Whether you’re buying a tablet for the first time or are trying to figure out the best option for your recipient, keep in mind the different types of tablets, available sizes, and operating systems. A traditional tablet typically features a large touch screen and is compact and portable. Convertible tablets, sometimes called 2 in 1 tablets, often come with a detachable keyboard. While a traditional tablet is ideal for students and those who plan on using it for basic demands, a convertible tablet is a good choice for frequent travelers and those who plan on taking the tablet with them throughout the day.
Screen size is also important. Most tablet screens fall somewhere between 7 and 10 inches, although there are some with smaller and larger screens. Many lightweight tablets have smaller screens, typically around 8 inches or less. A tablet with a 10-inch screen offers portability and productivity. Those with larger screens can be more difficult to transport and may work well as a laptop replacement. Operating systems frequently come down to personal preference. As with many laptops, you’ll find tablets with Windows, iOS, Fire OS, and Android operating systems.
This list represents your top tablet choices this holiday season for every budget. If you’d like to take a look at even more options, head to the tablet page. You can also browse Amazon Holiday Gifts and the Electronic Gift Guide for additional choices. If you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift, take a look at Amazon’s Tablet Buying Guide.
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1. NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8″ Tablet
If your recipient is a serious gamer, this tablet is worth a close look. Android and GeForce NOW cloud gaming service allow users more ways to game. Additional features include expandable storage up to 128 GB thanks to a microSD slot along with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor to handle even the most intense gaming demands. The 8-inch display is full HD for a memorable gaming experience. Dual-front facing speakers provide sound throughout a game. An optional tablet cover and controller makes this tablet a top choice for any gamer.
2. Kindle Oasis E-reader with Leather Charging Cover
A high-quality leather cover, available in black, walnut, and Merlot, adds an elegant touch and is designed to keep this tablet charged on the go. The cover is also designed to wake up this Kindle when it’s opened and put the tablet to sleep when closed. While the cover is already lightweight, it can be detached to make the tablet even lighter and easier to transport. A built-in front light reduces eye strain even when reading for several hours at a time. The LED light is also designed for all types of lighting. Those who travel frequently or who are simply concerned about preserving battery life will appreciate the hibernation mode, which reduces power consumption when the Kindle is inactive.
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3. Huawei MediaPad M3
The newly introduced Huawei MediaPad M3 is an Android tablet with features that include a fast fingerprint sensors and noteworthy Harman-Kardon speakers. This 8.4-inch tablet also comes with high-speed WiFi network connectivity and two 8 megapixel front and rear cameras for crisp and clear pictures. A high-quality display provides crisp details and images for a variety of tasks. High definition voice calling supports earphone and loudspeaker calls. The tablet has a lightweight aluminum body and GPS. The Huawei Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC is also available.
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4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
An included S Pen makes it easy to complete a variety of tasks, from taking notes to creating animated GIFs, drawing on photos, and more. The battery is designed to last up to 14 hours when browsing the web. A 10.1-inch full HD display brings even the smallest details to life with vivid colors and details. Anyone who wants more memory can upgrade an additional 256 GB with a microSD card that’s sold separately. Features such as Samsung Smart Switch, which lets users swap over contacts and media to their new Samsung Galaxy, and a multi window feature for multi-tasking make this tablet a top choice for convenience.
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5. iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Perhaps the most notable component of the Apple iPad Pro is its vibrant 9.7-inch screen with a crisp and clear display. Features such as an A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and Apple iOS 9 make this tablet a top choice for students and professionals. Users can expect up to 10 hours of battery life. The tablet also comes with a 12 MP iSight camera and four-speaker audio. While its supports the Apple Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, neither item is included. A 256 GB version is available.
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Price: $627.19 (16 percent off MSRP)
6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 Anniversary Update
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is lightweight and easily portable, yet offers the power and performance you’d expect in a laptop. A thin and razor-sharp 12.3-inch display with high contrast and low glare makes it easier to use this tablet for work and play. It also comes with a multi-position kickstand and can run the full suite of Windows and Office software. Windows Ink lets users capture notes at any time without needing to log in to jot them down. Other highlights include Windows Hello for a password-free sign-in, 6th generation Intel Core M processor, 128 GB of storage, and up to nine hours of video playback. A basic Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is available, as is the older Microsoft Surface 3.
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Price: $749.00 (17 percent off MSRP)
7. Fire HD 8 Tablet
The new Fire HD 8 tablet, available with a digital storage capacity up to 32 GB, features more RAM for speedier performance along with a generous amount of storage space. The widescreen HD display comes with over one million pixels to ensure a bright and crisp picture. Other highlights include a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and up to 12 hours of battery life. Users can choose between the 2 MP rear-facing camera and the front-facing VGA camera for taking pictures. The base 16 GB storage capacity can be upgraded to 200 GB.
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8. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
A high contrast ratio provides enhanced depth and details for an optimal viewing experience. This tablet is designed for easy reading, even for hours on end, with its 4:3 aspect ratio screen and comfortable feel in the hands. Whether they’re browsing the web, reading, or performing other tasks, recipients will appreciate the ability to see more content with a single scroll. An 8-inch screen is an ideal size for reading, while the available 9.7-inch screen makes it easier to watch movies. Those who plan to use this tablet for work will appreciate the distinctive book cover keyboard for typing.
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9. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
This 10.1-inch tablet features a 2K display with Sony TV technology for enhanced detail and vivid colors. The display is also bright and easy to read even when it’s used outside. For those who plan to use the tablet for entertainment and media, the included digital noise-cancelling support technology comes in handy to help drown out external noise. Another bonus is smart connectivity that promotes speedier WiFi speeds and faster, smoother media streaming. While it shouldn’t be dunked in water, this tablet comes with waterproof and dust-tight properties.
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10. Apple iPad mini 4
The Apple iPad mini 4 is a solid choice for anyone who wants the power and resources found in the larger Apple iPad models in a more compact and easily portable design. This iPad features a 7.9-inch screen with Retina Display for added clarity and resolution. The base model comes with a 16 GB storage capacity, although larger 64 GB and 128 GB models are available. Users can expect up to 10 hours of battery life when using this tablet, which also includes an 8MP iSight camera and HD video recording capabilities. Another perk is that users can log in using the home button fingerprint sensor.
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Price: $337.00 (16 percent off MSRP)