The Best Tablet You Can Buy!!!
Since the introduction of the first iPad in 2010, tablets have taken off faster than any other piece of technology in recent history. Dozens of manufacturers make dozens of sizes of tablets, but they all share the same common ground: they are touchscreen slates that don’t need a keyboard and mouse. Some people like to use tablets as their only computers, while for many they are secondary devices that complement a smartphone and laptop. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what we can do with tablets, but we know that they are great for at least a few things: watching video, playing games, cruising through an overloaded inbox, and reading for hours.
A good tablet should be lightweight, fast, well built, have lots of apps available, and be easy to use. It should also easily last through a day of heavy use, or multiple days of lighter usage. I bring a tablet with me on almost every flight I take — if it can’t last from the time I board to the time I step off at my destination on the other side of the country, it’s failed (thankfully this isn’t much of a problem with tablets anymore).
A good tablet also has a strong ecosystem of accessories available to it — everything from keyboard cases to styluses to stands that let me get more use out of the device. You should also have the option to get the tablet with either just Wi-Fi connectivity or integrated LTE. I prefer LTE myself, since it makes the tablet far more useful when traveling, but those looking to save a few bucks can go with a Wi-Fi tablet and still have a great experience.
There are countless tablets available for purchase today, and we’ve surveyed all of the models you might come across in your local electronics store or on Amazon’s virtual shelves. It’s almost a tie for first place, but not quite.
THE WINNER APPLE IPAD AIR
When everything is added up, the best tablet is Apple’s iPad Air. The fifth version of the tablet since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, the iPad Air is extremely well built, exceptionally thin and lightweight (one pound exactly), and performs very well. Its battery easily lasts multiple days, its processor is very fast, and its high-resolution display is excellent. The screen is the No. 1 most important part of a tablet, and the Air’s is great for reading, while vibrant and colorful enough for video. There’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to the Air’s hardware.
One of the biggest advantages that the iPad Air has is the wealth of apps available for it in Apple’s iTunes App Store. A tablet is only as good as what you can do with it, and thanks to the hundreds of thousands of apps for the Air, you can do more with it than any other tablet.
There are also countless games available for the iPad Air — far more than any competing mobile platform. There are puzzle games, adventure games, strategy games, intense 3D action and racing games. And since the Air runs iOS, one of the easiest-to-understand computing platforms available, virtually anyone can pick up an Air and grasp how to use it quickly.
In addition to great hardware and lots of apps, the Air also has the strongest ecosystem of accessories available to it. There are keyboard cases to make it easier to type long emails or documents with the Air, styluses to draw or write on the Air’s display, rugged cases to protect the Air from abuse in extreme situations or the slippery hands of young children, stands to prop the Air up on your desk or next to a monitor, and much more. But you shouldn’t feel compelled to run out and spend a lot of money on accessories for your Air right after you buy it — the core iPad Air experience is really good and comes right out of the box.
The Air has pretty much everything you could want from a tablet: it’s fast, well built, lightweight, and has a ton of apps. It’s just not that portable, which leads us to our runner-up pick.