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The Best Tablets

Q3/2022 update. When it comes to couch usage, gaming while out and about, taking notes, or even conducting research for school or work tablets have become increasingly popular and attractive devices. Even if Apple managed to establish itself as a dominant force in the tablet market they are not the only ones, and various exciting alternatives by numerous OEMs are available alternatively. Below, you will find the highest-ranking tablets we have had in review.

Apple’s first iPad literally jump-started the tablet market from scratch. However, in recent years the choices have become fewer and fewer. On the one side, tablets are getting attacked by ever growing smartphones. On the other side, convertibles have become increasingly popular in the notebook space. What is left are a few established OEMs with various tablets for sale. In addition, numerous Chinese manufacturers are trying to attract potential customers through low prices. In return, you should not expect too much in regard to warranty and potential software updates. Please also consider the following lists before making any decisions:

The Best Tablets

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Refresh Rate
Resolution
OS
191.7 %
03/2022
Apple iPad Air 5 2022Apple iPad Air 5 2022
Apple M1
Apple M1 8-Core GPU
8 GB Memory, 64 GB SSD
6.1 mm461 g10.90"060 Hz2360x1640Apple iPadOS 14
290.7 %
10/2021
Apple iPad Mini 6Apple iPad Mini 6
Apple A15 Bionic
Apple A15 GPU 5-Core
4 GB Memory, 64 GB SSD
6.3 mm297 g8.30"060 Hz2266x1488Apple iPadOS 15
390.2 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Qualcomm Adreno 730
8 GB Memory, 128 GB 
6.3 mm507 g11.00"120 Hz2560x1600Android 12
489.1 %
03/2022
Lenovo Tab P12 ProLenovo Tab P12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650
8 GB Memory, 256 GB 
5.6 mm565 g12.60"120 Hz2560x1600Android 11
588.7 %
11/2021
Xiaomi Pad 5 ProXiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650
6 GB Memory, 128 GB 
6.85 mm515 g11.00"120 Hz2560x1600Android 11
688.8 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 UltraSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Qualcomm Adreno 730
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
5.5 mm726 g14.60"120 Hz2960x1848Android 12
788.8 %
10/2021
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
HiSilicon Kirin 9000E
ARM Mali-G78 MP22
8 GB Memory, 256 GB 
6.7 mm609 g12.60"060 Hz2560x1600Huawei HarmonyOS
888.5 %
10/2021
Apple iPad 2021Apple iPad 2021
Apple A13 Bionic
Apple A13 Bionic GPU
3 GB Memory, 64 GB SSD
7.5 mm487 g10.20"060 Hz2160x1620Apple iPadOS 15
988.3 %
04/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Qualcomm Adreno 730
8 GB Memory, 256 GB 
5.7 mm572 g12.40"120 Hz2800x1752Android 12
1087.6 %
12/2021
Xiaomi Pad 5Xiaomi Pad 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
Qualcomm Adreno 640
6 GB Memory, 128 GB 
6.85 mm511 g11.00"120 Hz2560x1600Android 11

The table above contains an overview over the best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

1st – Apple iPad Air 5 (2022)

Apple iPad Air 5
Apple iPad Air 5

The new iPad Air 5 surprisingly got the fast M1 chip from the MacBook Air and iPad Pro. Thus, the performance is beyond reproach and should still offer enough reserves for a few years.

The rest of the hardware is still very good. Case, display, speakers leave hardly anything to be desired.

The iPad Air 5 (Wi-Fi, 64 GB) as in the review is currently available from Amazon US for $559.00.

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2nd – Apple iPad Mini 6 (2021)

Apple iPad Mini 6
Apple iPad Mini 6

The Apple iPad Mini 6 is one of the most powerful tablets currently available, which allows for extensive multi-tasking as well as demanding applications such as games. It also offers a very long battery life and well-performing speakers. If you intend to use your tablet’s camera every now and then you will be glad to hear its camera manages to take decent photos overall.

Apple’s iPad Mini is powerful, small, and has been updated to feature a more modern design.

We liked its new modern design reminiscent of other Apple devices in particular. It offers an improved display-to-body ratio, which makes this small tablet even more portable. If required the iPad Mini 6 is optionally available with 5G modem as well as 256 GB instead of 64 GB of internal storage.

The iPad Mini 6 is available directly through Apple as well as through official Apple retail channels such as Amazon US for $699.99.

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3rd – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G

With its new premium tablet Galaxy Tab S8 5G, Samsung wants to sweep the competition off their feet. An Armor aluminum casing, the high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, a 120 Hz screen, and the Samsung S Pen are just some of the hardware ingredients that the manufacturer brings to the table.

Its strong performance and features make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G one of the best Android tablets at the moment.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G is available directly from the manufacturer for $999.99.

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4th – Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a premium tablet with a focus on productivity. Using the keyboard dock with kickstand, the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus alternative turns into a 12.6-inch notebook replacement that can also be operated via pen input and used with a second display.

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro offers a strong overall package for Android tablet lovers.

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is available for $579 on Amazon US.

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5th – Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro

Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is a tablet that in the visual department can easily keep up with Apple’s iPads. Thanks to its Snapdragon 870 and a total of 6 GB of RAM it also offers more than just adequate performance. Long battery life is the icing on the cake.

If you are looking for a portable and powerful Android tablet that won’t break the bank the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro might be the right candidate for you.

We like its 11-inch display in particular as it run at a smooth refresh rate of 120 Hz and supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Its internal speakers offer decent sound, and the battery charges in no time thanks to fast charging.

Xiaomi tablets are not sold in North America.

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6th – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

The massive Samsung tablet has a 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Despite the large battery, however, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is only 5.5 millimeters tall.

Those looking for a high-end tablet with a large display will definitely find what they are looking for in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 4G (LTE) is available on Amazon US for $1,057.99.

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7th – Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6

Huawei MatePad 12.6
Huawei MatePad 12.6

Despite its large display the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a relatively small, well-made, and lightweight tablet. Its OLED display is fantastic and supports HDR10 for an increased color gamut. Combined with its good speakers this makes for a great media consumption device.

The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a powerful multimedia and productivity tablet.

Other applications run just as fine though as the MatePad Pro 12.6 offers adequate power for everyday task including demanding applications and smooth gaming. Other benefits include fast Wi-Fi 6, long battery life, and fast charging. Unfortunately, it does not support Google services and apps have to be loaded and installed through Huawei’s own app store that offers many comparable alternatives.

Huawei devices are not available in North America.

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8th – Apple iPad 10.2 (2021)

Apple iPad 2021
Apple iPad 2021

Apple’s traditional iPad continues to offer an excellent entry-level gateway into the world of tablets. It is well-made and feels the part, and it combines excellent performance with the potential for long-term use. This year, Apple upped the available storage and improved the SoC’s performance.

The iPad (2021) offers a powerful overall package that will keep you entertained and satisfied for a very long time.

The camera was improved, as was its already great battery life. If you prefer the traditional design with single home button you will feel right at home. However, this affordable Apple iPad still comes with a Lightning port while other more expensive Apple tablets have already made the switch to USB-C.

The iPad is available directly through Apple as well as through official Apple retail channels such as Amazon with prices starting at $329.

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9th – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ (Plus)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Samsung's latest attack on the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is called Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. The premium tablet wants to entice iPad prospective buyers to buy an Android tablet with its new Armor aluminum casing, large Super AMOLED screen and a Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

Even with the unnecessary weaknesses of the Tab S8+, the overall package of the Galaxy tablet is hard to top.

At the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus 5G is available from 1,099.99 on Amazon US.

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10th – Xiaomi Pad 5

Xiaomi Pad 5
Xiaomi Pad 5

Plenty of performance, a 120 Hz display, and a sleek design reminiscent of Apple’s iPad Air. The 11-inch Xiaomi Pad 5 offers all that for just 400 Euros, and it is thus an interesting alternative to Apple’s 2021 iPad.

Affordable, solid hardware, modern design. If you are in the market for a good mid-range tablet the Xiaomi Pad 5 may be worth a closer look.

Xiaomi tablets are not sold in North America.

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Top 10 Tablets in Comparison

Size Comparison

293.35 mm / 11.5 inch 203.98 mm / 8.03 inch 6.2 mm / 0.2441 inch 830 g1.83 lbs286.5 mm / 11.3 inch 184.7 mm / 7.27 inch 6.7 mm / 0.2638 inch 609 g1.343 lbs284.8 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 608 g1.34 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 682 g1.504 lbs254.69 mm / 10 inch 166.25 mm / 6.55 inch 6.85 mm / 0.2697 inch 515 g1.135 lbs254.69 mm / 10 inch 166.25 mm / 6.55 inch 6.85 mm / 0.2697 inch 511 g1.127 lbs253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 7.25 mm / 0.2854 inch 485 g1.069 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 487 g1.074 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 468 g1.032 lbs195.4 mm / 7.69 inch 134.8 mm / 5.31 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 297 g0.655 lbs
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Daniel Schmidt (Update: 2022-11-22)