I’ve never been much of a Tablet lover but I am always interested in what they pack and what they bring to the table. Tablets are generally bigger than smartphones and thus prevent heavy mobility usage i.e. they are impractical to carry wherever you go. Perhaps the biggest difference between tablets and smartphones when it comes to marketing is that people use them in different places. For the most part tablets are kept at home, or brought out only on long trips.
Meanwhile, smartphones are taken everywhere and used constantly. Another important point is that tablets don’t make phone calls. That fact alone makes people think about the two platforms differently. A phone is considered a necessity, while a tablet is much more a luxury or productivity device like a computer. It is generally difficult to target individuals on a tablet because of the diverse ways in which they are used.
Top-End Tablets for The Tablet Lovers
For the business individuals on the move or simply the die-hard fan of tablets, here are some of the best tablets you can currently find on the market (please note that these are in no particular order):
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S4 10.5(Released August, 2018)
This tablet was the first tablet to add dual monitor support to Samsung DeX. What this actually means is that you can hook up an external monitor over HDMI and use both it and the tablet’s own screen. This way you get not only a larger screen, but two screens to spread your work. This is also the oldest tablet on our list, the main reason it still features on this list is because it still is a worthy tablet and can hold its own against the current tablets. Here are its specs and features:
Body: Metal frame, glass front and back
Screen: 10.5″ Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1600px, with an aspect ratio of 16:10
Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset and an Adreno 540
Storage & Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM. With microSD card slot
Software: Android 8.1 Oreo, Samsung Experience, Microsoft apps pre-loaded
Audio: Quad speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos support
Camera: 13MP / 4K on the rear, 8MP / 1080p on the front
Connectivity: Optional LTE Cat. 16, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C 3.1
Battery: 7300mAh, fast charging (9V at 1.67A or 5V at 2A)
Misc: Iris scanner, pogo pins, global positioning
Add-ons: S Pen included, DeX dock and Book Cover keyboard sold separately.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 was designed for those on the move. With a beautiful aesthetic design, minimal bazels and a flagship chipset it’s a standout tablet despite its age. It comes with a base storage and memory of 64GB 4GB RAM and other storage and memory options include 256GB 4GB RAM and 256GB 6GB RAM. Incase you still need more storage; this tablet has expandable storage options of up-to 400GB. Comes with Android 8.1(Oreo) from the box and you can install the AOSP Android 10 Custom GSI build for the Galaxy Tab S4. Thanks to the XDA Recognized Developer phhusson for making this possible.
The bundled S Pen is an excellent addition to the tablet experience. It’s a full-size pen making it very comfortable to hold and use and to top it off it doesn’t need charging. Press the button on the barrel while hovering over the screen and you’ll get a menu of pen productivity tools, if you have used the Note series form Samsung you’ll easily understand this concept. You can even write on the display without opening an app or even unlocking the tablet, which makes it particularly handy for jotting down a quick to-do or shopping list. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 doesn’t disappoint as a high-end Android tablet thanks to a great display, good audio quality and solid performance.
Get it now from Amazon US.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S6 LITE(Expected Release May, 2020)
This is yet to be released, so far the following data is what we have about it:
Body: Glass front, aluminium back, aluminium frame
Screen/Display: 10.4 inches with approximately 81.6% screen-to-body ratio and a resolution of 1200 x 2000 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~224 ppi density)
Chipset: Exynos 9611 (10nm) and Mali-G72 MP3 as the GPU
Storage & Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB. With microSD card slot of up-to 1TB
Software: Android 10.0; One UI 2
Audio: Yes, with stereo speakers Tuned by AKG and has a headphone jack
Camera: 8MP on the rear, 5MP on the front
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE and 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 7040 mAh battery with 15W fast charging
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a cheaper alternative to the pricier Galaxy Tab S6. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a 10.4-inch 2000 x 1200 display, which is smaller than the standard Galaxy Tab S6 screen. It also features a Stylus, and has two storage and memory options 64GB 4GB RAM and 128GB 4GB with a microSD card slot of up-to 1TB. The Tab S6 Lite will pack a non-removable Li-Po 7040mAh battery with 15W fast charging and Samsung claims it will last 13 hours of video watching or 12 hours of browsing the internet. It has a single rear 8MP camera as well as a front-facing 5MP camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has officially been listed at £349 / $349.99, though it’s also available in an LTE version for £399.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S6 (Available August 2019)
The pricier version of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite or elder sibling if I must. Specs and features are as follows:
Body: Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
Screen/Display: 10.5 inches, 321.9 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio) and with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~287 ppi density)
Chipset: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) with CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) and Adreno 640
Storage & Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM and SD card slot
Software: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10.0; One UI 2
Audio: Yes, with stereo speakers (4 speakers) Tuned by AKG
Camera: Dual Rear; 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, AF and 5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm.
And a Single 8 MP selfie camera, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE and 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 7040 mAh battery with 15W fast charging
Then Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a solid tablet with solid specs and performance. Made of a glass front and aluminium frame and body It Measures 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm (9.63 x 6.28 x 0.22 in) and weighs 420g, featuring a large 10.5inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560. It has a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor and flexible storage with 128GB or 256GB, which can both be expanded up to 1TB with a microSD card. Samsung’s recent updates to its DeX mode even make the Tab S6 a more viable laptop substitute than models before it.
When it comes to battery power, the Tab S6 packs a 7040mAh battery which Samsung claims it will provide around 15hrs of usage. The tablet also comes with a Stylus or S Pen, which is very handy for drawing on your screen or when u need to take quick notes. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in grey, blue and blush. The Wi-Fi-only model has 128GB of storage (including microSD expansion) and 6GB of RAM for $649 or, for $729, you can get 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage.
The Galaxy Tab S6 is a top-end Android tablet with the kind of power, design and feature set to rival a 2019 flagship phone. It’s well-built, extremely powerful, has a vibrant Super AMOLED display and amazing battery life. It also comes with an S Pen stylus that can be put to all kind of artistic and productivity uses, and not to forget to mention DeX has real multitasking potential. The Book Cover Keyboard is also sold separately, a great addition to the pack.
Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab S6 5G, a 5G variant of 2019 Tab S6 that also takes the crown as the world’s first 5G tablet. As the name suggests, the new tablet is virtually unchanged from the original Wi-Fi and LTE models, with one exception: the addition of a Snapdragon X50 5G modem (compared to no modem on the Wi-Fi model, and an X24 LTE modem on the LTE version.) Though, it’s said that this model is currently only available in South Korea for 999,900 won (roughly $848) configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The rest of the specs, including the 10.5-inch OLED HDR panel, Snapdragon 855 processor, and included stylus, are identical to the existing models.
Available at Amazon US.
APPLE iPAD PRO 11 (Both Available, 2018 and 2020 Models)
The best overall tablet, all round powerhouse and workhorse Apple iPad Pro 11. The definition of power and elegance is here, there is almost nothing that this tablet cannot do but you’ll first need to know how to get more out of it. Designed and built for the professionals on the go and those in creative and other lines of work will love the power, precision and overall quality on offer. If you’re a ‘standard/regular’ user, then you’ll be buying the iPad Pro as a luxury device and media powerhouse. Let’s take a look at what it packs:
BODY: Dimensions 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm (9.75 x 7.03 x 0.23 in) and weighs 468g. Glass front, aluminum back, and aluminum frame built.
SIM: Nano-SIM, eSIM
Stylus support (Bluetooth integration; magnetic)
DISPLAY: 11 inch 120Hz IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1668 x 2388 pixels (~265 ppi density)
PLATFORM/OS: iOS 12, upgradable to iPadOS 13.4 (2020 model comes with iPadOS 13.4 out the box)
Chipset: Apple A12X Bionic (7 nm) 2018 model and Apple A12Z Bionic(for the 2020 Model)
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
GPU: Apple GPU (7-core graphics), and Apple GPU (8-core graphics) for the 2020 Model
STORAGE AND MEMORY: 64GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM, 1TB 6GB RAM with no expandable storage option. (2020 Model base storage starts with 128 GB and 6GB RAM all the way up-to 1TB and 6GB RAM)
MAIN CAMERA: Single 12 MP, f/1.8, 29mm (standard), 1/3″, 1.22µm, PDAF (2020 Model has Dual Rear Cameras 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF
10 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth))
SELFIE CAMERA: Single 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)
SOUND: Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers (4 speakers) with no 3.5mm jack
COMMS: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; magnetic connector
FEATURERS: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation
BATTERY: Non-removable Li-Po 7812 mAh battery (29.45 Wh) with Power Bank/Reverse charging capabilities
The Apple iPad Pro 11 Features Apple’s A12X (or A12Z for 2020) Bionic processor, there are a total of eight cores here and a neural engine for speedy machine learning. What you have is blazing speed, whether you’re editing images in Photoshop or hunting down players in PUBG. Storage options range from 64GB (or 128GB for 2020) all the way up to 1TB, but obviously the price rises wildly with it.
The tablet supports a stylus/Apple Pencil but doesn’t come with it and neither does it come with the Smart keyboard. The Apple Pencil attaches magnetically and will charge wirelessly. There’s also a new Magic Keyboard case, which includes a trackpad this is going for approximately $300. It’s no doubt that the Apple iPad Pro 11 is, not just expensive but very expensive.
If you’ll be able to harness the power and use it for its intended purpose for which it was solely created for then, you’ll truly have pleasure working on this work-machine. Would I recommend this tablet? Well, yes and no. yes for the professional creative who wants a powerful second support device, the iPad Pro 11 is a strong choice. No if you’re just an average user wanting something new and shiny, you’ll have a very, very strong tablet in your hands, one that’s remarkably capable and which has been upgraded and enhanced in a number of ways by Apple but if you really must have it, be my guest– just be ready to splash out the cash.
The 2020 iPad Pro’s upgrades are minor, but it’s priced the same as the outgoing model, so it’s easy to recommend the new version. Seeing as the 2018 version has been replaced by the 2020 version it will probably have discounts.
What do you think about these tablets? Which is your favourite and why? Kindly leave your comments below.