Best 10 Inch Tablet to Purchase Today

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Tablets have become ubiquitous in many households. They can be a great way to entertain your child and keep your cell phone off limits. Or give you a bigger space to look at if you’ve been staring at your smaller mobile screen. 

How We Chose Our Ratings

Woman is holding a 10 inch apple ipad and flashed on the screen is some downloaded apps

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Accuracy is essential to us, so to come up with our ratings, we thoroughly examined customer reviews and testimonials. Who better to tell you if a product is worth it than your fellow consumers? We also look at data or news about tablets and the general brand reputation and combine all that into our final score. 

Best 10-Inch Tablets

Apple iPad Air (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
  • 10.5-inch Retina Display with True Tone and wide Color
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor and Apple Pay
  • 8MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD Front camera
  • Stereo speakers

Just over ten inches, measuring 10.5 inches, the Apple iPad Air is very user-friendly and powerful. It could be the right tablet for you if you have an iPhone and are already familiar with iOS systems because using the tablet will be a breeze. You may also enjoy the iPad Air if you like the streamlined design and for your electronics to have a minimalistic appearance but look slick at the same time.   

The Air’s screen is about 9.8 inches long by 6.8 inches wide. It measures 10.5 inches diagonally and is LED-backlit. The tablet is less than a quarter inch thick and weighs around a pound, so it’s very lightweight and portable. 

The only buttons on the iPad are the home button on the face of the tablet, the volume adjusters on the side, and a small power button on the top edge. You can save your fingerprint to the home button so that only you can unlock and open the device. The Air is compatible with an Apple Pencil that you can use to “write” or “draw” on the tablet. 

The iPad Air is available in silver, gray, or gold and depending on how much storage space you need, you can choose either a 64 or 256-gigabyte capacity. The built-in lithium battery can provide you with up to ten hours of use, and you can recharge the tablet with its power adapter or connect the USB to a laptop or computer.  

The tablet has an eight-megapixel camera so that you can snap images and capture video. You can use HDR for your pictures, set a timer to delay your shot, and take live photos so that your images are in motion for a few seconds. You can record videos in 1080p HD so that they look crisp and clear, you can use slo-mo to slow things down, and you can shoot a time-lapse video. 

If you want to use Facetime (Apple’s video chat app) or take selfies, the iPad Air also has a seven-megapixel front facing camera with flash, automatic HDR for videos and pictures, and burst mode so that you can quickly snap ten or more photos by holding down the button and choose the best-looking one later. 

You can use Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, to power searches, make hands-free phone calls, and listen to music. Siri can also be a helpful tool, along with other features included on the iPad Air, for people with disabilities. You can also customize the display to be more user-friendly for anyone who may experience issues with their vision. 

If you have an older iPad, you might be able to trade in the one you have for credit towards purchasing the iPad Air.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1"; 16 GB Wifi Tablet (White) SM-T580NZWAXAR
  • 1.6 GHz exynos 7870 octa-core Processor
  • Os: android 6.0 Marshmallow. Battery Type and Size Li-Ion 7,300 mAh
  • 2GB of RAM + 16GB
  • 10.1" wuxga Display
  • 8Mp rear camera + 2Mp front camera

This Tablet uses the Android operating system, so if you’re comfortable using that, then you might enjoy this tablet. A full charge should net you about 13 hours of use. 

Similar to the Apple iPad Air, the tablet only has one tactile button on its face, but there are two sensor-type buttons on either side of the home button to bring up all your recently opened apps or to go back on your current screen. The Galaxy is compatible with the S pen that you can use to jot down notes or draw on your tablet.

The Galaxy Tab A has two-gigabytes of RAM and comes with a capacity of 16-gigabytes. However, you can extend your storage to 256GB by buying a MicroSD card. If you need to multitask, this tablet lets you have two apps open on the screen so that you can do things like chat and stream a television show at the same time.  

The tablet has an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera so that you can take pictures or be in the shot too. 

If you have a Samsung Smart TV from 2015 or newer, the Galaxy Tab A has a feature called Quick Connect that lets you put whatever is on your tablet screen onto the television’s display. It also works in reverse. You can continue watching your television show on your tablet.  

Almost 3,000 Amazon customers provided feedback on their experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, and about 80 percent of them give it four or five stars. Many buyers say that it’s effortless to use, has a great battery life that lets them use it all day without having to recharge constantly, and that the screen resolution is excellent. 

A lot of people who comparison shopped, read reviews and did their research felt that the Galaxy Tab A was a better purchase than some of the other tablets they had considered because of its lower price. Many shoppers thought that they were getting pretty much the same features as some of the other pricier options. 

Some of the highest rated features for the tablet were the sound clarity from the stereo speakers, resolution of photos and videos taken, and quality of the materials for the construction of the tablet itself. However, some buyers had issues with the tablet’s longevity and experienced problems where it would shut off on its own.

Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Marine Blue (Previous Generation - 7th)
  • Brilliant 10.1" 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi—perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
  • Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more—just ask
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with a Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to enabled Echo devices.
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.

If you love all things Amazon (think Kindle, Alexa, Prime), and plan to use the tablet mostly for streaming movies or playing games, then you might be interested in Amazon Fire Tablets. It comes with a 10.1-inch display with more than two million pixels in full HD 1080p resolution, and you can select from a 32-gigabyte or 64-gigabyte capacity. However, you can expand to 256GB with a microSD card. 

You can choose from: 

  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue

There are no buttons on the face of the Fire HD 10. The power and volume buttons are on the top edge of the tablet. 

The Fire HD has 2 GB RAM and up to 1.8 GHz quad-core processor so connecting to Wi-Fi and streaming content, watching high-definition movies, and playing games should be relatively smooth. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can connect your account to the tablet to access their videos. You can also download Android apps. 

If you’ve got your hands busy, you can ask Alexa to help you out and play music, start apps, and stop videos. If you have an Echo in your house, you can pair it with the Fire to make hands-free phone calls or send messages. If you have a Fire TV, you can use the Second Screen feature to put your tablet’s display on the television. 

You can read ebooks on your Fire HD with the Kindle eBook app. Fire has a feature called Blue Shade that adjusts the backlight for those who like to read before bed. 

With a full charge, you should be able to enjoy the Fire for about ten hours so that you can take it with you without keeping your eyes peeled for outlets. The tablet has a two-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers. Amazon backs the Fire HD with a one-year limited warranty. 

Over 33,000 customers have reviewed their Fire HD 10 purchase, and about 80 percent have rated it with four or five stars. Buyers enjoy the convenience of pairing their tablet with Alexa to have her start movies, cast to the television, and play music. The battery life may not be as long as some other tablets, but most users felt that it was sufficient and that they would highly recommend the Fire. 

If you like to read books or use Amazon’s Audible, the tablet is an excellent platform for bibliophiles. One thing that many reviewers noted as a negative was that Amazon’s browser, called Silk, is not supported by many websites and is not very useful. Also, some people, even those who had previous versions of the Fire, did not feel that the HD 10 was user-friendly. 

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Tablet with 10.8" 2.5D Display, Octa Core, Quick Charge, Quad Harman Kardon-Tuned Speakers, WiFi Only, 4GB+64GB, Champagne Gold (US Warranty)
  • 【2.5D Glass Display】Curved-edge 2.5D curved glass is now available on M5 Android tablet. You will never worry about missing a detail with 10.8’’ 2560 x 1600 high-res display. The 82% screen-to-body ratio means you can enjoy a wider view than before
  • 【Excellent Sound】Quad stereo speakers tuned and certified by Harman/Kardon provide a paramount audio and video experience, as well as support HiFi headphones.The HUAWEI Histen audio creates a perfect sounds cape to give you 3D sound that is richer, more layered and penetrating
  • 【Pure. Simple. Stylish】M5's curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. M5 android tablet that boasts a proprietary Kirin 960 series octa-core chipset and stable Wi-Fi network connectivity. F2.2 & 13 MP Rear camera;F2.2 & 8 MP Front camera. 4G RAM+ 64G ROM. M Pen included
  • 【Quick Charge】It takes only 2.9 hrs to get M5 Pro fully charged. Its 7500 mAh (TYP) battery and Smart Power-Saving technology allow you to enjoy 1080P videos to 11 hours.(Depending on the using environment, such as screen brightness)
  • 【Smart UI】EMUI 8.0 (Based on Android 8.0), Advanced fingerprint recognition

Huawei’s presence has been steadily growing on the Android scene as well as with laptops. If you like their products, then you might also enjoy their tablet.

The Huawei MediaPad M5 has a 10.8-inch display and has 2.5D curved glass to make it almost three dimensional with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Harman/Kardon stereo speakers provide fantastic sound, and the tablet’s polished metal body keeps things sleek and simple. This powerful tablet has 4 GB RAM, a 2.1 GHz processor and a storage capacity of 64 gigabytes.  

It only has a home button on its face and the power and volume buttons on one side. 

You can achieve a full charge on the M5 in less than three hours, and that should last you for about 12 hours. The Huawei has ClariVu, a feature that uses algorithms to adjust the display so that you get the clearest picture when you’re watching a video. The tablet also automatically changes its display to reduce blue light strain on your eyes depending on the light in your environment.   

The rear-facing camera has 13 megapixels, and the front-facing camera has eight megapixels, so both sides deliver crisp videos and images.  

About 80 percent of customers rated the Huawei MediaPad M5 with four or five stars. People who purchased the tablet felt it had produced clear audio, had a long battery life and thought the tablet was well constructed with quality materials. Reviewers said that they were able to multitask without affecting the MediaPad’s performance and that any pictures taken with either camera were very sharp.  

Users liked the wide display and high resolution for watching movies and that the tablet acts somewhat like a phone when you turn the screen from portrait to landscape, and it automatically goes full screen. 

One thing many buyers did not like is that the tablet doesn’t come with a headphone jack which is not convenient for people who want to enjoy their content privately. Also, some people experienced issues with using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi at the same time. 

Buyer’s Guide

Flashed on Samsung Galaxy Tablet Screen is a Google App

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If you’re shopping around for a tablet, you can become overwhelmed by so many features. What are some basic things to keep in mind to help you narrow down the field? Think about the main things you’ll be doing with the tablet. 

If you take a lot of pictures and videos and need storage, find the tablet with the most significant capacity or the option to expand with a MicroSD card. 

If you like to stream videos or play games, compare the RAM numbers on your top choices to see which one is better suited for you. 

If you think that you would like a smaller tablet there are also seven and eight inch tablet options, or if you'd like a larger tablet there are 12 inch tablets.

If you plan to use your tablet on the go, find the one with the most extended battery life per charge.  

If you’re still on the fence about which tablet to choose, find the one with the most flexible warranty and return policy so you’ll have peace of mind should any issues come up after you’ve handed over your hard-earned money.

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