As technology advances, the number of gadgets available to us is ever-growing. Whilst tablets may not be the first thing that comes to your mind, they can be mighty handy to have around the house. Having a good tablet function as a portable TV screen and a small mini-computer to get some light work done.
Plus, tablets are a treasure trove of creative tools, too –– from making music, painting, and drawing, the limits are endless for you to stretch your creative impulses. There are a plethora of tablets available from companies, such as Apple, Android, and Amazon, each with its unique functions. If you’re still confused, you might want to check out the tablets on sale at PC International.
Which Tablet Is For Me?
It is no secret that Apple’s iPads are one of the most user-friendly tablets with best-in-breed software. But if you feel that the iPad is not for you or that it might be a little bit too pricey, there are other options readily available to you as well.
Android tablets have been gaining some traction over the years, and if you’re looking for a cheaper option, you can opt for Amazon’s Fire tablets –– these are great daily devices to watch movies and browse the web. If you are looking for a somewhat more professional tablet for work, it would be a good idea to get an iPad or a Windows two in one. Let’s break down which tablets are best suited for different purposes.
Best General Tablet
Apple iPad (2021, 9th Gen)
This is the holy grail of all tablets, and one of the most unique models out there –– not many tablets can function as well as the iPad. 2021’s newest model, the ninth-generational model Apple iPad is powered by an A13 Bionic chip, which is also used to power the iPhone 11.
It may look and feel like the iPads in the past, with its thick borders and a classic home button (with touch ID), but that’s because such a design remains the customer’s favorite. It’s the only one that comes with this design anymore –– and with the old audio jack, too.
The best function by far? Its twelve-megapixel selfie camera comes with support for the Center Stage. This means that the camera makes sure that you’re always visible in the frame –– perfect if you’re moving out whilst during activities, such as cooking, working out, or even Zooming your parents.
It also comes with a plethora of tablet-optimized applications, which give access to a world of work and entertainment, provided you get the smart keyboard for the former. Furthermore, it can support the first-generation Apple Pencil as well. The only difference is its larger air gap between the glass and screen, which can cause the iPad to feel slightly unnatural when touching the screen.
Apple’s 2020 iPad Air
If you’re looking for a more modern-looking option, we recommend you to get the Apple iPad Air, the 2020 fourth-generation version. It carries many of the same functions from the iPad Pro, such as having no home button, USB-C charging port, slim bezels, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can magnetically attach itself to the slate and wirelessly recharge.
The Air helps to improve the performance due to its latest A14 Bionic chip, which is the same one used in the iPhone 12. This makes it powerful enough to do any task –– from photo retouches to heavy video editing.
Compared to the iPad mentioned before this, the iPad Air has a larger screen of a 10.9-inch LCD screen. What’s more, it comes with a laminated display which gives you a more natural drawing experience due to the shorter distance between the glass and pixels.
Best Budget Deals That Are Less Than $200
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
If you are looking for a more affordable option, this would be your go-to tablet. These are best for passive activities such as playing games and watching movies but be warned –– they go heavy on the promotions for Amazon Prime services and applications.
There is no Google Play Store, hence not every Android application would be available to you. However, for $150, it can be quite hard to resist –– especially if it’s the 2021 Fire HD 10, our recommended Fire Tablet. It’s powerful enough for most tasks and light work if you choose the “Productivity Bundle” on Amazon, which includes a year’s worth of Microsoft 365 and a Bluetooth keyboard case.
Plus, it has a USB-C port, so you can use the same cable chargers as your Android phone to charge. It also comes with hands-free Alexa support, which lets it double up as an Echo Show.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020)
If you have an even tighter budget but still would like to get yourself a decent table, you might want to check out the 2020’s Amazon Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus for deals under $100. They don’t differ very much from the Fire HD 10 and comes with a USB-C charging port, stereo sound, and hands-free Alexa support as well.
It is eight inches in size, which makes it convenient for moving about. The downside would be that the screen might not be very visually friendly as it can get difficult to see images and text when you are outside.
Best On-The-Go Tablet: Apple iPad Mini (2021, Sixth-Generation)
This is the best portable tablet if you’re looking for something light and powerful enough to get the job done. This 8.3 inch iPad Mini has a similar design to that of the refreshed iPad Pro design and contains the latest A15 Bionic processor, which is also used to power the iPhone 13 models.
It includes the Center Stage, similar to its counterparts the iPad and iPad Pro, and contains a USB-C port for charging. Its design is extremely small and cute and even allows you to attach the second-generational Apple Pencil for on-the-go scribbles.
Kids-Friendly: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
Are you looking for a kid-friendly tablet that is durable yet affordable –– something that won’t cost a bomb if it’s sent for replacement? Amazon is currently offering kid-friendly versions for all of its Fire tablets, of which the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has the best pros and cons between being kid-friendly and affordable.
It is almost identical to the Fire HD 8 as mentioned, but paying an extra $50 allows you to protect the tablet and have a two-year worry-free damage plan.
Alternatively, the Fire HD Kids Edition comes in two forms: one suitable for kids aged three to seven, and a Kids Pro version for kids aged six to twelve.
Best 2-in-1: Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Tablets aren’t all built on current smartphones. Microsoft’s Surface line uses Windows for its tablets, which makes it suitable for heavy, desktop-grade work. We recommend purchasing the Surface Pro 8: it has a 13-inch screen, is powerful, and holds a 120 Hz refresh rate. It may not seem as polished as an iPad, but Windows 11 needs to make these people touch.
We hope that this article has helped you with your decision-making. If purchased correctly, your tablet can easily become your next best friend. However, do remember to conduct your research upon arriving. The last you need is to waste money. Also, read about the best phone accessories and more articles on The Tech Diary.