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Best Tablets 2021


Tablets are becoming an essential tool for daily tasks. While working on a laptop is still a preferred option, tablets these days are powerful enough to offer the same capabilities. This includes writing documents, sending emails or even creating illustrations that would sometimes require extra equipment. Today, users are spoiled with a variety of choices for tablets that range from simple small-screen devices to high-end ones that are as big as a full-sized laptop. We have cherry picked some of the very best tablets in the market for you:

12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro

Huawei’s 12.6-inch MatePad Pro allows users to have an interconnected experience that allows them to multitask like never before. Under its unique Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration, three modes can be used: Mirror, Extend and Collaborate. It brings the power of HarmonyOS 2.0 in a slim and sleek form factor. Redefining the future of performance, the Kirin 9000E 5nm SoC that runs inside allows the tablet to process massive amounts of data. With a core clock speed of 3.15GHz, the octa-core CPU brings improved performance and power efficiency. The 22-core Mali-G78 GPU brings heightened image processing that brings the best games to life. The MatePad Pro’s incredible 12.6-inch 2K AMOLED FullView Display has a 90% screen-t-body ratio, the world’s highest among all tablets currently available in the market. Aside from the 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and DCI-P3 colour gamut, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro is also the first tablet to receive the TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display 2.0 Certification. The tablet also features eight speakers tuned by Harman Kardon with four tweeters and four woofers that allow it to produce exceptional sounds with the right balance of treble and bass.

Yay!

  • Huawei Super Device Smart office experience
  • PC and Tablet multi-screen collaboration
  • Amazing display
  • Impressive UI and control centre
  • SuperCharge Technology
  • Wireless Charging
  • 8 Speaker by Harman Kardon

Nay!

  • Refresh rate only at 60Hz

 

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)

Apple’s latest iPad Pro 12.9 comes supercharged with the M1 chip. The 8-core CPU design brings up to 2x faster CPU compared to the A12Z Bionic chip present on the 2020 variant. There’s also an 8-core GPU for console-quality graphics and a 16-core Neural Engine that handles all the AI processes. It features a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a new mini-LED design that uses over 10,000 LEDs across the back of the display that can help produce up to 1600 nits of peak full-screen brightness. It suports a 120Hz ProMotion display for a smoother browsing expereince, as well as 5G a first on the iPad line. Running on iOS 14, the iPad Pro 12.9 will also be upgradable to iOS 15 when it launches.

Yay!

  • M1 chip delivers top tier performance
  • Liquid Retina XDR display

Nay!

  • (Very) expensive
  • Same design as previous generations
  • iPadOS feels underpowered in relation to its hardware
  • Internal memory is not expandable

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

This 5G-enabled tablet brings the power of the Snapdragon 865 Plus prcoessor to deliver a seamless performance that’s boosted by the updated S Pen accessory. It features a 12.4-inch AMOLED 120Hz display that brings ultra-vivid colours even when viewed under direct sunlight. Much like its smartphones, the tablet runs on Samsung’s One UI that brings various customisations. Aside from the in-display fingerprint reader, the tablet also features AKG quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support for an immersive listening experience. An optional expanded keyboard is also avialable to keep you productive. There are storage options of up to 1TB, and as with all Samsung devices, the Galaxy Tab 7+ also runs on OneUI 3.1 and will be upgradable to Android 11 when it launches.

Yay!

  • Amazing screen
  • Top of the line design

Nay!

  • Price
  • Lacks tablet-quality apps
  • Speaker quality not worth the price
  • System starts to slow down after prolonged usage

Microsoft Surface Book 3

Microsoft’s own Surface Book 3 brings the best of both worlds: a tablet and notebook that can change, depending on one’s requirement. While it is primarily a laptop, the detachable keyboard means that it can also function as a tablet whenever needed. It runs on Windows 10, automatically making it compatible with nearly every program available. The Surface Book 3 features an Intel Core i7 processor with up to 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics. The Surface Book 3’s display doesn’t disssapoint – one gets a gorgeous 15.6-inch 4K PixelSense screen that displays colours with briliant accuracy. While the price may not be for everyone, the Surface Book 3 brings the best of Microsoft’s technologies in one simple covertible 2-in-1 device.

Yay!

  • PixelSense display is spectacular
  • Incredible keyboard

Nay!

  • Speakers can be improved
  • Screen catched fingerprints easily
  • Limited app selection
  • No support for interconnected experiences

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

Lenovo’s latest line has proven that they have got what it takes to deliver a portable computing experience with the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. It features an awesome 11.5-inch 1600 x 2560 OLED display that also supports HDR10. As an OLED display, it easily triumphs all other other display technologies available, giving one darker blacks and brighter whites especially when viewing HDR content. The tablet doesn’t just win on visuals, but also on audio as well. It features four powerful speakers enclosed in a premium-looking metal shell. While the built-in cameras could be better, the Tab P11 Pro brings some of the best battery life we’ve seen on a tablet, making this a perfect companion for everyday tasks.

Yay!

  • Top-notch OLED display
  • Great speakers

Nay!

  • Some apps can be buggy
  • Smaller screen size and resolution
  • Stylus performance isn’t consistent
  • Weak cameras
  • Fragmented experience when connected to other devices

Amazon Fire HD 10

The latest generation of the Fire HD 10 tablet offers a pretty standard design, but its available in different colours that should suit anyone’s liking. The most welcome addition to this tablet is the USB-C port, which then makes it automtically compatible with a plethora of accessories. The tablet’s 10-inch screen has a 1080p resolution, which is perfect for streaming video content. It is powered by an octa-core CPU, which Amazon says is 30% faster than the previous generation. True to that statement, navigating the menus is quick, smooth and lag-free. The Fire HD 10 runs on Android-based Amazon’s Fire OS that brings its own App Store and services. The only downside is that you won’t have access to Google apps and services, though you have to note that the Fire HD 10 is made primarily to consume content provided by Amazon.

Pros:

  • Great battery life
  • Good display

Cons:

  • No Google apps or services available
Product Screen Size CPU OS Storage Camera
12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro 12.6-inch (2560 x 1600 pixels) 60Hz Kirin 9000E + 8GB RAM HarmonyOS 2.0 128GB/256GB (expandable) 13 MP + 8MP (rear), 8 MP (front)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) 12.9-inch (2048 x 2732 pixels) 120Hz Apple M1 + 8GB/16GB RAM iPadOS 14 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB 12 MP + 10 MP (rear), 12 MP (front)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 12.4-inch (2048 x 2732 pixels) 120Hz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus + 6GB/8GB RAM Android 10 128GB/256GB/512GB 13 MP + 5 MP (rear), 8 MP (front)
Microsoft Surface Book 3 15.6-inch (3240 x 2160 pixels) Up to Intel Core i7 + Up to 32GB RAM Windows 10 Up to 512GB 5.0 MP (front) 1080p HD video

8.0MP(rear) autofocus camera with 1080p HD video

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro 11.5-inch (1600 x 2560 pixels) Snapdragon 730G + Up to 4GB/6GB RAM Android 10 Up to 128GB 13 MP + 5 MP (rear), 8 MP + 8 MP (front)
Amazon Fire HD 10 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200 pixels) MediaTek Helio P60T + 3GB RAM Fire OS 7 Up to 64GB 5 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)

 

Making the final choice comes down to the user and their preferences. A variety of factors that include specifications, screen size and of course price will be the ultimate deciding reasons on what your next tablet should be. This also means that the best tablet will vary from one user to another, so read through the details and check which features will be beneficial in order for you to make the right choice.


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