Tablets aren’t essential, but they are nice to have around. A good tablet can be a portable TV screen around the house and a way to get some light work done away from your desk. Also, with a wealth of apps for drawing, painting, and making music, they’re a great outlet for your creative impulses.
The iPad’s ease of use and best-in-breed software makes it the obvious choice for most people, but if you don’t want an iPad, other options exist. Android tablets have grown more powerful in recent years. Amazon’s Fire tablets are also an affordable way to get the basics like watching movies and browsing the web, as long as you don’t mind their limitations. If you want a tablet that can double as a laptop, an iPad or a Windows 2-in-1 might be your best bet. Our picks of the best tablets can help you decide.
Be sure to check out our other buying guides, including the Best iPads, Best iPad Accessories, and Best Fire Tablets.
Updated October 2021: We’ve added new iPads and Surface devices.
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