might be the one to go. Samsung is offering this one with an S-Pen as well, which is a lot thinner but mostly offers the same features – including the software ones. The performance is not as good but it is a very inexpensive alternative.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 is a 10-inch Android tablet with a full HD screen, octa-core processor and Nougat. You can get it with optional 4G LTE and an optional S Pen stylus.
Windows Tablets with Stylus
You can get tablets with Windows and a stylus for a long time, yes for over 10 years now. But they haven’t been popular until Microsoft introduced their Surface lineup. Now, most competitors offer a pen and a lot of them are quite good. Let’s take a closer look at Windows tablets with a stylus.
Microsoft Surface Pro with Surface Pen
I don’t think anyone would argue with me – the new Microsoft Surface Pro is the best Windows 10 tablet with a stylus out there. It offers an excellent design with powerful hardware. With the newest generation, the Surface Pen is optional though but it has been improved to support 4096 pressure points.
Microsoft Surface ProThe Microsoft Surface Pro is a premium tablet running Windows 10. It features a 12-inch screen, 7th generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD. You can get it with a keyboard cover and an active pen.
Samsung Galaxy Book 10 + 12 with S-Pen
The Samsung Galaxy Book 10 and Book 12 are the first Windows devices from Samsung that are shipped with an S-Pen. This one works similar to the Surface Pen but has some features from its Android brothers like the Air Commands. I didn’t like the build quality as much but the S-Pen seemed very good when I played with it.
Samsung Galaxy Book 12The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is a 12-inch Windows tablet with a Super AMOLED screen, a keyboard cover and an active S Pen stylus. It's shipping with an Intel Core i5, up to 8GB of RAM and an up to 256GB SSD.
ASUS Transformer Pro T304 with ASUS Pen
The ASUS Transformer Pro T304 has a similar good build quality to the Surface Pro, offers powerful hardware as well and has a similar design with an integrated kickstand. You can use it with the so-called ASUS Pen. It seems to work fine but is not as precise with 1024 pressure points.
ASUS Transformer Pro T304The ASUS Transformer Pro T304 is a 12.5-inch Windows tablet with an integrated kickstand, keyboard cover and stylus. Its features include a fast Intel Core processor, a high-resolution screen and a full metal body.
Acer Aspire Switch 3 with Acer Active Stylus
If you don’t want to spend around a thousand dollars the Acer Aspire Switch 3 might be an interesting alternative for you. It still has a 12-inch display and a Surface-style design but comes with the less powerful Intel Kaby Lake chip. You can get an optional stylus with the Switch 3 which is called Acer Active Pen.
- Good hardware for its price
- Almost excellent keyboard cover
- Decent performance
- Optional pen/stylus
- Display could be brighter
- Short battery life
ASUS Transformer Mini T103 with ASUS Pen
The ASUS Transformer Mini T103 is the cheapest Windows tablet with a stylus on this list. It has a nice design with a full aluminum body but is shipping with the lower end Intel Atom x5 processor. If you want to do a lot of Photoshop work this might not be the machine for you. For simple handwriting, it should be fine though.
iPads with Stylus
Apple didn’t want us to use a stylus with an iPad for a very long time. But this did change in the last couple of years. Now you can get the so-called Apple Pencil which works with all iPad Pro versions.
iPad Pro 10.5 inch
The iPad Pro 10.5 is the first tablet from Apple that comes with a new 10.5-inch Retina display and an improved, more powerful chip. Thanks to iOS 11 it’ll be an interesting alternative to a Windows tablet. You have to get the Apple Pencil separately though – it costs just under 100 USD.
iPad Pro 12.9 inch
The iPad Pro 12.9 is very similar to its smaller brother but has a very big display at 12.9 inches. It comes with the same high-end internal hardware and yes, you can use the Apple Pencil with this one as well.
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