Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) review

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85%

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  • 12.9 inches
  • IOS

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 verdict: Majestic

It’s enormous, but that just means there’s more iPad to appreciate. This Best Buy is comfortably one of the best tablets we’ve ever tested. The stunning screen is searingly colourful, and apps take seconds to load. The battery life is surprisingly good, too, given how taxing that big, beautiful screen must be.

Pros
  • Stunning screen regardless of the light conditions
  • Long battery life
  • Responsive touchscreen and speedy loading
Cons
  • Speaker placement means you’ll often cover them with your hands
  • No headphone jack

Apple iPad Mini 2021 64GB Wifi review

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85%

Key features

  • 8.3 inches
  • IOS

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 verdict: Special tablet

It’s superb. Everything about this little eight-inch tablet exudes quality. It looks crisp and smooth and runs just the same. The screen is fantastic, too. You do have to pay a premium for the iPad Mini, but it’s worth it if you want the best at this size.

Pros
  • Bright and beautifully detailed screen
  • Great cameras for a tablet
  • Slick and swift operation
Cons
  • More reflections that we’d like on the screen

Apple iPad Air 2020 (4th Gen) review

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83%

Key features

  • 10.9 inches
  • IOS

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Which? verdict: A brilliant tablet

It’s a lot of extra money to pay for a few additional luxuries, but the Air is certainly better than the standard 2020 iPad in a few key areas that, for some, means it’s a better choice. But if you’re looking to save money, you don’t have to buy the Air to get a great iPad.

Pros
  • Wonderful screen
  • Fast
  • Easy to use
  • Lovely design
Cons
  • Battery life could be slightly better

Apple iPad 2021 64GB Wifi review

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83%

Key features

  • 10.2 inches
  • IOS

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verdict: Cheapest iPad that’s a worthy member of the family

It’s an excellent tablet that should be the de facto iPad choice if you want a 10-inch screen and you won’t be doing anything demanding, such as editing video of graphic design (you’d want the iPad Pro for that).

Pros
  • Sharp and colourful screen
  • Runs quickly
  • Good battery particularly when watching videos
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Screen is reflective
  • Speakers struggle a bit with speech

Apple iPad Pro 2020 11-inch review

£649.00Typical price

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83%

Key features

  • 11 inches
  • IOS

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 verdict: Brilliant but pricey tablet

The iPad Pros sit are sensational. In most areas, there is little to no competition. Of course, the very high price will put most casual tablet buyers off completely, but for those with the money – and the need for such power and performance – the iPad Pro range is a great choice.

Pros
  • Fantastic screen
  • Super fast
  • Great sound
  • Lovely design
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • Variable battery life
  • Expensive accessories
  • Expensive generally

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 2021 review

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82%

Key features

  • 12.3 inches

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 verdict: One of Samsung’s best

It’s a tremendous tablet, with a wonderful screen, decent cameras and a lengthy battery life. It’s versatile and worth buying if you’re looking for a tablet with a high-end feel that costs far less than an iPad Pro.

Pros
  • Dazzling display
  • Useful and easily stored stylus
  • More than 12 hours of battery life
  • Slick and easy to use
Cons
  • Virtual keyboard is too big and fiddly
  • Cameras aren’t great for video

Microsoft Surface Pro X SQ2 4G review

£1,329.00Typical price

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82%

Key features

  • 13 inches

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 verdict: Excellent, but only worth it if you want a laptop too

It’s a hugely expensive tablet that’s only worth it if you want a laptop as well as a tablet. It’s a business device by name, but it can play media and browse the internet as well as any non-business device.

Pros
  • Impressively quick
  • Some of the best cameras on a tablet
  • Windows is familiar and easy to use
  • Display is great for text
Cons
  • Heavy and difficult to use as a traditional tablet
  • Software uses almost 100GB of available space

Apple iPad 2020 (8th Generation) review

£329.00Typical price

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82%

Key features

  • 10.2 inches
  • IOS

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 verdict: A top-pick tablet

Bar a speedier processor, very little has changed in Apple’s 2020 iPad upgrade; but then, why change near-perfection? The 2020 iPad has a great screen, excellent speakers, good battery life and smooth software. The newer processor is extra icing on an already very tasty cake, and makes this model a worthy Best Buy.

Pros
  • Great screen
  • Fast performance
  • Good speakers
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Cameras aren’t brilliant

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 review

£619.00Typical price

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82%

Key features

  • 11 inches
  • Android

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 verdict: One of the best

This is a fantastic tablet that ticks pretty much every box you can imagine and is one of the best Android tablets we’ve ever tested. With a price tag to match, it may be overkill for those who just want a tablet for watching videos and doing a bit of reading, but if you’re after a device that can replace your laptop, this should make your shortlist alongside Apple’s brilliant iPad Pro range.

Pros
  • Very fast
  • Fantastic screen
  • Excellent supplied stylus
  • Brilliant speakers
Cons
  • Costly keyboard accessory
  • Many apps aren’t designed for tablets

Apple iPad Air 2022 review

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81%

Key features

  • 10.9 inches

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 verdict: Seriously impressive

It’s a fantastic tablet that’s comparable to an iPad Pro, but far cheaper. Unless you really want a screen bigger than 11 inches, we’d say most people should choose this over an iPad Pro because the savings are huge and the drop in quality is tiny.

Pros
  • Sharp and vibrant screen
  • Powerful processor
  • Loud and balanced sound
  • Cracking cameras for a tablet
Cons
  • Shortest iPad battery
  • Fiddly to turn off and access quick settings

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 review

£699.00Typical price

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81%

Key features

  • 13 inches
  • Android

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 verdict: Designed for video, but good at everything

Lenovo’s latest Yoga Tab is a cracker. The vast 13-inch display is great for videos, but it’s the speed of the tablet that really impressed us. The system is smooth and everything loads in the blink of an eye. It’s a great choice if you want a big screen.

Pros
  • Lovely bright screen
  • Lengthy battery life
  • Quick and slick interface
Cons
  • Speakers are a bit weak and lack bass

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G 64GB review

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80%

Key features

  • 12.3 inches
  • Android

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 verdict: Great cheaper iPad Pro alternative

It’s significantly cheaper than the 2021 iPad Pro and, with a great score of 80%, only slightly worse. It’s up there with the best tablets, but just misses out on a Best Buy score due to lacklustre sound and because it’s slow to turn on.

Pros
  • Crisp and precise display
  • 11 hours battery on a single charge
  • Runs fast
  • Included stylus is handy
Cons
  • Sound lacks finesse
  • Takes 30 seconds to turn on
  • No headphone jack

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review

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79%

Key features

  • 12.3 inches
  • Windows

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 verdict: A powerful Windows tablet

Nearly identical to the Surface Pro 6 from 2018, the 2019 Surface Pro 7 has the same strengths. It does add a new processor – nice but not a must-have –and the extra USB-C port is a welcome addition. If you can still find the Surface Pro 6 at a discount, you could save yourself a lot of money.

Pros
  • Fast
  • Great screen
  • Good speakers
  • Attractive design
Cons
  • Large
  • Expensive
  • Pricey accessories

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review

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79%

Key features

  • 10.4 inches
  • Android

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 verdict: A good mid-range Android

This is a very good tablet. However, it sits awkwardly in Samsung’s range in that it is not particularly cheap but only a little better than some even cheaper Samsung models, such as the Tab A 10.1 and 10.5. Still, if you find this tablet at a good price, it’s one to consider.

Pros
  • Fast
  • Comes with a stylus
  • Good build quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Screen not as good as some other tablets
  • Launch price seems a little high

Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Pentium, 128GB) review

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79%

Key features

  • 10.5 inches
  • Windows 10

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 verdict: A versatile Windows tablet

This is a great tablet and one of the best from 2020. However, it works best with a keyboard attached and the high price of this accessory mean it’s a steep investment. But as far as Windows tablets go, there’s nothing else this good at the price.

Pros
  • Lovely screen
  • Reasonably fast
  • Good speakers
  • Great accessories
Cons
  • Accessories are expensive
  • Not as many apps as on Android or iOS
  • Short battery life when using the internet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review

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79%

Key features

  • 12.4 inches
  • Android

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 verdict: One of Samsung’s best from 2020

This is one of Samsung’s best from 2020 and it ticks pretty much every box you can imagine. With a price to match, it may be overkill for those who just want a tablet for watching videos and doing a bit of reading, but if you’re after a device that can replace your laptop, this should make your shortlist alongside Apple’s brilliant iPad Pro range.

Pros
  • Super-fast
  • Fantastic screen
  • Excellent supplied stylus
  • Brilliant speakers
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Costly keyboard accessory
  • Many apps aren’t designed for tablets

Xiaomi Pad 5 6GB 128GB review

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79%

Key features

  • 11 inches

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verdict: Makes the most of its advanced features

Unsurprisingly, given the wealth of features and high-end tech, the Pad 5 is a lovely tablet. Everything feels buttery smooth as apps open swiftly and it never struggles with loading software. Plus it looks and sounds good.

Pros
  • Quick and slick to use
  • Bright and sharp screen
  • Great battery life
  • Great sound for a tablet
Cons
  • Screen doesn’t hide reflections well
  • Mediocre cameras

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 review

£370.00Typical price

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79%

Key features

  • 10.9 inches
  • Android

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Which? verdict: Versatile and competitively priced

It’s two inches smaller than the Yoga Tab 13 and hundreds of pounds cheaper, but the Tab 11 is only slightly worse than its bulky cousin – whether you want a tablet for films or general use.

Pros
  • Sharp display with bright colours
  • Runs very quickly
  • Can run for almost 14 hours
Cons
  • Sound can be harsh
  • Needs more bass

Microsoft Surface Pro X review

£919.00Typical price

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79%

Key features

  • 13 inches
  • Windows

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verdict: Pricey, but impressive

There’s no doubting the quality of this tablet. It scored well in our tests and only narrowly missed out on a Best Buy score. However, it’s worth considering exactly what you want to do with your tablet. For starters, the Surface Pro X is so large it makes more sense with the optional keyboard dock (£260) and stylus (£119), so you should factor these in when budgeting for it.

Pros
  • Fantastic screen
  • Great speakers
  • Lovely design
  • Familiar Windows 10 experience
Cons
  • Limited app compatibility
  • Quite unwieldy
  • Very expensive
  • Pricey accessories

Apple iPad Pro 2020 12.9-inch review

£849.00Typical price

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79%

Key features

  • 12.9 inches
  • IOS

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 verdict: A strong option

The iPad Pro is a great tablet but is overshadowed by newer iPads. Of course, the very high price (although it has come down a bit since its 2020 release) will put most casual tablet buyers off, but it’s a solid option for those with the money, and the need for such power and performance.

Pros
  • Fantastic screen
  • Super fast
  • Great sound
  • Lovely design
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • Variable battery life
  • Expensive accessories
  • Expensive generally