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 S6
This year’s high-end Samsung tablet—the Galaxy Tab S6—witnessed a major upgrade for its internals when putting against its predecessor. Samsung didn’t bring any noticeable cosmetic change to the device except for the fact that the S Pen now sticks to the tab’s back. On the inside, you will either get 6GB or 8GB of RAM that is paired with 128GB and 256GB of expandable storage respectively. Samsung’s trademark AMOLED display measuring 10.5 inches is included in this package along with an under-display fingerprint scanner. AKG has tuned its four speakers arranged in a stereo setup while the tablet can last for up to 15 hours on a single charge.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Last year’s Tab S4 continues to be a star performer even though it is a little 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 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.
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.
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 (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.
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 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.
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.
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 6 2018
What makes this almost two-year-old iPad still a great device is Apple’s excellent software support. It came out running iOS 11 and has already been updated to iPadOS, while it’s safe to assume that the budget tablet will continue getting these updates for months to come. The fact that the 7th-gen iPad released this year shares its processor with the 2018 model is a bit relieving for those getting worked up about missing a ton. Plus, with its 9.7-inch display, the iPad 6 is still eligible for free Microsoft Office apps, while its successor isn’t, thanks to a larger display. Even though it has completed its lifecycle, you can find it retailing at a discounted price of under $249, which is still a great deal, unless you want to wait for some Back Friday deals on the new model.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018
In some manners, the 2018 Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is better than its 2019 follow-up, like it has 3GB of RAM versus 2GB, and comes with a quad-speaker setup. Though, it lacks in build quality with its plastic shell, while its starting price was also higher. Having said that, Samsung has gotten a lot better at delivering newer software updates even to its lower-end models. You can consider getting the last year’s tablet if you come across a tempting deal that prices it below the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019. Else, I’d suggest going for the newer model, which should get at least one extra major Android update in the coming years.
Lenovo Tab E10
Launched earlier this year, the Tab E10 is one of the cheapest tablets in Lenovo’s portfolio and you should look at it only if you want exactly this. The tablet has made a bit of compromise to attain its cheap pricing like it uses a Snapdragon 210 processor paired with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM. In our review of the tablet, while its pure Android experience and a functional display stood out, its RAM and battery limitations were strongly felt. If you can bump your budget a bit, then you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from.
Lenovo Tab M10
Similar to what we said for the previous Lenovo tablet, we’d suggest getting the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 if you have some headroom in your budget. Only consider getting this Lenovo tablet over its Samsung alternative when you’re getting an excellent deal or if the latter isn’t available in your region. To the Lenovo Tab M10’s credit, its performance turned out to be solid, and similar was the case with its full HD display. Lenovo preinstalled a clean version of Android 8.1 Oreo on the tablet, which is appreciated by many. On the other hand, it comes with an underwhelming battery, and its speakers and cameras are no different.
Huawei MediaPad T5 10
This mid-range tablet from Huawei sports respectable hardware that can outpace many tablets in direct competition. Huawei used its custom Kirin 659 processor when the MediaPad T5 10 was launched last year, which is considerably better than Snapdragon 400-series chips. It even has a metal build, plus the display is of full HD variety. The most disappointing part of an otherwise fantastic tablet is that Huawei may not release newer Android builds for its users, which is kind of a deal-breaker. Get one of these at a cheap price, otherwise, you’ve got a plenty of options to choose from, many by popular brands offering better software support.
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.
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