You don’t need industry figures to tell you that tablet sales have remained stagnant over the last few years. While that might hold true for smaller 7-inch tabs, there’s a mini revival of sorts in the 10-inch plus tab segment. Apple rolled out a long-overdue iPad OS to add some serious productivity to its iPad line, building a case for tabs as a work-plus-play device. Apple has launched three new iPads in less than a year while Samsung unveiled two new Tabs in June. We’ve rounded up some of the best tabs you can now buy
Microsoft Surface Go
If it’s productivity first with a smattering of gaming or videos, then Microsoft’s dinky version of its Surface laptop might do the trick for you. You get laptop-type productivity with Windows 10 and a decent hardware spec sheet that includes a 1GHZ Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. You can also add a dedicated keyboard and the versatile Surface Pen for a complete Surface experience.
Apple iPad Pro
Apple’s biggest overhaul of its iPad line and probably the most formidable tablet in terms of its hardware specs. This is the sort of tab that leaves most laptops in the shade. It’s the iPad Pro that will benefit most from Apple’s new dedicated iPad OS that adds quite a few new features making this a serious work accessory. The files App has been reimagined allowing you to manage multiple folders effectively. There’s now support for external storage drives, too. This iPad has the hardware for anything you throw at it (it’s powered by the A12X Bionic chip with up to 1TB of internal storage) — from serious multi-tasking to photo editing. It’s not just ready to be your workhorse but features a bezel-less, liquid retina display (in 11 and 12.9-inch variants) with Face ID that is great for HD content.
Huawei MediaPad T5
A Full HD IPS screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio is one of the headline features of Huawei’s latest tab. At 460gm, it’s light enough to flip through graphic novels or your favourite news apps. Powered by an octa-core processor (that teams up with 3GB of RAM/32GB of ROM) with support for Micro SD cards (up to 256GB), this may be all the power you need for weekend media consumption.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
It weighs just 400gm and is remarkably thin (5.5mm), making it one of the most portable devices out there. Samsung shaves off the bezels and pushes the screen: body ratio over 80 per cent making this a great option for binge watching. The vibrant 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display (1600 x 2560 pixels / 298 PPI/ 16:10 aspect ratio) is one of our favourite features of the S5e. The tab’s entertainment creds get a further boost with the quad-speaker set-up tuned by AKG. You don’t have to worry about running out of battery during your video marathons — our tests validate Samsung’s 14-hour battery life claim. The tab’s productivity pitch centre around two key propositions. First, a responsive POGO keyboard (additional accessory) that is designed for this tab and then there’s Samsung’s DEX feature that mimics a desktop experience making multi-tasking much easier.
Apple iPad Air (2019)
the third iteration of the iPad Air might just be the best all-round tab for most users. While the form factor remains unchanged, Apple has rejigged the internals and added its Smart Connector that allows you to connect Apple’s ultra-light Smart Keyboard. You can also use the first generation Apple Pencil with this device. True to its name, this iPad is surprisingly light for a tab that sports a 10.5-inch display (1668 x 2224 pixels / 4:3 ratio /265 PPI density). The all-new Air is powered by the A12 Bionic processor, the same chip under the hood of the iPhone XS and XS Max. This one’s certainly battle ready for multi-tasking or heavy duty gaming and blazed through our benchmark tests. We clocked well over 10 hours of battery life with a mix of videos, browsing and MS Office applications.