The best tablets you can buy in 2022

Size isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to choosing a tablet in 2022.

Best overall tablet
iPad Pro (2022)
Apple iPad Pro
Starts at
$799
Processor
M1
Screen size
11-inch
OS
iPadOS
Best cheap tablet
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi (256 GB)
Apple iPad Mini
Starts at
$499
Processor
A15
Screen size
8.3-inches
OS
iPadOS
Best Windows tablet
Surface Pro 8
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Starts at
$1698
Processor
11th Gen Intel Core i7
Screen size
13-inch
OS
Windows 11
Best Android tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Starts at
$1799
Processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Screen size
14.6-inches
OS
Android
Best gaming tablet
ASUS ROG Flow Z13
ASUS ROG Flow Z13
Starts at
$3399
Processor
Intel Core i9-12900H
Screen size
13.4-inches
OS
Windows
Fergus Halliday
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June 24, 2022
5 min read

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While the hype around tablets as the next big thing in personal computing has largely settled down, the category remains in a pretty vibrant place. For many consumers, tablets haven't quite replaced the traditional laptop. However, they remain an indispensible device for things that are a little too big for modern smartphones to handle.

If you're in the market for a new tablet in 2022, we've put together a shortlist of the best options.

Compare the best tablets available

Product
Our score
Price
RAM
Storage
More info
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 UltraSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1799.99
12GBStarts at 128GB
iPad Pro (2022)Apple iPad Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
From
$1649.99
8GBStarts at 128GB
ASUS ROG Flow Z13ASUS ROG Flow Z13
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$3399.99
16GB1TB
Surface Pro 8Microsoft Surface Pro 8
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
From
$1298
8GBStarts at 128GB SSD
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi (256 GB)Apple iPad Mini
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$499
4GBStarts at 64GB

Apple iPad Pro (3rd Gen)

Best overall tablet

Apple iPad Pro
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Display
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$799
pro M1 processor
pro FaceID security
con Expensive accessories
con No expandable storage

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

It might be an overstatement to suggest that Apple invented the tablet, but it's fair to say that they made it mainstream in a way that earlier efforts can't come close to matching. The latest iPad Pro pushes the potential of Apples's take on the tablet to the max, thanks to the same M1 processor seen in recent refreshes of the MacBook and MacBook Air.

For what it's worth, we'd favor the 11-inch model unless you're seriously looking at using it as a full-time laptop replacement. The smaller model still has all the same features, from 5G connectivity to Face ID, and it's a little more versatile when it comes to working as both a content creation and consumption device.

Specs
Apple iPad Pro

RRP

From $799

Processor

M1

Memory

6GB of unified RAM

Display

11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion and True Tone

Storage

Up to 2TB

Graphic for best laptops 2022

The best laptops you can buy in 2022

If you’re looking to buy a new laptop in 2022, these machines represent the cream of the crop.

Apple iPad Mini (6th Gen)

Best cheap tablet

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi (256 GB)
iPad Mini (6th Gen)
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
4 out of 5 stars
4
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$749
pro Apple Pencil 2 support
pro Goregeous design
con No FaceID
con No expandable storage

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

While the performance and lower price seen in the standard Apple iPad are likely to tempt budget buyers, those who can afford to spend the extra $100 and pick up the iPad Mini instead are likely to find its well worth the upgrade.

Updated in 2021, the new iPad Mini features a gorgeous 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display and comes powered by the same A15 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 13. It's also got a significantly more modern design, incorporating a USB Type-C port rather than Apple's own Lightning cable, support for the second generation Apple Pencil and 5G connectivity.

Even if it's not the absolute cheapest tablet, the new iPad Mini sets a new high bar for cheap tablets to aspire towards.

Specs
Apple iPad Mini

RRP

From $499

Processor

A15 Bionic

Memory

4GB of unified RAM

Display

8.3-inch liquid retina display with True Tone

Storage

Up to 256GB

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Best Windows tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Our Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Display
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1,698
pro USB-C charging
pro Surface kickstand
con Limited ports
con Expensive accessories

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The flagship Microsoft Surface Pro 8 isn’t the most powerful 2-in-1 PC that Microsoft makes, nor is it the most portable. However, for overall value, it’s hard to beat. The design-work here is stellar, with the Surface aesthetic standing out amongst the crowd and the iconic kickstand keeping things practical in almost any kind of work environment.

Specs aside, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 differs from the previous models by ditching the Mini DisplayPort in favor of an USB C port. Otherwise, the two detachables have mostly identical form-factors and actually identical screens.

Even if that screen is a little smaller than the average 2-in-1 laptop, the portability and price leave the Surface Pro 8 looking good. Thanks to a robust kickstand and a nifty spec bump, the latest addition to the Surface Pro line continues to set the bar for detachable 2-in-1 PC experiences.

Specs
Surface Pro 8

RRP

From $1,698

Processor

Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

Up to 32GB of RAM

Display

13-inch PixelSense Flow Display

Storage

Up to 1TB

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Best Android tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Performance
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1799
pro Great for digital art
pro DeX runs great on this hardware
con Extraordinarily expensive
con Limited by Android software ecosystem

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The price-tag is hard to miss, but if you're after the best and brightest that the Android tablet scene has to offer, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra takes away the top prize. The hardware here is solid, and the software does a good job of covering for the usual shoftcomings and downsides that come into play with Google's answer to iPadOS.

Those who want an Android tablet solely for content consumption can probably save a few hundred bucks by opting for the standard Galaxy Tab S8, but those who want an Android tablet capable of competing with the iPad Pro or a traditional laptop will likely find a lot of value in the big screen experience available here.

Specs
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

RRP

From $1799

Processor

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Memory

12GB of RAM

Display

14.6-inch Super AMOLED

Storage

Up to 256GB

ASUS ROG Flow Z13

Best gaming tablet

ASUS ROG Flow Z13
ASUS ROG Flow Z13
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Performance
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Design
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
From
$3399
pro Solid gaming performance
pro Robust design
con Steep price tag
con Iffy battery life

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

ASUS' ROG Flow Z13 refines their earlier forays into gaming tablets and delivers on the promise of something that's as powerful as it is portable. Even if it's saddled with a price that leaves it out of the reach of all but early investors, there's a lot to like about the results that the hardware inside this tablet achieves.

ASUS ROG Flow Z13
Specs
ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900H
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Memory16GB LPDDR5
Display13.4-inch UHD+ at 60Hz
Storage1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD

Tablets we also considered

Here are more tablets that we considered that didn't make the cut.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
4 out of 5 stars
4
Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1099
pro Gorgeous hardware
pro Expandable storage
con Limited by Android software ecosystem

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The Galaxy Tab S8 is more modest than it's pro-grade counterpart, but it's also significantly more affordable. If you're looking for a high-performance Android tablet, but don't quite need something as big, ambitious or geared to replace your laptop as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, then the standard model will likely serve almost just as well.

Apple iPad (9th Gen)

Apple iPad (9th Gen)
Apple iPad
Our Rating
3 out of 5 stars
3
Display
3 out of 5 stars
3
Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Design
2.5 out of 5 stars
2.5
From
$329
pro A13 Bionic processor
pro iPadOS software support
con Dated design
con No expandable storage

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you stretching your budget to $499 is a bridge too far, then the compromises of the standard iPad are something you might be willing to live with. You're getting a significantly older design that looks out-of-date by modern standards. Fortunately, the cheapest iPad available comes armed with a processor that's most powerful than the most Android devices plus all the usual perks that come with iPadOS.

Tablet buying guide

What to look for when comparing tablets

The most important question to start with when it comes to buying a tablet is deciding on which operating system you want your device to run on. Depending on what you want to use your new tablet for, the answer to this question is going to change. Windows, MacOS and Android can all pretty much do the same things, but there are clear advantages to going with one platform over another depending on the circumstances.

If you're in the lucky position where your workflow can fit inside the software limitations that come with either an Android-based tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra or the iPad Pro, then the benefits to battery life and versatility are well worth considering. On the other hand, if you do still need to have access to apps that are only available on Windows, then something like the Microsoft Surface range is going to be the place to start.

Beyond software, the next big thing that tablet buyers should consider is screen size. If you're looking at any sort of multitasking, you'll want the biggest tablet you can find. However, if you're just looking to play some games, browse the web or read some eBooks then a lighter form-factor is the way to go.

After software and screen, storage is the next thing to consider. One of the disadvantages that tablets have versus traditional laptops is that they can't be upgraded later down the line. Unless the tablet in question has a MicroSD slot or you're relying on cloud storage, what you start with is all you'll get. So choose carefully.

Last but not least, tablet buyers should definitely do their research when it comes to accessories. The cost of kitting out your new tablet with a keyboard or stylus can vary wildly depending on the brand, not only when it comes to cost but also quality and overall functionality.

Tablet FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about tablets
What are the main uses of tablets?

Tablets are typically used to consume content on the go, be it via a web browser, social media app or video platform like Netflix. However, much like laptops, tablets are portable computers that can be used for all sorts of tasks. The full list here includes everything from digital art creation to video editing and more.

Can I use a tablet as a phone?

Whether you can use a tablet as a phone depends on the brand involved.

While Apple's iPadOS-based tablets do support mobile connectivity, they typically only support cellular connectivity when it comes to data. In contrast, some Android-based tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 do support calls and texts.

Do tablets have SIM cards?

Many tablets are available in Wi-Fi and cellular (4G or 5G) variants. The latter usually have a SIM slot to support this feature that isn't found in the former.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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