For most users, the 10-inch size is the sweet spot where the screen is neither too small to feel cramped nor is too large to restrict portability. Be it for tossing on your living room couch for your family to watch a film or for getting some work done with a keyboard attached while you’re on the go, the 10-inch display size should fit the bill in either case.
Based on your particular requirements and use case, you have the option to choose a device among three major platforms—Android, Windows, and iPad—with all the three offering a separate feature set.
If you prefer smaller devices, you can also check out our 8-inch tablet recommendations.
Best 10-inch Android Tablets
These are some of the best tablets in the Android space.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
On the premium side of the spectrum, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 manages to take the top spot in the Android space. The high-end tablet features an industry-leading Super AMOLED display that is paired with four speakers and it comes bundled with the S Pen stylus. You can even attach an external keyboard to enhance its productivity while the Samsung DeX will help you exploit its full potential. It proved to be an outstanding performer when it comes to battery. The only downside to this tablet is the lack of fingerprint scanner, despite the fact it costs upwards of $649.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
Part of the 2019 Tab S5 series, the Galaxy Tab S5e brings a ton of outstanding features at a much more affordable price than the aforementioned S4. It carries the same beautiful AMOLED display and comes with a quad-speaker setup for equally great audio output. It does come with a fingerprint scanner on the side and has Samsung’s One UI running over Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. The mid-range tablet has pogo-pin connectors for attaching an external keyboard and has full support for DeX. What you’ll miss is the support for S Pen and uncompromised performance.
Huawei MediaPad M5 10
Last year’s MediaPad M5 10 tablet from Huawei continues to be a recommended tablet since it is a great overall package. Besides bringing a respectable set of features to the table, the device also has support for a desktop mode, that is inspired by Samsung DeX, and you can even attach a magnetic keyboard to complete your portable productivity setup. It offers a decent battery life and also has a stereo speaker setup. Huawei heavily customizes its software which may not be suitable for everyone and it also lacks a headphone jack.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10
Also a part of the MediaPad M5 family, this Lite variant maintains some of the top-tier features while bringing the price considerably down. The tablet has a metal body that houses a 7500mAh battery offering 12.5 hours of backup in our testing. It has a complete package for media consumption with a decent full HD display and four speakers. You can secure your device using the fingerprint scanner and you also have the option to use a stylus which can be bought separately. However, you’ll be disappointed with the included cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
Samsung has a pretty extensive tablet lineup that extends to the budget segment as well. On this edge of the market, the company has the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 which costs USD 229 and could be your family’s media center. Its 2GB of base RAM will feel constraining for heavy work while for watching movies, its bottom-firing speakers may not be as immersive as a stereo setup. Despite being a budget tablet, it comes preinstalled with Android Pie-based One UI and offers a fine display and performance. You shouldn’t be disappointed if you keep your expectations in check.
Amazon Fire HD 10
The Amazon Fire HD 10 was launched in late 2017 but that doesn’t affect how suitable the tablet is for its purpose, especially at its price, considering Amazon’s eccentric software approach. For its starting price of $149, the tablet supports a lot of entertainment services, particularly from Amazon. You also get a 10.1-inch full HD display that is supported by internals that are good enough for media consumption. Despite all these perks, you won’t get access to a vast number of apps via Google Play Store. Plus, if you get it under offer, a load of annoying Amazon ads will be served.
Best 10-inch Windows Tablets
Microsoft’s robust desktop-class Windows 10 OS has a couple of contenders in the 10-inch tablet market.
Microsoft Surface Go
Coming from Microsoft’s stable, you’re guaranteed to have a good Windows experience with the Surface Go tablet. It supports full Windows 10 OS and can run all the desktop apps, given the hardware can handle them. The company has included the same premium design and build quality as the Pro model and it offers a remarkable screen along with front-facing speakers. The supported keyboard and stylus are also top-grade but you will have to get them separately and they cost quite a bit and so does the tablet itself.
Lenovo IdeaPad D330
Lenovo has taken a slightly different approach with its IdeaPad D330 than the Surface Go by bundling a solid detachable keyboard with the machine which allows it to be used as an actual laptop. It offers the longest battery life amongst its Windows peers in our testing and features 3 USB ports. You can configure it with up to full HD screen and the internals of your choice. Lenovo has cut some corners in the build department with the use of plastic and has also included underwhelming speakers.
Best 10-inch iPads
Apple is the market leader when it comes to tablets and its iPad series is now more elaborate than ever. These 10-inch machines should be worth your consideration.
Apple iPad Air 2019
Since its launch earlier this year, the Apple iPad Air 2019 has been the default recommendation for anyone seeking a little more than the basic iPad. You are served with a laudable 10.5-inch LCD display on the mid-tier tablet that is powered by an A12 Bionic chipset which also powers the current iPhone models. Apple also added support for its keyboard cover and the 1st gen Apple Pencil with this iteration making it better at productivity. Not to mention, you will have access to a robust app ecosystem which still arguably stays unrivalled. Lack of stereo speakers and the tablet’s recycled design may not be appreciated by all.
Apple iPad 2018
The Apple iPad 2018 serves as the entry point to Apple’s tablet lineup with a starting price of $329, though it can now be found at discounted rates. While it packs hardware that is more than enough for day-to-day usage at home, the biggest upside of this tablet is the support for Apple Pencil (1st gen) at such a price. The tablet also supports Touch ID, has a metal build, and offers sufficient battery life. With that, Apple generally has lengthier software support for its products than other brands.
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