Since the launch of the first tablet, the iPad in 2010, its popularity has only increased, making it a staple in many homes across the UK.
In recent years, the tablet’s functions and features have continued to expand, which means that they are no longer just used as a big cell phone for your tech-challenged family members.
Instead, tablets are now in high demand for everyone – whether it’s young people using them to study, workers to make housework a lot easier, or smart gadget fanatics to link home products across multiple apps.
Due to the variety of features available, it’s not always easy to know which tablet suits your needs. We try to simplify below:
if you are studying on a tablet so you’ll want something that lets you type and write quickly and accurately. Look for devices that have a pen included and plenty of storage space for downloading apps.
if you are designing thingsthen look for products that label themselves as a drawing tablet, as they will likely come with a better pen and make writing or drawing on these devices as easy as using pen and paper.
if you need one travel tablet, It’s obviously important to have a compact tablet, so look for products where the screen fills the front of the tablet so there’s no unnecessary bulky edge.
If you use a tablet around the house to work with smart gadgets or get information like news or recipes, maybe look for a bigger screen (over 8 inches) so you can read and use it easily.
If the pill is for a child, then be sure to look for a durable product that will not be damaged if dropped or shaken. You might also consider a cheaper model so you’re not too worried about it getting slightly damaged.
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve taken the challenging part out of finding the best tablet deals this month, as detailed below.
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Whether you’re looking to buy your first iPad or upgrade an older model, you’ll want to understand the differences between the four types of products they offer. Overall, we found the iPad Air to be the best tablet Apple offered, as the fifth-gen model has a faster M1 processor, all-day battery life, and a great camera. It’s also relatively lightweight and offers 5G.
On the other hand, the iPad Mini is great for those on the go and has a 7.9-inch screen that is ideal for reading e-books or casual browsing. It also has a very high pixel density, so even though the screen is small, the quality is great.
The iPad Pro has an 11-inch or 12.9-inch screen and is primarily aimed at creative professionals as it has a great camera and stylus for projecting.
Of course, there’s also the regular iPad, which is now in its ninth generation and has grown a lot since the launch of the first tablet. The latest generation has a 10.2-inch screen and a front-facing camera. Generally, if you are looking for a more economical option, this iPad is your choice as it is priced a little lower than other Apple iPad models.
APPLE 10.2″ iPad (2021) – 256 GB, Silver
Buy Now £424.99, Currys
APPLE 11″ iPad Pro (2021) – 128 GB, space gray
Buy Now £699.00 Currys
iPad Pro (M1, 2021), 256 Gb, Wi-Fi, 12.9 inch
Buy Now £1,052.00, Very
APPLE iPad mini 8.3″ (2021) – 64GB
Buy Now £459.00 Currys
2020 Apple iPad Air 10.9″, A14 Bionic Processor, iOS, Wi-Fi, 64GB
It was £579
Buy Now £429.00, John Lewis
2020 Apple iPad Air 10.9″, A14 Bionic Processor, iOS, Wi-Fi, 256GB
Buy now £569.00, Amazon
If you’re looking for a versatile tablet, look no further than Microsoft’s tablet offerings below, as many of their Surface products are 2-in-1 tablets and PCs. Both the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro X have 13-inch screens, so they’re great if you want to use your tablet as a laptop regularly.
For students, we recommend the Surface Go 3, which is highly affordable and, thanks to Surface Pen compatibility, works well for note-taking and drawing.
Microsoft Surface Go 3 – 10.5-inch 2-in-1 Tablet PC
Buy now £429.95, Amazon
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 – 13-inch 2-in-1 Tablet PC
Buy now £875.00, Amazon
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 12.3” Tablet
Buy now £928.00, Amazon
Overall, Amazon’s Fire tablets are some of the best value tablets on the market, as they include many of the same features as other brands, but at a fraction of the price. The main thing to note with Fire tablets is that they aren’t compatible with Android or Apple – so you won’t be able to use apps like Gmail or Chrome, instead you’ll have to respond on Amazon’s App Store where you can download their own apps for photos, web browsing and emails.
We recommend the Fire 7 tablets as a great choice for kids as they are well built, have decent battery life and come in a variety of fun colors. There’s also the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10, which are pretty similar except for the screen size. If you want to use a tablet on the go, the Fire 8 is smaller and lighter.
Tablet Fire 7 Kids Pro
Buy now £49.99, Amazon
Fire 7 Tablet, 7″ screen, 16 GB
Buy now £29.99, Amazon
Fire HD 10 tablet, 32GB, black, with ads + Bluetooth keyboard + 12 month Microsoft 365 Personal subscription
Buy Now £209.97, Amazon
Tablet Fire HD 8 Plus, 8 inch HD screen, 32 GB,
Buy now £109.00, Very
Samsung has released a number of tablets over the years, all at various price points designed to appeal to different consumers. If you’re looking for a budget tablet that still performs well, the A7 Lite is a good buy as it has an 8.7-inch screen and is relatively compact.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a high-end tablet that does it all, the recently released S8 Ultra is your choice. With the biggest screen yet at 14.6 inches, the S8 Ultra also comes with smart battery, super fast charging and 4K video recording.
Tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 14.6 inch 128 GB Wi-Fi Android Graphite
Buy Now £849.00, Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5″ Wi-Fi Screen Android Tablet 32GB Graphite
Buy Now £187.00, Amazon
Tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G Android Mystic
Buy Now £599.00, Amazon
Tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite 8.7 inch Wi-Fi Android 32 GB Silver
Buy now £117.00, Amazon
OTHER TABLET OFFERS
There are great deals on other tablet brands too – like Lenovo and Huawei, with models that pack a real punch in the spec sphere.
LENOVO Tab M10 10.1” Tablet – 32 GB, Black
Buy Now £79.00 Currys
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus 10.3 inch FHD Tablet
Buy now £139.00, Amazon
HUAWEI MatePad 10.4 inch 2K FullView Tablet
Buy now £139.00, Amazon
Tablet HUAWEI MatePad T10 9.7″ 64GB WiFi
Buy now £129.00, AO