Which are the best tablets with 4G LTE and SIM card slots? Most manufacturers offer Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus cellular options. However, not all do and sometimes it can be a bit confusing to see which is the correct one unless you’re reading about tech all day. If you want to use your tablet on the go, you should make sure that a SIM card slot is built-in.
In this list, you’ll find tablets with 4G LTE support and room for at least one SIM card. These are the best tablets with 4G LTE you can find right now. I’ve been reviewing tablets since 2008 and these are my current recommendation. My detailed reviews are linked below, and you can always find all my tablet reviews here.
We’re starting with a tablet that offers the best value for most normal users. It is affordable and has a lot to offer. However, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, you should scroll further down a bit. Further down I’ve sorted them by performance and price.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019): The Best Value
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 is not the best tablet overall, I think it offers the best value for your money. In fact, I think it is a perfect fit for most. The 4G version starts at below 300 US Dollars. It’s a great choice if you want to surf the web, watch Netflix, and it’s good enough for most games.
For this price range, the performance of its Exynos 7904 octa-core processor is surprisingly good. At the same time, we get a pretty 10.1-inch full HD screen, 2 to 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, a microSD card slot, and good cameras. Among its few downsides is a missing fingerprint scanner.
With prices starting at under 300 US Dollars it is one of the cheapest tablets on this list.
Apple iPad Pro: The Best Tablet With 4G
I think the Apple iPad Pro is the best pure tablet you can buy right now. Yes, it is very pricey. In fact, the cheapest version with cellular option costs 949 US Dollars. If you want, you can even spend 1899 US Dollars for the highest-end version. Without accessories.
Those are high prices. However, for that, you get an Apple A12X chipset which makes it the fastest tablet on this list. In fact, it’s even faster than an iPhone XS. Apple is offering it with 11-inch and 12.9-inch IPS screens, 64GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage, as well as Face ID facial recognition. It has four great speakers too.
Another major highlight is its optional keyboard cover and the Apple Pencil 2. They are great but make it even pricier. However, you’ll be getting the best.
Read: My iPad Pro Review
Apple iPad Air: A Good Alternative
Yes, the prices for the iPad Pro are crazy. And that’s why I think the iPad Air is the better choice for most – at least if you want to be a bit reasonable with your spending. Even though it is cheaper, it continues to be faster than all Android tablets. The cheapest version with LTE starts at 629 US Dollars.
The iPad Air offers a high-resolution 10.5-inch Retina display and the same Apple A12 processor you might be familiar with from an iPhone XS. While it does not have the new Pro design, it features a full metal body and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. You can choose between 64GB and 256GB of internal storage.
By the way, Apple is offering an official keyboard cover and the original Apple Pencil as optional accessories.
Read: My iPad Air Review
Apple iPad Mini: The Best 8-Inch 4G Tablet
I think the Apple iPad Mini is the best 8-inch tablet with SIM card slot you can get right now. To be exact, it has a 7.9-inch screen, is very high-resolution, and can be navigated with the Apple Pencil. We’re getting the same iPad Air hardware: An Apple A12 processor, 64GB or 256GB of storage, as well as a fingerprint sensor.
With 7.9 inches, the iPad Mini is more portable and can be carried around in your jacket pocket, for example. I really enjoyed reviewing it and I like it a lot. Among its few downsides are the design because Apple hasn’t changed it since the very first iPad Mini. But well, it looks “classic” and has a premium build.
Prices for the cellular version start at 529 US Dollars.
Read: My iPad Mini Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: The Best Android Tablet With SIM Slot
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the best Android tablet available. Because of its Snapdragon 855 SoC, it is faster than all competitors, offers 6 – 8GB of RAM, 128 – 256GB internal storage, and Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s own One UI. Its biggest highlight is its beautiful 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen.
Another highlight is the S Pen stylus that is included at no extra charge. The Galaxy Tab S6 offers an in-display fingerprint scanner, four speakers, and you can use it with an optional keyboard cover and Samsung Dex.
Yes, it is the best Android tablet but also the priciest. As of writing this, the LTE version costs around 700 US Dollars.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: A Great Alternative
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is a great alternative to the Galaxy Tab S4, especially if you don’t need the S Pen and want to save a bit of cash. Even though the Snapdragon 670 is not as fast, it is powerful enough for almost all games. We’re getting at least 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and even the exact same 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen.
I really like that we’re getting a full metal body with this one. It has four speakers too, as well as a fingerprint scanner, and long battery life. Android 9.0 Pie and One UI are pre-installed out of the box. By the way, with the 4G LTE version, you’re able to start and receive phone calls and send SMS text messages.
Depending on the market, you’ll be able to get the Galaxy Tab S5e with LTE support for between 450 to 550 US Dollars.
Huawei MediaPad M5 10 & M5 8: Inexpensive Premium Hardware
I think the Huawei MediaPad M5 series is a very good and much cheaper alternative to the high-end tablets from Samsung. There’s a version with a 10.8-inch screen, as well as one with an 8.4-inch display. Both are high-resolution, offer full metal bodies, fingerprint scanners, great battery life, and are powerful enough for most games.
Actually, I think the 8-inch MediaPad M5 8 is the best 8-inch Android tablet you can buy. Very useful features are its phone and text messaging capabilities. With an 8-inch device, you can kind of replace your phone.
The LTE version of the MediaPad M5 10 and MediaPad M5 8 start at around 400 and 350 US Dollars. Yes, they both have SIM card slots.
Apple iPad 7 10.2-Inch: The Cheapest iPad
The simple Apple iPad 7 is the cheapest up-to-date iPad and a great choice if you’re looking for an Apple tablet with SIM card but don’t want to spend more than 500 Dollars. In this case, you’ll have to pay around 460 US Dollars.
Because of its older Apple A10 chip, the simple iPad is noticeably slower than the iPad Air. However, it continues to be faster than lots of Android tablets. It features a metal body, Touch ID, and a 10.2-inch Retina display. Sadly, the screen is not laminated. That means you’ll see a small air gap underneath the touchscreen.
If you want, you can use the Apple Pencil on the standard iPad too. And it supports the same Apple Smart Keyboard Cover you can get for the Air too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019: Best Android 4G Tablet With S Pen
If you’re looking for an affordable 8-inch tablet with stylus support, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) with S Pen is a great alternative to the iPad Mini. With prices starting at just over 300 US Dollars for the 4G version, it is much cheaper. The S Pen stylus is included at no extra costs.
The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with similar performance. It features an Exynos 7885 octa-core chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8-inch full HD screen. I think its performance is good enough for most and the S Pen is supported by lots of built-in software.
Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 is running Android 9.0 Pie. And yes, with the 4G version, you can make phone calls and send SMS too.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10: Great Features, Small Price
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 is an exciting alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1. While it’s not as powerful, it has a higher-end metal body, four speakers, a fingerprint scanner, and you can use an active pen. So, with this one, you are swapping features against performance.
Huawei’s MediaPad M5 Lite 10 is a weaker version of the M5 10. In spite of that, its 10.1-inch full HD screen looks pretty, and the octa-core processor is supported by 3GB of RAM and a 32GB storage. It’s fast enough for most things.
Prices for the LTE version start at around 350 US Dollars. However, it can be cheaper in some markets.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 SM-T295: Cheapest 8-Inch LTE Tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 SM-T295 is the cheapest 8-inch tablet with SIM card slot and 4G support that I can still recommend. But keep in mind, that it is much weaker than the iPad Mini and the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen. In fact, its 8-inch screen offers an HD resolution with 1280 x 800 pixels only and features like fingerprint readers or stylus support are missing.
Samsung is shipping the SM-T295 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 SoC that is supported by 2GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage. While its performance is fine for most things, it’s too weak to be a great gaming tablet if you’re into demanding games. It’s fine for surfing the web or watching YouTube though.
For the LTE version, you usually have to pay around 200 US Dollars.
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