More than a smartphone: the best tablets in 2020

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Watching a series or working with mail is much nicer on a large screen tablet. We figure out which models are worthy of attention in 2020.

Unlike smartphones, new models of which appear almost every day, tablets are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Since phones have come close in size to mini-versions of tablets, the latter have ceased to be popular. They are still in demand among children and all kinds of content creators, but many functions of the tablet are already perfectly performed by a smartphone with a large display. Moreover, even hybrids such as laptops with flexible screens and 2-in-1 smartphones, such as the Galaxy Fold, which easily replaces the tablet, began to appear.

If we talk about large manufacturers that are always at the hearing, then classic tablets continue to produce Apple, Samsung and Huawei. If quality is important to you, choose among the models of these brands. In addition, you can still find Xiaomi models in stores – but the Chinese company has not officially delivered its tablets to Russia, and now it has completely stopped producing them.

A smaller market share is occupied by Lenovo tablets, budget models of domestic brands IRBIS, Digma and Prestigio, as well as all kinds of little-known “Chinese”. A separate niche is occupied by Microsoft Surface devices, which are easier to consider as transformer laptops, rather than simple tablets – and they work on Windows.

Over the past year, little has changed in the world of tablets, so for a start, we recommend that you look into our rating of the best models of 2019. They are still relevant – and cost a little cheaper than fresh devices.

As for the new products, the brightest ones are also attributed to Samsung, Apple and Huawei – the latter company, by the way, now produces tablets on Android, but without Google services.

Apple iPad 10.2

In the Apple lineup there are as many as four models of iPads – Air, Mini, just an iPad and the Pro version. The coolest and most powerful, of course, is the iPad Pro – but it is more focused on content creators (designers, video editors, and other craters). But the best value for money in our opinion has the iPad 10.2 inches, the new in 2019.

The gadget received an excellent Retina-display with an increased diagonal (the previous model was 9.7-inch) and a resolution of 2160 × 1620 pixels. Also, the new model boasts a couple of “computer” chips – now the iPad supports an external keyboard, works with flash drives and a stylus. In addition, the tablet’s power is enough to run all modern applications and simultaneously run several programs – you can immediately edit a document, communicate via FaceTime and watch a video on YouTube, for example. This makes it especially convenient for studying and working with text, but in fact – it practically turns it into a mini-laptop.

The powerful Apple A10 Fusion chipset copes not only with heavy games, but also with graphic programs for processing photos and videos. Another unusual iPad trick is support for Xbox and PlayStation Buetooth-gamemads. Using the game controller, you can turn the tablet into a game console.

HUAWEI MediaPad M6 10.8

At the end of 2019, a new Huawei tablet came to Russia – the MediaPad M6 10.8 model. The device is equipped with a huge display with symmetrical frames and a resolution of 2K, a powerful four-speaker audio system and the flagship Kirin 980 processor, which is also used in the top-end Huawei smartphones.

The tablet has become one of the few devices without support for Google services – it still works on Android, but instead of Google Play uses the proprietary app store Huawei App Gallery. For users, this will not be a big problem, since you can download and install all the popular applications (Yandex services, instant messengers or banking programs) in the built-in store – and, in extreme cases, through apk files.

Like the last iPad, the tablet supports styluses and an external keyboard – another thing is that for Android devices this has not been an event for a long time. What is really unusual is the new PC mode, in which the tablet optimizes the display of content for editing and creating files. There is also a separate mode for children, in which small people have access to a limited number of device functions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5

A large number of tablets are released by the Korean manufacturer Samsung. The company itself divides its devices into two lines: Galaxy A – for entertainment, and Galaxy S – for study and work. The first category has a better price, the second – high power. We talked about budget Samsung tablets in detail in this article. We are talking about the best devices here, so we included the Galaxy Tab S6 in our top 2020 tablets.

The model is equipped with a large AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 and very narrow frames. Unlike the two previous tablets in our review, Samsung does not even have a Home button – the entire front panel is occupied by the display.

Unusually, it is equipped with a dual camera – a solution with several sensors is still more common with smartphones, while frankly they save on tablet cameras. It also uses a camera with a resolution of 13 + 5 megapixels and support for artificial intelligence. Captured photos and videos can be immediately processed in the preinstalled application Adobe Premiere Rush for Samsung.

The tablet comes in two versions – a version with Wi-Fi support will cost 52,990 rubles, and with LTE – 59,990 rubles. Both models are equipped with 128 GB of memory and support microSDXC up to 1 TB. Three colors are also available: gray, blue and gold.

Alternative: convertible laptop

By adding a keyboard to your tablet, you can practically turn it into a laptop. Not the most convenient, but lightweight and inexpensive. But there is just the opposite alternative: buy a laptop-transformer and, if necessary, use it as a tablet.

For those who are not in the know, transformers are devices that can be used with different scenarios. For example, in the Lenovo Yoga series, the cover can rotate 360 ​​°. The device thus turns into a kind of tablet, and the touch screen allows you to interact with it like a tablet. You do not need any coasters: to watch a movie, you just need to fold the gadget “house” and put on a hard surface.

Unusually, it is equipped with a dual camera – a solution with several sensors is still more common in smartphones, while frankly they save on tablet cameras. It also uses a camera with a resolution of 13 + 5 megapixels and support for artificial intelligence. Captured photos and videos can be immediately processed in the preinstalled application Adobe Premiere Rush for Samsung.

The tablet comes in two versions – a version with Wi-Fi support will cost 52,990 rubles, and with LTE – 59,990 rubles. Both models are equipped with 128 GB of memory and support microSDXC up to 1 TB. Three colors are also available: gray, blue and gold.

Lenovo Yoga comes with an Active Pen for freehand sketching. Despite the thin body (it is, by the way, metal), the laptop’s autonomy is quite comparable with tablets: if you do not run energy-intensive applications, it can last for 10 hours. A transformer would be a good choice if you choose a tablet not only for watching videos, but also for studying or preparing documents. And, of course, if you are not afraid to wear a 1.5-kilogram gadget instead of a 500-gram one.