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The Best 10-Inch Tablets Of 2020 (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!

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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

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Unboxing

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 on* Amazon

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.

Read:  Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Keyboard & Alternatives: What You Should Know

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 tested

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite handwritten notes

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite on* Amazon

Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite does what its last mid-ranger, the Tab S5e, couldn’t — support S Pen functions. The Lite’s stylus works without battery but still manages to offer the same precision and pressure sensitivity as the more premium offering does. While the tablet’s design continues to be top-notch, the company had to cut a few corners to make it affordable. For one, the Tab S6 Lite uses an LCD instead of an AMOLED panel. And secondly, its processor didn’t perform all that well in our review; however, it should be good enough for everyday use.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Review

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab review

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab on* Amazon

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

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus display

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus (2nd Gen) on* Amazon

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

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 test

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 T510 on* Amazon

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 Fire HD 10 Test

Amazon Fire HD 10 2019 on* Amazon

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

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 2

Microsoft Surface Go 2 on* Amazon

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. The Surface Go 2 continues to offer excellent webcam and a front-facing speaker pair for a tablet. In our test, it 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.

Watch: Our Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad D330

Lenovo IdeaPad D330 2-in-1

Lenovo IdeaPad D330 on* Amazon

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

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

iPad Air 2019 keyboard cover

Apple iPad Air 2019 on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Apple iPad Air 2019 Review

Apple iPad 10.2 (2019)

Apple iPad 7 experience

Apple iPad 7 10.2-inch on* Amazon

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

Best 10-inch Chrome OS Tablets

Google’s Chrome OS recently ventured into the tablet category, and it makes for an interesting proposition since it offers a desktop-like interface. Here are a few options worth considering.

Lenovo Duet Chromebook

Lenovo Duet Chromebook with Google Docs

Lenovo Duet Chromebook on* Amazon

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 is going to extend the software support for eight years from now, that is until 2028! Priced at just $280, the Duet Chromebook gives a lot of other tablets a run for their money, especially since it offers a desktop-class browser with support for several Android apps. On top of that, Lenovo bundles the tablet with a back cover that has an integrated kickstand and a keyboard without any additional cost. You can choose to get its $80 stylus that charges via USB-C.

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 6 2018

iPad 2018 with Apple Pencil

Apple iPad (6th Gen) on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Apple iPad 2018 Review

Huawei MediaPad M5 10

Huawei MediaPad M5 10 Review

Huawei MediaPad M5 10 on* Amazon

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

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 Test

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018 Review

Lenovo Tab E10

Lenovo Tab E10 gaming test

Lenovo Tab E10 on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab E10 Review

Lenovo Tab M10

Lenovo Tab M10 working with keyboard

Lenovo Tab M10 on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab M10 Review

Huawei MediaPad T5 10

Huawei MediaPad T5 10 Review

Huawei MediaPad T5 10 on* Amazon

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.

Read: Our Huawei MediaPad T5 10 Review

Lenovo Tab P10

Lenovo Tab P10 with Android 8.1 Oreo

Lenovo Tab P10 on* Amazon

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.

Apple iPad 7 gaming test

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.

Read: Top 10: The Best Android Tablets | 2020 Edition

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