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5 Best Tablets to Watch Netflix in 2018

Some TV shows are best enjoyed when you’re snuggled up in bed in your favorite pajamas. Fortunately, Netflix runs both on iOS and Android, so all you need to do to make your lazy Sundays extra enjoyable is pick the right tablet for comfortable Netflix binging from your bed.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Black, SM-T820NZKAXAR)Buy on Amazon|$391.49(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa, 10.1" HD Display, 16 GB, Silver Aluminum - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)Buy on Amazon|$120.74(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
AsusASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7\" (2048x1536)Buy on Amazon|$409.92(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
AppleApple iPad with WiFi, 32GB, Space Gray (2017 Model)Buy on Amazon|$347.99(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
MicrosoftMicrosoft FJR-00001 Surface Pro (Intel Core M, 4GB RAM, 128GB)Buy on Amazon|$599(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)

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When selecting a tablet for entertainment, you should go with one that has a larger, high-resolution screen and a reliable Wi-Fi that can handle even high-definition video streaming. Super AMOLED displays generally offer the most immersive cinematic experience as they display pure black instead of various shades of gray. IPS displays are known for their high color-accuracy and wide viewing angles, making them great for watching Netflix with a friend or loved one. Finally, TN displays offer excellent bang for your buck along with ultra-fast response times, which make them perfect for gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the perfect all-around device for anything from watching Netflix to browsing the web to writing school papers. It boasts a brilliant 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with high dynamic range and cinematic contrast. When you watch movies or TV shows on the S3, you feel as if you were looking through a clear window at an alternative reality because of how lifelike the colors are. The same can also be said about games, which run without a hiccup thanks to a Snapdragon quad-core processor.

Samsung promises that the S3 can last up to 12 hours of video playback on a single charge and charge back to the maximum in less than 3 hours. You can store your content on 32 GB of internal storage or expand the storage space with a microSD card up to 256 GB. By pairing the S3 with the optional keyboard cover, you turn the tablet into a capable and lightweight laptop with support for the revolutionary S Pen, which opens the door to natural hand-writing and drawing. And if you own a Samsung smartphone, you can seamlessly connect it with the S3 using Samsung Flow to share files wirelessly and receive and respond to notifications and messages from third-party and native apps.

Fire HD 10

The Fire HD 10 is the largest tablet in terms of display size that Amazon has ever produced, and it’s also the company’s thinnest tablet to this day. As such, it’s excellent for Netflix binging and other forms of entertainment. The tablet’s widescreen 10.1” HD display with over a million pixels isn’t as sharp nor as color-accurate as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, but we can hardly hold it against Amazon considering how affordable the Fire HD 10 is.

For a little over $200 with special offers, you’ll get a premium tablet with aluminum backing and a fast quad-core processor that guarantees reliable performance. The Fire HD 10 comes with Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant. You may know Alexa from the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices, and the version of Alexa in the Fire HD 10 is just as smart and just as useful. You can ask Alexa about the weather, tell it to order stuff from Amazon for you, or use it to control various smart home devices. Being an Amazon device, the Fire HD 10 also gives you easy access to countless books, songs, games, apps, movies, and TV shows from Amazon’s vast content library, so you won’t be limited to what you can find on Netflix.

Apple iPad

There’s no denying that the latest iPad makes for a wonderful entertainment device. The 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048 × 1536 resolution is as sharp and vivid as tablet displays get, and the A9 chip delivers fluid performance and support for the 64-bit architecture. Because of its remarkable power efficiency, the tablet can run up to 10 hours on a single charge, which is great news because there are now over 1 million apps and games designed for the iPad, including Netflix.

With iOS 11, multitasking has never been easier, and you can now also take advantage of several state-of-the-art technologies to protect your privacy and security. If you plan on sharing your tablet with a child, iOS offers robust parental controls that you can use to restrict access to inappropriate content with a few taps. The iPad works seamlessly with other iOS devices, allowing you to copy images, video, and text from your iPad, then paste to your Mac computer or iPhone. Being an Apple device, the iPad is not nearly as affordable as, for example, the Amazon Fire HD 10, but the excellent build quality and flawless performance justify the steeper price.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft has upped the stakes with the latest Surface Pro, a large tablet with an optional keyboard and the performance of an ultrabook. Compared to the previous generation Surface Pro, the latest Surface Pro lasts 50 percent longer on a single charge, and it features newly redesigned front-facing speakers and quieter fanless cooling system.

The Surface family of devices has always been about versatility, and nothing has changed in this regard. On its own, the Surface Pro is an astonishing tablet with gorgeous display and support for the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial. The Pen allows you to write and draw naturally, with precision ink on one end and a rubber eraser on the other, while the Dial makes it easier and faster to create content in applications like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premier. Connect the Surface Pro to the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, and it suddenly becomes possible to use the tablet just like you would a laptop. Finally, there’s also the elegant Surface Arc Mouse, which has been designed for travel and comfort. Together, the wide range of optional accessories makes the Surface Pro one of the most versatile tablets currently available.

Asus ZenPad 3S

The Asus ZenPad 3S is a perfect alternative to the iPad for people who prefer the Android operating system over iOS. Just like the iPad, the ZenPad 3S has a stunning 9.7-inch 2K display, a high-capacity battery, and a powerful processor that can handle all the latest apps and games. The ZenPad 3S also features 7.1- channel virtual surround cinematic audio, a microSD card slot, and support for the ZenStylus, which is sold separately. Considering that it costs under $300, Asus makes a very compelling argument why people who are looking for a new tablet should consider the ZenPad 3S over iPad.

The only thing that’s holding the ZenPad 3S back is the fact that it ships with Android 6.0. The latest version of Android is Android 8 Oreo, which was released to the public on August 21, 2017. In other words, the ZenPad 3S is two generations behind the cutting-edge of the Android ecosystem. Is it a problem in practice? Not really. All apps and games work just fine, but you won’t be able to enjoy any of the features that were introduced during the last two major releases of the Android operating system.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Black, SM-T820NZKAXAR)Buy on Amazon|$391.49(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa, 10.1" HD Display, 16 GB, Silver Aluminum - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)Buy on Amazon|$120.74(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
AsusASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7\" (2048x1536)Buy on Amazon|$409.92(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
AppleApple iPad with WiFi, 32GB, Space Gray (2017 Model)Buy on Amazon|$347.99(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)
MicrosoftMicrosoft FJR-00001 Surface Pro (Intel Core M, 4GB RAM, 128GB)Buy on Amazon|$599(Price as of 10/14/2018 23:31 ET)

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