2020 was a great year for Tablets. Not only did we see a number of new iPads on the market, after years of neglect, we also had a new wave of Android tablets hit the scene. But what should you buy in 2021?
This is a tricky question to answer, even for the most tech-sensitive shoppers, as not all tablets are created equal. An inexpensive tablet can have a decent sheet of paper specifications, but with real use, many are terrible.
Although they are good, many tablets and iPads have a tailor-made focus, which means that what is good for one person is not good for another. If you just want to watch Netflix in bed or on the go, it’s pointless to pay tons for a flagship tablet. Also, if you are a creative or powerful user, you need to invest in one with a decent pen and processor.
1. iPad Air 4
Switch to USB-C
The Software Tablecloth
Odd Memory Sizes
With its iPad pro-inspired design, A14 chip and wide accessory mount, the iPad Air 4 is the best tablet you can buy in 2021.
There are a number of reasons why we rate this tablet so strong. On the one hand, straight out of the box, it looks good – by taking the best pieces of the squared-off pro models and adding a touch of color. The 10.9-inch screen lacks a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, but when testing we found that it remains sharp and colorful. For people who want to work on it, there is full support for the excellent Magic Keyboard as well as the new Apple Pencil 2.
Inside is the same A14 Bionic chipset you’ll find for the iPhone 12 series and a battery that easily goes through the day. When it comes to charging, there is now USB-C (no flash) so you can powered it with the same cable as your MacBook.
If you only use an iPad to scroll through the Internet and watch a few videos, the iPad 8 is pretty good. However, if you want a more capable iPadOS machine, then you get much more for your money here.
Our only true smoke is the strange choice of storage. If 64GB is not enough, you need to jump to the 256GB model, which comes close to the price of the 11-inch iPad Pro.
2. iPad 8
Nice Speed Improvements
Always pleasant to use
Supports pencil and keyboard
32 GB memory is stingy
The design could do with a refreshment
The screen is very reflective
The iPad 8 is not the most exciting Tablet on the market. It has a classic and slightly retro design with a thick bezel and it lacks some important features that you will find on more expensive shelves. But after having used it well as our main tablet, we have found that for many people, it remains the best option because it gets all the basics.
With the basic model retailing for less than, it is one of the best value tablets on the market.
The A13 Bionic chip is incredibly fast and although it doesn’t have a high refresh rate, the 10.8-inch screen is more than enough for most people with high maximum brightness and decent color accuracy. During the tests, we found that this made it ideal for Netflix or Disney Plus casual movies.
Add to this its excellent battery life, and iPad OS Software, which is super intuitive and full of useful applications and services, and the iPad’s 8 wins its place in this list.
3. iPad Pro (2020)
Best tablet for digital artists
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The second generation Apple Pencil is great
Very expensive, and the accessories are even more
The iPad Pro is a great piece of technology, although it resembles the 2018 version that it replaces and is not too different from the lowest iPad Air 4.
By analyzing the tablets we have found extremely powerful, with 6GB of RAM, storage options range from 128GB to 1TB chipset A12Z Bionic from Apple and choosing the Wi-Fi-only or 4G and Wi-Fi. there is also a USB-C port instead of Lightning, which allows you to connect devices such as SD card readers and cameras directly, although you cannot connect expandable storage.
Many also find the price hard to swallow. The 11-inch version starts at and the 12.9-inch version costs / 9.999. If you buy the Smart Folio Keyboard and the Apple Pencil 2, you spend a lot of money. The trackpad packaging Magic Keyboard is at least another.
With the use of the real world, we found the Liquid Retina screen, but it looks beautiful, as well as the promotion technology that changes refresh rates to ensure smooth scrolling-trust us, it looks really great.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Absolutely unbeatable display
Contains S Pen
Very fast in everything it does
Option 5G, if you have money to burn
Software still a little unpredictable
The choice of applications remains far superior elsewhere
If you want a high-end tablet for entertainment but don’t want an iPad or surface, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is just right for you. The device is Samsung’s answer to the iPad Pro and comes with a number of stellar features, including one of the best displays on the market.
The 12.4-inch OLED display has an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz, which in the test is one of the brightest and best calibrated displays we have seen in some time.
Thanks to its optional 5G, the Android software, the high-end processor and the high refresh rate, we have found that it is also an absolutely great device for games.
Stadia, xCloud and GeForce Now all run on the tablet, which means you can easily stream amazing triple-a games from the cloud when you’re subscribed, especially if, like us, you have a Bluetooth controller at hand.
The combined package makes it the best premium Tablet for entertainment.