Whether it’s just for fun or work, discover our selection of the best tablets of the moment.
The best tablets at a glance
Even though the tablet market has experienced a slowdown in recent years, this format remains popular for fans of large touch screens who want to enjoy a more comfortable mobile experience while on the go or at home.
In recent years, they have come to walk on the borders of ultraportable PCs thanks to more powerful processors, accessories such as keyboards and especially operating systems adapted to multitasking. What are the best tablets for your needs and your budget? Discover our selection.
With this 2020 vintage of the iPad Air, Apple is spreading the design and functionality of its iPad Pro to the rest of the range. Put side by side, it’s hard to distinguish this iPad Air from its big brother. Beyond the look, this new iPad Air also wins the smart connector which allows you to add a keyboard. Compatibility with the second generation Apple Pencil is also assured.
Although still very good, the screen however skips 90 Hz. The adoption of the A14 Bionic processor however makes it the fastest and more generally the most powerful Apple tablet on the market. We also greatly appreciate the return of Touch ID in the form of a sensor integrated into the ignition button.
The autonomy is however less impressive since it is difficult to reach ten hours of use.
With this iPad Air, Apple paradoxically creates a very serious competitor to its iPad Pro. While waiting for an update of the latter, the iPad Air is a much more interesting quality / price ratio. To find out more, head to the iPad Air 2020 test.
If you’re looking for an uncompromising tablet and you’re allergic to Apple, look no further. The Galaxy Tab S7 + is the only one to compete with the iPad Pro.
No need to look very far to find where the Korean drew his inspiration for the design of his tablet. The 16/10 aspect ratio of the screen is surprising, but the Super Amoled 120 Hz panel stands out as one of the best we have tested. The supplied stylus also gains in precision and responsiveness compared to the previous version.
The rest of the machine is in keeping with a Snapdgragon 865+ which displays the best performance of the moment. Autonomy is a little behind, but we appreciate the presence of an efficient fast charge (10 hours in 10 minutes).
For more information, head to our full review of the Galaxy Tab S7 +. And if your budget is a bit smaller the Galaxy Tab S7 is a good alternative.
The new Apple iPad has a lot in common with its predecessor. First of all, the design is similar with its wide borders and the Home button equipped with Touch ID on the front. It too is powered by the A10 Fusion chip, the same that equips the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, to ensure a smooth user experience on a daily basis. Then, but more anecdotal, we also find the same duo of 8 megapixel cameras on the front and rear, enough to do a FaceTime from time to time.
It will above all stand out with its new format: the new iPad incorporates a 3.5 million pixel screen which now offers a diagonal of 10.2 inches, against 9.7 inches for the iPad of 2018. In addition, this new version wants to go further than previous generations by meeting more needs, especially that of productivity. With its Smart Connector, it can now accommodate a keyboard to be used as a PC and it also supports Apple Pencil.
It is also possible to transform the tablet into a real game console by connecting an Xbox, PS4 or MFi certified controller via Bluetooth. A feature that takes on its full meaning with Apple Arcade. Finally, autonomy is still estimated at around ten hours, rechargeable via its Lightning port.
In a dying Android tablet market, the arrival of a mid-range model from Samsung could not go unnoticed. As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a lightweight version of the Tab S6.
If the design and build quality are exemplary, Samsung compromises with the screen. Forget the Amoled, here we have to be content with a “simple »LCD panel. The latter, however, is of quality, with the only complaint that the brightness is a little low. More annoying on the other hand is the use of a somewhat light Exynos 9611 processor, especially in games. The autonomy is however solid, with ten hours of use per charge.
In short Samsung offers here a very correct model, but which is a little pale compared to an iPad sold at a similar price. If you want to stay in the Android ecosystem, it remains an interesting choice. To find out more, head to our full review of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
Amazon Fire HD has been offering inexpensive tablets for several years. Available for around a hundred euros depending on the configuration, they can perform the basic functions expected of a tablet: multimedia and web browsing.
The latest addition to this range is the Fire HD 8 (2020) which offers an 8-inch HD screen of 1280 x 800 pixels, 32 or 64 GB of storage and performance that is all in all sufficient for basic use.
Today it is one of the few small tablets on the market. The iPad mini is a solution, but at 429 euros, this solution is way too expensive for our taste to be recommended. There is also a 7-inch version of Amazon’s tablet, but we were quite disappointed with it. As evidenced by our test of the Fire 7.
Its specificity is to run under FireOS, a fork of Android without the Play Store, but with the Amazon Appstore. However, the Amazon store offers a number of applications, to allow you to take advantage of SVOD services or games for example. Its updated look and its affordable price from 99 euros on Amazon make it a very interesting product.
You will find all the details in our test of the Fire HD 8 2020.
Good to know before buying
What can a modern tablet do?
With increasingly larger smartphones, the interest in slates has diminished. This explains why they are more and more oriented towards productivity thanks to keyboards or styluses. Thus, if high-end tablets remain excellent consultation terminals, they are increasingly becoming creative tools. Less expensive products will still make great secondary terminals for watching Netflix on the go, for example.
iPad, Samsung Galaxy: which one to choose?
The contraction of the tablet market has significantly reduced the number of brands still really engaged in the markets. There are actually only two serious left: Apple and Samsung. To a lesser extent, we can also add Amazon, which remains a benchmark on the entry level.
What is the right screen size for my tablet?
At a time when smartphones have screens of 6 inches and more, we recommend turning to slabs of 9 inches or more to really take advantage of their slate. Smaller terminals, around 7 inches, may also make sense in some more specific cases. Amazon with its Fire HD 8 also offers an in-between that may appeal to some.
Do I absolutely have to invest in accessories for my tablet?
It depends on what you want to do with it. If you are simply looking for a second screen to surf on your sofa and watch videos more comfortably than with a smartphone, accessories will be dispensable. Conversely, if you consider your slate to be an object of productivity, you will be advised to invest in at least a keyboard.
Haven’t found what you are looking for?
If you are looking more for a large smartphone, do not hesitate to consult our guide to buying the best smartphones of the moment to find what you are looking for. On the contrary, if you are looking for a more complete device, we recommend that you check out our selection of Chromebooks.