What tablet should I buy?



With so many tablets to choose from it can be hard to know which is right for you. Our handy guide takes you through the options…

Busy mum who runs the show

In a nutshell: A high-quality tablet for everything from Netflix and Pinterest to online shopping and organising family financestablet

Your tablet is more than just a gadget – it’s a lifeline that keeps you on top of the chaos of family life.

It helps answer those tricky homework questions, keep the family organised, order your weekly food shop and create Pinterest boards.

And then – when the chaos has finally calmed – lets you watch Netflix boxsets in bed after a hard day.

What to look out for:

  • Fast processor for running several apps at the same time
  • Large, high-resolution screen for streaming Netflix
  • Headphone socket for taking your boxset to bed
  • Wide range of apps – from TripAdvisor to Excel

 

Why not try… Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Slim and lightweight, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a smooth multi-tasker.

Samsung Galaxy S2

Netflix is a joy on the crisp and vivid AMOLED screen and you’ll find all your favourite apps in the Google Play Store.

And you’ll be able to download lots of them – its fast processor lets you run multiple apps smoothly. You can even view and edit Word and Excel docs with Office for Android.

Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

 

Creative professionals and design students

In a nutshell: A big screen to show off your big designs, and the power to run demanding design software

You’re an artist, animator, designer, photographer or video editor. What you need from your tablet differs from the average person.

Working in apps like Abode Photoshop and Illustrator make screen quality and size crucial for starters. 

Look out for:

  • Large 10 or 12-inch screen with a high resolution and enhanced brightness
  • Digital stylus for sketching and designing directly on the screen
  • As much processing power as a high-end laptop
  • Compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud and other design software

 

Why not try… iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a creative’s dream. It’s more powerful than most PC laptops and Adobe has optimised the Creative Cloud to get the best from it.Apple iPad Pro

Artists will love the Apple Pencil stylus (sold separately) for its pressure sensitivity and overall feel.

The 10.5-inch screen – 20% bigger than the 9.7-inch model – delivers rich colours and texture through its combination of high resolution and enhanced brightness. 

Get the iPad Pro

 

Instagram-loving bucket-list travellers

In a nutshell: Sturdy but small tablet, with a good camera for documenting your trip on Instagram 

Whether heading off the beaten track or chilling on a beach you’ll want to share your travels with friends on Instagram – so don’t leave home without the right tablet.

Backpacker

Getting a tablet with a good camera is a must. And opt for something with plenty of storage – so you don’t have to worry about making space for that special shot. 

What to look for:

  • Small and light but shock-resistant for life in your rucksack
  • Plenty of storage for holding plenty of videos and your holiday reading
  • Rear and front cameras for capturing holiday pics or documenting your travels
  • Sharp-screen with over 2 million pixels your favourite blockbusters have never looked better

 

Why not try… Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa

This 10.1-inch tablet is nimble and sturdy, so it’ll cope well in your backpack. It also has hands-free Alexa built in, to help make your trip as straight-forward as possible.

Amazon Fire HD10

And thanks to its powerful MediaTek MT8173 processor you can access all of your favourite apps easily.

Get the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

 

Netflix boxset bingers

In a nutshell: A tablet that’s all about the screen quality and not too fussed on power

With 5 million UK subscribers it seems everyone has Netflix. And it's no surprise given the huge investment its poured into making award-winning and visually stunning shows.

Thanks to its easy-to-use app your tablet is a great way to watch. Catch up on royal period drama The Crown or the retro and shadowy Stranger Things wherever and whenever suits you.

You’ll want a tablet that does it justice.

What to look out for:

  • Better-than-HD screen to appreciate the filmmaking
  • Built-in stand to prop up the tablet for comfort
  • Good quality speakers to for atmospheric sound
  • Long battery life for box-set binging

 

Why not try… Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

Watch movies hands-free with this 10-inch tablet thanks to its cool built-in stand. Watching while cooking? You can even hang it from your utensil rack.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

Box-set binge your way through Netflix with 18 hours’ battery life and sharp, wide-angle screen with better than HD resolution.

Get the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

 

Laptop-wielding commuter

In a nutshell: Keep other train commuters happy with portable design that boasts laptop power

Tired of disgruntled looks from fellow commuters as you plonk your bulky laptop on the table on the early morning train?

 commuting

Well the latest tablets combine the processing power to run your work apps with super-slim design. Leaving plenty of table space for everyone else’s lattes, smartphones and spreadsheets.

What to look out for:

  • Microsoft Office apps for running Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Thin and lightweight design for taking up minimal space
  • Slender Bluetooth keyboard option for emailing and documents
  • MicroSD and Micro-USB ports for plugging in other devices and memory cards
  • Fingerprint sensor for peace of mind when travelling

 

Why not try… Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Sophisticated and lightweight, this tablet is perfect for business travel.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

handy digital pen writes like your regular ballpoint for easy notetaking. And the lightweight magnetic keyboard is designed for fewer typos.

superfast processor and Office for Android mean working on the go is no problem either.

Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

 

Find your perfect tablet