1The 10 Best Tablets on Today’s Market, According to Consumer Reports
In the tablet market today there’s Samsung, Apple, and every other vendor. That’s the main takeaway from Consumer Reports’ list of the top-rated tablets. Consumer Reports tested the current crop of tablets and assessed them based on display quality, camera quality, and performance, among other metrics. The company then rated the tablets on a scale of 0 to 100. In the latest data, which was released on Jan. 31, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was the market leader. It was closely followed by Apple’s iPad Pro. Although Apple and Samsung dominated the list, they were joined by Lenovo and Asus, which were both able to capture spots in the top ten. This slide show will look at the 10 best tablets, according to Consumer Reports’ study. Note that some iPad models were combined for clarity.
2Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
With a score of 84 out of a possible 100, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is the highest-rated tablet in Consumer Reports’ study. The tablet earned scores of “excellent” in a variety of categories, including performance, display quality, convenience, and camera image quality. It could only muster a “very good,” however, in Consumer Reports’ evaluation of its “versatility”—a measure of how easy it is to use it for a variety of activities. Both the WiFi-only and 4G versions earned marks of 84.
3Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Not far behind was Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2, the predecessor to the Tab S3. Samsung’s Tab S2 had similarly “excellent” ratings for its performance and convenience, but only earned a “very good” rating for its display quality. The Tab S2 also had a “good” rating for its camera video quality. It scored 81 out of 100 in the study.
4Apple iPad Pro 9.7
Both the 32GB and 128GB versions of Apple’s iPad were earned a score of 81 in the Consumer Reports study. While they scored “excellent” ratings for performance and display quality, they were slightly behind the iPad Pro with a “very good” rating in camera video quality. The iPad’s “versatility” was also rated as “good.”
6Apple iPad Pro (10.5)
7Apple iPad Pro (12.9)
8Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Breaking from Apple and Samsung dominance, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus was able to secure a score of 77 out of a possible 100. The device earned an “excellent” rating for its “convenience” factor but only a “good” score for camera photo quality. Lenovo’s slate earned a “fair” rating for its video quality, which hurt its score.
9Apple iPad Mini 4
10Asus ZenPad 3S 10
11Samsung Galaxy Tab A
At a score of 76, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A was among the top performers in the Consumer Reports study. Although it earned an “excellent” rating for “convenience,” it had “very good” ratings for performance and display quality. The Galaxy Tab A’s video quality was rated “good” by Consumer Reports.