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Apple now has three different tiers in its iPad lineup, but even with the higher-end "Pro" and "Air" models designed for more serious users, the entry-level iPad still remains an attractive option, especially considering the price. The 2019 iPad gains a small but noticeable boost to a 10.2-inch screen — plus support for Apple’s Smart Connector — while retaining the same powerful A10 processor.
But, as always, much of the magic is in the software. Thanks to Apple’s new iPadOS 13, it has become even more powerful and versatile. The addition of the Smart Keyboard connector in particular now means it’s compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, making it even more capable of replacing a laptop for writers, journalists, and students. Of course, there’s still a wealth of Bluetooth keyboard options to choose from as well.
The larger display means that the onscreen keyboard is more naturally sized and comfortable to type on, and you can expect continued support for Apple’s stylus, the Apple Pencil, which was once the exclusive domain of the iPad Pro. Not only can you sketch and draw, but you can markup and sign documents as well. And considering the 9-10 hour battery life, not to mention the option for cellular use, it's great for both working and playing on the go.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is not just slimmer in size than its previous iterations but in price. Weighing less than a pound and measuring only 5.5mm, the new tablet melds high-end features with a mid-tier price. Powered with an octa-core Snapdragon 670 processor, it has up to 15 hours of battery life for all-day streaming, working, and browsing. Starting at 64GB, the device’s internal storage can be upgraded to 512GB with a microSD card.
While the tablet can fall short when it comes to multi-tasking, it excels when handling one undertaking at a time. Movies and shows are elevated on the 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1600 resolution and the AKG-tuned quad surround sound speakers. Samsung also goes brainy thanks to Bixby 2.0, a virtual assistant and information tool that can help you control smart home devices and music, and answer your questions, with just a voice command.
With the new iPad Air, power gets personal. The razor-thin body (it measures just 6.1mm) hosts a commanding A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, which learns your habits and preferences in real time to customize your iPad experience. And there are few things it can't adapt to; you can work, stream, use apps, take notes with Apple Pencil, play games, and text (or do them all at the same time). The tablet is all about multitasking, whether that’s using multiple tabs at once or making Group FaceTime calls.
The base model boasts 64GB of storage and supports Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, making it a more affordable option for those looking for a tablet that doubles (or triples) as a sketchbook or computer. The 10.5-inch Retina display, 8MP back camera, and 7MP back camera don’t just let you capture the world around you, but let you discover it in new ways (or even discover new ones) through Augmented Reality, which can do everything from measure objects in your house to place virtual creatures in it.
If you aren’t a fan of Apple’s iOS operating system or their hardware, you may want to take a look at a great Android alternative, like the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro. When the team at Lenovo decided to jump into the world of Android tablets, they weren’t playing around. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro features 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card expansion slot that can handle up to an additional 128GB. This Android alternative is excellent for movies, music, and games, thanks to built-in 4 JBL Speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, and a battery life that will keep you going for up to 18 hours.
Under the hood, you’ll find a decent Intel Atom processor and 4GB of RAM powering the entire experience. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro features two dual HD cameras and a stunning display, but it also packs a few unique punches. Most interestingly, the model features an integrated projector for displaying what is on your screen up to 70” inches on a wall or ceiling.
Sometimes you just need to get work done and you need a tablet that can follow you along the way. If productivity is your game, then the Surface Go is the ultimate 10-inch tablet for you. The smallest member of Microsoft’s Surface lineup of Windows 10 devices, the Surface Go is the only tablet on our list to run a full-fledged desktop operating system; excellent for opening and editing Office documents, or running needed PC-based software, just as you would on your notebook computer. The Intel Pentium processor is able to handle basic work tasks, and, coupled with the battery, will provide you up to 9 hours of video playback time.
The Surface Go starts with a base model includes 64GB of storage and 4GB of memory, while the top-end model, features 128GB of storage and 8GB of memory. The Surface Go is available in both standard Wi-Fi and LTE cellular variations for on-the-go connectivity. If you're going to be doing a lot of typing, make sure to pick up the coordinating Type Cover.
There's no denying that Amazon plays a big part in many of our lives. As the company rapidly expands, more and more services fall under their umbrella including Amazon Video, Kindle eBooks, Amazon Music, and Audible. If your life seems to be consumed by Amazon, then the Fire HD 10 tablet might be for you. Are you interested in using your tablet as a voice assistant? You can add on a charging dock that allows you to quickly turn your tablet into an Alexa device when it is sitting idle.
The Fire HD 10 features a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM to keep you going with up to 10 hours of battery life. Don't expect anything too intense from this Fire tablet, but it can make for an exciting multimedia consumption device for when you want to pick up an eBook or binge-watch the latest shows. Alexa is prominent throughout the device, bringing a unique hands-free experience to Amazon's Fire tablets.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive tablet that's optimized for e-books, Barnes & Noble’s latest Nook may be the perfect option for you. Featuring a fairly impressive 10.1” screen, this reading-focused tablet places your books at the forefront with interactive on-screen widgets. Beyond that, you can still access Google’s entire Play Store to download additional apps and games.
Reading wouldn't be much fun if the device had to be plugged in every few hours, but the Nook 10-inch tablet offers 8.5 hours of battery life that should help you make a dent in your next novel. In terms of specs, the Nook includes 32GB of storage that can be expanded up to 256GB thanks to a microSD card slot. If you're looking to stretch the use of this tablet and send emails or edit documents, you can do so by purchasing a smart folio cover and charging dock. And yes, if you wanted to, you could download the Kindle app on your Nook tablet for double the book fun.
The standard Fire HD 10 tablet makes a great option for those invested in Amazon’s ecosystem; however, this special Kids Edition offers a few perks that make it ideal for younger users. You'll likely notice that the Kids Edition of the Fire HD 10 costs quite a bit more than the standard version, so what is so unique about it?
For starters, the Kids Edition includes a Kid-Proof case in one of three colors — blue, pink, or yellow — to help prevent tech-obsessed youngsters from breaking it. The best part of the deal, however, is if it does break, Amazon will replace the tablet without questions thanks to a two-year worry-free guarantee. This version of the Amazon Fire HD 10 also includes kid-friendly software loaded and ready to go out of the box. A year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is included with your purchase, allowing your children to access over 15,000 books, movies, TV shows, and educational applications for no cost.