Which tablet should you get? We compare the iPad, Fire HD, Microsoft Surface, and more.

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The tablet market has no chill. The lineup is becoming overwhelmingly saturated with brands like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung trying to prove that their tablet is the best — and more than just an oversized smartphone.

Most tablets have the same basic touchscreens, displays decent enough for streaming movies, etc., and it’s seriously hard to tell at first glance what the differences are. Like anything else, which tablet you should get depends on, well, what you want it for. 

Do you care about artistic features or storing files? Are you a customization person or a person who likes a slick, uniform design? Is this baby’s first tablet or are you an experienced user? Are you buying a tablet to put off splurging on a computer? Read more…

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BEST FOR PROJECTS AND COMPUTING

iPad Pro (3rd generation)

Apple ditches the old look and swaps it for a liquid retina display and unmatched power.

  • Size: 11-inch, 12.9-inch
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
  • Rear camera: 12 MP


$799 from Amazon

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BEST IPAD VALUE

iPad Air (3rd generation)

More or less a diet iPad Pro, the 2019 Air is speedy and packed with power that lasts all day.

  • Size: 10.5-inch
  • Battery life: 11 hours
  • Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB
  • Rear camera: 8 MP


$499 from Amazon

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BEST FOR FAMILIES

Fire HD Tablet

Simple, customizable, and kid-friendly, the Fire HD tablets shine in areas that don't call for fancy features.

  • Size: 8-inch, 10-inch
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Rear camera: 2 MP


$79.99 from Amazon

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BEST KIDS TABLET

Fire HD Kids Tablet

  • Size: 8-inch, 10-inch
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Rear camera: 2 MP


$129.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TRAVELING

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

The newest Galaxy Tablet is less than an inch wide and has an unbelievable battery life, perfect for taking on the go.

  • Size: 10.5-inch
  • Battery life: 14 hours
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Rear camera: 13 MP


$397.99 from Amazon

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BEST ANDROID TABLET FOR WORK

Galaxy Tab S4

Switch between work and entertainment on the Galaxy Tab that nails productivity with DeXmode.

  • Size: 10.5-inch
  • Battery life: 16 hours
  • Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB
  • Rear camera: 13 MP


$647.99 from Amazon

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BEST 2-IN-1

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 clocks speeds comparable to the MacBook but is thin and light enough to take everywhere.

  • Size: 12.3-inch
  • Battery life: 13 hours
  • Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
  • Camera: 8 MP


$1,199 from Amazon

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BEST STARTER KINDLE

Kindle Paperwhite

  • Size: 6-inch
  • Battery life: 6 weeks
  • Storage: 8 GB, 32 GB
  • Rear camera: N/A


$129.99 from Amazon

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BEST PREMIUM KINDLE

Kindle Oasis

Hardcore readers will flip over the high-res display and warm light slider, perfect for reading in the dark.

  • Size: 7-inch
  • Battery life: 6 weeks
  • Storage: 8 GB, 32 GB
  • Rear camera: N/A


$249.99 from Amazon