If you’re thinking of buying a tablet computer, there is a bewildering variety of models on the market. Which you choose will depend partly on what you want to use it for. To give you an idea of what’s on offer, here is our round-up of the best tablet computers on the market.
Best Tablets Available In The UK
Apple iPad Air
Although Apple was by no means the first company to produce a tablet, it was the iPad that popularised the format and made people realise what they could do. No roundup of the best new tablet computers would, therefore, be complete without Apple’s best tablet. The iPad Air 2 is only 6.5mm thick, but it packs a real punch with its 9-inch Retina display, 32 or 128GB of memory, fast CPU and up to ten hours of battery life. There are two cameras, fingerprint security, and it’s available as Wi-Fi only or with 4G as an option for internet access on the move. There is no sign yet of the iPad Air 3 but Apple has launched a new model iPad. While its thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 it is a lot cheaper so this might be an alternative for you to consider.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
After Apple, the second biggest name in the tablet market is Samsung. The latest Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch display and a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB Ram. At 6mm, it’s ultra slim and it comes with a detachable keyboard. The Tab S3 runs Android 7 and comes with a very impressive 13mp camera on the back. It will run for about 10.5 hours on a full battery charge too.
iPad Pro 10.5
The iPad Pro is without a doubt the Rolls Royce of tablet computers and like the luxury car its the most expensive tablet on the market. The massive 10.5-inch ProMotion screen enjoys smaller bezels than previous models which mean the tablet doesn't feel any larger than the older 9.7-inch model. You get storage ranging from 32Gb to 512GB, a 12-megapixel camera on the back (7MP on the front), 4GB Ram and the new A10X chip which means the iPad Pro is the most powerful tablet available in the UK.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Microsoft was rather late to the party with the Surface range, but it’s caught up fast and the Surface Pro 4 is deserving of its place amongst the best new tablet computers. It has a 12.3 inch high contrast, low glare display, two cameras, an Intel processor and up to nine hours of battery life. It’s available with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Being from Microsoft, it naturally runs Windows 10 and is compatible with Office. An attractive feature of the Surface is that you can add a keyboard and/or stylus to turn it into a laptop substitute that you can use for a wide variety of tasks.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8
The latest Kindle Fire HD has an 8-inch screen and 16 or 32GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 200GB. There’s a fast quad-core processor and front and rear facing cameras. It offers up to 12 hours of life on a full battery charge and is available in four different colours. The Kindle Fire is great for entertainment fans as it gives you easy access to thousands of videos and songs, as well as loads of popular Android apps. If you’re a keen reader, you also have access to the huge library of Kindle books and you’ll love the Blue Shade feature that automatically adjusts the screen settings, reducing blue light for a comfortable night time reading experience.
Hannspree HANNSpad 10.1 Helios
If the top of the range tablets are beyond your budget, there’s no need to worry, as there are some great tablets available at more affordable prices. Making it into our list of best new tablet computers is the HANNSpad, priced at under £80. It has a 10.1 inch screen, a quad-core CPU, two cameras and built-in Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi. It runs the familiar Android operating system, so you’ll have no problems getting to grips with its features. There’s 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage as standard, but you can expand the storage with an SD card of up to 32GB. It has built in GPS, so you can use it navigate when you’re out and about, and there’s even an FM radio function.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10
The Yoga’s unusual design puts the battery pack along one edge, making it easy to hold and including a built in tabletop stand. It runs Android, has an Intel Atom processor and comes with 32GB of storage, a 10.1 inch screen and two built-in cameras. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro is ideal for movie lovers or business people who make presentations, as it features an integrated projector to display an image on any wall or ceiling. You’ll get a cinema audio experience too, thanks to Dolby sound and four front-facing speakers.
Google Pixel C
The Google Pixel C has a 10.2 inch high resolution display, a fast 64-bit quad-core NVIDIA processor, 3GB of memory, 32 or 64GB of storage, and it runs the latest Android Marshmallow operating system. It offers up to 10 hours of life on a full battery charge, and you get access to Gmail, Google Docs and all of the search giant’s other apps. A magnetically attached keyboard, which also acts as a tilt stand, is available as an optional extra, so you can turn the Pixel C into a laptop alternative.