The Best 10-Inch Tablets Of 2021 (Android, Windows, iPads)
With a display size of 10 inches, these are the best tablets currently available across platforms—Android, Windows, and iOS. There is one for everyone!
A 10-inch tablet makes for the perfect size, sitting between your phone and laptop for just the right kind of portability. Be it for productivity or catching up with your favorite show, the screen size should be the sweet spot that many look for in a device that can serve multiple purposes. What’s more important is that the keyboard attachments for 10-inch tablets aren’t too crammed, offering a decent typing experience.
With the adoption of modern front design and shrinking bezels, many 10-inch tablets are now switching to an inch larger panels, giving you that little bit of extra display estate. And we surely didn’t want to miss out on them. Thanks to the popularity of this screen size, our list of best 10-inch tablets will include a lot of options under different price brackets and with a variety of OS choices.
If you prefer smaller devices, you can also check out our 8-inch tablet recommendations.
Best 10-Inch Tablets: An Overview
Here we’ll glance at some of the best 10- and 11-inch tablets in the market right now.
- Best overall: Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (on Amazon*). There is no other comparable tablet on the market that can beat the iPad Pro at its own game. The 2020 variant of the 11-inch iPad Pro has everything in order and makes it pretty easy to recommend to anyone looking for a slate in its premium price range. Its display is fantastic, the performance is unbeatable, and the software is able to handle almost anything you can possibly think of.
- Best upper-mid-range option: Apple iPad Air (on Amazon*). Just one step below the iPad Pro, the redesigned iPad Air from last year is very close to its Pro sibling in design and overall user experience. The compromises that Apple has made to keep its price in check actually make sense for its target consumer base. The Air is a perfect device if you don’t need that little bit of extra performance overhead but would still want a taste of the Pro.
- Best Android tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (on Amazon*). Samsung’s latest flagships are easily the best tablets on the Android side with everything that the company has to offer. You get the best displays on any device, and Samsung now also leads the pack with excellent software support. Galaxy Tabs are usually more value for money simply because they come bundled with a top-notch stylus, saving you from having to spend anything extra.
- Best Android upper-mid-range: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (on Amazon*). The Galaxy Tab S6 may be a generation old, but you aren’t going to feel its age in any way. It gets the same modern design as its follow-up, and the software experience we mentioned earlier applies here, too. So right now, the Tab S6 is the best option you’ve got if you want a flagship tablet but without paying the premium for it.
- Best budget tablet: Apple iPad 8 (on Amazon*). Apple isn’t usually known for making budget devices, but the baseline iPad 8 is an exception. The latest model got a big upgrade on the inside with a new brain powering everything up for an even better experience. Gaming, productivity, video editing, everything is now faster thanks to the A12 Bionic chip. And you still get the best of its previous models, including the support for the Apple Pencil and the first-party keyboard attachment.
- Best Windows tablet: Microsoft Surface Go 2 (on Amazon*). Surface devices are fantastic for office and college use, but only the Surface Go 2 is portable enough to carry around in your backpack. With shrunken bezels, the Go 2 now looks even more appealing while maintaining the basic elements that the series is known for. Its kickstand is still class-leading, while the keyboard and stylus accessories, though expensive, are unmatched among Windows tablets.
- Best Android mid-ranger: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (on Amazon*). Samsung pretty much nailed the mid-range tablet game when the Galaxy Tab S5e came out packing some of the best features of its flagship counterpart. Even today, it’s one of the best devices for media consumption, mainly because of that beautiful AMOLED screen and the stereo speaker setup. You can even attach a keyboard to the device and use it as your secondary work machine.
- Best Android mid-ranger with a stylus: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (on Amazon*). For those wanting a stylus for either notetaking or doodling, Samsung made the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite to meet those exact needs. The included S Pen stylus is among the best ones available on the market, in our opinion, and does its job pretty well. Despite being an LCD, the tablet’s screen is great for watching Netflix, and you still get the stereo speaker pair.
- Best Android mid-range alternative: Lenovo Tab P11 (on Amazon*). With the Tab P11, Lenovo has successfully created a rather complete product that supports a keyboard attachment and a stylus for all kinds of use cases. It’s a decently specced device if you want to use the tablet alone, but you can increase its use cases with the excellent keyboard that Lenovo sells separately. And we also found its display to be quite good.
- Best Android budget slate: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (on Amazon*). The Tab A7 is Samsung’s latest 10-incher and a successor to our favorite budget tablet of the previous year. The A7 gets even better this time with an all-new design and a quad-speaker setup, which is perhaps the first time we’re seeing at this price point. It’s still affordable and easy to recommend for anyone wanting a decent machine for general use without having to spend a lot.
- Best Windows alternative: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i (on Amazon*). Lenovo’s answer to the Surface Go line is pretty much an identical tablet that attaches to a keyboard accessory to turn into a great productivity machine. The Duet 3i is an affordable device, and we found it to be satisfactory at day-to-day tasks. It comes with a decent design, and the touchscreen is also quite good. Coming with Windows 10, the tablet gives you peace of mind with regular updates directly from Microsoft.
- Best cheap tablet: Amazon Fire HD 10 (on Amazon*). We liked the 2019 Fire HD 10 for a lot of good things it had to offer. But the 2021 refresh of the tablet takes it even further with support for Microsoft Office apps and a keyboard. It also gets a Plus model this time, offering slightly better internals and wireless charging. The Fire HD 10 is undoubtedly a remarkable cheap tablet, and it’s only getting better this year.
- Best Chrome OS device: Lenovo Duet Chromebook (on Amazon*). Much like Windows, there aren’t many 10-inch Chrome OS tablets out there, and Lenovo Duet Chromebook makes for an excellent case with its size and capabilities. It’s among the cheapest Chromebooks on the market and still comes bundled with a keyboard case, enhancing its scope quite a bit. This could easily be your portable work machine if all your work software are web-based.
Best 10-inch Tablets: In-Depth Look
Now, we’ll take an in-depth look at all the 10-inch tablets that made it to our list.
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch
The fact that the iPad Pro 2020 earned a full score in our review should be more than enough to tell you how much we liked the tablet. Apple was able to make the best tablet for the professionals or anyone who didn’t want to settle for anything less. The processor underneath, called A12Z Bionic, was powerful enough to even trump many of the mainstream laptops in terms of raw performance.
But the Pro’s biggest strength is its software. iPadOS is a big jump from iOS, including some Mac-like features, such as pointer support and easier external storage management, both of which are well received among the creator community. Plus, Apple’s commitment to software support ensures that your device will remain up to date for years to come. Probably the only downside to this device is its prohibitively high price, which gets even higher if you get any of the first-party accessories, like the Pencil and Magic Keyboard.
Read: Our Apple iPad Pro 2020 Review
Apple iPad Air
The 2020 iPad Air inherited its refreshed design from the iPad Pro family, and it looks stunning! With all the colorways that the Air is available in is also a big departure from the rather dull grey and silver color scheme Apple has been following for long. The facelift also came with a new display that extends from corner to corner, just like the Pros, though you don’t get the high-refresh-rate panel, nor is there Face ID.
Apple has instead used the good-old Touch ID sensor, which has now been moved under the power key. Thanks to the redesign, the iPad Air is now compatible with all the accessories that only the Pro models have supported so far. This includes the Magic Keyboard and the newer Apple Pencil, which is far more ergonomic and capable than the first-gen model. And you still get superior performance, using the same A14 chip that powers the latest iPhone models.
Read: Our Apple iPad Air 4 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
The Tab S7 range is clearly Samsung’s answer to the iPad Pro. It comes with two devices this time: the standard Tab S7 and the Tab S7+. Of the two, only the latter gets Samsung’s renowned AMOLED screen, which is a delight to use. However, that doesn’t mean the tab S7 lags in that area. The LCD that Samsung has used is among the best we’ve seen on the market, so you’re going to enjoy it equally.
Other than their display and physical size, the two models are identical in their performance and features. The included S Pen is capable of all kinds of use cases, and you can even use these Tab S7 tablets with a keyboard for better productivity on the Samsung DeX interface. Not to mention, their respective battery lives have topped even the iPad Pros in our standard battery test. Over the years, you can expect your device to get even better as Samsung promises at least three major Android upgrades.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Even though it came out two years back, the Galaxy Tab S6 brings you the best of Samsung, both in form and function. You get the class-leading AMOLED screen on the front, which even the newer Tab S7 lacks. And the accompanying quad speakers are tuned by AKG for an excellent acoustic experience no matter what you’re doing on the device, be it watching movies or listening to some music.
The Tab S6 is 2019’s flagship device and came with that year’s top-end processor. So, you shouldn’t feel any kind of bottleneck even while using heavy apps for years to come. This high-end slate is also covered under Samsung’s Android upgrade policy, which means your device will continue to feel fresh for many more years and will remain usable until its retirement. On the inside, you will either get 6GB or 8GB of RAM that is paired with 128GB and 256GB of expandable storage, respectively.
And how can we forget the S Pen, which is a benchmark among Android styli. We enjoyed using the pen with all the gestures and unique functionalities it borrowed from the Note series phones. Right now, it could be hard to find the Tab S6, but if you’re able to find one for cheap, you can go ahead with it without thinking twice.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Review
Apple iPad 8
Coming from the iPad 7, you may not notice any change as all the upgrades that Apple made this time all under the hood. The iPad 8 comes with a new core — the A12 Bionic — which used to power flagship iPhones a couple of years back. Thanks to the new chip, the budget iPad has seen its most significant jump in performance to date. While the previous used to feel bottlenecked when running big apps, the iPad 8 has no such issues, which is a good thing for its longevity.
Despite being a $300 tablet, you get the same top-notch metal build that Apple devices usually come with, along with the support for the Apple Pencil. You can also separately buy a keyboard attachment from Apple to make better use of the tablet in your office or as your kid’s school device. However, the old design may not hold up well over the years these machines are supposed to last. Still, there aren’t many devices on the Android side that can beat it as an overall package at its price.
Read: Our Apple iPad 8 Review
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The second-gen Surface Go rides on the popularity of its predecessor that had just the right balance between performance and price. With the 2020 model, Microsoft has tried to give you much better performance with the optional Core m3 processor, while the display also grew slightly to cut down some of those bezels. What you get now is a slightly larger 10.5-inch display, comparable in quality with the higher-end Surface models.
The Surface Go 2 continues to offer an excellent webcam and a front-facing speaker pair for a tablet, which are absolute necessities in this time of virtual meetings and workplaces. In our test, the tablet lasted for about 5.5 hours on a single charge, which is great for a Windows tablet. Since it runs the full version of Windows, many would consider using it as their primary computer. But given its limitations with its size and performance, it’s best used as a secondary or an on-the-go machine.
While the Surface Go 2 is a great machine for work, its cost quickly adds up. Microsoft charges extra for its variants with better configurations, while the first-party accessories, though good in quality, don’t come cheap. You should weigh the costs of all the accessories when buying the tablet.
Watch: Our Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
Part of Samsung’s 2019 tablet series, the Galaxy Tab S5e brings a ton of outstanding features at a much more affordable price than the last year’s Tab S4. It carries the same beautiful AMOLED display and comes with a quad-speaker setup for equally great audio output. Both these features make it an outstanding choice for just about anyone, even today, as not many tablets can match it in those areas.
If you ever want to use the mid-range tablet for some typing, you can attach an external keyboard using the pogo-pin connectors that the S5e comes with. It gets even better with Samsung DeX, which gives you a Windows desktop-like interface right on your tablet screen, allowing for better use of the big display and pointer input. When it was announced a couple of years back, it came running Android Pie, but Samsung has since updated it to newer versions.
Where the Tab S5e left us wanting was the support for the S Pen and better performance. You won’t feel any performance dip in regular apps in its current state, but gaming may not be perfect on this device. There is a good chance that you may find the S5e retailing somewhere online, either as a refurbished or used unit, for a really good price.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
The follow-up to the Tab S5e was the Tab S6 Lite that addressed some of our reservations with the former. The biggest of them all was the added support for the S Pen, which works like a charm on the S6 Lite. It’s precise and even pressure-sensitive, just like on pricier Samsung tablets, making it better suited for sketching and regular note-taking if you’re into those.
It’s still got the same excellent metal body as its predecessor, along with the stereo speaker, which adds quite a bit to your movie-watching experience. The tablet comes with a newer Android version out of the box, meaning you’ll be covered by Samsung’s update policy for a year longer than the Tab S5e. However, Samsung had to cut some corners to get to an affordable price.
For one, the Tab S6 Lite trades AMOLED screen for an LCD, which, by the way, is also quite good but certainly not OLED-good. Secondly, the performance felt lacking in some games, so this tablet may not be best suited for those looking for something to game on. Besides all that, the device has also dropped pogo-pin connectors for keyboard attachment, though you can always use a Bluetooth keyboard just as easily.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Review
Lenovo Tab P11
Besides Samsung, only Lenovo has tablet offerings on the Android side that come complete with a keyboard and stylus, should you need to use those accessories. The Tab P11 is among the better tablets in Lenovo’s lineup that get almost everything right. The P11 brings you a modern design with thin bezels and a metal build to complement that. As the name suggests, you get a good 11-inch display, which is fully laminated.
The tablet alone makes for a great media machine, thanks to the included quad-speaker setup. In our review, we found the experience to be pleasing for all kinds of uses. But if you want to do more with the device, you can pick up some add-ons like a keyboard and a pressure-sensitive stylus that will help you get some work done as well. The keyboard also houses a trackpad that makes navigating across Android far easier and more intuitive.
Using a Snapdragon 662 and 4GB of RAM, Tab P11 was decent for watching YouTube videos and using Office apps. Depending on the model you pick, you can get 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, which is good enough for storing a lot of movies and high-quality games. However, we have some reservations regarding the software support from Lenovo or the lack thereof.
Read: Our Lenovo Tab P11 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Samsung perhaps has the most extensive Android tablet lineup of all brands, and what makes it great is that even the cheapest one of them won’t disappoint you. In fact, the previous budget tablet from Samsung remained our default recommendation for a long time. The Galaxy Tab A7 takes that legacy forward, bringing the best features on the market together with the budget price that you’ve come to expect from this kind of machine.
We can safely say that the Tab A7 is the best entertainment machine on the budget right now. It’s got a big and, more importantly, good-quality display on the front that is paired with four stereo speakers that make movie watching even more immersive. And you’ve still got the headphone jack for attaching your old, wired headphones for when you don’t want to disturb those around you. The tablet gets fast enough for things that it’s made for and doesn’t disappoint you one bit.
The biggest selling point of the A7 is its price, which is quite affordable. And considering Samsung will be supporting this device with the latest software for years to come, you can continue using the device for very long without feeling the need to upgrade.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i
Lenovo’s alternative to the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is an excellent portable machine that runs the full version of Windows, making the tablet much more capable than the Android and iOS devices. Windows 10 is optimized for touch, and you’re going to enjoy being able to touch the options rather than using a mouse. This is particularly important on a machine that is designed to be portable and will most likely be used handheld.
Though if you want to use it as your full-fat work machine, you can do that, too, by attaching a keyboard that also has a trackpad. The entire package is compact enough to fit inside your backpack without even taking up much space. Not to mention, the Duet 3i is also quite a bit cheaper than Microsoft’s Surface model, saving you quite a bit of cash from the get-go.
If you find yourself outdoors often, you also can get a 4G model of the device. While most of the things about the tablet are great, we found the Intel N4020 processor to be suitable only for basic stuff like web surfing, watching some videos, or some light office use. For things more demanding than that, you may need a more capable processor, which the Duet 3i doesn’t offer.
Read: Our Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i Review
Amazon Fire HD 10
The largest Fire HD tablet has been a no-brainer for anyone looking for a decent tablet that doesn’t cost a bomb. They come with sturdy builds and come in cheap, making them perfect for handing them to your kids. The 2019 Fire HD 10 left us impressed with everything that it was capable of doing while also doubling up as an Alexa screen for your home.
Now the 2021 Fire HD 10 is out, and it takes things forward, though we’re yet to review the latest models. Like the 8-inch model, the new Fire HD 10 also gets a new Plus model, which offers a bit of extra RAM and supports wireless charging. The latter is a game-changer as wireless charging isn’t something you usually find even on pricier tablets. The best part is that prices haven’t gone up by all that much, and the new models are still affordable.
Amazon is now also pitching the tablet as a work machine with the option to use a keyboard accessory, just like many other mainstream tablets. The company has partnered with Microsoft for its Office 365 subscription, which will be bundled with the keyboard. This is a giant leap for the Fire tablet series, which has so far been known only for being a budget entertainment machine.
Read: Our Amazon Fire HD 10 2019 Review
Lenovo Duet Chromebook
Lenovo’s take on Microsoft’s Surface line in the lower end of the spectrum works well in its favor. The best part about this Chrome OS detachable is that Google will extend the software support for eight years from now, which means you’ll stay covered until 2028! Chrome OS comes the closest to a desktop-like work environment where you can run your web apps and sites just like you do on a Windows machine.
Priced at just $280, the Duet Chromebook gives many other tablets a run for their money, especially since it offers a desktop-class browser with support for several Android apps. If that wasn’t enough, Lenovo also bundles the tablet with a back cover with an integrated kickstand and a keyboard without any additional cost. You can choose to get its $80 stylus that charges via USB-C, though it isn’t as good as some of its peers available from other tablet brands.
While it could be a good work machine, the Duet Chromebook isn’t recommended for those looking for personal use, involving things like watching movies and playing games. Even though the tablet can run Android apps, they aren’t usually optimized well for the larger display. You’d be better off getting an Android or iOS device if that’s what you want a tablet for.
Read: Our Lenovo Duet Chromebook Review
Frequently Asked Questions & Our Answers
With so many platforms and all the options to choose from, getting confused while having a lot of questions on your mind is kind of expected. I will address some queries that we receive most frequently across our communication channels. If we didn’t answer your specific question, feel free to comment below and we’ll make sure to respond.
Which are better: 8-inch or 10-inch tablets?
Frankly, this aspect is subjective and depends on your individual requirements as both display sizes carry their own merits. Like, an 8-inch tablet is easier to carry and is the perfect size to read eBooks on, in our opinion. On the other hand, the 10-inch display size cozily sits between a phone and a laptop to give you an adequately large screen without compromising the portability aspect. Personally, I incline towards the larger size since 8-inch slates are quite close to modern smartphones with displays as big as 6.5 inches.
What is the lightest 10-inch tablet?
Among the mainstream tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e currently holds the crown, and on top of that, it comes with a 10.5-inch display. Despite its large footprint, Samsung could chop some of its thickness that now measures just 5.5mm, bringing the overall weight of the device down to just 400 grams. This makes the mid-range tablet from Samsung a perfect companion for travels if you don’t want to go for a smaller or an inferior display. The Tab S5e comes with Samsung’s fantastic QHD AMOLED screen with relatively thinner bezels.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Review
Which is the best cheap 10-inch Android tablet?
In the sub-$100 category, the Amazon Fire HD 10 2019 continues to be an undisputed ruler. This year’s model packs a handful of new additions that make it an even better value for its cheap price. If you can stretch your budget a bit, and I recommend that you do, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 is that one tablet you won’t regret spending a bit extra on. The Samsung tablet is better than the Amazon offering in nearly everything, and our review can give you a detailed look at it.
Other 10-Inch Tablets: An Overview
There are so many 10-inch tablets that couldn’t make to this list or were later dropped, for one reason or the other. But marking them unsuitable for absolutely everyone would be considered generalization on our part. We’re including a list of some tablets that are now either old or didn’t qualify to be a part of the main list. You can still consider them if you think they can serve you well for the years to come.
Apple iPad Air 2019
Since its launch, 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 that still arguably stays unrivaled. The lack of stereo speakers and the tablet’s recycled design may not be appreciated by all.
Read: Our Apple iPad Air 2019 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
2018’s Tab S4 continues to be a star performer even though it is pretty old. Its internals are still better than most mid-range tablets and the recent Android 9 Pie update leaves little to complain about. 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 was priced at $649.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review
Apple iPad 10.2 (2019)
Apple’s cheapest and the most popular iPad was refreshed a couple of months back. The 2019 edition of the budget tablet comes with a marginally larger 10.2-inch display and includes connectors that make it compatible with Apple’s official keyboard case. Our recent review of the 7th-gen iPad is a testament to the number of things there are to like about the device that manages to stay relevant even with its recycled internals and design. This year’s model comes preloaded with the ambitious iPadOS and maintains its support for the 1st-gen Apple Pencil that rounds out the package.
Read: Our Apple iPad 10.2 2019 Review
Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
Standing true to its Yoga branding, this Lenovo tablet has a built-in kickstand, which also has a hook if you want to hang it, like when cooking in the kitchen. Its side barrel isn’t there just for aesthetics but also serves a couple of purposes. It lets you get a better grip when held with one hand, plus it houses the battery pack along with a good speaker. On the software front, Lenovo has included what it calls Google Assistant Ambient Mode to use the slate as an Assistant-enabled screen. The biggest downside we found was the lack of HD playback on Netflix, which appears to be a software issue detailed in our review.
Read: Our Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab Review
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.
Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 Review
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
Amazon’s Fire line of tablets has a reputation of having cheap prices without taking a toll on the performance, and the latest Fire HD 10 maintains that. The 2019 variant of the popular Amazon slate grew upon its predecessor and comes with a USB Type-C port along with a battery life that gave every other tablet a run for its money in our standard test. It has a good-quality IPS screen that you can use for watching media, while the latest Fire OS is now based on the rather newer Android 9 Pie version. Speaking of the software, you’ll be limited to a far deficient first-party app store, though there is a way to get the Play Store app on the Fire HD 10.
Read: Our Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) Review
Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus
Lenovo makes a plethora of tablets and its budget Tab M10 series is perhaps the most popular one out there. From the outside, it looks and feels super-premium with its full metal back and glass front. Not just that, you can expect it to perform decently well, while its large 10.3-inch screen is well suited for catching up with your shows and movies. Multitasking wasn’t an issue for us either, though its speakers turned out to be disappointing, to say the least. The Tab M10 FHD Plus should work as a fine work companion and for some casual personal use, but you surely shouldn’t get it for its camera performance.
Review: Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus Review
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.
Read: Our Huawei MediaPad M5 10 Review
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.
Read: Our Lenovo IdeaPad D330 Review
Lenovo Tab P10
Unlike other Lenovo tablets on this list, we can actually recommend the Tab P10 mainly because of the things the company did right. You can go ahead and pick it if you prefer using Android as Google intended to, making the P10 a good alternative to those Samsungs and Huaweis that come loaded with bloat. Watching movies is another thing you’ll appreciate on this device, thanks to a quad-speaker setup and its full HD IPS display. For normal use, the Lenovo slate offers good performance and its battery life was also acceptable in our review. However, this one, too, isn’t likely to get updated with newer Android versions.
Read: Our Lenovo Tab P10 Review
How to find the best 10-inch tablet for your needs?
Since you already know what tablet size you want, your purchase decision can easily be based on just two aspects. The first one is the OS platform you want since 10-inch tablets are available Android, iOS, and even Windows 10, so you have a wide selection. Considering Android is not the best OS for productivity, you should get an Android tablet only if you need to do basic stuff like web browsing or if your choice of tablet has a desktop mode, like DeX, built in. In case you want to do a bit of both work and play, the iPads should be your choice, while Windows machines are hands-down the best among these for productivity.
The second thing to consider before picking a tablet is your budget. If you’re in the Android territory, then you will have a wide selection of options in nearly all price brackets. Meanwhile, iPads have a more restrictive portfolio and their prices dictated by Apple, although the iPad 10.2 is an excellent option often available for $280. There are even fewer tablets running Windows 10, and nearly none in the budget segment, so you’ll have to alter your budget accordingly. Ideally, you should list out your needs and platform preference and only then go shopping for a slate in the market.
Read: Top 6: These Are The Best Windows Tablets In 2020
How we review tablets?
Given MyNextTablet is all about tablets, we take special care to paint a complete picture of every tablet that we receive for review. From using it as our daily driver to using it as a work machine, we try to emulate various usage scenarios to draw conclusions that fit a wide variety of our readers who have equally varied expectations from our reviews. Our comprehensive testing procedures and detailed reviews — both in text and as videos — are the reasons why our readers stick around, as many newer are regularly joining.
While we emphasize basic, everyday things like surfing the web, watching YouTube videos, and gaming, since these use-cases cover the widest userbase, we also fiddle with benchmark numbers, which many demand to make comparisons with different tablets easier. Over the years, we have standardized our battery test to help us put the tablets against each other and come out with sound conclusions that are based on actual testing. Our elaborate review process includes diving as deep as checking if each device supports HD playback on Netflix, just so our readers have all the information at hand before buying a slate.
Read: The Best Tablets For Netflix With HD & HDR Support | 2020 Edition
Why you can trust us
Our own Andrzej has spent over a decade handling and reviewing tablets with a critical eye, and there aren’t many slates that he hasn’t critiqued. All these years, we have tested devices from all major OS platforms and even lesser-known Chinese brands not just to give our readers a bigger pool of options but also to ensure that we don’t limit ourselves to a particular side of the spectrum. Being independent media, we get to express our views without any sort of corporate pressure from the higher-ups
At MyNextTablet, we neither seek nor accept any kind of remuneration from brands or manufacturers against our reviews, and the views expressed in there are solely our own. In fact, in most cases, we buy our own tablets to negate even the slightest chance of a brand intervening or having an effect on our review process. As detailed in the previous section, all tablets we review undergo a standard procedure to set an even baseline for all devices. You can read our latest product reviews through the dedicated page of the site or visit our YouTube channel, in case you prefer videos over text.
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June 3, 2021 at 6:16 pm
I submit the best cheap tablet is not the Amazon Fire 10 HD, with its Amazon-related limitations. If I had to buy a cheap Android tablet, I would go with the Vastking Kingpad SA10 with stock Android 10. There is also an 8-inch Full HD version, a rarity. Available at Amazon:
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