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Tablets provide an excellent alternative to laptops that may be too big and bulky and smartphones that might just be too small. They provide excellent performance packed into a slim, mobile, and travel friendly package so you can get your work done on the go. Several tablets have also been designed with 4G and 5G technology, giving you access to the internet from pretty much anywhere.

These features have allowed the tablet to excel in both a productivity and entertainment based environment depending on how you prefer to use it. This list will be bringing together some of the top performance enhancing tablets that will help improve your productivity and ensure you can get your work completed.

Lenovo Tab M10 10.3” – $150

The Lenovo Tab M10 is a great tablet for those who don’t want to spend too much money. It’s a high quality device with good performance and comes at a reasonable price. There are three different storage capacity options to choose from 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, and it can also be expanded with a microSD card.

It comes with Android 9.0 as its operating system and has 9 hours of battery life. It incorporates two cameras, a rear facing 8MP camera and a front facing 5MP camera. For a little extra money you can upgrade to the Smart Tab M10 that incorporates Amazon Alexa and comes with a smart dock that can transform the tablet into a home assistant.

Overall, this tablet is a great value and can cost between $150-$250 depending on the type and storage capacity you choose. The main downside is that it doesn’t have a 2-in-1 design and they are not capable of cellular service.

Pros

         

  • Excellent cost for the performance you are getting
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  • microSD card slot to easily expand memory
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  • Capable of being used as a hands-free home assistant with smart dock

Cons

         

  • Does not have a 4G or 5G capable version
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  • Does not incorporate a 2-in-1 design
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  • Typical performance for a basic tablet, don’t expect fast speeds.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet – $200

The Amazon Fire Tablet can come in a number of different types and editions and allows it to fulfill a range of uses. If you’re looking for a tablet that can provide decent performance and also serve as a children’s entertainment device, then the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition might be a good choice for you. It comes with a case to protect the tablet from damage as well as a great list of parental controls.

There are a number of variations Amazon offers its tablet in, so if you don’t need a kids edition then you can get a normal tablet without any hassle. The variations range in price from $150-$250 depending on the edition and storage capacity. The battery offers up to 12 hours of use and it comes with Amazon proprietary operating system Fire OS 7.

The downside to this tablet is that it incorporates two cameras at a low 2MP per camera. It’s also a device made by Amazon, so be prepared to see ads or other “suggestions” on what you should buy while using your tablet.

Pros

         

  • Good cost and performance
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  • microSD card slot to easily expand memory
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  • Wide variety of variations to choose from depending on your use

Cons

         

  • Does not have a 4G or 5G capable version
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  • Cameras are a low 2MP each
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  • Amazon affiliated tablet that may blast you with ads or encourage you to buy items

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4” – $350

Samsung has been releasing high quality smartphones and tablets for a long time now, and the S6 Lite is a testament to their well designed devices. The S6 Lite comes with Android 10 and around 7 hours of battery life. The battery life is a little light on this tablet, however it is also incorporating double the amount of RAM than the first two tablets on the list. This allows the Tab S6 Lite to provide much higher performance and functionality.

The Tab S6 comes in a 64GB and 128GB variation, as well as having a microSD slot for additional storage. The Tab S6 doesn’t offer cellular service, so if you are looking for 5G capability you will have to step up to the Tab S7. The Tab S6 provides two cameras, a 8MP on the rear, and a 5MP on the front. It’s equipped with an octa-core processor and 4GB or RAM so performance shouldn’t be an issue.

The downside to this tablet is the shorter battery life and lack of cellular capabilities, however it provides excellent performance and functionality for a relatively low cost.

Pros

         

  • Excellent performance in a small chassis
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  • microSD card slot to easily expand memory
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  • High quality Samsung device

Cons

         

  • Does not have a 4G or 5G capable version
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  • Relatively short battery life
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  • The on-screen keyboard can seem a little small

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 12.3” – $700

If you’ve been looking for the performance of a laptop but in tablet form, look no further than the Microsoft Surface. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 comes fully loaded with an SSD hard drive starting at 128GB, and 8GB RAM that can be doubled if needed. It also incorporates a Intel Core i5 processor, something you’d typically see in a mid-range laptop. Despite having mostly laptop hardware inside, the Surface still manages to provide a sleek and lightweight appearance.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 brings everything that you love about a tablet and blends it together with a laptop to allow you to have amazing functionality and performance in a mobile and travel friendly package. Microsoft’s lightweight keyboard provides excellent 2-in-1 functionality if you need it, or you can remove it and use the on-screen keyboard.

The main downside of the Surface is the cost as it is more comparable to a mid-range laptop rather than a tablet. There are also a select few models that offer 4G, so your options are rather limited if you are looking for cellular capabilities.

Pros

         

  • Excellent performance in a small chassis (comparable to a mid-range laptop)
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  • 2-in-1 capabilities are easy to use with the attachable keyboard
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  • Windows 10 Home operating system so you can use real programs not just Apps

Cons

         

  • Has limited 4G capable versions
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  • Expensive
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  • No storage expansion options, so what you buy is what you get

Apple iPad Pro 11” – $800

What tablet list would be complete without including the most popular tablet of all time, the iPad. Apple was one of the first companies to develop and popularize the tablet, and has remained an industry leader since then with a range of high quality products and features. Their latest offering is the new line of iPad Pros that come in a number of different variations so you can choose exactly what you need.

Storage capacity ranges from 128GB up to an incredible 1TB, and the iPad can also come in an 11” or 12.9” screen size. Apple also offers LTE capabilities with Verizon, AT&T, and even an unlocked version that you can take to your preferred provider. Based on a recent leak, the iPad Pro 12.9 scheduled to release in 2021 may also incorporate 5G capabilities. The iPad PRo also comes with two cameras, the rear facing camera packs a full 12MP while the front facing camera delivers an excellent 7MP for the perfect selfie. If you’re a fan of 4K recording, the rear facing camera can provide that in 24 fps, 30 fps, and even 60 fps.

Apple’s greatest strength is also its biggest weakness. The iPad Pro runs on Apple’s proprietary operating system iOS. While the operating system can provide a beautiful and streamlined experience, it can also be limiting if you need to use real programs or Android apps.

Overall the Apple iPad is an excellent option if you are looking for great performance on a clean and simple user interface. The iPad Pro provides 10 hours of battery life in a thing and portable chassis that can be taken just about anywhere.

Pros

         

  • Provides phenomenal performance and optimized perfectly for iOS
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  • Includes an incredible 12MP camera for 4K recording
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  • Multiple variations and options for cellular and storage

Cons

         

  • Apple iOS can be restrictive due to being limited to its App Store
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  • Expensive (Can cost over $1,300 depending on model)
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  • No storage expansion options (but does provide a wide range of storage options)

Tablets can be excellent tools that allow you to get your work done on the go. Finding the right one will depend on what you need it to do and what kind of features you are looking for. If you are a highly mobile individual that travels a lot then you might want to make sure that you choose a tablet with a good battery life that can support your lifestyle. If you’re a parent and your tablet might find its way into your children’s hands then you may want something more rugged or durable.