Tablets, whether you already have a Smartphone or you just prefer to use one, are good companions in this modern world.  Especially if you have kids, the quiet bliss!  Nowadays, we can have a peaceful long ride, with the kids quite contented with their favorite games, music and movies using their tablets and headphones, sans the boisterous screaming and endless questions.   

 

And while you may think tablets can’t replace your working desktop or laptop, they certainly provide convenience for the travelling professional, the artist, the bookworm or the gamer in each of us.

 

So for whatever purpose a tablet may serve you, here are our top picks for a few categories:

 

Affordability: Amazon Fire HD 8

With a price tag of below $100, the Amazon Fire HD 8 will amaze you with its features. The basic functions work quite well.  It’s also the right size if you like to read Kindle eBooks.  And it has good parental controls, so it is a good one to give older kids. 

A plus is if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can have access to a wide range of TV shows, movies, and music to choose from. 

That’s affordability and performance for people who just need the basics like watching videos and running apps. 

Though it certainly cannot compete with iPads and other higher end tablets, and some critics say it doesn’t last very long and charging takes quite some time.

 

Kid-Proof: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

It’s every parent’s nightmare: handing over a gadget to the delight of an over enthusiastic kiddo.  And in less than a day, having it returned to you with cracked and scratched LCD, or dropped in who-knows-where-and-how, and other similar horror stories.

With Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition, parents can breathe a little bit easier with its sturdy case, a 2-year accidental-damage warranty, as well as several parental control set ups.

Here some other nice kid-friendly features:

  • The 7-inch screen size is just good for young children.
  • The interface is simple enough for kids to use on their own.
  • There’s a lot of children’s content you can download through apps.

The downside is the tablet runs frustratingly slow, with its below-average processor speed.  The screen resolution is not so good as well, but for its price tag, it doesn’t really come as a surprise.

 

The next best thing to a computer: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

If you’re one of those working folks who just can’t go anywhere without their laptop, this one is a heaven-sent.  This powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is just perfect substitute with its powerful processor, 9-hour battery life and 12.3-inch screen.

You can choose according to what suit your needs as it is available with different processors, RAMs and hard drives, just like a laptop.  It comes with a stylus so it is good for note taking, but keyboard is not included, so you’ll have to shell out some extra there.

 

Movie Watching Tablets: Asus Zenpad 3S 10 

One of the most popular use of tablet is for movie watching, and the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 does not disappoint.   

You’ll love its large 10” screen, wide 178-degree viewing angle and better than HD resolution.  You can even watch with other people and the view from different angles is still very good.  

 

Best Android Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

With all its above-average features, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is top pick as the best Android tablet in the market. 

It’s great for watching and streaming, with its high-quality display screen and outstanding 4-speaker audio quality.

It also has a fast processor, 4 GB of RAM and is long lasting with a 12-hour battery life.  The camera performance is also quite impressive with a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera.

As a plus, the stylus also performs well, great for taking down notes and is ideal for students, but there is no built-in storage for it.

 

The Best for Most of Us – Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro 

Let’s face it, most of us would love to have an iPad.  But for those who are on a budget, Apple’s new 9.7” iPad Pro, with almost the same features as the higher end iPads, is a steal at a $330 price.

With its sleek metal body, sharp 9.7-inch screen and 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution, you’d just like to hold it in your hands and watch your favourite movie.  It also has four speakers, like all of the iPads, for that superb sound experience.

For the online shoppers in us, it has Apple Pay, made even more secure with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

For designers who’s always on the go or doesn’t mind the smaller RAM and screen size, the 9.7” iPad Pro is actually great as it has same pixels per inch (PPI) as its 12.9” counterpart, and an excellent LCD panel which can accurately display a wider range of colours.

And although it’s not the latest A10 processor, the powerful A9 is very much capable.  It runs on iOS 10, has a very impressive 10-hour battery life and a great app library and accessory support.

For the bookworms who like to read in bed or in low light, you’d appreciate the new feature True Tone, which can adjust the color-tone of the screen based on the surrounding light.  It can also be turned off if you want real-life colors.

Lastly, for the camera lovers, it has the same front and rear facing cameras as the iPhone 6S, which makes it great for taking photos.

 

Best of the Best Tablets: Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro

If money is not an issue, then Apple’s high-end 10.5-inch iPad Pro is an excellent working tablet for you.

It is just the right size at 10.5”, big enough to draw or work with a keyboard or to watch movies, and small enough to conveniently bring along with you.  Perfect for working people who’s always on the go.

For the creative geniuses or serious gamer, it has a very sharp resolution of 2,224 × 1,668 pixel, fast refresh rate and bright colors, all desirable features for creating digital art.  Not to mention the Apple Pencil with its fast response, with almost no lag.

It also boasts of superior speed with Apple’s latest A10X Fusion processor, which makes it almost like a laptop replacement, especially once iOS 11 is released.

And although the 64GB is enough storage for most users, you can also choose 256GB or 512GB especially if you want to replace your laptop with it.

 

Best Big Screen Tablets: Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 

If screen size and quality is your measure for choosing the best tablet to invest in, along with high-end built and performance to boot, then Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the one for you.

With Apple’s usual top-of-the-line iPad features, including its huge, highly responsive screen, this 12.9” is perfect for drawing, movies and gaming.  You’ll also appreciate its powerful 10-hour battery life, considering its large screen.

And although it doesn’t come with a styles or an external keyboard, you can consider them as additional investments to fully enjoy its features.

  • 9-inch 2,048 x 2,732 screen
  • A9X 2.26GHz dual-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel FaceTime camera
  • 4 stereo speakers

 

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