Which is the best tablet for streaming Netflix, YouTube and more in HD?
Enjoying your favorite TV show on a tablet while sitting comfortably on the sofa at home has become part of everyday life for many of us. But on which tablets is streaming particularly fun? On which tablet does “Netflix and chill” feel best? Whether you prefer iPadOS or Android, here are the best entertainment tablets you can buy right now.
Which tablets are best suited for streaming your favorite movies and series? In our list of the best tablets, we particularly look at the display and speaker quality and how long the battery lasts. We also made sure to only present tablets that can stream in HD in this article. There are some Android tablets that cannot watch Netflix in HD because they do not support Google’s DRM standard (Widevine Level of L1). Also important, if you want to stream without Wi-Fi: Is the tablet of your choice also available in a cellular version, maybe even with 5G?
Another important consideration when buying a tablet for streaming Netflix and the like is the display size. Do you prefer a compact 11-inch display, or can the screen not be big enough for you?
At the beginning of our article, you will find our best tablets list, which gives you a rough overview. We will then go into more detail about the individual tablets and link to our detailed reviews.
We start with the absolute best tablets for streaming, which are also correspondingly expensive. After that, we will introduce you to cheaper alternatives. All tablets that we list here are very well suited for high-quality streaming of your favorite movies on Netflix, YouTube and so on.
Best Netflix Tablets: An Overview
- Best overall: Apple iPad Pro series (on Amazon*). Tablet fans who are willing to dig a bit deeper into their pockets for high-quality streaming and strongest hardware power should go for the iPad Pro series thanks to the high-quality display, great speakers and great built quality. The iPad Pro can either be purchased in 11-inch or with a 12.9-inch display. Apple’s flagships are currently among the best premium tablets on the market.
- Best Android tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series (on Amazon*). Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series are the best Android tablets for streaming Netflix. Display, speakers, design, and processing power are on the highest level. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series are the most powerful Android tablets. The Super AMOLED displays of the S8+ and S8 Ultra are the current benchmark when it comes to picture quality.
- Best iPad Pro alternative: Apple iPad Air (on Amazon*). The iPad Air is a very good alternative to the Apple iPad Pro, especially for streaming movies and series. It has a great display, excellent speakers, a lot of computing power and lags behind its bigger brother in a few aspects only.
- Best Galaxy Tab S8 alternative: Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (on Amazon*). Overall, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a very good alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S8+. It’s ideal for streaming your favorite shows and movies thanks to a high-quality AMOLED display, HDR 10 support, very good speakers, and great battery life.
- Cheap Android tablet with a nice display: Xiaomi Pad 5 (on Amazon*). With the Xiaomi Pad 5, you get a cheap tablet with a high-quality 120 Hz display, good speakers and a fast performance. The build quality is not quite on the level of premium tablets like the Apple iPad Pros or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series, but the tablet is great for watching Netflix and YouTube thanks to the pretty and bright display.
- Big screen for little money: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (on Amazon*). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is especially the right tablet for you if you want a large 12.4-inch display, but do not want to pay a premium price. We get a large LCD screen with 60 Hz and a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which is fully laminated.
- Cheap Netflix tablet: Honor Pad 8 (on Amazon*). If you primarily want to stream movies and series on your tablet and want a large display and good speakers, you can make a good and inexpensive choice with the Honor Pad 8. However, if you often want to play games or use other demanding apps, we recommend buying a more powerful tablet.
- Entry-level tablet with premium performance: Apple iPad 10 (on Amazon*). For streaming Netflix, the iPad 10 is a great choice due to its nice display and good speakers. But the tablet is also powerful enough to effortlessly handle demanding tasks like 4k video editing, image editing and gaming. Apple’s “entry-level” tablet is still more powerful than any Android tablet. Sadly, the screen is not fully laminated.
- Inexpensive entertainment tablet: Xiaomi Redmi Pad (on Amazon*). We recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Pad if you are looking for a cheap entertainment tablet that costs under 300 Dollars. The tablet particularly convinces with a good screen and very good battery performance.
- Extremely cheap choice: Amazon Fire HD 10 (on Amazon*). If you are looking for a very cheap tablet with a good screen, decent sound and a long battery life, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a good choice. However, it should be noted that the Amazon Fire HD 10 does not have the Google Play Store on board by default. However, it can be downloaded independently afterwards.
The Best Netflix Tablets: All Details
Let’s check out our recommendations in more detail.
Apple iPad Pro Series: Best Overall
The Apple iPad Pros are available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes and are great for Netflix thanks to the great displays. For streaming movies and series alone, the tablets are almost too good due to the hardware power and the high price.
The 11-inch model offers a resolution of 2388 x 1668 pixels and the large Apple iPad Pro with 12.9 inches displays content with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels – both have a great sharpness with 264 ppi as well as 120 Hz.
It should be noted that the small and large Apple iPad Pro use different display technologies. For example, the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro has a mini-LED backlight and the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro only has a conventional LED backlight. This ensures that the large Apple iPad Pro can control individual areas of the screen better, which allows for deeper black levels and better contrasts compared to the small iPad Pro.
However, even on the small 11-inch, watching series and movies on Netflix in 1080p and HDR is a lot of fun due to the great display. The maximum SDR brightness is 600 nits for both Apple iPad Pros, and even up to 1,600 nits peak brightness is possible for HDR content on the large Apple iPad Pro thanks to the mini-LED technology.
The four speakers of the Apple iPad Pros offer a very good sound. Apple’s flagships do not have a 3.5 mm jack. So, if you don’t want to listen to movies on Netflix loud, you will have to rely on Bluetooth headphones or an adapter (USB-C to 3.5 mm jack).
In our battery test, the iPad Pros with the M1 chip had a runtime of 6 hours while we played a YouTube video in HD at full brightness on a continuous loop. If you reduce the brightness a bit, you should be able to get much more out of the battery.
Wi-Fi 6E and the optional 5G models also ensure high-quality streaming enjoyment without interruptions.
The current Apple iPad Pros feature the M2 chip, which is the same chip used in the current Apple MacBook Pros. However, the predecessor model with the M1 chip is also powerful enough for all current apps for iPadOS and of course for Netflix. The hardware power of the Apple iPad Pros (M1 and M2) beats all other currently available tablets. We also appreciate the very good Apple Pencil 2, but it has to be purchased separately and costs 149 Euros. The optionally available iPad keyboards are also of high quality and are great for typing. In addition, the iPad Pro has a great build quality, Face ID facial recognition, good cameras and a LIDAR sensor.
Netflix fans for whom money is a secondary consideration or who also want to use the Apple iPad Pro for work and gaming will make an excellent choice with the premium tablet due to its great display, excellent speakers and strong performance.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series: Best Android Netflix Tablet
You’ll also make an excellent choice with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series if you want to enjoy Netflix in the highest possible quality on a tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has an 11-inch LCD screen. The larger Galaxy Tab S8+ (12.4 inches) and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (14.6 inches) deliver even more power and offer Super AMOLED displays. The AMOLED screens offer better contrasts, more intense colors as well as a deeper black level compared to LCD technology. All displays of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series offer a 120 Hz display and are fully laminated. And thanks to the excellent four integrated stereo speakers, “Netflix and chill” is really fun on Samsung’s premium tablets. We think that the displays of the Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra are currently the best on the market.
All three versions deliver a Widevine level of L1. This means that you can watch Netflix and other streaming services in 1080p on all models. The S8+ and S8 Ultra even support HDR 10, but you will have to do without it on the cheaper S8.
Thanks to Wi-Fi 6E and the optional 5G version, you can always surf online fast enough to stream your favorite videos in high quality.
In our battery test, we ran an HD video on YouTube with maximum brightness in an endless loop. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 achieved a runtime of 7.5 hours. The Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra both lasted 9 hours. This is probably due to the AMOLED displays of the Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra, which are more frugal than the LCD screen of the S8. Thus, nothing stands in the way of the next series marathon on the tablet.
In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series offers fingerprint readers, good cameras, a high-quality build, and the strongest hardware of all Android tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series also supports the very good S Pen, which is included. The tablets come with Android 12 and are supposed to receive four major Android upgrades as well as a security update every quarter for five years.
Apple iPad Air: Best iPad Pro Alternative
The Apple iPad Air could be called the little brother of the iPad Pro and comes with the strong M1 chip. It impresses with a 10.9-inch IPS display with 60 Hz, which is fully laminated and pleasantly bright with 500 nits.
The resolution is a sharp 2360 x 1640 pixels. Apple’s True Tone technology, which adjusts the color temperature depending on the ambient light, is also on board. The 11-inch iPad Pro display is a bit brighter and has 120 Hz. However, this should not really make a difference when watching Netflix. As with all iPads, you can enjoy Netflix in 1080p on the iPad Air and everything loads very quickly thanks to WiFi 6 and optional 5G.
Netflixing on the iPad Air is also a lot of fun thanks to the two very good speakers with a total of four speaker slots. Just like the iPad Pro, the Apple iPad Air does not have a 3.5 mm jack, but only a USB-C port.
In our battery test, the Apple iPad Air 5, just like the iPad Pros, managed a runtime of 6 hours with the brightness turned up all the way and a YouTube HD video on continuous loop.
The iPad Air offers a high-quality metal body and scores with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner as well as Apple Pencil 2 support. However, it has to do without the LiDAR sensor and the wide-angle camera of the iPad Pro.
Especially for streaming movies and series, the iPad Air is a very good alternative to the iPad Pro.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is an exciting and affordable alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.
The 12.6-inch AMOLED display is fantastic for high-quality streaming. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels with great contrasts and intense colors. It’s on the same level as the screen of Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ and also offers 120 Hz. You can watch Netflix with HD and HDR. The excellent speakers are also comparable with those of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. We only found the sound of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro a bit better in a direct comparison. Like the iPad Pros, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro does not have a jack and you can only connect headphones via USB-C or Bluetooth.
We were particularly impressed by the battery performance in our test. The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro managed an impressive 11 hours of battery life with the brightness turned up all the way and a YouTube HD video on continuous loop.
The build quality of the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is very high and the tablet is powerful thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Overall, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a very good alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ and ideal for streaming your favorite shows and movies.
Xiaomi Pad 5
The Xiaomi Pad 5 offers a nice 11-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The screen offers a brightness of 500 nits and 120 Hz. Since it has a Widevine level of L1, you can enjoy Netflix in HD resolution. It has a high contrast and looks great overall.
The four speakers are also very good for this tablet class. You will need an adapter for listening to music via headphones (USB-C to 3.5 mm jack) for the Xiaomi Pad 5 or you can use Bluetooth.
In our battery test, the Xiaomi Pad 5 achieved an impressive 9 hours of runtime. We also ran an HD YouTube video at maximum brightness in an endless loop for this battery test.
With the Xiaomi Pad 5, you get an inexpensive tablet with a chic 120Hz display, good speakers, and snappy performance. The accessories, such as the active stylus and the keyboard cover, also convinced us. The build quality is not quite on the level of premium tablets like the Apple iPad Pros or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series, but the tablet is suitable for watching Netflix, YouTube and others thanks to the pleasantly bright display.
Read: Our Xiaomi Pad 5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
The best feature on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is probably the chic 12.4-inch display, on which it is simply fun to watch movies and series. At an affordable price, we get a 12.4-inch LCD screen with 60 Hz and a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. It has good viewing angles, is pleasantly sharp, fully laminated and bright enough to watch Netflix outside in a shady spot.
On the right and left sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE are two speakers that provide good sound for a mid-range tablet. Thus, nothing stands in the way of evening binge-watching.
You will also need an adapter for listening to music via headphones (USB-C to 3.5 mm jack) for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 FE or you can use Bluetooth.
Streaming in HD on Netflix and the like is also possible on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 FE.
The tablet is available in both WiFi-only and 5G versions.
In our battery test, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE achieved a good runtime of 7.5 hours with the brightness turned up all the way while an HD video on YouTube ran in continuous loop.
The hardware performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is rather average and cannot keep up with tablets like the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus. This is also noticeable in games like Fortnite, which can only be played with medium graphics settings, whereas higher graphics settings are possible on the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus. However, that does not matter if you primarily want to use the tablet for streaming Netflix and others.
The high-quality body, the S Pen that is included, and the optionally available keyboard covers convince us.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is primarily the right tablet for you if you want a large 12.4-inch display, but do not want to pay a premium price.
Honor Pad 8
Even though the Honor Pad 8 is very affordable, it has a large 12-inch display. Unfortunately, the LCD display is not that sharp and has a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels only. This leads to a relatively low pixel density due to the size of the display, so texts and icons do not look crisp on the screen.
However, this does not bother at all when Netflixing. Thanks to the large screen, the good contrast and color values, and the sufficient brightness of 350 nits, streaming series and movies in HD on the Honor Pad 8 is really fun. In addition, the display is fully laminated and the tablet has a high-quality look.
The Honor Pad 8 is only available in a Wi-Fi version.
We really like the speakers of the Honor Pad 8. The tablet has a total of four speaker slots and eight built-in speakers – four each for low and high frequencies. The sound is not quite as good as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it even sounds slightly better than the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. You will also need an adapter for listening to music via headphones (USB-C to 3.5 mm jack) for the Honor Pad 8 or you can use Bluetooth. As an entertainment tablet for series and movies, the Honor Pad 8 is a good and inexpensive choice.
The CPU performance of the Honor Pad 8 is slightly above entry-level tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 according to the Geekbench 5 benchmark test. However, it is clearly beaten by similarly priced tablets in the 10 and 11-inch segment, such as the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and Xiaomi Pad 5.
The graphics performance is even weaker and games can only be played on low graphics settings.
In our battery test with maximum brightness and an HD YouTube video in an endless loop, the Honor Pad 8 achieved a runtime of 6.5 hours.
If you primarily want to stream movies and series in HD on your tablet and want a large screen and good speakers, the Honor Pad 8 is a good and inexpensive choice. However, if you want to play a game more often or use other more demanding apps, you should rather reach for another tablet.
Read: Our Honor Pad 8 Review
Apple iPad 10
The Apple iPad 10 is also a great choice when it comes to streaming your favorite movies and series on Netflix.
The iPad 10 has a 10.9-inch display with 60 Hz, a brightness of 500 nits and a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels. The colors also look nice and the iPad 10 supports Apple’s True Tone technology. Unfortunately, the iPad 10’s screen is not laminated. As a result, you sometimes get the impression that you are not directly touching the display when working with the Apple Pencil. However, this does not interfere with movie and series enjoyment on Netflix and co.
It also does not have a regular 3.5 mm jack anymore and relies on USB-C. There are four speaker slots with two speakers on the sides of the tablet. The sound is pretty good and we get nice stereo separation. As a tablet for Netflix, YouTube and co, it’s ideally suited thanks to the chic display and the good speakers.
In our battery test, the iPad 10 achieved a runtime of 5.5 hours. As usual, we played an HD YouTube video in a continuous loop and turned the tablet’s brightness up to the highest level.
The performance of the iPad 10 is very good and even beats the Samsung Galaxy S8 series, which are the most powerful Android tablets on the market.
The iPad 10 is available in WiFi (WLAN 6) and Cellular versions, which support 5G.
What we also like about the iPad 10 compared to its predecessor is the new, modern design in different colors, FaceID facial recognition, the MagicKeyboard slide (Apple’s iPad keyboard), and the snappy performance of the A14 Bionic chip, which beats even the strongest tablets from the competition. The iPad 10 also supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. However, you will need an adapter for the Apple Pencil 1 because the iPad 10 has a USB-C port, but the Apple Pencil 1 has a Lightning port. We would have liked it better if the iPad 10 had simply been equipped with Apple Pencil 2 support.
The iPad 10 is a great choice for streaming Netflix, YouTube, etc. due to the nice display and the good speakers. But the tablet is also powerful enough to effortlessly handle demanding tasks like 4k video editing, image editing and gaming.
Xiaomi Redmi Pad
The is now already available for under 250 euros and convinces for this price with a good 10.61-inch screen. The display has a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, 400 nits and 90 Hz. To save some battery, you can also select 60 Hz or a variable frequency in the settings. The LCD panel also convinces with good contrast and color reproduction. Black levels are not as deep as in an OLED display due to the LCD technology.
The four speakers support Dolby Atmos, deliver solid sound quality and can get surprisingly loud. Thus, you do not have to use headphones when watching Netflix, YouTube and the like. If you still want to use headphones, you can only connect them via the USB-C port or Bluetooth.
One highlight of the Xiaomi Redmi Pad is its great battery life. The tablet lasted for a terrific 10 hours in our test. We also played an HD YouTube video in an endless loop at maximum brightness in this battery test.
Also practical: The fast-charging function with 18 W enables a quick recharging of the battery.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pad is only available in a Wi-Fi version.
The computing power of the Xiaomi Redmi Pad is solid. Games like PUGB Mobile run wonderfully when you set the graphics to HD.
It is also commendable that Xiaomi wants to provide the Redmi Pad with two years of major Android updates and three years of security updates. This ensures a higher longevity of the tablet.
We recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Pad if you are looking for an affordable entertainment tablet for Netflixing with a good screen and very good battery performance.
Amazon Fire HD 10
The Amazon Fire HD 10 is very affordable and is thus one of the cheapest tablets to stream Netflix in good quality on a tablet. It has a 10.1-inch screen, a 16:10 aspect ratio and a FullHD resolution with 1920 x 1200 pixels. It’s an IPS panel with good viewing-angle stability that is fully laminated and offers solid brightness. However, stylus support has been omitted.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 has two speakers that offer a good sound for this price range. The speakers are not wrong for enjoying series and movies on Netflix, Amazon and co. Also praiseworthy: The Amazon Fire HD 10 is the only tablet in our ranking that still offers a conventional 3.5 mm jack for wired headphones.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 is only available as a WiFi-only model.
The battery of the Amazon Fire HD 10 lasts an above-average amount of time when streaming YouTube and the like.
We consider the real-world performance of the Amazon Fire HD 10 to be very good for this price. Individual apps YouTube, Netflix and Google Chrome run smoothly. Image editing with Adobe Lightroom also works without problems and games can be played with medium to high settings without issues.
The build quality of the Amazon Fire HD 10 has to make a few concessions. Although it looks sturdy, it does not feel very high-quality.
It should be noted that the Amazon Fire HD 10 does not have the Google Play Store on board by default. However, you can install it on your own. If you do not, you will have to do without many apps, such as YouTube.
If you are looking for an inexpensive tablet with a good screen, decent sound and a long battery life, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a good choice. However, it should be noted that the Amazon Fire HD 10 does not have the Google Play Store on board by default. However, since it can be downloaded independently without much difficulty, we do not consider this point of criticism to be so tragic.
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