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10 Best Tablets for Travel

It’s that time of the year when you need to travel with less luggage. While it’s easy to minimize what you carry, the devices you choose to accompany you can make all the difference.

When traveling, most of us consider a laptop as their favorite device to carry. It’s a better option when compared to the immobile desktops, but it’s still large not to mention you have to include the charger.

To reduce your traveling baggage, how about getting the best tablets for travel?  Keep reading to see the tablets that will replace your laptop on the next trip.

Best Tablets for Travel

Tablet NameProcessorEditor’s ScorePrice
1. Apple iPad ProA12X Bionic chip10/10
2. Dell Venue 11 Pro 1.6 GHZ8.5/10
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 1.6 GHZ9.5/10
4. Microsoft Surface 3 1.6 GHZ9/10
5. Apple iPad 10.2″2.34 GHz9/10
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S42.35 GHz8.5/10
7. Huawei MediaPad T52.36 GHz8/10
8. Lenovo Tab 4 Plus2.0 GHz8.5/10
9. Sony P SGPT211US/S 1.0 GHz8/10
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e2.0 GHz9.9/10

1. Apple iPad Pro

“Editor’s Choice”

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Pros
  • Powerful tablet
  • Long battery life
  • Improved stylus pen
  • Colorful display
  • Less weight when carrying
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Pen and keyboard not included
  • No earphones port

The first tablet on the list is a gadget that Apple claims to be ‘what they wanted all along.’ After giving the iPads the new iPadOS, the next surprise was never a disappointment. That propelled the urge to look at the silver Apple iPad Pro.

Weight, Thickness and Display

It’s the latest model from Apple, fitting the traveling niche, thanks to some of the outstanding features. Holding the tablet feels light as a start. At slightly above a pound and 5.9mm thickness, you can move around with it as the weight becomes less of a bother.

We loved how the maximized display stretches to the edges, decreasing the width of the bezels. There is, however, still a small space around the edges that gives your thumbs enough holding space. That’s how you get a better outdoor display without compromising the holding ability.

For a crisp presentation, the 11-inch Liquid Retina display combines with TrueTone technology and a 120HZ refreshing rate. That enables you to view rich and detailed HDR content with the help of a wide color range. The iPad, however, does not deliver the needed brightness in HDR.

Performance and Reliability

Regardless of where you are, the iPad Pro has a processor that limits delay. The speed of execution goes all the way to 5 trillion operations per second. You may want to debate on that, but the A12X Bionic chip has a Neural Engine to make it that fast.

All Apple devices come with iCloud. This tablet also allows you to access yours after purchase if the 1TB storage still doesn’t have what you need. So, you are allowed to carry your work and attend to it anywhere since there’s ample space for it.

Speaking of access, the iPad Pro has no home button for the troubled fingerprint access. It needs your face to ID you, which is much safer. Therefore, in case the device is lost during the journey, it will not be accessible until your face shows up!

During recognition, the 7MP front camera will know who you are a few seconds of ‘looking at it.’ At the back, you get a 12MP camera. You may, however, want it more when scanning documents as opposed to taking photos.

Accessories

Once you access the device, moving from one item to the next is via the improved gesture control mechanism. You also have the pen option, which takes your tablet usage to another level. Its seamless design makes it easy to hold, but there’s more.

It attaches to the side dock magnetically for pairing and charging. Above the pointed edge, you can tap there while in use to change the tools as desired. That allows you to take notes, draw, and mark by just double-tapping, giving you the comfort you need during the expedition.

The only flaw here is that the experience comes with a cost attached to it. You have to buy the $119 accessory separately not to mention the magnetically attached smart keyboard. This is something Apple should address, considering that a customer will still cough more than $1000 for this tablet.

After that outdoor meeting or hike, you may want your tablet to play some music or watch a movie. The iPad facilitates the sound part by having speakers on the side that provide the base and tweeter effects. The sad part is that you will have to use your Bluetooth earphones to maintain the surrounding silence.

The only port you get is the USB-C, which is ideal for connections and charging using the included USB-C cable. While that’s another flaw, you can deploy an adaptor for other wired connections. It’s quite a hassle here if you are trying to connect peripherals as you travel.

Power and Connectivity

When connecting to the internet, the iPad Pro uses 802.11AC Wi-Fi or LTE cellular data. Such a switching option is great if your place of arrival has no Wi-Fi connection.  If you are worried about power consumption, Apple promises up to 10 hours of battery life.

That means you get to worry about the next recharge after 10 hours of travelling.

Bottom Line

If you have the money to spend on a tablet that can replace your laptop, then go for the Apple iPad Pro. While extra accessories like the keyboard and pen will cost you more, this is a tablet that gives you simplicity while staying sophisticated at the same time. Suitable for artists and photographers who are always on the road.

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 10/10
  • Product Name: Apple iPad Pro
  • Processor: A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB
  • Display: 11 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1668 x 2388 pixels
  • Graphics: Apple GPU, 7-core
  • Weight: 1.03lbs
  • Battery life : 10 hours with Wi-Fi, 9 hours with LTE

2. Dell Venue 11 Pro

“Quality Display”

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Pros
  • Quality display
  • Sturdy with modern design
  • Upgradeable
  • Wide ports variety
Cons
  • Less storage space
  • Quite heavy with the keyboard included

Dell is a reputable computer manufacturing company. So, if we present to you a Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet as another traveling option, you will want to check it out. It’s not as expensive as the iPad above, and that also comprises the features.

A tablet going for about $600 may not be near what Apple has accomplished. If, on the other hand, the Venue 11 Pro price is sweet to your ears, then keep reading to see what it has in store.

Weight, Thickness and Display

First, it’s half a pound heavier than our first option. At 1.57 pounds, you can feel the difference, not to mention that it is also thicker. However, it still offers the portability aspect by being an 11-inch screen tablet that you can carry around.

The visuals are a sparkle considering this is a small screen that delivers 1080p quality, but the credit here goes to the HD4200 graphics card. The tablet comes with a 10.8 IPS full HD Touchscreen display.

So, you can use all the Windows gestures on it without any trouble while on the move. For a better touching experience, there is an included pen for it. If it’s not in the package, you have to buy it separately.

Performance and Reliability

Since it comes with the Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit), the results here are like what your laptop shows. The OS is upgradeable if you want a higher version. Dell goes further to include an Intel Core i5 processor on the tablet, which achieves a speed of 1.60GHz.

If you combine that with an 8GB DDR3 RAM, you get a Dell tablet that functions like a Dell laptop. So, it will not annoy you as you wait for things to load as you travel. This tablet, however, does not give you much on the storage end.

You get a 256GB SSD to store your data, which is okay if you don’t need much during that trip. If you want to load more than the provided space, you can upgrade the SSD by opening the backplate.

For pictures and video taking, there is a 13 MP camera at the back and a 2MP camera at the front. The front option does not provide quality pictures, though, given the pixels level. In a place with low light, it may not be the perfect solution to make a video call.

There is also the power button at the side to get it started in less than a minute. If the Windows icon on the lower bezel fails to wake the device, you will need the power button to boot it. The process, still, does not take long.

Accessories

At times, you may want to use the keyboard. The Venue 11 Pro comes with a USB port to attach an external wired keyboard. Other options include Bluetooth or one with a docking capability. You can always choose the best mechanism that suits your travelling comfort.

On the sides, you get other specifications such as a MicroSD slot, micro-USB port, and miniHDMI. There is also a 3.0 USB port to aid in connecting the USB peripherals. More to that includes a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, volume control, and air vents.

Power and Connectivity

Lastly, the battery stays for an average of 6 hours. Therefore, if you don’t need much time out of a tablet, then that’s enough for you to capture a few photos or read some documents. At the back, you can also access the Wi-Fi adapter, and the SIM slot for those who need cellular data while on the road.

Bottom Line

If you want an everyday tablet that you can throw in the bag whenever you are on the move, try out Dell Venue 11 Pro. Since it works like any other Windows laptop or computer, any installation and configuration will not be a problem. Fits those who travel with minimal tablet use.

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 8.5/10
  • Product Name: Dell Venue 11 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i5, 1.60GHZ
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 11 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Graphics: HD 4200
  • Weight: 1.57lbs
  • Battery life : 6 hours average

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A

“Long Battery Life”

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Pros
  • Budget-friendly tablet
  • Sturdy design with a solid feel
  • Clear display
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Less storage space
  • Low camera quality

Sometimes during travel, you may need a tablet that does not need much computing power. If it can access your online data and take a picture or two, that’s enough. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A T580 w model suits such a case.

This is a tablet that takes you back to 2016. While that is quite back in the day, it will still achieve some recommendable milestones as you travel. The casing is all plastic to start with, and our choice here is black.

Another color choice is white. At the back, it has a rubber feel to enhance the grip which means there are less cases of it slipping from your hands. At the front, the screen integrates with the bezel to make it look like one screen with black edges. So, you don’t feel cheap despite having an old model.

Weight, Thickness and Display

This Tab A weighs only 1.16 pounds. So, carrying is not a problem even with a cover present. The thickness is only 7.5 mm, which makes the tablet easy to pack by taking minimal space.

If you want to use a cover, the back part facilitates that by being a little magnetic, allowing it to hold as you move. While operating, you enjoy a 10.1-inch WUXGA display screen with a 1920 x 1220 pixel resolution. That is not bad for an Android tablet with a 6.0 Marshmallow OS version.

Currently, we are on Android 9 and 11, and you can upgrade the tablet to the recent versions. The Exynos 7870 Octa-Core processor with 1.6GHz can handle the latest Android OS. So, with such resolution and processing speed, nothing will appear blurry or slow regardless of the traveling conditions.

Performance and Reliability

While all of the above seems excellent, the tablet’s memory space is on the lower end. Internally, you get 16GB space, which decreases to 10.5GB for the user. Samsung knew this, and that’s why you get an extra 64GB microSD card when you purchase it.

Upgrading the memory will depend on how much data you carry as you travel. The only thing that this tablet does not do is share the external storage for internal apps use. Therefore, you can only use it to store the transferable files.

On the lower bezel, you can access the Samsung tablet using the home button in the middle of two other navigation icons. The rest of the content is available on the screen, and it requires your fingers and gestures to navigate. Whatever application you need on this device, it’s available on Google Play.

When traveling, a camera becomes essential. At the back, this tablet has an 8MP camera that gives clear photos with a 3264 x 2448 pixel dimension. The front camera is, however, deprived of such glory since its only 2MP.

On the other hand, you will still need it for that face-to-face video conversation.

Accessories

Tab A does not come with a stylus, and that can be another downside if you need one. If you need to use a keyboard, docking may be necessary after getting one with Bluetooth connectivity.

If you are lucky enough, Samsung may also include a white or black cover, which assists you in propping the tablet in different angles during the move. If it’s not available, then you’ll need to purchase it separately.

Power and Connectivity

At full charge, this tablet will operate for the next 13 hours before the next recharge. That is ample time for someone who is travelling with minimal time to charge. 

To connect to the internet, it makes use of the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. You, however, don’t have the cellular data option here. Other wireless connections include Bluetooth, which enables file transfer from and to other devices if the Smart Switch app becomes unreliable.

Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A T580 w will give you a large display of items and easy navigation. If you don’t need to store much on a tablet apart from the traveling essentials, then this is a good option. It’s not heavy at all, which makes it easy to carry and also share the view with friends.

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9.5/10
  • Product Name: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
  • Processor: 7870 Octa-Core, 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB internal, 64GB MicroSD
  • Display: 10.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1220 pixels
  • Graphics: Integrated
  • Weight: 1.16 lbs
  • Battery life : 13 hours

4. Microsoft Surface 3

“Fast Processor”

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  • 1.37 pounds
Pros
  • 64-bit processor
  • Windows full version
  • Click in keyboard
  • Palm-lock mechanism
Cons
  • Low processing power
  • Overheating during updates
  • Stylus pen and keyboard not included

If you want a traveling tablet running on Windows, then you cannot go wrong with the Microsoft Surface 3. It’s one of the best tablets for travel with Windows 8.1 on it (upgradeable), but it’s also beyond the reach of many. If you, however, don’t mind spending about $1200 on a tablet, then this one will suit that business trip.

Weight, Thickness and Display

It weighs 1.37 pounds only, which is within the travel weight bracket. The silver coating on it also makes it look awesome as you use it in an office setting or business trip. The bezel is, however, dark with the Windows icon on one of the shorter edges.

The display is quite spectacular since you have a stretch of 10.8 inches, and every part is sensitive to touch. It gets better when you have the stylus pen, which is either included or bought separately. The screen has a palm-lock mechanism that enables you to write on it as if you are working on a book.

That makes it easy to jot down as the journey progresses. The 1920 x 1280 resolution will show everything in clear and crisp mode. The processor running things as you are journeying is the Atom x7-Z8700. It uses a 4GB RAM to get things going from and to the storage.

Performance and Reliability

It’s a tablet that comes installed with pretty cool apps, and Office is one of them. So, you can use it in minutes if you just bought it but still traveling. You are, however, prone to facing heating issues if the updates take too long.

Since the clock runs at a frequency of 1.6GHz, this tablet will function just like the laptop you left at home. As for the memory, Microsoft gives you 128GB, but only 93GB is available for use once the OS and associated apps are present. That’s enough for a few documents, photos, songs, and audio to keep you busy as you travel.

There are two cameras on the Surface 3. The rear has an 8MP camera that records video in 1080p. The front one is 3.5MP, which is suitable if you are in proper lighting.

Accessories

The tablet is also a 64-bit type – another aspect that makes the laptop replaceable. If you want to use the keyboard after scribbling with the plasticized pen, it’s also possible once you get one that clicks magnetically. You have to buy it separately, though.

The back part of the tablet has a kickstand that allows you to incline the screen while the keyboard is present. That allows you to use it in an inclined position if you want a resting position as you use it. Do you want to take pictures or video call somebody during the trip?

For connection to external devices, you get a micro USB and USB 3.0 ports. There is also a micro-SD slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mini-display port for the videos if you want to share them to a bigger screen.

Power and Connectivity

Microsoft does not say much about power on this device, but they guarantee up to 10 hours of video playback. That implies it can stay for longer with average use during travel. Connectivity is, however, limited to only using the 802.11abg Wi-Fi adapter or Bluetooth 4.0 which may not be ideal for those who need cellular data on the road.

Bottom Line

Microsoft Surface 3 is a tablet that runs on the full Windows version. It can, therefore, replace your Windows laptop once you have the right accessories. Value for money would, however, be more realistic if the price includes the needed accessories.

It’s a tablet suited for those attending business trips.

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9/10
  • Product Name: Microsoft Surface 3
  • Processor: Atom x7-Z8700, 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Display: 10 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1280 pixels
  • Graphics: Intel HD
  • Weight: 1.37 lbs
  • Battery life : up to 10 hours of video playback

5. Apple iPad 10.2″

“Lightweight”

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  • 10.2-inch Retina display
  • A10 Fusion chip
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP back camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD front...
  • Stereo speakers
Pros
  • Clear display
  • Lightweight
  • Keyboard Smart Connector included
  • Affordable Apple tablet
Cons
  • Less storage compared to Pro version
  • No face recognition

If you still want an iPad but can reach the 11-inch Pro version, then here is a smaller one with a pocket-friendly price. It may not function as the one at the top, but it still gets the job done.

Weight, Thickness and Display

With a thickness of 7.5mm, this is a tablet that is easy to pack and carry. It’s slightly heavier than the Pro version, but the increment is minimal, from 1.03 to 1.07 pounds.

On the front, the display is still the same Retina type, but the size is limited to 10.2 inches. That is still enough for a better vision without too much struggle considering that the resolution is 2160 x 1620 pixels.

The processor included is the A10 Fusion chip which is slower than the A12. On the other hand, if you want a small screen with high resolution and the right speed as you travel, this one will serve as a better substitute to the 11-inch Pro version.

Performance and Reliability

The 64-bit processor also has an M10 coprocessor embedded, and that is good for those who don’t like slow devices. The clock speed goes all the way to 2.34GHz, and the 3GB RAM keeps up with that. Such aspects suit the iPadOS that comes installed on it.

At about $360, you get a device that will store up to 128GB worth of data. Since you can also use it to access the iCloud, we can say that storage is ample during travel. The Space Gray model comes with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which most people complain of having issues.

It will, however, help you access the device safely if you are in the company of a large group. What Apple needs to improve on here is obtaining the keychain passwords stored in the iCloud. This iPad does not help you get them and that may not be good if you need them as you travel.

Another missing aspect is the Face ID recognition, which came in to solve the fingerprint problems. The cameras, however, work as intended. The back 8MP camera helps you record and edit HD video content while the front 1.2MP helps with FaceTime HD front view.

Accessories

If you want to play music for the accompanying audience during the trip, the external stereo speakers will make that possible. For quiet music playing, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack for the wired earphones if you don’t have the Bluetooth type.

More to attaching accessories goes to the smart connector, which enables you to use the smart keyboard. When not in use, the keyboard may also serve as a cover. So, apart from typing, it also protects your device from the little kicks as you move from place to place.

The touch screen can also utilize the stylus pen for drawing and note-taking, among other purposes. You, however, need to buy the keyboard and stylus separately. For charging and connecting peripherals, the iPad has a lightning port whose cable comes with the package.

Power and Connectivity

Whenever you need to connect to the iCloud (or internet), this iPad has only one way to do that. It utilizes the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards to surf. It you need to use cellular data, it may not be possible unless you decide to use it as a hotspot.

As for the power, the Wi-Fi only enabled device gives you 10 hours battery life. So, you will not worry about charging or deploying your power bank after let’s say, three hours of use.

Bottom Line

If you still want an Apple tablet that is pocket-friendly, then here is an option to try out. Everything will work as intended, but you will not enjoy the features that Pro version contains. It fits those travelling for long hours but still need a tablet to work on.

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 9/10
  • Product Name: Apple iPad 10.2-Inch
  • Processor: 2.34 GHz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Display: 10.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 x 1620 pixels
  • Graphics: PowerVR Series 7XT Plus
  • Weight: 1.07 lbs
  • Battery life : 10 hours

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

“Upgrade-able Storage Space”

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Pros
  • Upgrade-able storage space
  • DeX mode included
  • Long battery life
  • Splendid camera quality
Cons
  • Less internal storage
  • One connection port only

The last item on the list is a tablet from Samsung. This is the Galaxy Tab S4, SM-T830 version, which may not have all the high-end functions. On the other hand, it will amaze you with what it can do apart from being a portable gadget.

Weight, Thickness and Display

It comes in gray color, but you can also look for the black version. With only 1.06 pounds on it, we can comfortably say that it suits your traveling expeditions no matter where you go. The thickness is 0.3 inches, which gives you a model that doesn’t look buggy and also easy to pack.

Displaying is via a 10.5-inch AMOLED screen that shows you the content using the 2560 x 1600 resolution and 16:10 ratio. The underlying operation support composes of a Qualcomm MSM8998 graphics coprocessor, which utilizes a 2.35GHz frequency speed. That is suitable for an Android tablet in a trip running on OS 8.0 Oreo.

Performance and Reliability

To keep things at a fast pace, there is a 4GB RAM included. It enables the tablet to fetch content and make it available to your screen from the 64GB internal storage. While the memory space seems small, you can upgrade it with a larger SD card, up to 256GB if you need more than a few documents and a playlist as you travel.

This S4 Tab does not come with fingerprint or Face ID recognition. Therefore, it operates as a typical Android smartphone, but there’s more to that. First, if you want to incorporate a keyboard, you can buy the keyboard cover separately and then activate the DeX mode after the attachment.

The DeX mode enables you to use the tablet like a computer. You get a taskbar at the bottom to help you switch between windows. If you have a Bluetooth mouse, it gets better as you hover on items, click and move from one application to another.

Even without the keyboard, you can still activate the DeX mode via the settings. The SM-T830 model also includes a stylus pen (S Pen), which you can attach on the side of the tablet’s cover. It allows you to write, draw, and make annotations, among other uses, without charging it.

So, if you need to use the tablet as a computer as you travel, the DeX mode allows you to do that. Once you get tired, just switch off the mode and take out the S Pen.

With no keyboard or S Pen, you can use your fingers to navigate on the touch screen. One notable feature that allows you to apply voice commands is the included far-field mics. They make it possible for you to talk to the Google assistant from any position and get the answers.

Such a feature also makes its sound output much better. While listening to music or watching, the Cinematic Dolby Atmos Surround specification enables the sound to fill your occupied space.

Camera inclusion is vital in any modern tablet and that extends to travelling. For this Galaxy Tab, it has an 8MP at the front and 13MP with Flash capability at the back. When combined with a digital zoom of up to 8x, you capture every detail during the photo or video shoot.

Accessories

Once you purchase this device, you also get a charger and tools to repair your stylus pen when it wears out. The kit comprises a clip and four small tips to replace the worn-out one. It’s a good idea to keep them safe if you don’t want to buy a $40 pen as part of your travel expenses.

Connecting to the charger or other peripherals requires the USB-C port, which is the only one here. You can make use of an OTG (On the Go) to copy data from USB drives or connect other USB devices.

Power and Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, this tablet uses the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standard to respond to internet requests. The speed is quite incredible since the device can fully utilize a frequency speed of up to 5GHz. The only flaw here is that you don’t get a SIM Card slot if you need cellular data too during the trip.

As you use the tablet, the battery life depends on the consumption subjected, but you get up to 16 hours of video playback after a full charge. Apart from long hours of use as you move, the tablet also has a fast charging capability. That enables you to charge less and use it more if power is a limitation during the journey.

Bottom Line

You may complain about the storage space, but that will be no more after upgrading it. The OS is upgradeable too. So, it’s a tablet that can fit your functions once you have the right configuration. What suits it for travel is the fast charging capability, long hours of use and you can repair the S Pen if it gets worn out. 

Specs Recap

  • Editor’s Score: 8.5/10
  • Product Name: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
  • Processor: 2.35 GHz Octa-Core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Display: 10.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Graphics: Qualcomm MSM8998
  • Weight: 1.06 lbs
  • Battery life : 16 hours of video playback

7. Huawei MediaPad T5

“Quality Resolution”

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Pros
  • Quality resolution
  • Long battery life
  • Suitable for kids’ use
Cons
  • Difficult to install additional apps
  • Minimal internal memory

There has been controversy surrounding Huawei devices, and that has resulted in a bad rave. That does not mean you can’t grab a good one that will suffice and give you some quality experience. Here is the MediaPad T5 (Agassi2-W19A) with some useful features and the lightness you need when traveling. 

Weight, Thickness & Display 

This tablet is only 1.01 pounds despite having a black metallic body. You can translate that to 460 grams, which is slightly heavier than a 400g loaf of bread. The 7.8mm thickness also tells you that Huawei has shed out all the extra depth. 

At the front, the bezels are somewhat equal to give a uniform 10.1-inch display. There is quite a high resolution here since it has 224ppi, which is equivalent to 1920 x 1200 pixels. So, everything is clear and crisp regardless of what you are watching. 

Performance and Reliability 

The MediaPad T5 has a 2GB RAM on it that cooperates with the 2.36GHz Kirin Octa-core processor. The memory might make things slow, but the processor with eight cores will not make you notice it. There is, however, no much space for you on this tablet. It only has 16GB, which leaves you with almost no space after the installation of EMUI 8.0. 

The operating system is based on Android 8.0, so there is no much difference. You may, on the other hand, encounter issues with apps installation. Most of the already installed applications are set on default, and it’s almost impossible to change that. While that is a flaw, you may still find it useful if you don’t need any additional apps. 

The Agassi2-W19A model comes with something for the kids. It’s the children’s corner that comes with apps for the kids to learn and have fun. While the kid is using the tablet, it has an eye-protection mechanism to keep their eyes safe from the brightness. You can always manage these apps by specifying what your kid should use and for how long. 

Accessories 

Since you can’t advocate your kid to use earphones, Huawei makes sure the sound is close to perfect. The dual speakers on both ends are tuned by Harman Kardon to give a surrounding sound. So, anyone who needs to use it without the headphones will not be disappointed. 

The camera work may not suit this tablet, but you may still need the front 2.4MP for video calls. Better picture taking may, however, result from the back 5MP camera. If you want to expand the memory for more photos and videos, the micro SD slot accepts up to 256GB. 

Power and Connectivity 

Even with 1080p videos playing, this tablet will give you up to 10 hours. If you are waiting for USB-C, this one has the standard type. It will still do the charging, but you have to wait longer to get it fully charged. Extensive video playing, among many other tasks, may, however, reduce the battery life. 

As for the connectivity, there is only Wi-Fi to depend on. It’s quite fast, though for the Netflix and YouTube streaming. It also has the GPS if you need to do some tracking and Bluetooth to link with other devices. 

Bottom Line 

Huawei still has some excellent tablets that will fit the traveling niche. The MediaPad T5 is extra light and slim too. You may not find it useful if you need to install other applications that do better than the default ones. Therefore, it suits those who are comfortable with the EMUI OS or kids who can’t install anything without your authorization. 

Specs Recap 

  • Editor’s Score: 8/10
  • Product Name: Huawei MediaPad T5 (Agassi2-W19A)
  • Processor: Kirin 659 Octa-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Display: 10.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Graphics: T5
  • Weight: 1.01 pounds
  • Battery life : 10 hours

8. Lenovo Tab 4 Plus

“Sturdy Tablet”

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Pros
  • Sturdy tablet
  • Slim and portable
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Quite slow
  • Low OS version

If you want something simple for outdoor activity, then go for the Lenovo Tab 4 Plus. It may not please you when you look at the specifications, but it will still function well for simple tasks. The reason why we include it in the travel niche is because it’s way smaller and thick for the outer environment. 

Weight, Thickness and Display 

The thickness on this tablet is 0.3 inches. That makes it somehow puffy, but the 10-inch display at the top is well protected. The bezels are quite thick, which makes this tablet suitable even for the kids. They can hold it and still enjoy the view. 

Black color dominates the front when the screen is off. The back part is all grey. Despite the thick nature, it is only 10.9 ounces. You can carry it easily since a 10-inch can fit in large pockets too. Screen resolution for the clarity goes to a maximum of 1280 x 800 pixels. That is not bad for a few videos and surfing if the journey is too long. 

Performance and Reliability 

It seems to be a robust tablet, but the performance is not the best when compared to most of the other tablets. The processor is an MTK 6575 Cortex A9, and it has a 2.0 GHz speed. That might be okay, but the supporting RAM is only 4 GB. So, this is not a tablet to subject to heavy gaming or multitasking. 

The operating system is Android 7.1 Nougat Sandwich, which may not be the best in the current era. So, you are bound to face a lot of compatibility issues if you need to install new applications. The storage is much less since the device has an 16 GB hard drive. 

If you purchase this tablet, you may want a micro SD card, too, if there is more to carry in the tablet. The slot permits up to 32 GB. 

Accessories 

There is only one port on this tablet, and it’s the standard USB 2.0. That is the only way to connect any peripherals you might have, and you need an OTG or an adapter for that. The speaker’s output is at the lower back of the tablet, and it will perform well when the volume is low. 

If you need to use the headphones, there is a standard jack for that. Taking pictures and videos is also possible with the rear 2MP camera. You may, however, not subject this tablet to photo and video work since the quality is not the best. 

Power and Connectivity 

There is no SIM Card slot for cellular data and call making. On the other hand, you can utilize the Wi-Fi for such things using the internet-dependent applications. Travelling may need the use of GPS, and this Lenovo is equipped with one. 

You can pair this device with others via Bluetooth connection. The Lenovo Tab 4 Plus model has version 4.0, but after some testing, you may find that it does connect with most devices. Even with a few flaws here and there, this tablet is a charge keeper. It will give you about 20 hour of life before the next recharge. 

Bottom Line 

It is not the best tablet if you compare it with others, but the Lenovo Tab 4 Plus still suits the traveling niche. You may not find it useful along the way, but it will never ask you for a recharge when you are not near a socket, among other powering methods. So, it’s an excellent tablet to keep you entertained for long hours on a long journey. 

Specs Recap 

  • Editor’s Score: 8.5/10
  • Product Name: Lenovo Tab 4 Plus
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Display: 10 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Graphics: Integrated
  • Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Battery life : 20 hour battery life

9. Sony P SGPT211US/S 

“Split-Screen Mode”

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Pros
  • 3G and Wi-Fi enabled
  • Split-screen mode
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Lower Android version
  • Split screen may result to distortion

Here is another traveling companion with two screens for a better display. That is what you notice when you look at the Sony P for the first time. It’s quite small, and the folding ability increases the portability aspect. If you want a tablet to keep you playing as you travel then, continue reading to see how it performs. 

Weight, Thickness and Display 

This is not a big tablet at all. It is only 0.82 pounds so, dealing with a weight less than a pound is never a struggle. It has hinges in the middle to facilitate the folding, which makes it look like a glasses casing. That means it can fit in most pockets after use. 

The folding ability does not reduce the thickness at all, but that does not compromise the ease of carrying. When opened, the other end of the screen has some sharp corners as opposed to the rounded ones on the opposite side. If you don’t like cornered gadgets, then this one will somewhat problematic. 

The display on the 5.5-inch screen is 1024 x 480 pixels, which is quite high given the screen size. It will be fun to use if the apps you are using can share the screens. The flaw is that not all applications will adhere to a split-screen mode so, you are bound to encounter blurriness or distortion. 

Performance and Reliability 

The SGPT211US/S model is fit for gaming when traveling, but they should be light. It comes with an Nvidia Tegra dual-core Cortex A9 processor, which achieves a speed of 1.0 GHz. That works well with the 1GB RAM if the game is not a heavy one. Such specifications mean it will work well if you only use it to surf and watch. 

Sony P has an internal storage of 4GB only. Considering that it has Android 3.2 Honeycomb already installed, expanding the memory is inevitable. Luckily, there is a micro SD slot for that. If you need to upgrade the operating system, that is possible up to version 4.0. You may need to do that since the 3.2 is limited when it comes to functionality. 

Accessories 

This is a small tablet with a micro USB 2.0, volume tuners, power input, and the power button all on one side. So, any connections you might have will always go on your right. It also comes with external speakers, but small tablets like this function better when you utilize the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. 

The fun part when using this device is that when it’s folded, and you have a jack connected, the music does not stop playing. The front camera will aid in video conversation when necessary. However, proper picture taking will be enabled by the rear 5MP camera, which renders 720p quality. 

Power and Connectivity 

There is a debate on whether the Sony P can use the 3G data. The answer is yes if you have the AT&T SIM Card since that is the required one. If you want to use any other, you may have to unlock the slot. Having the SIM Card does not allow you to make any calls since it’s not voice-enabled. You can, however, text. 

There is also the Wi-Fi ability. It’s only when you are connected to the internet that you can make VOIP calls using Skype and other apps. Bluetooth connectivity is also possible, but this model has the 2.1 A2DP version. If it does not work with some of your devices, then blame the version. 

As for the power, welcome to another charge keeper. With music only playing, it will serve you for the next 17 hours. In standby mode, the manufacturer says it will be on for the next 120 hours! It may, however, not stay for that long if you are on the internet, watching or playing. 

Bottom Line 

This is indeed a portable tablet that will suit your traveling wants. If you are the playful ones, then it serves as a good deal. The flaws here may include some apps not using the second screen and no calling despite having the 3G capability. 

If you are in places with limited power connections, you don’t need to worry since the Sony P holds the charge for quite long. 

Specs Recap 

  • Editor’s Score: 8/10
  • Product Name: Sony P SGPT211US/S
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra dual-core Cortex A9
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Display: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 4800 pixels
  • Graphics: ULP GeForce
  • Weight: 0.82 pounds
  • Battery life : 17 hours of music play

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

“Fast charging”

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Pros
  • High resolution
  • Ample storage space
  • Fast charging capability
  • Light
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • Stylus pen not enabled

Samsung joins again in the traveling niche with the Tab S5e, which is known to be light. This is a 2019 model that fits your moving needs with some intuitive features. From navigation to working on files, this is a tablet that connects with your world no matter where you go. 

Weight, Thickness and Display 

The S5e is a 10.5-inch tablet with a display resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. So, even with the absence of the featured HDR mode, everything is clear even in bright daylight. It has the silver color dominating the back part while the front bezels are black. They are thin, which paves the way for the screen display, but holding can be a problem.

If you hold this tablet and an iPad when blindfolded, you may never note the difference. It’s super thin with a thickness of 0.22 inches with rounded corners. The weight will trick you here since it’s less than a pound. So, when carrying 3.62 ounces, the only thing that will get in your way is the large size. 

Performance and Reliability 

Now that you know that it’s a portable tablet, let’s see how it performs. The RAM in place on the SM-T720NZSLXAR is 6GB. You may not be able to use all of it, but that is enough to handle the dual 2.0 GHz processor. If you want to use the Dex Mode on this tablet, that’s possible since the internals are sufficient to handle laptop jobs. 

Everything you do on this Samsung is brought to you via Android 9.0 Pie. Since there is 128GB worth of storage in it, you have ample of space left even with all the bloatware that Samsung includes. If there is any need to expand the memory, the micro SD slot permits up to 512GB. 

What you will love about using this tablet is the ambient mode. It helps your eyes to stay relaxed when you are in between different light conditions. So, you will have no problem enjoying the 2-month free YouTube subscription with no ads after the purchase. 

Accessories 

The S5e does not come with a stylus capability. So, it’s hard to use one on this model. You can, however, dock it if you need to use a keyboard and mouse, which are bought separately. The external speakers are quite impressive for outdoor listening if you are in a group. The flaw on this tablet is that it does not have a headphone jack. 

You can, however, use the wireless types, although they might not give you the quality that wired ones render. Cameras in Samsung devices are one of the best in tablets. The back one has 13MP on it, and the front one has an excellent resolution for the video calls and selfies

For peripheral connections, there is a USB-C 3.1 on this tablet, which also permits fast charging capability.

Power and Connectivity 

It’s a Wi-Fi-only tablet for those asking if it comes with cellular capability. The connection will, however, never slow you down regardless of what you are streaming. If you want to pair wirelessly, you can do so with the Bluetooth 5.0, which is pretty strong. 

Since this tablet has a USB-C type, you will never have to wait for long charging hours. It will be full charge in 2 hours and continue to work with you for the next 15 hours. You may not get the fifteen hours if there is heavy tablet use. 

Bottom Line 

We said that if you are blindfolded, you wouldn’t know the difference between the S5e and a new iPad. While the design is the same, we appreciate the lightness on this tablet, which does not compromise the functionality. The only thing we wish is if it was compatible with the recent S-pens being released by Samsung.

Specs Recap 

  • Editor’s Score: 9.9/10
  • Product Name: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz,Dual-core
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Display: 10.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Graphics: Samsung Integrated
  • Weight: 3.62 ounces
  • Battery life : 15 hours

Conclusion

By reaching this far, you may have already made a choice on which tablet to purchase. It’s, however, advisable to buy a device that matches your needs and budget. If you are still not yet decided, then hit the comment box below, and we will help you in selecting.

Have you identified your best tablet already? Then take your time and leave us a response before you hit the buy button.

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Last update on 2020-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Jeff Finder is a Digital Nomad who travels around the world and blog about technology, and gadgets at 10monster.com. He’s also an international speaker and love to persuade youth to find their voice online and make it count.

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