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Looking for cheap tablet sales for work and play? Fortunately, tablet sales are easy to find these days. Retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store typically offer the best tablet sales. 

Amazon, for instance, has the new 10.9-inch iPad Air (64GB) on sale for $559. That’s $40 off and one of the best tablet sales we’ve seen. Not to be outdone, Best Buy has Android tablets on sale from $159. So we’re rounding up the best cheap tablet sales you can get right now. From budget Android tablets to premium iPads — here are today’s top deals. (Make sure to check out our guide to iPad deals for Apple-only discounts).  

Tablets sales — Apple iPads

10.2″ iPad (2021/64GB): was $329 now $249 @ Amazon
The 2021 iPad features Apple’s A13 Bionic CPU, a new 12MP front camera, and 64GB of storage (instead of 32GB like its predecessor). You also get support for Center Stage, which uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing camera during FaceTime video calls. Best Buy has it for $269.

8.3″ iPad mini (64GB/2021): was $499 now $399 @ Best Buy
The 2021 iPad mini features an all new thin-bezel design, a larger 8.3.inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic CPU, 12MP wide camera, and USB-C connectivity. It also works with the Apple Pencil 2. Amazon offers the same price, but stock is fluctuating. 

iPad Air (64GB/2022): was $599 now $559 @ Amazon
The 2022 iPad Air is out. The new tablet is powered by Apple’s M1 processor, which features an 8-core CPU that delivers up to 60% faster performance than the previous-gen iPad Air. Other new features include a 12MP ultra wide front camera that supports Center Stage and 5G support (cellular models only). The tablet features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (2360 x 1640), 12MP wide (rear) camera, USB-C charging, and Magic Keyboard support.  

11″ iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
The 11-inch iPad Pro sports Apple’s M1 CPU for record-breaking speed and performance. It features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras and Wi-Fi 6 support. Amazon has the 128GB model at its lowest price to date, which makes this one of the best iPad deals you’ll find for Apple’s pro tablet. 

Tablet sales — Android

Fire HD 8 Plus: was $109 now $54 @ Amazon
The new Fire HD 8 Plus packs all the same features of the Fire HD 8, but houses 3GB of RAM (instead of 2GB), which means you’ll get much snappier performance. It also supports wireless charging. This tablet is now at its second-lowest price ever, which makes this Amazon deal extra tempting. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: was $699 now $574 @ Amazon
The newest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range the S8 features a 11-inch Full HD 120Hz display, a 12Mp front-facing camera, three microphones and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus: was $899 now $798 @ Amazon
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus offers all the same great features as it’s standard sibling but adds a bigger and more vibrant 12.4-inch AMOLED display and 5G connectivity. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4″: was $349 now $310 @ Amazon
Best Buy’s Labor Day Sale preview nets you the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite for an all time low price. It packs a premium design, a bright 10.4-inch display and outstanding battery life. It also comes with a nifty S Pen that lets you do more than just take notes and sketch. Best Buy offers the same price. 

Tablet sales — Windows

MS Surface Go 2: was $549 now $510 @ MS Store
The Surface Go 2 is a solid 2-in-1 with all-day battery life and an excellent screen. It packs a 10.5-inch (1920 x 1280) display, Pentium 4425Y CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The stylus and keyboard cost extra, but on its own it’s a solid tablet and now $39 off. 

MS Surface Pro 7: was $959 now $649 @ Best Buy
This Microsoft Surface Pro 7 packs a 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) PixelSense display, 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It’s currently $310 off and one of the cheapest tablet sales we’ve seen. 

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Google Pixel Tablet release date, price, specs, speaker dock and latest news

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The Google Pixel Tablet ($499 to start) was unveiled at Google I/O 2023 this week, giving us our first true glimpse of the company’s new Android tablet. (Update: Check out our hands-on with the Google Pixel Tablet.)

While the 11-inch Pixel Tablet looks as portable as any iPad, Google is pitching it as a tablet designed specifically for (smart) home use. 

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Every Pixel Tablet comes with a Charging Speaker Dock included, and when you pop the tablet in the dock it enters a special Hub Mode that lets you use it as a photo frame, a media player or a voice-controlled assistant via Google’s software suite. What’s more, Google is taking a page from Samsung’s playboook by pitching the new tablet as optimized to complement to its existing portfolio of Android devices, including the Pixel Watch and phones like the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

It’s a fairly unique pitch for a slate, one the Pixel Tablet is well-equipped to deliver on thanks to Google’s well-established software ecosystem. The company is reportedly working to ensure Google apps like Google Meet, Google TV and Google Photos are optimized for the 11-inch display, and the Tensor G2 chip powering this device gives it the muscle to handle video calls, photo editing and tablet gaming.

Here’s everything we know so far about the Google Pixel Tablet, which looks to be a strong contender for one of the best Android tablets (and one of the best tablets period) of 2023. 

Google Pixel tablet: Specs

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Row 0 – Cell 0 Google Pixel Tablet
Starting price $499
Display 11-inch 2560 x 1600 16:10 LCD touchscreen
Chip Tensor G2
RAM 8GB
Storage 128-256GB
Front camera 8MP / 1080p 30fps video
Rear camera 8MP / 1080p 30fps video
Ports USB-C 3. 2 Gen 1, 4-pin accessory port for charging

Google Pixel tablet: Price and availability

 The Google Pixel Tablet is available for pre-order right now via Google’s website for a starting price of $499 in the U.S. and £599 in the U.K., with units expected to hit store shelves in May 2023. However, its Amazon listing notes that it will ship on June 20.

You have your choice of three color options: Hazel, Porcelain or Rose.

The entry-level model comes with an 11-inch (2560 x 1600) 16:10 LCD display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can pay more to double the storage to 256GB, and Google also sells a range of accessories for the tablet, including a $79 case with built-in stand that can be kept on the tablet while it’s docked. 

Speaking of docks, you can drop $129 for each additional one you want to buy, if you want to have multiple docks in your home.

Google Pixel tablet: Design

Measuring 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches and weighing just over a pound (17. 4 ounces, to be specific), the Google Pixel Tablet is just a smidge larger and heavier than the base iPad 2022. With its rounded aluminum chassis and matte nano-ceramic coating there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a tablet, and the light-up Google logo on the rear lets you know where it came from.

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There are 8MP cameras on the front and rear, as well as 3 microphones and four speakers inside the tablet. You’ll find the power button and volume rocker along the upper-left edge when holding the tablet like a portrait, and the power button has a fingerprint reader built into it for security. There’s a also a physical privacy switch you can use to disable the microphone and camera.

Google Pixel tablet: Display

The Google Pixel tablet sports an 11-inch (technically 10.95-inch, thanks to the rounded edges) 16:10 LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. That means it’s got a pixel density of 276 pixels per inch (PPI), which is slightly higher than the roughly 264 PPI offered by the screen on the base iPad.  

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Google claims the screen can achieve up to 500 nits of brightness, which is comparable to the base iPad and pretty bright for an Android tablet. Of course, we’re eager to get one into our lab for testing so we can see for ourselves how the reality stacks up against the promise.

Google Pixel tablet: Cameras

Google’s Pixel Tablet packs a pair of 8MP shooters on front and rear. Both have the same field of view and image sensor size, and they’re both capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 frames per second (FPS). The one thing the front camera can do that the rear camera can’t? Portrait mode.

They also support a suite of software enhancements like video stabilization, photo-unblurring and Magic Eraser (in the Google Photos app) thanks to the Tensor G2 chip.

Google Pixel tablet: Battery life

Google claims the Pixel Tablet can last up to 12 hours while streaming video, though that number was arrived at via internal testing streaming 1080p YouTube videos via Wi-Fi.

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Will you get similar battery life when using the tablet at home, or out and about? We can’t say for sure, but when we get one in for testing we can’t wait to put it through our own battery testing regimen to see how it holds up.

Google Pixel tablet: Software

Google is pitching the Pixel Tablet as a slate that does double duty as a smart home hub, so the fact that it supports a wide variety of Google and Android software is a key selling point.

Notably, Google claims to have optimized over 50 of its own apps for the 11-inch display on the Pixel Tablet, and hopefully we’ll see more developers doing the same as the device moves through the market. The company also claims this is the first tablet with built-in support for Chromecast, and when it’s in Hub Mode (more on that shortly) you can cast media directly to it from another device.

This is also the first tablet to sport Google’s Tensor G2 chip and thus the first tablet to offer the sort of software and AI-like functionality usually seen in Google’s Pixel phones. That includes the protection afforded by the company’s Titan M2 security chip as well as fun effects like the afore-mentioned Magic Eraser in Google Photos.

Google Pixel tablet: Speaker dock and Hub Mode

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Every Google Pixel Tablet comes with a Charging Speaker Dock included free of charge, which goes a long way towards selling the company’s vision of this slate as the centerpiece of your smart home. 

The dock has magnets designed to make attaching the tablet easy, and inside it has speakers that (according to Google) deliver up to 4x the bass of the tablet itself. 

When you dock the tablet it enters Hub Mode, at which point you can use it hands-free via voice commands and configure it to act as a media hub or digital photo frame. Google claims to have put some thought into how its apps work on the tablet in this context, doing little things like optimizing it to adjust screen brightness for ambient brightness automatically when acting as a digital photo frame, for example.

Google Pixel tablet: Outlook

The Google Pixel Tablet is priced like an iPad competitor, but the fact that it’s pitched as a slate that doubles as a smart home hub gives it a unique selling point. If it really works as well as advertised, it could compete favorably with both Apple’s iPad and Amazon smart home hubs like the Echo Show 10. 

Now, we just have to wait and see if the Pixel Tablet can deliver on Google’s promises.

If it can, the Pixel Tablet looks like it could bring some stiff competition against the best tablets on the market in 2023. The fact that the Pixel Tablet is basically the same size, weight and price as the base iPad (yet comes with a speaker-equipped charging dock for free) makes comparing the two inevitable and exciting. Stay tuned for our full review of Google’s latest tablet to see how they stack up!

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Current models for different tasks and situations

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The niche of tablets is between large smartphones and laptops: they are convenient for reading and watching videos, and if necessary, you can do a little work.

Usually bought by those who need a large screen and long battery life, and a physical keyboard is not so important. Tablets are used in very different ways: some mainly read books, comics and articles on the Internet, others watch videos or play games. Someone draws or even mounts a video.

The most successful and balanced tablets cost from 15,000 to 35,000 R. There are also flagships and professional models more expensive than 40,000 R, but for most users their capabilities will be enough even in excess. Therefore, we will consider them another time.

And now we have selected the five best tablets from the middle segment in our opinion, which are suitable for different tasks.

Our nominations

  • Best choice
  • Best for creativity
  • Best compact
  • Best Budget
  • Inexpensive Smartphone-Tablet

But we do not distort or embellish reviews, and the choice of specific devices for the test does not depend on whether we receive a commission.

Equipment reviews in Tinkoff Magazine are independent. The verdict depends only on how the devices performed during the tests.

For reviews, we either request equipment from the manufacturer for a test, or purchase it ourselves. Our reviews are subjective, but honest and expert – opinions are written by authors who have more than one technical review behind them. The editorial team of Tinkoff Magazine double-checks the texts, proofreads them and conducts a fact check.

All prices are at the time of publication of the material, but we update them periodically to keep the reviews up to date.

How to choose a tablet yourself? →
Xiaomi Pad 5 The model is perfect for reading, watching videos, chatting in instant messengers and running games.

Xiaomi Pad 5 is similar to the iPad Air – also with straight edges and a thin screen bezel. But the shape and dimensions are slightly different: the Xiaomi tablet is more elongated, slightly thicker and heavier. It is still convenient to use it, it feels light in the hands. Although some users complain that the corners at the junction of the metal frame and the plastic back are too sharp.

The large and bright 11-inch display is easy to read in all lighting conditions. Thanks to the IPS-matrix, the eyes will not get tired even at night: such screens support the minimum brightness mode and do not “hit the eyes” as much as the contrast AMOLED on smartphones. However, in poor lighting it becomes noticeable that the black color is rather grayish – this is also a feature of IPS screens.

Review of Xiaomi Pad 5 – a tablet with a gaming filling for 37,000 R

The display supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz. All animations and scrolling look very smooth, the tablet seems to work faster than models with regular screens.

Xiaomi Pad 5 is equipped with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chip and 6 GB of RAM. It’s not as powerful as some comparable-priced smartphones, but it handles demanding games like Genshin Impact well. The interface is smooth and stable, applications launch and switch quickly.

Battery lasts approximately 7 hours of gaming, 9 hours of video at maximum brightness, and up to 15 hours when brightness is reduced to 50%. With normal use, you can charge your tablet about once every 3-4 days. The kit comes with a 22 W charger, from which the battery is filled in about an hour and a half.

Xiaomi Pad 5 has four loud stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. If you enable this mode in the settings, special algorithms make the sound in all applications more voluminous.

Xiaomi releases a fairly convenient branded stylus and a keyboard case that is attached to the back panel with magnets. With accessories, the tablet turns into a great device for students: it is convenient to take notes on lectures, write abstracts and read textbooks in PDF, making notes directly on digital pages.

5 most important devices for studying: choosing a laptop, phone and more You can find inexpensive analogues on Aliexpress, as the model is quite popular.

How much:

  • On Yandex Market — from 25,000 R;
  • V “M-video” – 32 000 R.

From 26 000 R

Best for creativity – Apple iPad 2021

Apple tablets are the best for drawing and designing. The fact is that many convenient and functional applications are available only for iOS. For example, ProCreate, in which many professional artists work and for the development of which there are many good guides and even paid courses on the Internet.

For beginners and hobbyists, a set of Apple iPad 2021 and Apple Pencil is suitable. The processor performance is sufficient for complex work with dozens of layers, the screen is large. Stylus strokes are read accurately and without delay.

7 applications for drawing on a tablet and smartphone

You will have to buy a pen separately, prices start from 9000 R on Yandex Market. It is important that the base iPad only supports the first generation Pencil – it must be carried and charged separately from the tablet. Also, the “pencil” perceives less degrees of pressure and tilt than the second generation model, but only experienced artists notice this in direct comparison.

In addition to drawing, the basic iPad can handle any other task. It is powerful enough for demanding games at medium settings and amateur video editing.

Display is bright with natural colors. With a near-square 4:3 aspect ratio, iPad is great for reading, drawing, and gaming. But for video, it is less convenient: while viewing, wide black fields appear at the top and bottom. The display refresh rate is standard here at 60Hz, but scrolling and animations still feel quite smooth as the tablet is well-optimized.

An important advantage of Apple: most applications on iPadOS take into account the size and shape of the screen. Tablet versions of programs usually have a convenient side menu, and interface elements are arranged differently than on iPhone. But on Androids, it’s much more common to simply stretch a smartphone application onto a large screen.

iPad 2021 has a 7-8 hour battery life, so you can only charge it 2-3 times a week.

How much:

  • On Yandex Market — from 25,500 R;
  • In “M-video” – 32 000 R.

Alternative. If your budget is tight and you don’t need advanced apps, consider Huawei MatePad 10.4 (2022). With a stylus included, it costs from 23,000 R on Yandex Market.

On Android, the range of creative apps is limited, and the Play Store is also not available on Huawei devices. So the necessary software may have to be installed manually by downloading the APK file from the Internet.

But this tablet weighs only 450 grams – significantly lighter than any full-sized iPad.

Rs. Unfortunately, there are few compact models now, and the iPad mini 2021 is perhaps the only successful option.

Slim bezel 8.3″ tablet weighs less than 300 grams—nearly weightless compared to full-size 10-11″ models. It easily fits into a small handbag or inside pocket of a men’s jacket or jacket.

It has a bright and very clear display with no air gap: images and text appear to be printed on the surface of the glass. This is not the case with the basic iPad and most Android models – the layer of glass on the screen is clearly visible.

Thanks to the Apple A15 Bionic chip, applications launch and switch instantly, and almost all games run at maximum settings. This tablet also supports the second generation Apple Pencil. However, the set with a pencil turns out to be quite expensive and does not fit into the framework of this selection.

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iPad mini 2021 runs on a single charge up to 7 hours, that is, not much longer than most smartphones. Unlike iPhones, there is a 20 W adapter in the kit, a full charge takes about an hour.

How much:

  • On Yandex Market — from 35,500 R;
  • In “M-video” – 50 000 R.

Alternative. The Lenovo Legion Y700 is practically the only worthy competitor to the iPad mini. But it is not sold in Russia, you will have to order it on Aliexpress with delivery from China for about 29000 P.

Legion Y700 screen slightly larger, 8.8 inches, with a heavier body, 375 grams. Inside is the most powerful processor among all Android tablets in the selection, Snapdragon 870. This is the best option for games at high settings – which is why the tablet belongs to the Legion line for gamers. At the same time, the screen refreshes at a frequency of 120 Hz for maximum fluidity both when scrolling through text and in games.

An important feature: Lenovo tablet can be connected to an external monitor via an adapter and used with a mouse and keyboard as a computer. For this, there is even a special mode in which the desktop becomes similar to Windows.

On a single charge, the Legion Y700 lasts about 6 hours, which is quite short for a tablet. But it charges up to 100% in 45 minutes from the bundled 45W adapter. Huawei MatePad T10s (2020) Within two or three generations, the models do not differ that much, and the prices of last year’s smartphones and tablets often drop quite sharply.

Huawei MatePad T10s was released back in 2020, but is still good for reading, watching videos, chatting in messengers and light games. This is a good option as a gift for older relatives – the version with SIM card support costs from 16,000 R, which is much cheaper than other models in the selection.

The tablet has a large display, which is convenient to read and watch videos, it perfectly displays all mobile games. It has a high resolution – it is comfortable to read from it. But the viewing angles are bad: at an angle, the image dims, and the colors are distorted.

On a single charge, the tablet works 8-9 hours, depending on the brightness level and load. The kit comes with a 10 W charger, the tablet is fully charged in 2 hours. In addition to a children’s or parent’s tablet, it can also be an excellent option for a kitchen mini-cinema.

The most affordable version has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory – this is not enough, due to slow operation, using the tablet will be uncomfortable. We recommend the variant with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory – it can handle the browser, instant messengers and reader faster. But you should immediately accept that this is not a gaming device and it is useless to run anything more demanding than Subway Surfers on it.

4 tablets up to Rs. This means that it is impossible to install the same YouTube. You can use a browser, but this is still a compromise, since managing videos is less convenient. The tablet has an alternative App Gallery app store, but the assortment is not complete, although there are applications from Yandex, popular banks, and Public Services.

How much:

  • On Yandex Market — from 13,700 R;
  • V “M-video” – 15 000 R.

From 15 000 R

Inexpensive smartphone-tablet – Tecno POVA 3

Sometimes a large smartphone can handle the tasks of a small tablet well. And you don’t have to buy two separate gadgets.

Tecno POVA 3 screen diagonal is almost 7 inches. This size is enough to comfortably read or watch videos on the road. Or to use your smartphone as a navigator in the car. But in order to turn on YouTube during breakfast with the family, the screen is still small.

The display itself is average by smartphone standards: it does not support HDR, blacks seem grayish, and the frequency is only 90 Hz. But compared to tablets, it is much sharper – due to the small size, the pixel density is higher here.

At the same time, the battery here is almost like a full-sized tablet. Tecno POVA 3 runs two full days under normal load. The manufacturer even provided a reverse charging mode – the phone can be used as a power bank. The battery charges up to 50% in just half an hour, a 25W adapter is included.

How to choose an external battery for a smartphone, tablet and laptop

  • In “M-video” – 15 000 R.
  • How to choose a tablet yourself

    For those who did not fit our options, we have prepared a number of criteria and tips that guided us when choosing tablets. They will help you decide on the device yourself.

    Manufacturer. When choosing, it is better to focus on major tablet manufacturers: Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi. Tablets from small Chinese companies may cost less, but they have a higher risk of factory defects. And if such a tablet breaks down, it will be more difficult to repair it, because they do not have an official service in Russia.

    Battery. Battery capacity is measured in milliamp-hours, or mAh. For most tablets, 8000-9000 mAh is typical, but the actual battery life also depends on the brightness and size of the screen, the power of the processor and how it manages its performance.

    How to choose a tablet and not pay for extra features

    Memory. There are two types of memory: RAM and internal.

    The first one affects the speed of the system and how quickly the tablet can switch between several applications. The more RAM, the better. A comfortable minimum in 2023 is 4 GB, but it is better to choose models with 6 or 8 GB.

    The optimal amount of internal memory, which is enough for programs, photos, music and videos, is 64 GB. If you do not need to store movies and many games in memory, 32 GB is enough. But then you should choose a tablet with a micro-SD memory card slot so that you can expand the storage later if necessary.

    Processor. Now most tablets are fast enough to ignore the power of the chip. But not all of them adequately cope with games. Demanding titles like PUBG, Fortnite or Genshin Impact will require a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 or Apple A13 chip or higher.

    Below is a comparison of tablets from a selection in the benchmark test. The more points, the more powerful the device. It is important that the tests are needed more for clarity and do not reflect the full picture. In particular, the result does not reflect the stability of work and the quality of software optimization.

    Mid-range tablet performance in AnTuTu Benchmark

    Apple iPad mini (2021), Apple A15 Bionic 796,000
    Lenovo Legion Y700, Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 715,000
    Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021), Apple A13 Bionic 640,000
    HUAWEI MatePad 11, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 640,000
    Xiaomi Pad 5, Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 576,000
    Tecno POVA 3, Helio G88 255,000
    HUAWEI MatePad 10.4 2022, Kirin 820 5G 130,000
    HUAWEI MatePad T 10s (2020), Kirin 710A 92,000

    Apple iPad mini (2021), Apple A15 Bionic

    796,000

    Lenovo Legion Y700, Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G

    715,000 900 05

    Apple iPad 9th Gen (2021), Apple A13 Bionic

    640,000

    HUAWEI MatePad 11, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

    640,000

    Tecno POVA 3, Helio G88

    255,000 820 5G

    130 000

    HUAWEI MatePad T 10s (2020), Kirin 710A The resolution determines the sharpness of the image. The higher it is, the better.

    HD 1280 × 720 – used in the most budget models. The image on such a screen does not look very clear, individual pixels are visible, and “ladders” are visible on the bends of the letters.

    Full HD 1920 × 1080 – found in entry-level and mid-range models. On such a screen, it is comfortable to watch videos, play and read, the fonts look normal.

    QHD 2560 × 1600 is the standard for mid-high and high-end tablets. Apple uses non-standard ratios like 2160 × 1620, but they do not differ in clarity from typical QHD. This is the best resolution for reading and working with text, as the fonts are almost typographically crisp.

    Sensor type affects color reproduction, viewing angles, and black display quality. There is no single favorite in tablets.

    IPS displays natural tones, but blacks appear gray or whitish depending on screen quality. Such screens are good for reading and creative work with images, but when watching videos, blacks are noticeable. Also, with IPS, the image fades and loses clarity when you look at the screen at a large angle.

    OLED and AMOLED screens are made up of millions of individual pixels that work independently. They display perfectly deep blacks, as the screen simply does not light up in dark areas. These screens are great for video, gaming and reading comics due to their high contrast and rich colors. In tablets, OLED matrices are found only in flagships like the iPad Pro 12.3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+.

    However, OLED has a downside: the brightness is controlled by flicker, or PWM. The display turns on and off hundreds of times a second, and the longer the intervals, the darker the image appears. At low brightness, the flicker frequency drops to tens of times per second. If the eyes are sensitive enough, discomfort and a feeling of fatigue appear after a few minutes. Different OLED screens show this effect with different strengths, but if you plan to read from a tablet in the dark, it is better to choose models with IPS screens.

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    The smoothness of displaying animations and scrolling text depends on the screen refresh rate. Most tablet screens run at 60Hz, but higher-end models have faster displays at 90Hz, 120Hz, or even 144Hz.

    This is not the most important parameter, which is difficult to describe, but after a fast and smooth screen, returning to the usual 60 Hz frequency is uncomfortable, the interface seems twitchy. Although the eyes get used to it over time, the difference between the standard 60 Hz and the increased values ​​appears only in direct comparison.

    In any case, it is worth checking in advance at the store on stands what refresh rate will be comfortable for you personally. You may not need 120 Hz, 60 will be enough.

    Our recommendations

    Best choice Best for creativity Best Compact
    Xiaomi Pad 5 Apple iPad 2021 Apple iPad mini 2021
    Powerful processor, great screen and good battery life – iPad Air equivalent for half the price of iPad with an old design, but enough performance and a great set of applications The most advanced compact tablet on the market. But for the price, he barely fit into this selection
    On Yandex Market – from 25,000 R;
    in “M-video” – 32 000 R
    On Yandex Market – from 25,500 R;
    in “M-video” – 32 000 R
    On Yandex Market — from 35,500 R;
    in “M-video” – 50 000 R
    Best Budget Inexpensive smartphone-tablet
    Huawei MatePad T10s (2020) Tecno POVA 3
    Inexpensive all-rounder, great for a TV show in the kitchen or as a gift for elderly relatives A huge smartphone that can replace a tablet for some people. And it also works for two days on a single charge of
    On Yandex Market — from 13,700 R;
    in “M-video” – 15 000 R
    On Yandex Market – from 14,000 R;
    in “M-video” – 15 000 R

    Best choice

    Xiaomi Pad 5

    Powerful processor, excellent screen and good autonomy – an analogue of the iPad Air is half the price

    On Yandex Market – from 25,000 R;
    in “M-video” – 32,000 R

    Best for creativity

    Apple iPad 2021

    iPad with an old design, but sufficient performance and an excellent set of applications

    On Yandex Market — from 25,500 R;
    in “M-video” – 32 000 R

    Best compact

    Apple iPad mini 2021

    The most advanced compact tablet on the market. But for the price, it barely fit into this selection

    On Yandex Market – from 35,500 R;
    in “M-video” – 50 000 R

    Best Budget

    Huawei MatePad T10s (2020)

    Inexpensive universal model that is well suited for series in the kitchen or as a gift to elderly relatives

    On Yandex Market — from 13,700 R;
    in “M-video” – 15,000 R

    Inexpensive smartphone-tablet

    Tecno POVA 3

    A huge smartphone that can replace a tablet for some people. And it also works for two days on one charge

    On Yandex Market – from 14,000 R;
    in M-video – 15,000 R

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    Top 10 Best Tablets for Business 2023

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    Updated: 16. 04. 2023

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    Why does a manager or a businessman need a tablet? There can be many options, depending on the characteristics of the business and functional responsibilities. But this rating is based on a case when the tablet is used as the main device for work – instead of a laptop.

    This is an option for those managers who are constantly on the road – on long trips or trips to business meetings around the city. For them, lightness, compactness, fashion, autonomy of the device, as well as the ability to work in any environment (in a car, plane, airport, hotel lobby …) are important.

    Tablets (with removable keyboards) have replaced laptops and become the best choice for such users. Such a tablet is usually used not as a third device (in addition to a phone and a laptop), but as the main working computer. Having a third device for a leader is not an affordable luxury in terms of security. After all, this leads to duplication and synchronization of important confidential data.

    In the rating, all tablets are from different manufacturers. We choose the best model from each manufacturer, so that it would be interesting to look at the rating of brands as well.

    And yet, we are evaluating tablets that you can actually buy in domestic online stores. The prices are taken from them.

    1

    Apple iPad Pro

    Using iOS as the main operating system for work is difficult but possible. What you get is a really light and thin yet powerful travel tablet. And, of course, Apple quality in small details. True, the tablet is very expensive. Plus Magic Keyboard – sold separately ($370). Apple Pensil stylus – separately ($130). You can still find fault with the minimum number of ports and the lack of a headphone jack. But despite all the shortcomings, this is still the best tablet for business. Price $1775

    2

    Microsoft Surface Pro 9

    The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 would be the best business tablet right now if not for one detail. And we don’t mean price. Compared to the iPad Pro, this tablet is worth overpaying a couple of hundred bucks for. In fact, this is a top-end laptop with a 12th generation Intel processor, but thin and without coolers (noise). However, for some reason, Microsoft didn’t build an LTE modem into it. Sorry, but a good business tablet should always have internet. Interestingly, Microsoft has another tablet, the Surface X with LTE. However, it has its own big drawback – the ARM processor, which does not run most Windows applications. Surface Pro 9 price- $2190

    3

    Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i

    Lenovo set out to make an attractive alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro, and they succeeded. The Yoga Duet is a beautiful, rugged tablet with a large screen, backlit keyboard and bluetooth (you can use it even when it’s not plugged in). An LTE modem is optional, but models with a modem are not delivered to our region. Yes, the tablet is not as thin and powerful as Microsoft’s, and the battery is slightly worse, but it costs much less. Price $1360

    4

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

    Using Android as the main operating system for work is difficult, but possible. Moreover, Samsung made a separate DeX shell (ala Windows), in which you can work with the mouse and windows. And like the iPad, you get a very lightweight LTE device that’s fast and long (on battery). The tablet has a large (up to 14 inches) high-quality touch screen and a very comfortable keyboard for typing, which is easy to unfasten and fasten. Convenient stylus S Pen – included. But the keyboard cover must be purchased separately ($230). Tablet price $1100

    5

    HP Elite x2

    High-quality and reliable tablet from HP. Comfortable keyboard with an additional USB connector (for example, for a mouse). Stand – very reliable and comfortable – allows you to put the screen at different angles. There is a stylus for signing documents, but there is no place where it can be fixed so that it is not lost. As usual for devices from HP, the tablet is crammed with security features – even a Kensington lock is built in. Autonomy is pretty average. A 4G modem is, in principle, possible, but this particular model is not equipped with it, and this, of course, is a big minus. Price $1540.

    6

    Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro

    Xiaomi has returned to the tablet market after a long break with a normal Android tablet that can be used for work. They even made a stylus and a keyboard cover for it, which, however, need to be bought separately. The MIUI interface was well pulled onto an 11-inch screen, but they didn’t do a full-fledged desktop interface with mouse support, like Samsung’s. And yet, this tablet is the thinnest and lightest in our ranking. Price $740

    7

    ASUS Transformer Pro

    ASUS Transformer Pro is a hybrid device that offers good power and quality design. Detachable keyboard and stylus included. The touchpad is very large, responsive and precise in operation. Excellent screen and sound, built-in stand, a full range of ports – make this device easy to use. But autonomy leaves much to be desired.