The best Android, iPadOS, and Microsoft tablets you can buy in 2020

The best Android, iPadOS, and Microsoft tablets you can buy in 2020

The tablet world is no longer as versatile as it once was. And yet there is still a choice and it's about more than just an operating system. We show you the best tablets that run Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows, and Apple's iPadOS.

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The best iPads you can buy in 2020

Apple changed the tablet market with its iPads back in the day. Even many Android users now use iPads when it comes to tablets. With iPadOS, the operating system has gotten even better adapted to the tablets. These are our three favorites from Apple right now:

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is Apple's largest tablet. You can choose between an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch display. The latter combined with a keyboard really makes the iPad feel like a laptop. You can also use the Apple Pencil to write and draw on the tablet - although this is no longer a unique feature of the Pro model. The iPad Pro powered by the A12X Bionic can be unlocked via Face ID.

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The screen on the iPad Pro is absolutely beautiful. / © Apple

iPad Air (2019)

The iPad Air grew in 2019 and now offers a 10.5-inch retina display. Apple has also narrowed the bezels here, so it's still a compact size - after all, the iPad Air has been especially thin and lightweight since its launch, similar to MacBook Air. The A12X Bionic processor sits under the hood and Apple promises up to ten hours of battery life. New on the most recent model is the Apple Pencil, which can now also be used with the iPad Air too.

iPad Mini (2019)

The iPad Mini has always been popular because of its size. The latest Mini was long-awaited and now also runs with the A12 Bionic. The screen is 7.9 inches and it is also a Retina display with True Tone. Apple now also allows the Pencil to be used here. The small iPad should also offer up to ten hours of battery life.

The best Android tablets you can buy in 2020

Of course Android also runs on tablets and there are interesting options in this area as well, of which we present three here:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung's Tab S range has always been popular with fans of Android tablets. As you would expect with Samsung, the display is the star of the show here. The 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, and it's a beauty! The Tab S6 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and there's up to 6GB of RAM available to support the SoC. There's also an included S-Pen for added functionality.

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The Tab S6 is Samsung's flagship Android tablet. / © NextPit

Huawei MatePad Pro

Launched a special event in Barcelona in February, at the canceled Mobile World Congress, the Huawei MatePad Pro is the Chinese brand's flagship tablet. The 10.8-inch tablet is probably the best Huawei has ever made. It packs a Kirin 990 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and it even supports 5G. The 2K QHD display looks incredible and there are plenty of nice software tricks here to pair the tablet with your smartphone for improved productivity.

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The new Huawei MatePad Pro is perhaps the best iPad Pro competitor. / © NextPit

Like the iPad Pro, there is an accompanying keyboard with the Huawei MatePad Pro and an M-Pencil. The battery is a 7250 mAh cell and the MatePad Pro supports up to 40W fast-charging, although it's a 20W charger that comes in the box.

Huawei MediaPad M5

The MediaPad M5 from Huawei was one of the stars at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The tablet does not only have a good display and a chic housing but also continues the legacy of the M3. It has four great speakers made by Harman Kardon. The good thing about the MediaPad M5 is that Huawei gives the customer the choice. If you need a little more power and memory, you can use the MediaPad M5 Pro, which also comes with a stylus. Both models are available with an optional LTE slot. And those who like to work on the tablet can get the matching cover with a real keyboard. The price has also dropped a lot since it was announced.

Amazon Fire

The Amazon Fire devices are certainly not the best tablets on the market if you just look at the specifications. Whether it's the Fire 7 or the Fire HD 10, Amazon doesn't opt for the strongest chipsets, and it's noticeable in everyday use. And yet the devices are interesting. Especially if you use a lot of Amazon offers, e.g. watching movies via Prime. But also if you would like to have a tablet for simple tasks and don't want to spend a lot of money on it.

The best Microsoft tablets you can buy in 2020

Microsoft may no longer play a role in the smartphone world, but the manufacturer is still well on its way with Surface devices. Thanks to the S version of Windows 10, you have a system here that is very similar to the one on your home PC.

Microsoft Surface Go

The Surface Go is Microsoft's challenge to the iPad. The Surface Go comes in netbook format with a 10-inch display. The 500g Surface offers 4GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The Surface Go has hardly any connections onboard, in keeping with modern trends. There is a USB-C port, a jack socket and a slot for a memory card, plus the proprietary port for the charger or the dock. In addition to the keyboard and mouse, the stylus can also be used with the Surface Go.

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Surface Go is also convertible to a laptop. / © NextPit

Do you use a tablet? Which one did you choose? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Prefer the Pixel Slate - realise it didn't exactly fly at launch, but it is a great device - made better by amazing reductions available at present.


  • thanks for sharing.


  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 works fine for me ($100 at Best Buy, WiFi Only)


  • DickB Jul 9, 2019 Link to comment

    Galaxy Tab S4 with keyboard is a great tablet. Bought a new one, with Samsung keyboard, for $500 on Ebay in May. SD 845 & headphone jack. I think it is superior to the S5e you listed.


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    Deactivated Account Jul 9, 2019 Link to comment

    These days smartphone displays itself are quite large and due to better - bazel less construction are compact enough to provide an immersive and delightful media consumption experience, specially with stereo speakers, Amoled displays with HDR 10 and reliable battery life accompanied by fast charging.


  • LALJI Jul 9, 2019 Link to comment

    Nice


  • storm Jul 9, 2019 Link to comment

    The Surface Go with a linux install is an interesting proposition.

    The 5Se is certainly the best Android Tablet value right now.

    Huawei tablet suport is abysmal in my experience. And the aftermarket is no better, especially so since Huawei killed unlock support for the bootloader.


  • I had Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, which was excellent in performance. I had added several games on it still it had been working smooth. I hadn't faced hang problems.


  • Thanks much informative


  • Alex Dec 14, 2018 Link to comment

    My Samsung Galaxy s7 could perform faster, but I love it anyways


  • It's a same that Google Abandoned the Android tablet. They never really tried to make it a success. I wish Samsung would take the lead and start updating their tablets with current OS and TODAY's specs. I long for a new 7 inch to replace my Nexus'!!!


    • My Nexus 7 got too slow with the last Android version installed. I rooted it and flashed it with CyanogenMod running Android 4.4 KitKat to get back some useability. I now use it as my book reader and for car navigation with pre-installed maps. It is just the right size.


    • My Nexus 9 is my main tablet which I use about once a week mostly for showing pictures and videos to friends and relatives and for airplane in-flight movie entertainment. It has Android 7.1 and is no longer supported. It is too big and heavy to be an ebook reader or to attach to a dashboard magnet mount for navigation. It was the game playing tablet for the grandkids until they got their own I-pads.


  • Sorin Jan 6, 2018 Link to comment

    The Yoga Book tablet is interesting, but unfortunately Android does not succeed in highlighting the true potential of tablets.


  • Agree that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best tablet out there, followed closely by the Tab S2. In fact the Tab S2 64GB version (which I have) may be a better buy if the S-pen isn't important to you. I wouldn't consider upgrading to the S3 unless there was a 64GB version. Also, the Samsung keyboard Folio Cover is now only $64.


  • Thanks For Sharing an Amazing Article.


  • storm May 2, 2017 Link to comment

    The shield tablet is getting long in the tooth. The hardware is three years old now. Doen't say much for the Android tablet market that this is still a top pick. My K1is getting buggy. I think the RAM is failing based on how and when it crashes.


    • There aren't many good tablets for gaming on the market, sadly. The Acer Predator 8 from 2015 is interesting, and it runs Android. The Razer Edge Pro runs Windows, so that's not too exciting to me as an Android fan. Have you been impressed by any other gaming tablets?


    • Mine is crazy laggy


  • What? Nexus 6p phone is by far the best. Samsung is filled with bloatware that runs your battery down in no time. The fact that you didn't even include it in your survey truly surprises me.

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