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How to choose a tablet that’s right for you?

In between a laptop and a smartphone, tablets are the perfect portable computer that lets you do more on the go without hulking a heavy laptop around. Whether you want a tablet for everyday use, completing work tasks, playing games or unleashing your creative impulses, there’s a Samsung tablet for you. But how do you pick which one?

There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to deciding which tablet model to buy. In this guide, we’ve outlined what features to look for and how to pick the best tablet for you.

How do I decide what tablet to buy?

Choosing the right tablet for you depends very much on what you’re going to use it for. Key things to consider when deciding which tablet to buy are screen size, storage space, battery life and connectivity, as these factors will be affected by what you want to use it for. We have listed all the key components and features to look for when comparing different tablet models to help you decide the best tablet for you.

What tablet size should I choose?

Like smartphones, laptops or TVs, tablet screens are measured diagonally from corner to corner and expressed in inches. Small, compact tablets are usually between 5-8 inches, while medium sized tablets are between 8-11 inches such as the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablet with its 11 inch display.

Best tablets for movie watching or working are usually ones with larger screens. If this is what you are looking for, tablets with screen sizes above 11 inches are recommended. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ has a stunning 12. 4 inch Super AMOLED display, making video streaming not only immersive but crystal clear. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with its extra large 14.6 inch screen delivers a truly cinematic experience, perfect for losing yourself in action-packed games and bingeable series. 

Selecting the right tablet screen size depends on how you’re going to use it and what you’ll be using it for. Visit our buying guide to read more on what is the best tablet size for you.

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Larger screen tablets

What is a good screen resolution for a tablet?

In addition to screen size, you also need to consider tablet displays and screen resolution. The key thing to remember is the higher the tablet resolution, the sharper what’s showing on the screen will be. If you’re planning on using your new tablet for video streaming, gaming or drawing, it is worth choosing a model with a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution or higher. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, while the Galaxy Tab S8+ has a screen resolution of 2800 x 1752. But it’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra that tops them all, making sure you never miss a single detail on screen with the impressive resolution of 2960 x 1848.

One thing to keep in mind is that higher screen resolutions require more powerful processors, which can affect battery life. When comparing tablets with high screen resolutions, it’s important to look for ones with a powerful battery to avoid constant charging. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has an impressive 7,040mAh battery and 15W Fast Charging*. The new Galaxy Tab S8 series also packs a punch with batteries ranging from 8,000mAh in the Galaxy Tab S8 to the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s powerful 11,200mAh battery** making it the top Samsung tablet for battery life. What’s more with Super Fast Charging 2.0 (45W)*** in all Tab S8 tablets, you can get back to full charge in no time.

  • * Typical value based on testing under third-party lab conditions
  • ** 8,000mAh (typical) battery available on Galaxy Tab S8. Galaxy Tab S8+ battery is 10,090mAh (typical) and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra battery is 11,200mAh (typical). Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
  • *** Super Fast Charging 2.0 available with a 45W charger (sold separately)
  • * Typical value based on testing under third-party lab conditions
  • ** 8,000mAh (typical) battery available on Galaxy Tab S8. Galaxy Tab S8+ battery is 10,090mAh (typical) and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra battery is 11,200mAh (typical). Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
  • *** Super Fast Charging 2.0 available with a 45W charger (sold separately)




Galaxy Tab S8


  • Resolution :
    2560 x 1600 (WQXGA)


  • Video Playing
    Resolution :

    UHD 8K (7680 x 4320)@60fps




Galaxy Tab S8+


  • Resolution :
    2800 x 1752 (WQXGA+)


  • Video Playing
    Resolution :

    UHD 8K (7680 x 4320)@60fps




Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra


  • Resolution :
    2960 x 1848 (WQXGA+)


  • Video Playing
    Resolution :

    UHD 8K (7680 x 4320)@60fps




Galaxy Tab A7 Lite


  • Resolution :
    1340 x 800 (WXGA+)


  • Video Playing
    Resolution :

    FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps




Galaxy Tab A7


  • Resolution :
    2000 x 1200 (WUXGA+)


  • Video Playing
    Resolution :

    FHD (1920 x 1080)@60fps

How much storage do I need for a tablet?

How much storage you need on your tablet depends on what you’re going to be using it for. For everyday tasks like checking emails, scrolling through Instagram and streaming videos, mid-range tablets should have enough storage to meet your needs.
For gamers and digital creators, however, more storage capacity will be needed. Some mobile games can take up more than 1GB, and so can creative apps like Clip Studio Paint, Adobe Lightroom, and Sketchbook. If you are an avid gamer, you should look for at least 256GB for storage space or tablets with expandable storage. The Galaxy Tab S8 & Tab S8+ can comfortably support storage-intensive apps with up to 256GB storage. If you’re still craving for more, look no further than the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with up to a whopping 512GB storage and 16GB RAM. Plus, you can add up to 1TB with a Micro SD card* for ultimate storage space, so you can rest assured that the latest Galaxy tablets are able to take on whatever you throw at them.

You can also free up space on your Samsung devices with the help of Samsung Cloud. Securely save photos, videos, files and more on the Samsung Cloud to keep your device running smoothly. Plus, never lose memories again as you can easily access, backup and restore data using Samsung Cloud to your phone or tablet.

*MicroSD card sold separately

*MicroSD card sold separately




Galaxy Tab S8


  • Storage Options :
    128 GB, 256 GB


  • External
    Memory Support :

    MicroSD (Up to 1TB)




Galaxy Tab S8+


  • Storage Options :
    128 GB, 256 GB


  • External
    Memory Support :

    MicroSD (Up to 1TB)




Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra


  • Storage Options :
    128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB


  • External
    Memory Support :

    MicroSD (Up to 1TB)




Galaxy Tab A7 Lite


  • Storage Options :
    32GB


  • External
    Memory Support :

    MicroSD (Up to 1TB)




Galaxy Tab A7


  • Storage Options :
    32GB


  • External
    Memory Support :

    MicroSD (Up to 1TB)

Connectivity: Do I need 5G on my tablet?

Considering whether to go for a tablet with WiFi, 4G and 5G connectivity is another tough decision. WiFi-only tablets allow you to connect to the internet through a WiFi connection, making them ideal for use at home, work or university. If you ever need to connect quickly, you can also use your phone data via a mobile hotspot connection.

However, if you love watching your favourite shows while waiting for the train or reading your favourite book on the way to work, a tablet model with 4G or even better 5G connectivity is perfect for you. Your tablet will have its own data contract to let you do whatever you want, wherever you want, without digging into your mobile data plan. While 4G tablets are suitably fast, 5G is around 100 times faster than 4G, meaning you can enjoy hyperfast connections with faster downloads, quicker uploads and fewer delays. As well as offering 4G models, the Samsung tablet range has plenty of 5G tablets to choose from, including the latest Galaxy Tab S8 series, Galaxy Tab S7+ and Galaxy Tab S7 FE.

Find out more about the fifth generation of connectivity in our What is 5G and do I need it? article here.

What is the best battery life for a tablet?

The average battery life of most tablets is around 3 to 10 hours. To make the most of your tablet’s portability, you should look for models that can last a full day without needing to recharge. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 with its impressive 8,000mAh battery* will give you plenty of time for a streaming marathon. Even better with the Galaxy Tab S8+’s 10,090mAh battery* and the Tab S8 Ultra’s 11,200mAh battery* that will easily keep going as long as you do. All three Galaxy Tab S8 models also support Super Fast Charging 2.0 (45W), so even when you’re out of charge you can power up quickly**.

  • * Typical value based on testing under third-party lab conditions. 8,000mAh (typical) battery available on Galaxy Tab S8. Galaxy Tab S8+ battery is 10,090mAh (typical) and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra battery is 11,200mAh (typical). Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
  • ** Super Fast Charging 2.0 available with a 45W charger (sold separately)
  • * Typical value based on testing under third-party lab conditions. 8,000mAh (typical) battery available on Galaxy Tab S8. Galaxy Tab S8+ battery is 10,090mAh (typical) and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra battery is 11,200mAh (typical). Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
  • ** Super Fast Charging 2.0 available with a 45W charger (sold separately)




Galaxy Tab S8


  • Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical) :
    8000




Galaxy Tab S8+


  • Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical) :
    10090




Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra


  • Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical) :
    11200




Galaxy Tab A7 Lite


  • Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical) :
    5100




Galaxy Tab A7


  • Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical) :
    7040

What features should I look for in a tablet?

As well as those listed above, it’s worth looking at what extra innovative features a tablet comes with. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range all come with an S Pen stylus included as standard, as well as Fingerprint Scanner and Face Recognition functionality.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablets also come with an impressive array of cameras, including the 12MP Ultra-Wide front camera and 13MP Main Camera. Not to mention their Quad Speakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos for stunning sound.

Tablets with pens

Which is the best Samsung tablet for you?

The Samsung tablet range offers plenty of options for you to choose from, with a wide range of stunning features to meet your needs so it can be difficult to know which Samsung tablet is best for you. From large tablets with immersive screens to powerful batteries and seamless refresh rates, the Galaxy Tab range has something for everyone.

Samsung Tablets Range
– Galaxy Tab S8 
– Galaxy Tab S8+
– Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
– Galaxy Tab A8
– Galaxy Tab A7
– Galaxy tab A7 Lite

What is the best tablet for everyday use?

When it comes to choosing a tablet for simple, everyday tasks the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is the best tablet for you. This affordable tablet has a medium sized 10.5 inch, wide display which is perfect for browsing social media, checking emails and watching videos. The Octa-Core processor with up to 4GB RAM and 128GB memory gives you plenty of storage and power for all your needs, plus you can add up to 1TB of additional storage with a Micro SD card*. The long-lasting 7,040mAh battery is also more than enough to get you through the day, especially with 15W Fast Charging that will let you power up very quickly.

*MicroSD card sold separately

What is the best tablet for movie watching?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is a perfect tablet if you’re looking for a tablet to enjoy your favourite films or series. Whether you’re catching up on a show on route to the office, or in bed with a cup of coffee, you’ll want a tablet that feels like a QLED TV in your backpack. A large tablet screen is obviously an essential feature for watching TV shows and films, so opt for a model with a display that’s above 11 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ has an impressive 12.4 inch screen, while the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s extra large 14.6 inch screen offers a truly immersive, cinematic viewing experience – perfect for watching content on the go. Their Super AMOLED displays will also bring each action scene to life with vibrant colours and the deepest blacks.

*MicroSD card sold separately

What is the best tablet for drawing?

Samsung tablets are made with creatives in mind. The Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s large screens allow you to see your digital art in perfect detail. All Galaxy Tab S8 tablets come with Clip Studio Paint pre-installed, so you can start creating sketches and graphic masterpieces from the get go. You can even use your Samsung smartphone* as the artist palette while using your entire Tab S8 screen as your canvas. Plus, with the S Pen included as standard, you’ll have more versatility to write, draw and paint with a stylus that follows every precise move.

*Selected Galaxy smartphones only.

What is the best tablet for gaming?

Similar to the best tablets for artists, when it comes to choosing the best tablet for gaming there are essential features to look out for. For one, a large screen will let you enjoy your games to their fullest. The Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s immersive 12.4 and 14.6 inch screens will bring you right into the action. Their Super AMOLED displays also render each detail in crystal clear clarity with rich and vibrant colours.

When it comes to gaming tablets you’ll also need to look out for models that have the processing power to keep up with fast-action games. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablets all have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, our fastest ever processor put into a Samsung tablet. While their ultra-smooth 120Hz refresh rate allows them to keep up with each player’s rapid movements easily for seamless gameplay, giving you a competitive edge over your opponents. Even better with up to 256GB storage in the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8+ and up to 512GB storage in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, you’ll have more than enough space to store your favourite games.

What’s the best tablet for productivity?

Tablets are a useful tool to have in your productivity arsenal. Their portability makes them the perfect tool for on the go computing, allowing you to catch up on emails, work on important tasks and attend meetings anywhere.

When looking for a tablet for work or to boost your productivity, you’ll want a model that makes tasks easier. A large screen will help you view all the details so you never miss a thing. The stunning Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with its large displays are perfect for working on key documents or attending virtual meetings. Plus, with Multi Window it’s easy to multitask effortlessly by running up to three apps on screen at once. All the Galaxy Tab S8 tablets come with the S Pen as standard, so you can even make notes using our iconic stylus on Samsung Notes while attending a video call.

If you work on the go, staying connected is important. With 5G connectivity, the Galaxy Tab S8 tablets let you enjoy a hyperfast connection which is 100 times faster than 4G. Plus, with Google Duo video calling, an Ultra Wide camera that adapts to who’s on the call and 3 microphone technology, each video call will feel life-like with pitch-perfect clarity. You can take your productivity to the next level by pairing your tablet with a tablet keyboard to take notes while on a call.

If you are still unsure which tablet is right for you, visit our side-by-side tablet comparison at Samsung UK to help you choose.

Is it worth getting a tablet?

The hybrid between smartphones and laptops, Samsung tablets are productivity boosters with all the features you need to work, study and do life admin on the go. S Pen compatibility and crystal clear picture clarity will also allow your artistic skills to shine.

Thanks to their lightweight design, tablets are portable and easy to use, capable of handling a huge variety of tasks anywhere, anytime. So if you’re a student, working professional, artist or gamer, it is definitely worth getting a tablet to boost your productivity, creativity or mobile gameplay.

Find out more about the specs, price and latest deals of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ or Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra or visit Samsung Tablets Comparison to help you choose.

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Network Band: The bandwidths supported by the device may vary depending on the region or service provider.

Memory size: User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the phones features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the mobile phone operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.

Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 6,820mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.

Display Size: Measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners. Actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners.

Battery time is based on our own laboratory measurements, and may vary depending on factors such as device settings, usage patterns and operating conditions.

1) Display : *Screen image simulated for illustrative

2) Device Design : *Colour availability may vary by country or carrier.

3) Performance : *Galaxy Tab A8 comes with multiple variants of RAM and storage options. The basic variant offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage while the 4GB RAM variant is available in 64GB and 128GB capacity. *Combinations of memory and storage capacity may vary by country or region. *Total amount of available user memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed. *MicroSD card sold separately.

4) Battery : *Typical value tested under third party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 6,820mAh. *15W Fast Charger sold separately.

Rating of the smallest tablets

Mobile devices are a great invention that allows you to carry with you almost the entire computer with various capabilities and the Internet. At first, these devices amazed with their connector, but now many developers have been able to create miniature devices that fit comfortably in a bag and do not cause inconvenience. we have specially created a rating for you, which included the TOP of small and convenient tablets, based on user reviews in 2015-2016. And by tradition, 10 devices found their place in our rating.

1st place – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3100

And the first place, which is quite predictable, was taken by the tablet model Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7. 0 P3100 8Gb, which was able to combine a small screen and power. This device is slightly larger than a phone, and its power is many times greater. Therefore, you should not hesitate and buy it if finances allow you, since its cost is $ 174.

  • Shield: 7″;
  • Resolution: 1024×600;
  • RAM: 1 GB;
  • Mobile phone mode available;
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G.

Many will immediately note that this device does not have much RAM, but it is quite enough for stable operation. In addition, users who bought this tablet note the convenience, excellent performance, but not the most convenient shape. Although these are already trifles, and it is thanks to the huge number of positive reviews that this device has taken the lead.

2nd place – ASUS Nexus 7

Next in line is the ASUS Nexus 7 32Gb 3G model for $149, which can also please its users with its small size, although not everything is so good with the device itself. But even analyzing all the user reviews, the overall impression of this model is quite positive:

  • Resolution: 1280×800;
  • Screen: 7 inches;
  • GPS navigation available;
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, NFC;
  • RAM: 1 GB.

It seems that what could be wrong with this device? But as users note, it slows down terribly even at the slightest load, for example, if you run “heavy” programs, although surfing the net is quite stable, and the reader from this tablet is excellent. In general, this model definitely deserved the 2nd place.

3rd place — PocketBook Surfpad U7

We continue to consider our rating and in third place, according to users, we place a newcomer in the device market. the PocketBook Surfpad U7 model, which costs only $66. An excellent price for such a device, but not everything in this model is as wonderful as it seems at first glance.

  • RAM: 512 MB;
  • Battery life: 7 hours;
  • Screen: 7 inches;
  • WiFi;
  • Resolution: 800×480.

Yes, technical indicators are not the best, but do not forget about the price, which destroys all ideas about the high cost of tablets. It is also worth noting that users are unhappy with the fact that this device is quite fragile and sometimes begins to fall apart in their hands. It is not able to withstand even the slightest blow, which characterizes the instant breakdown of the device.

4th place – ASUS Nexus 7

And again, a recognizable company decided to grab several places in our rating, the next model is ASUS Nexus 7 16Gb. This device costs $ 100 and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the quality, however, it does not last so long. What is the problem? You will learn more about this later.

  • GPS navigation available;
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G;
  • Extensive 16 GB internal memory;
  • RAM: 1 GB;
  • Resolution: 1280×800;
  • Screen: 7 inches.

With this tablet, everything seems to be fine, but users in their reviews note that the pleasure of using does not last so long. This is due to the fragility of the device, after a year of use, problems with software, performance and many other unpleasant moments begin. What is most interesting, this trend is quite common.

5th place – Huawei MediaPad

We present to your attention another new participant in our rating, the Huawei MediaPad model, which turned out to be quite expensive, its cost is $ 202, and users note that the state of affairs with this device is not the best.

  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G;
  • It is possible to work in mobile phone mode;
  • Built-in memory is 8 GB;
  • Screen: 7 inches;
  • Resolution: 1280×800;
  • RAM: 1 GB.

Expensive, weak in terms of performance and big problems with finding native accessories, this is how users speak about this device. Therefore, it is worth considering several times whether it is worth taking this tablet at all. Although the percentage of positive reviews is also impressive, so a solid 5th place.

6th place — Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite 3G

And the next place in our rating is given to the model Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite 3G, only now its price is 104 dollars. So to say, this is a light version of the device, however, this very “lightness” also affected the quality.

  • Resolution: 1024×600;
  • Screen: 7 inches;
  • Built-in memory: 6 GB;
  • RAM: 1 GB;
  • GPS navigation available;
  • It is possible to use as a phone;
  • 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi.

As it turned out, saving is not always good for the device. Yes, the price is quite acceptable, but users are far from enthusiastic about this device. There are problems with finding native accessories for the device, excessive lags and some errors after updating the operating system.

7th place – Lenovo IdeaTab A3300

Surprisingly, the company, which was famous for its cheap devices, this time showed the Lenovo IdeaTab A3300 8Gb 3G model for $112, which is not so small compared to the average price of this company.

  • Screen: 7 inches;
  • RAM: 1 GB;
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G;
  • GPS available;
  • Built-in memory is 8 GB;
  • Resolution: 1024×600.

Users do not note any serious shortcomings, but if we take into account the number of small negative sides, then there are a lot of them, and this already affects the overall picture, from where the negative reviews come from. Although there is still a small part of the positive connotation.

8th place – ASUS Fonepad 7 FE375CXG

So we are starting to slowly approach the end of our rating, and the 8th place is taken by the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE375CXG 8Gb model. Its cost is 115 dollars. The tablet looks stylish and interesting, but there is one not very pleasant situation associated with this device.

  • GLONASS and GPS available;
  • Resolution: 1280×800;
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth;
  • RAM: 1GB;
  • Built-in memory: 8 GB;
  • Screen: 7 inches.

Everything in this tablet is good, yes, there are some unpleasant moments that are related to performance and ease of use of the menu buttons. But this model also has an unpleasant moment associated with a limited edition. That is, the model is released in a limited batch and then they wait for some time, then the batch is released again. The strange behavior of the developers caused a huge wave of negativity.

9th place – Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 SM-T231

And again, before our eyes there is a model Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 SM-T231 8Gb, which now costs $167 and is nothing unusual for such and such a price.

  • Shield: 7″;
  • RAM: 1.5 GB;
  • Resolution: 1280×800;
  • Built-in memory: 8 GB;
  • GPS and GLONASS systems;
  • Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi;

Surprisingly, users are pouring negativity on this device due to the fact that it is not at all suitable for working in programs and games, which is rather strange. It seems to be excellent technical indicators, but the company itself has never released weak products. But many users note that it can only work normally on the network and that’s it, it is not intended for anything else. And for $167, this is too little functionality. But he got 1st place in the TOP of tablets based on the Android system (details at the link).

10th place – ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG

And the device of the model ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG 8Gb closes our rating for $118. This model is not so popular, it has few reviews and most of them are negative, although there are also positive ones.

  • Resolution: 1024×600;
  • Screen: 7 inches;
  • Built-in memory: 8 GB;
  • RAM: 1 GB;
  • GLONASS and GPS systems;
  • Ability to work in mobile phone mode;
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth.

ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG 8Gb is a model that just hasn’t shown itself yet. Users have little idea about all the features of this device and have not yet had time to compare it with other similar devices. Hence such a small position in the ranking, although the presence in the TOP is already a big advantage.

So we looked at all the “small caliber” models that you should pay your attention to, which stand out noticeably from all existing developments and which are worth buying. In fact, all devices are good, we just carefully analyze all the problems and find fault, we are also based on user reviews. Good luck with your purchase!

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Small Tablet Reviews and Buying Tips

Phone too small and tablet too big? Then this list of mini tablets is worth considering. Here’s our pick of the best small tablets in 2023

It’s pretty hard to find new tablets these days, but if you’re looking for a small tablet, here are the best small tablets on the market.

The small tablet market has slowed down significantly over the past few years, so much so that companies like Sony and HTC no longer make them.

Google’s hugely popular Nexus 7 seems like a lifetime. However, while many of them are a distant memory, there are still a few mini tablets you can buy brand new.

You can still rely on companies like Apple for this type of device. We are talking about tablets with a screen size of less than 9inches, since a typical full-sized tablet starts at about 9.7 inches.

Mini tablets tend to be cheaper than larger models and this also makes them more portable. Small tablets are great for travel, so you can take TV shows and books with you without adding extra weight to your luggage.

The tablets below have something for everyone, offering different sizes, prices and features. Why not take a look at the best Android tablets in general and the best cheap tablets for more options.

Best Small Tablet 2023


1. Apple iPad Mini (2021) Best Mini Tablet

Apple iPad Mini (2021) Best Score

  • Compact Design
  • Support for Apple Pencil
  • Superior Performance
  • A bit expensive
  • Magic Keyboard not supported

The sixth generation iPad Mini ditches the old form factor for something more akin to the latest iPad Air and Pro lines; with an angular design, stereo speakers, Center Stage technology and much smaller bezels than before.

The Mini’s 60Hz display has jumped to 8.3 inches, but without changing the physical size of the tablet, allowing for more display area without compromising the Mini’s portability. It’s also a great display, with the highest pixel density of any iPad, even if it’s a bit small for true split-screen multitasking.

It features the same A15 Bionic silicon as the iPhone 13 lineup, with enough power for everything you might want to do on a tablet.

The Touch ID sensor has been moved to the power button – similar to the iPad Air – and there is support for the second generation Apple Pencil. However, the lack of a Smart Connector on the back means it doesn’t have its own Magic Keyboard; a real boon for the iPad Air and Pro line, and the only real chink in the Mini’s armor.

2. Apple iPad Mini (2019) – Still Great

Apple iPad Mini (2019) – Still Great

  • Premium Content
  • Support for Apple Pencil
  • Aging design
  • Obsolete characteristics

Until Apple finally decided to update the iPad Mini for 2021, the 2019 model was still the best small tablet on the market, meaning it’s still a great tablet despite Apple finally officially replaced him.

With an A12 processor at an affordable base price, the Mini 2019 is still a mini tablet.

Yes, the design is seven years old, but with the addition of Apple Pencil compatibility, constant OS updates from Apple, and decent battery life, even this old Mini proves that not everyone wants or should spend thousands on an iPad Pro.


3. Realme Pad Mini – Inexpensive Stock Android

Realme Pad Mini – Inexpensive Stock Android

  • Premium Compact Design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Inexpensive
  • Bad cameras
  • Slow charging
  • Limited support for updates

Small Android tablets are few and far between, especially big brands like Samsung or Lenovo, and now it’s Realme’s turn.

Although Realme is new to the tablet market, Realme is expanding its portfolio of Realme Pad Mini tablets, which offers a surprisingly premium design in a small 8.7-inch form factor at an impressively low price.

Excellent battery life and a slick user interface make it a great tablet for basic media consumption, productivity, and even full-color e-book reading, but its low-res display and mediocre performance keep it from taking it any further.


4. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3 – most shockproof design

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3 – most shockproof design

  • Well protected from dust and moisture
  • Removable battery
  • S Pen support
  • Unattractive design
  • Niche attraction
  • Dear

Except for the business uses for which it was created, the Galaxy Tab Active 3 only offers niche appeal to the average consumer, but it’s hard not to notice the value of a rugged rugged tablet with a removable battery nonetheless.

With military-grade protection and IP68 water and dust resistance, the Tab Active 3 can withstand sand, water and 1.5m drops. There’s even a setting that means you can use the touchscreen while wearing gloves , while the S Pen offers a useful alternative for navigation and productivity.

You pay more for such a rugged tablet, but if it’s an essential feature, nothing else on this list can beat the Tab Active 3.

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5. Lenovo TAB M7 TB-7306X (2021) – best for kids

Lenovo TAB M7 TB-7306X (2021)

  • Decent battery life
  • Very affordable
  • Entry level performance

The Lenovo Tab M7 is a compact entry-level tablet with a plastic and metal body. Weighing only 236.9g, it has a SIM card slot, and the battery allows you to go up to 10 hours without recharging. All this makes the device mobile.

The basis of the 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels is an IPS type matrix. It provides excellent picture quality, you can easily see small details.

Mediatek MT8766 quad-core processor is supported by 2 GB of RAM. Such hardware easily copes with simple tasks and allows you to run popular applications and not very demanding games.


FAQ

Which mini tablet is best for students?

When it comes to tablets for school, college and university, it will depend on several factors: how portable it is, what accessories you will use, and what applications you will need.

While some large-screen tablets, such as the iPad Air, offer compatibility with Apple’s laptop-like Magic Keyboard, the same cannot be said for the Mini, although there are plenty of third-party accessories that want to fill that gap.

The biggest factor is likely to be the applications you use day in and day out. While most major school apps like Microsoft Office are available for iOS and Android, there are also exclusive apps for both platforms.

Apple’s App Store has more tablet-optimized apps than Google Play and offers Apple Pencil compatibility for improved note-taking, making iPad mini the ideal small-screen tablet for students in most situations.

Are iPads better than Android tablets?

This question is difficult to answer as it depends very much on individual use cases. For existing iPhone users, the iPad is the smart choice; it will sync apps, photos, messages, and other data between devices using iCloud, and you can even text and make calls if you have a connected iPhone nearby.

When it comes to Android users, the choice is a little more difficult. The iPad is still a strong contender, especially in the mini tablet market, where frankly there isn’t much competition from Android, but there has been a recent resurgence of decent little Android tablets. The problem is that small-screen Android tablets are still generally budget-friendly, unlike Apple’s iPad line, which aims for a higher quality overall experience, often at the expense of the latest hardware.

So while high-end Android tablets are a good competitor to iPads, iPads usually dominate the small tablet market, unless you’re just looking for a budget tablet for web browsing.

Is 7 inches enough for a tablet?

This question can’t be answered with a yes or no – again it will depend on what you plan to use the tablet for.