Today’s tablets are far from just larger smartphones and dumber laptops. With the best devices, you can get the productivity of a 2-in-1 laptop with a portable design, stunning screen, and all-day battery life. Whether you’re looking to replace a laptop, upgrade to a newer tablet, or find a travel companion to read and stream content, these tablets are the top six to consider in 2019.

Tablet Features to Consider Before You Buy

Generally, Android users may want an Android tablet and iPhone users may prefer an iPad, but this is no longer a rule. Apple iPads may reign at the top of the list, but Android users, and even some Apple users, can now enjoy powerful iPad alternatives.

No matter which OS you go for, considering how you plan to use your tablet before you buy is most important. Those who plan to work on-the-go or replace a laptop will require a large screen, fast processor, more storage, and long battery lives, which can all be found on the premium (and expensive) iPad Pro. However, if you only plan to use a tablet when the work day is over or on occasional travels to stream media, then a (much) cheaper and smaller option like the Amazon Fire may work for you.

There are plenty of devices in between these options in terms of price, size, and power. Storage options generally range from 16 to 256 GB; battery power extends up to and sometimes over 10 hours; screen sizes range from the mini 7.9-inch to a full 13-inch display, and weight can land anywhere between a half to two pounds. We narrowed down the best devices you can buy this year, so you can find the perfect fit for your intended use and budget from the list below.

How We Rated Them

We researched 12 expert sources and 18,000 consumer reviews to select the top six tablets of the year. To determine the Total Expert Score, we calculate the ratings from trusted publications such as Tech Radar, CNET, and Digital Trends, and convert them to a 100-point scale to make it easier for you to weigh the best options. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a tablet better than Apple’s latest iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch edge-to-edge screen is huge, but the design is still slim at no more than 6mm thick and weighing just over a pound. Living up to its “Pro” title, it’s powerful enough to handle tasks like video editing, digital art, and other business tasks thanks to its fast processor and compatibility with the redesigned Apple Pencil. One Amazon reviewer admitted, “I have always been a computer person, but since I got this product my workflow has changed for the better.” Digital Trends summed up that its “the most versatile computer you can own.”

Since the Apple Pencil and keyboard covers have also been updated in 2019, keep in mind that older iPad Pro accessories won’t be compatible with this new device, which only adds to its expense. Though the 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be expensive, you can save a few bucks by getting the new 11-inch model for $750, which has just as much power with a smaller screen size.

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