Tablets have yet to make themselves essential, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t 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. These slates are becoming more capable and versatile every year.
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, there are other options. Android tablets have become more useful, and Amazon’s affordable Fire tablets are a good way to save money if your needs are basic. If you want a tablet that can double as a laptop, an iPad or a Windows-powered 2-in-1 might be your best bet. Our picks of the best tablets can help you decide.
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Updated December 2020: We’ve added several new picks to this guide, like the iPad Air.