Picking up a new tablet? Then these are the ones you should consider buying (Picture: Getty)
There are times when a tablet is much, much more preferable than a smartphone for accomplishing a task.
Even if that task is sitting around reading the news. Which, I suppose, is exactly what you’re doing right now.
The great thing about tablets now, rather than tablets five or ten years ago, is you get decent ones for reasonable prices and they’ve got way more functionality than you might think.
Some are effectively just mini computers. You can attach a keyboard and mouse and use them to replace your laptop.
Whereas others can be thought of a supercharged smartphones. Doing things your phone can do, only with a bigger screen and better speakers.
We’ve rounded up our favourites here, with options to suit every specification and budget.
Best all-rounder: Apple iPad Air
Sadly the keyboard accessory will cost you extra. (Picture: EPA)
If you just want to cut straight to the chase and find the best possible tablet for the most amount of uses, it’s this one: the iPad Air (2022).
Its benefits are numerous: a distinct and frequently updated operating system, a huge amount of processing power, a plethora of available accessories, and excellent build quality.
Yes, it means you’re locked into Apple’s ecosystem and it also may seem expensive up front. But make no mistake, the iPad Air is the James Milner of the tablet world. It can handle anything you want it to and it’ll keep going for absolutely ages.
Get the iPad Air (2022) from £569 at John Lewis.
If you want to know even more about it, we’ve got a full review right here.
Best budget option: Amazon Fire HD8
The Amazon Fire HD 8 works best when paired with an Amazon Prime subscription (Picture: Amazon)
If money is the main driving decision over which tablet to buy, then look no further than Amazon’s Fire tablet line-up.
The cheapest of the cheap is the 7-inch Fire tablet with an RRP of £59.99 – currently discounted to just £31.99.
However, if you can possibly stretch to it, go for the Fire HD 8, priced at £89.99.
Doing so will net you double the amount of storage space, more RAM and a high definition display. Since you’ll likely want to pair this with a Prime subscription (for movies, TV shows, music and books) it’s nice to be looking at a full HD screen.
Of course, there are drawbacks: Not every app is available on Amazon’s app store and you’ll also have to put up with adverts on the lock screen. But if you just want a tablet for entertainment, it’s hard to ignore Amazon’s offering.
Better yet, there are accessories for it, like this