Tablets have been on the rise in the past few years. They are a great light-weight alternative for travel, and endless distraction for children at restaurants and perfect for streaming your favorite show when a family member is hogging the living room TV.
But what tablet is the best for you?
As with any tech product, tablets range in price, features and size. They also offer different app installations, which can be an important factor for some tablet users making it difficult to pick the perfect tablet.
Whether you want to use your tablet to work, watch movies, read or give to your kids, we have you covered.
Below you will find our top 6 tablet picks for 2020.
1. The Best Overall Tablet - iPad Pro 11
Price: $949 (Wi-Fi + 256GB)
It’s no surprise that our pick for the best overall tablet is made by Apple. As pioneers in the tech space, their products tend to be unmatched, but also come with a steep price point, and this tablet is no exception.
The iPad Pro 11 is the latest tablet that Apple has released and will set you back over a grand depending on the size and functionality you choose.
The iPad Pro 11 comes in space grey and silver, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular and a 1TB, 64GB, 256GB or 512GB option.
It comes with 10 hours of battery life, four amplifying audio speakers, amazing front and back cameras and the IOS operating system. Oh, and it weighs a little over one pound so you might forget it is even in your bag.
The iPad offers a cellular option which means you can use your device wherever you have cell service, but of course, with this luxury, the price is going to go up. The cellular plan for your iPad is handed the same as your cell phone bill and is just an additional line item each month.
You’re probably familiar with the standard features with Apple products by now and how they are typically at the forefront of new cool tech. The iPad Pro 11 is no different. This iteration offers edge to edge screen for full widescreen enjoyment, FaceID security and A12X Bionic chip, which basically means it is fast as a standard PC.
But, one of our favorite new features of the iPad 11 Pro is the Apple Pencil (sold separately). This is a creative person's dream! It operates like a standard stylus, but since it’s an Apple product, it’s even better.
You can use the double-tap feature to change out brushes or erase a mistake without interrupting your creative flow. It’s also magnetized so you don’t lose it, and once it attaches to the iPad is starts charging.
2. The Best Computer Tablet - Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Price: $1,029.99 (8GB Ram, 128GB)
Another tablet that has been on the market for a while now is the Microsoft Surface. Our pick for the best computer tablet in 2020 is their newest tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7.
This upgraded Windows tablet has increased performance and enhanced features designed from feedback from previous versions. With 10.5 hours of battery life, 12.3-inch display, 8GB and three operating modes (laptop, tablet and studio), it should be able to fit your every need. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is two times faster than the Pro 6 and has standard USB C and USB A ports like a laptop. But, this Pro 7 weighs in at 1.7 pounds, about as much as a pineapple. Again, you might not notice it in your bag.
This tablet has a kickstand built-in making it easy to transition from laptop mode where you are deep into your budget spreadsheets to studio mode where you are working on drawing a picture of your dog snuggled on the couch.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 also has a popup keyboard on the screen, so you are able to see exactly what you are typing in real-time, making it easier to see if you missed a letter when entering your Netflix password.
Of course, with any reputable tablet, there are branded add on’s like a type cover, surface dial, and arc mouse. You can also customize the Intel Core processor and the GB size to fit your needs.
3. The Best Tablet for Kids - Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
Kids these days can be better at navigating technology than their parents, but that doesn’t mean you want their sticky fingers on your tablet!
Amazon designed a tablet specifically for kids, fully equipped with a kid-proof case. You don’t need to worry about them dropping it and cracking the screen or getting into some dark hole on the web.
Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet has parental controls allowing you to set restrictions on screen time and control content that is age-appropriate for your children. Don’t worry; even though they are tech-savvy, they can’t change the settings themselves unless you give them your adult profile password. You can also change the settings online via the Amazon Parent Dashboard.
Although this tablet is intended for kids does not mean it’s a toy or of lesser quality than a traditional Amazon Fire Tablet.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet has an 8-inch HD screen, 10 plus hours of battery life (that’s about 5 viewings of Frozen), a two-year worry-free guarantee replacement and one year of FreeTime Unlimited.
FreeTime Unlimited normally starts at $2.99 per month. It comes with 20,000 plus games, books, apps, videos, educational content and more for your device. Disney and Nickelodeon videos are included as well which will help bring back some childhood memories for you too.
FreeTime Unlimited also offers more than 1,000 books, movies and more in Spanish, giving the kids tablet even more of an educational benefit.
Just like the regular Amazon tablet, you can download apps like Netflix and Minecraft for offline usage.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet case comes in blue, yellow or pink - this is great if you are buying two tablets, so everyone in the family clearly knows which one belongs to which child.
4. The Best Tablet for Streaming - Amazon Fire HD 10
Kids aren’t the only ones who want to watch their TV shows on the go. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet is our pick for the best streaming tablet for 2020.
If you are planning any international travel this is the tablet you want to buy.
The screen is 10.1 inches which is almost as big as your standard laptop screen and streams in 1080p with high-definition quality.
This new rendition of the Amazon Fire has upgraded its processing speed, battery life and features from previous versions.
It has a 30% faster-processing speed, 12-hour battery life (Amazon Fire 8 had 10-hours) and comes with front and back cameras with 720p video recording capabilities. An additional upgrade with this model is the USB-C charging cable for lightning-fast charging.
It still has your favorite gal, Alexa, to help you figure the weather, play music and answer any trivia question.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 comes in a 16GB or 32GB option and you can choose from black, plum, twilight blue and white for your case (sold separately). This is also a nice distinguisher for you and your husband or wife.
5. The “Best Value” Tablet - 2019 HP Chromebook x360
The 2019 HP Chromebook x360 is our pick for the best value tablet in 2020.
Chromebooks are great because they are computers that can double as a tablet, giving you the best of both worlds.
This tablet has an 11.6-inch screen for ample streaming, reading and browsing. It has the functionality of a computer with a keyboard, but it also has a touchscreen just like the other tablets on this list. The battery life lasts almost 14 hours, which is about the flight time from Chicago to Toyko. Meaning, you will have plenty of time to catch up on some shows you’ve been neglecting and a little work.
The 2019 HP Chromebook x360 is a Google compatible device meaning all of your Google Drive information will sync simultaneously once you are logged in and operates on a Chrome OS.
This tablet has BlueTooth, a Micro SD carder port and a headphone jack but weighs in at 4.19 pounds which is about the size of a Chihuahua. This device will not weigh you down and is super easy to add to your already full carry-on.
6. The Best Android Tablet - Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Price: $649.99 (64GB)
Samsung is another big brand in the tablet space, and its Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is an upgrade from the Galaxy Tab S3. This tablet operates similar to a PC so the transition is easy to computer to tablet.
If you are looking for a machine that you can do work on, sync with your Andriod phone and create funny GIFs in your spare time, this is the tablet for you.
It’s offered in black and grey, as well as in 64GB or 256 GB. This tablet does include the stylus pen, unlike the iPad and has a 10.5-inch display and 16 hours of battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is equipped far-field mics which means you can talk to your tablet from the bedroom even if you left it in the living room. Cue up your favorite song to play when you or a family member walks into the living room.
Whether you are looking for a gift for a family member, want to upgrade your current tablet or need something convenient for traveling, there are plenty of options to choose from in 2020.
Our top tablet picks for 2020 are:
- iPad Pro 11
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
- Amazon Fire HD 10
- 2019 HP Chromebook x360
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4