For years, tablets have been wedged between the smartphone and the laptop worlds, and while they are by no means a perfect substitute for either, they still have some distinct merits of their own i.e. larger screens than phones and better battery life than most laptops.

So, while they may not be as powerful as a laptop nor as discreet as a phone, tablets are still excellent devices when it comes to web browsing and mobile gaming. In this article, we’ll be listing the very best gaming tablets of 2020, including iOS, Android, and Amazon’s FireOS tablets.

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    Best iPads For Gaming

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    When it was first introduced in 2010, the original iPad made tablets mainstream and Apple continues to dominate the market to this day. There are several reasons why they currently outclass the competition, but the main reasons are their excellent performance, longevity, and good overall value.

    iPad (2019)

    iPad 2019

    The first iPad on the list is the latest 10.2-inch iPad released in 2019, and it is the successor to the 2018 iPad. That said, it is a budget model and it introduces a couple of notable improvements.

    First and foremost, there’s the 10.2-inch display, which is a slight step up from the previous generation’s 9.7 inches. On top of that, it also comes with a smart connector which allows it to work with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. And much like the 2018 model, it has Apple Pencil support (1st generation model only).

    Specifications:

    Model

    iPad (2019)

    Operating System

    iOS 13

    Screen Size

    10.2in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    1620×2160

    CPU

    Apple A10 Fusion (4-core)

    GPU

    PowerVR Series7XT Plus (6-core)

    RAM

    3 GB

    Storage Capacity

    32/128 GB

    Memory Card

    N/A

    Main Camera

    8 MP

    Front Camera

    1.2 MP

    Battery Capacity

    8827 mAh

    Dimensions

    250.6×174.1×7.5mm (9.87×6.85×0.30in)

    Weight

    483g (1.06lb)

     

    Overall, the 2019 iPad is a small but, potentially, important upgrade over the 2018 model for some users. As you can see, it uses Apple’s now-dated 16nm A10 Fusion CPU which can’t quite compete with the newer models, though iOS does still run extremely well on this device. It has an extra gigabyte of RAM, which does help, especially with multitasking. But at the end of the day, the 2019 model is more or less identical as far as internals are concerned.

    Just like its predecessor, this iPad comes with either 32 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, which is a shame, as many (including ourselves) would have preferred seeing a 64 GB entry-level model. There’s just no denying that 32 GB can get filled up very quickly these days, and without microSD support, this means that you will either have to spend extra on a 128 GB version or just make do with the regular 32 GB one.

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    But we don’t want to make it sound like the iPad 2019 is a bad tablet – far from it, it still has all of the merits that its predecessor had, and then some. This includes a beautiful high-resolution Retina display, good performance despite the seemingly underwhelming hardware, and it offers good value for your money, especially considering that it’s the cheapest iPad that has both Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support.

    However, much like its predecessor, the cameras are underwhelming and the display isn’t laminated, plus there’s the aforementioned lackluster storage capacity in the base model. At the end of the day, it’s a solid budget iPad and a good tablet for gaming, but it could have been even better with a few more tweaks.

    The Pros:

    • Beautiful display
    • Smooth performance
    • Cheapest iPad with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
    • Good overall value

    The Cons:

    • Dated hardware
    • Mediocre cameras
    • No 64 GB storage version
    • Non-laminated display

    iPad Air (2019)

    iPad Air 2019

    The 2019 iPad Air, also known as iPad Air 3, is Apple’s more powerful mid-range offering. Naturally, it offers a number of upgrades over its predecessor, the 2014 iPad Air 2, and it is also better than the regular 2019 iPad described above, though they may look identical at first glance.

    Specifications:

    Model

    iPad Air (2019)

    Operating System

    iOS 13

    Screen Size

    10.5in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    1668×2224

    CPU

    Apple A12 Bionic (6-core)

    GPU

    Apple GPU (4-core)

    RAM

    3 GB

    Storage Capacity

    64/256 GB

    Memory Card

    N/A

    Main Camera

    8 MP

    Front Camera

    7 MP

    Battery Capacity

    8134 mAh

    Dimensions

    250.6×174.1×6.1mm (9.87×6.85×0.24in)

    Weight

    456g (1.01 lb)

    As you can see from the table above, the new iPad Air is just a tad bigger than the regular 2019 iPad, but it also boasts a higher-resolution laminated display and a newer, more powerful 7nm CPU which is a big step up from the now-dated A10 Fusion. This helps the iPad Air handle heavier workloads and AR much better.

    The RAM remains at a modest 3 GB, but the storage options are bumped up to 64 and 256 GB. While the starting model’s memory capacity is satisfactory, a 128 GB version is missing, which is a shame if 64 GB is too little and 256 GB is too much for your needs.

    In any case, the iPad Air is a good choice if you’re looking for something a little bit more serious with a little bit more longevity, as the Air’s beefier CPU will definitely age better than the dated A10 found in its more affordable counterpart.

    The Pros:

    • Excellent laminated display
    • Snappy A12 CPU
    • Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support

    The Cons:

    • Cameras are still unimpressive
    • No 128 GB version

    iPad Mini 5

    iPad Mini 5

    Moving on, we have something a little bit different – a “sequel” to the old iPad Mini 4. The new iPad mini 5 is essentially the same thing as the iPad Air, albeit in a more compact package that is bound to appeal to many users.

    Specifications:

    Model

    iPad mini 5

    Operating System

    iOS 13

    Screen Size

    7.9in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    1536x 2048

    CPU

    Apple A12 Bionic (6-core)

    GPU

    Apple GPU (4-core)

    RAM

    3 GB

    Storage Capacity

    64/256 GB

    Memory Card

    N/A

    Main Camera

    8 MP

    Front Camera

    7 MP

    Battery Capacity

    5124 mAh

    Dimensions

    203.2×134.8×6.1mm (8.0×5.31×0.24in)

    Weight

    300.5g (10.8 oz)

    On the inside, the iPad mini 5 is pretty much identical to the 2019 iPad Air – it is powered by an A12 Bionic chip, has 3 GB of RAM, comes in 64 GB and 256 GB storage variants, and it boasts a laminated screen. That said, there is no major difference in performance, although the battery doesn’t last quite as long. On top of that, while it does have Apple Pencil compatibility, there is no Smart Keyboard support, so if you want to type using a physical keyboard, you’ll have to settle for a third-party wireless one.

    At the end of the day, the iPad mini 5 is a great choice for users who prefer smaller tablets that are lighter and more comfortable to use, but it is sadly nothing groundbreaking. Nonetheless, it remains an attractive choice if you don’t intend on using a Smart Keyboard and if a 10-inch iPad is too bulky for your taste.

    The Pros:

    • The display still just as good
    • Compact frame
    • Light and portable

    The Cons:

    • A bit pricey
    • No Smart Keyboard support

    iPad Pro (2018)

    iPad Pro 2018

    And finally, we have the 2018 iPad Pro, which is easily the most advanced iPad released to date. It introduced a new design that, sadly, hasn’t yet been applied to the cheaper 2019 iPads, and it packs some extra hardware power and an even better display.

    Specifications:

    Model

    iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)

    Operating System

    iOS 13

    Screen Size

    12.9in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    2048×2732

    CPU

    Apple A12X Bionic (8-core)

    GPU

    Apple GPU (7-core)

    RAM

    4/6 GB

    Storage Capacity

    64/256/512 GB/1 TB

    Memory Card

    N/A

    Main Camera

    12 MP

    Front Camera

    7 MP

    Battery Capacity

    9720 mAh

    Dimensions

    280.6×214.9×5.9mm (11.05×8.46×0.23 in)

    Weight

    631g (1.39lb)

    As you’d expect from an iPad Pro, it fully lives up to its name, with a beefed-up A12X bionic chip which has a higher core count, 4-6 GB of RAM, and with storage capacity that can go up to 1 TB. The display is even better this time around, as it is not only a beautiful-looking display but also a fast one – it supports a 120 Hz refresh rate, making it significantly more responsive than the standard 60 Hz display seen in the cheaper iPads. Plus, even the camera quality is noticeably better.

    With that said, it should be obvious as to what the two main drawbacks of the iPad Pro are: its size and its pricing.

    The 12.9-inch variant is fairly bulky and it’s also a fair share heavier than the more affordable iPad models. Granted, the 11-inch iPad Pro helps combat this to a certain degree, as it is smaller, lighter, and cheaper, so it’s a better alternative if you don’t need a screen this large.

    All in all, we can confidently state that the iPad Pro is the best tablet currently available, and you won’t regret getting one, provided that you can afford it and that you actually intend on using the premium features that it has and that are missing from the cheaper models.

    The Pros:

    • Stunning 120 Hz display
    • Top-notch performance
    • Quad-speakers

    The Cons:

    • Very expensive
    • No headphone jack

    Best Android Tablets For Gaming

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    There’s no denying it, Android tablets are currently in a very tough spot. Google’s little green robot is slowly being replaced by Chrome OS on this front and while the Android operating system is obviously dominant in the smartphone market, it didn’t fare so well when it comes to tablets.

    While most Android tablets can hardly compete with iPads at this point, there are still a number of models to pick from if you’re after something more affordable than what Apple has on offer.

    Lenovo Tab 4

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    The first Android tablet in this category is the Lenovo Tab 4, a modest and highly affordable device that comes in two variants: an 8-inch and a 10-inch one. Both of them were released mid-2017, so they are quite dated, still running Android 7 Nougat out of the box and powered by a Snapdragon 425 chip.

    Specifications:

    Model

    Lenovo Tab 4

    Operating System

    Android 7 Nougat

    Screen Size

    8in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    800×1280

    CPU

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 425

    GPU

    Adreno 306

    RAM

    2 GB

    Storage Capacity

    16/32 GB

    Memory Card

    Up to 128 GB

    Main Camera

    5 MP

    Front Camera

    2 MP

    Battery Capacity

    4850 mAh

    Dimensions

    211x124x8.2mm (8.31×4.88×0.32 in)

    Weight

    310g (10.93oz)

    One look at the spec sheet and you can immediately tell that the Lenovo Tab 4 won’t exactly smoke any benchmarks. It is a dated device with an old CPU, low internal storage, and it is running an outdated version of Android.

    That said, it should be obvious that the Lenovo Tab 4 is only listed here as your absolute cheapest, readily available budget option if you’re looking for the most affordable Android tablet that you can get. The display is decent enough but do not expect flawless performance nor smooth gameplay in the more demanding games.

    The Pros:

    • Very cheap
    • Passable display
    • Solid battery life

    The Cons:

    • Very dated
    • Spotty performance
    • Low internal storage

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

    Next, we have something a bit more serious coming from Samsung, and it’s their Galaxy Tab S5e tablet which came out in early 2019. Thus, both the software and the hardware are more up to date, and it is a competent tablet in its own right, wholly capable of holding its own against the iPad.

    Specifications:

    Model

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

    Operating System

    Android 9 Pie

    Screen Size

    10.5in

    Display Technology

    Super AMOLED

    Display Resolution

    1600×2560

    CPU

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 (8-core)

    GPU

    Adreno 615

    RAM

    4/6 GB

    Storage Capacity

    64/128 GB

    Memory Card

    Up to 1 TB

    Main Camera

    13 MP

    Front Camera

    8 MP

    Battery Capacity

    7040 mAh

    Dimensions

    245x160x5.5mm (9.65×6.30×0.22in)

    Weight

    400g (14.11oz)

    The Galaxy Tab S5e is very solid competition for the new iPad Air, as it measures up to and even outperforms Apple’s mid-range tablet on several fronts.

    For one, if there is one thing that Samsung devices do right, it’s the display, and the QHD Super AMOLED display found in the S5e is really something to behold. The colors are more vibrant and OLED, as usual, can deliver better contrast than LCD can, so we can confidently say that the S5e has a better display, though the difference probably won’t be as noticeable to everyone.

    Apart from that, the S5e has twice as much RAM, and the CPUs are fairly evenly matched on paper – the Snapdragon has more cores and operates at higher clock speeds, but the A12 Fusion is a 7nm CPU, whereas the Snapdragon 670 is a 10nm one. Regardless of this, it’s difficult to top Apple’s software, so the S5e, while a very good tablet, cannot really compete against iOS optimization.

    In the end, the Tab S5e is a surprisingly good Android tablet that manages to keep up with the iPad Air when it comes to gaming and casual use, but its display is its primary selling point. Sadly, it doesn’t support any form of stylus, unlike the new iPads, but the overall performance and price definitely make it an appealing choice.

    The Pros:

    • Excellent AMOLED display
    • Quad-speakers
    • Good overall performance

    The Cons:

    • Not quite as fast as the iPad Air
    • No stylus

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

    And finally, we have another Samsung tablet that offers some extra features, albeit at a slightly higher price point, too. The Galaxy Tab S6 is obviously a more feature-rich tablet that can challenge the iPad Pro, at least in some respects.

    Specifications:

    Model

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

    Operating System

    Android 9 Pie

    Screen Size

    10.5in

    Display Technology

    Super AMOLED

    Display Resolution

    1600×2560

    CPU

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (8-core)

    GPU

    Adreno 640

    RAM

    6/8 GB

    Storage Capacity

    128/256 GB

    Memory Card

    Up to 1 TB

    Main Camera

    13 MP + 5 MP

    Front Camera

    8 MP

    Battery Capacity

    7040 mAh

    Dimensions

    244.5×159.5×5.7mm (9.63×6.28×0.22in)

    Weight

    420g (14.82oz)

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is very similar to the S5e in many ways – both are 10.5-inch tablets with a nigh-identical design, and it’s difficult to distinguish the two at first glance. The display, too, is the same Super AMOLED panel with the same pixel count.

    However, the Tab S6 boasts beefier hardware, including a 7nm Snapdragon 855 chip, a slightly better GPU, expanded RAM, and more internal storage. It even has a dual-camera setup, including both a wide-angle and an ultrawide camera, something that you rarely see in tablets. On top of that, an S Pen stylus is bundled with the tablet, though the keyboard is still sold separately.

    In any case, the Tab S6 offers a lot of the functionality offered by the iPad Pro at a noticeably lower price point. As you might have guessed, it can’t compete with the iPad Pro toe-to-toe, but it is very viable as a more affordable alternative. Of course, it is only affordable in relative terms, as it is actually fairly pricey for an Android tablet.

    The Pros:

    • Same superb AMOLED display as in the S5e
    • Quad-speakers
    • Fast performance
    • Bundled stylus
    • Good cameras for a tablet

    The Cons:

    • Not as powerful as the iPad Pro
    • On the pricey side

    Best FireOS Tablets For Gaming

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    You’ve probably heard of Fire OS by now, and it is probably precisely because of Amazon’s extremely affordable tablets. This operating system is based on Android but is used exclusively in Amazon’s own devices, shedding some of the freedom and customizability that Android is known for.

    The key difference between the two operating systems is that Fire OS doesn’t use Google’s online services, including the Play Store, meaning that apps are instead downloaded only from Amazon’s own app store. As such, some apps from the Play Store (including Google apps) are unavailable on Fire OS devices.

    On the bright side, Fire OS does run very well on these budget devices, so it is no wonder why they are as popular as they are. Rest assured, if you’re looking for a budget tablet, a Fire OS model would probably be far more appealing than a dated Android tablet.

    Amazon Fire 7

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    There’s no doubt about it, the diminutive Fire 7 is the cheapest tablet out there. Well, not accounting for some obscure Chinese models that run on ancient versions of Android, that is. Of course, the Fire 7 won’t turn any heads or top any benchmarks, but if what you’re looking for is a serviceable tablet at a ridiculously low price, then you’ve found your match.

    Specifications:

    Model

    Amazon Fire 7

    Operating System

    Fire OS

    Screen Size

    7in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    600×1024

    CPU

    Mediatek MT8127 (4-core)

    GPU

    Mali-450MP4

    RAM

    1 GB

    Storage Capacity

    16/32 GB

    Memory Card

    Up to 512 GB

    Main Camera

    2 MP

    Front Camera

    VGA

    Battery Capacity

    2980 mAh

    Dimensions

    192x115x9.6mm (7.56×4.53×0.38in)

    Weight

    295g (10.41oz)

    Looking at the specs of the Fire 7, you’d probably wonder just why anyone would buy it: a processor from 2014, limited RAM, limited (but expandable) storage, and cameras similar to those found in the pre-smartphone dark ages. However, it all starts to make sense when you consider that you can get it as low as $50.

    Indeed, at such a low price point and with good OS optimization, Amazon has managed to create the ultimate entry-level tablet. The display is decent, the performance and graphics are not top of the line but the device can still handle 3D games surprisingly well. The battery life doesn’t disappoint either, and the tablet’s compact frame makes it portable and inconspicuous, not to mention ideal for kids.

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    With the price tag in mind, the Fire 7’s flaws are largely understandable. The biggest issue would have to be the extremely low internal storage which only allows for a relatively small set of apps and a couple of larger games to be installed before a microSD card is required. On top of that, the pixel density is pretty low, so the visuals aren’t great either.

    The Pros:

    • Decent display and performance for the price
    • Good battery life
    • Extremely cheap

    The Cons:

    • Terrible cameras
    • Limited internal storage

    Amazon Fire HD 8

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    Next up, we have a slightly bigger and a bit better version of the Fire 7 – the Fire HD 8. As can be deduced from the name, it ups the screen size from 7 to 8 inches, but the display resolution is increased as well. On top of that, there are also minor internal upgrades that allow the Fire HD 8 to come out on top in regards to performance, too.

    Specifications:

    Model

    Amazon Fire HD 8

    Operating System

    Fire OS

    Screen Size

    8in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    800×1200

    CPU

    Mediatek MT8163 (4-core)

    GPU

    Mali-T730MP3

    RAM

    1.5 GB

    Storage Capacity

    16/32 GB

    Memory Card

    Up to 400 GB

    Main Camera

    2 MP

    Front Camera

    VGA

    Battery Capacity

    3210 mAh

    Dimensions

    214x128x9.7mm (8.43×5.04×0.38in)

    Weight

    369 g (13.02 oz)

    As you can see, the Fire HD 8 makes a couple of improvements that justify its increased price tag, although these improvements are nothing stellar. The display looks a bit better, the tablet is a tad faster, and the cameras remain equally bad.

    The key improvements here are the larger screen and slightly better battery life, as many tend to agree that 8 inches is something of a sweet-spot when it comes to tablet size.

    Ultimately, the Fire HD 8 is just the Fire 7 with some minor improvements that will make it more appealing for those who want a little bit extra for a little bit of extra cash.

    The Pros:

    • Slightly better display and performance
    • Improved battery life
    • Still highly affordable

    The Cons:

    • Cameras are still terrible

    Amazon Fire HD 10

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    And for the final entry in this category (and the list overall), we have Amazon’s Fire HD 10, the pinnacle of Amazon’s tablet lineup. And even though it’s the best that Amazon has to offer, it is still a budget tablet that doesn’t make any amazing strides forward, as it is only a slight improvement over the Fire HD 8, similar to how it is a slight improvement over the Fire 7.

    Specifications:

    Model

    Amazon Fire HD 10

    Operating System

    Fire OS

    Screen Size

    10in

    Display Technology

    IPS LCD

    Display Resolution

    1200×1920

    CPU

    Mediatek MT8173 (4-core)

    GPU

    PowerVR G6250

    RAM

    2 GB

    Storage Capacity

    32/64 GB

    Memory Card

    Up to 512 GB

    Main Camera

    2 MP

    Front Camera

    VGA

    Battery Capacity

    3830 mAh

    Dimensions

    262x159x9.8mm (10.31×6.26×0.39in)

    Weight

    500g (1.10lb)

    Once again, the improvements are limited mostly to the display, the memory, and the battery. The screen of the Fire HD 10 is the best of the bunch, boasting a Full HD panel and higher pixel density than either of the two cheaper models. The extra RAM allows for somewhat better performance and multitasking, all the while the 64GB storage option will allow some users to forego getting a memory card for their device.

    On the downside, the tablet actually has worse battery life than the Fire HD 8, despite the battery being physically larger. This is due to the increased power drain stemming from the larger display and the strain which it puts on the internals. Ultimately, the average battery life is shortened from about 12 to 10 hours, and while it is not a major difference, it should be mentioned regardless. The cameras, once again, remain the same.

    So, the Fire HD 10 can easily compete with the similarly-priced Lenovo Tab 4 mentioned in the Android section, seeing as it sports a better display and more memory, although it lags behind a bit when it comes to battery life.

    The Pros:

    • Solid display
    • Decent performance
    • Affordable

    The Cons:

    • Cameras are still terrible
    • Battery life is a bit disappointing

    How to Pick the Best Tablet For Your Needs

    And now, we get to that important question: how to decide which tablet is the best choice for you?

    Well, if we’re talking gaming, there won’t be a significant difference in performance between a high-end and a mid-range tablet, although the low-end ones might see some framerate drops and the occasional hiccup.

    But just like smartphones, tablets are not devices designed specifically for gaming. Rather, playing games is just one of the things they do, so if you want to find the best tablet for your needs, you should keep all of its capabilities in mind.

    Here’s a brief overview of the most important features to consider before buying a tablet!

    The Best Tablet Screen Size?

    Today, tablet screen sizes go from as little as 7 inches to 13 inches, not counting some larger niche tablet devices aimed towards professionals. So, if you’re picking between a 7-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, and a 13-inch model, how to determine which fits your needs best?

    The first and most important factors to consider are viewing experience and ergonomics. Larger displays will, naturally, make for a better and more immersive experience if you’re playing games or watching videos. However, the extra bulk also makes them heavier and more difficult to use, especially if you have smaller hands.

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    Then, there’s the fact that larger displays ultimately drain the battery faster, although this isn’t something to worry about because a more spacious frame also means that the device will be fitted with a larger battery. Tablets can generally take about 8-12 hours of active use.

    In the end, any size can work, but most people tend to prefer 8 and 10-inch tablets. For the most part, 12-13 inches is considered too large to be held comfortably for longer periods of time, all the while 7 can simply be too small, especially considering that phone displays are quite large these days, what with the bezels being smaller than ever.

    The bottom line is, we recommend 8 or 10-inch tablets for general use, 12-13 inch ones for professionals and those who intend to use a tablet as a laptop replacement.

    iOS vs Android vs Fire OS – Which Operating System Is The Best For a Tablet?

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    Having introduced all three of the currently most popular operating systems for tablets, we have the inevitable question of which happens to be the best one.

    First, let’s address Fire OS. As mentioned before, Fire OS is essentially just heavily altered Android. It sacrifices some of Android’s flexibility and customizability in favor of better optimization and offers a more linear user experience. However, a lack of certain apps and a lack of access to Google’s apps such as Google Docs, Fire OS devices are best left for casual users who are looking for a cheap and reliable device.

    With that out of the way, we come to the eternal struggle (well, more of a decade-long struggle) between iOS and Android. While the battle is fairly even when it comes to smartphones, Apple is definitely dominating the tablet market at the moment due to the dwindling popularity of Android tablets which now remain viable mostly as budget options.

    The two operating systems are both very similar to their smartphone counterparts, so the same basic pros and cons go:

    • iOS is better-optimized i.e. it offers better performance and has long-term support. On the downside, it offers little in terms of customization.
    • Android is far more open and customizable but it doesn’t age well. Cheaper devices rarely get OS updates, and when they do, there is no guarantee that the new OS will work as intended.

    All in all, considering the current state of the market, we’d have to say that iPads definitely have the upper hand on Android tablets right now. They offer better performance than the comparably-priced Android tablets and will be up to date for years to come, ensuring that the device will have access to all the new features and apps that will roll out in the future.

    But of course, tablets are not really the kind of device where raw performance is the top concern, so if you intend on using one for casual things such as web browsing, multimedia, and mobile gaming, there’s no reason not to go with one of the newer Android tablets.

    Wi-Fi or Cellular?

    Modern tablets usually come in two versions: with and without a SIM slot. The tablets that come with a SIM slot also have cellular connectivity, while the tablets without one only support Wi-Fi as a means of connecting to the Internet.

    Generally, we’d advise going for a Wi-Fi version since they are noticeably cheaper, and especially since it’s easy to get cellular connectivity on a Wi-Fi tablet simply by creating a hotspot on your phone, should you need it occasionally.

    On the other hand, this can put some unwanted stress on your phone’s battery, so if you use your mobile internet a lot i.e. if you travel often or simply spend a lot of time away from any stable wireless networks, having cellular connectivity in a tablet would be well worth the extra cost.

    Conclusion – The Best Gaming Tablet of 2020

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    So, when all is said and done, which of these devices would we pick as the best gaming tablet?

    Well, our picks would be the following:

    Best Budget Tablet for Gaming – Amazon Fire HD 10

    The Fire HD 10 is the best tablet that Amazon has to offer at the moment, and it is a great choice if you’re looking for a decent tablet that can meet all of your basic needs without burning a hole in your wallet.

    Best Value – iPad Air

    The 2019 iPad Air, while it’s not as good as we might have hoped, is definitely a good tablet through and through. It has a beautiful display and a powerful CPU, all the while iOS features and optimization, as well as regular updates, ensure that it will work well for years to come, making it a good long-term investment.

    Premium Pick – iPad Pro

    You’ve probably seen this one coming from a mile away. As we’ve already mentioned, the iPad Pro is easily the best tablet available right now, and though we think it is too expensive if you’re getting it for gaming alone, it has plenty of great features that make it stand out as a reliable laptop replacement. This includes the 120 Hz display, the excellent performance, and the accessories.

    And that would be it for our best gaming tablets buying guide! Let us know if we’ve made any errors or if we skipped some devices that you think are worth noting and we’ll see about adding them to the list in the future.

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