9 Best Tablets for Travel in 2019

Tablets are no longer a luxury commodity, thanks to competitively priced offerings available in the market. But what if you’re in the market for a tablet that can easily sustain your endless travels? Well, truth be told, almost every other tablet is designed to travel i.e. offer portability, so while picking out a travel oriented tablet is quite easy, the choice becomes difficult when you consider the amount of choices available for the customers.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S4Buy on Amazon|$647.99(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:32 ET)
MicrosoftMicrosoft Surface Pro 6Buy on Amazon|$699(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:31 ET)
LenovoLenovo Tab 4 PlusBuy on Amazon|$313.39(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:33 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 TabletBuy on Amazon|$149.99(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:32 ET)
AppleApple iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB)Buy on Amazon|$328(Price as of 06/17/2019 07:33 ET)

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With this in mind, we decided to compile a list of some of the best tablets for travel available online today. You might recognize some of these tablets, but we’ve made sure to include some surprises in the list as well. So let’s have a closer look.

9 Best Tablets for Travel in 2019

Amazon Fire HD 8

This tablet probably needs no introduction as it is touted to be one of the best budget tablets available in the market today. Moreover, since the tablet is made by Amazon, you also get access to features like hands-free Alexa voice assistant, as well as a snappy UI that gives you access to all the apps you can imagine. Even though the tablet runs a forked version of Android, it doesn’t have the Google Play Store, instead relying on its own Amazon AppStore ecosystem.

In terms of hardware prowess, the Fire HD 8 is not too far behind either. It comes with an 8-inch HD display which can eke out 10 hours of battery life with mixed usage. While Amazon offers the choice between the 16 and 32GB variants, the fact that the tablet also comes with a microSD card slot with a capacity of up to 400GB. The Fire HD 8 is available in four exciting colors like Punch Red, Marine Blue, Canary Yellow as well as Black. Pricing differs depending on the choice you make during checkout. Customers will end up paying slightly more if they opt for the ad-free version of the Fire HD 8. The tablet is available for as low as $59.99, although this could likely be limited period pricing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0

Samsung has for long made attractive budget tablets with decent features on board. The Galaxy Tab A series was launched a couple of years ago specifically for the company’s budget tablet lineup. This iteration comes with a 7-inch display on board with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. There’s a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor under the hood, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The tablet also has a microSD card slot, helping you expand the storage significantly.

As you can make out by the hardware specifications, the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is not going to break any CPU benchmark records. However, for its purpose as a small and effective tablet with all the features you can expect on an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is definitely worth checking out. One downside here is that the tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is a relatively older operating system. Amazon is currently offering this particular tablet in Black with no other variants in sight. However, there are multiple bundles and combos that are worth checking out as it can save you some money on your purchase.

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus (10-inch)

Although Lenovo markets this as the perfect family and entertainment tablet, it’s certainly a lot more than that. Thanks to solid construction and the hardware used underneath, the Tab 4 Plus is certainly worth checking out in the crowded tablet space. It comes with a 10-inch Full HD display along with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There’s a microSD card slot here as well, allowing you to expand storage as you see fit.

There’s a 2.0 GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor under the hood, keeping the tablet ticking. What’s even more exciting is the fact that this model comes with 4G LTE enabled, allowing you to basically use a SIM card and use it when you’re on your travels, thus greatly reducing your dependency on Wi-Fi.

The tablet also comes with dual stereo speakers on the front, offering a great boost to the tablet’s multimedia credentials. Since this is a family tablet, it comes with the ability to have multiple user accounts including Kids’ profiles with parental controls enabled. The tablet also comes with fingerprint scanning enabled, allowing you to unlock your device with just a tap. At just under 8mm, the Tab 4 Plus is incredibly thin, allowing it to be carried around wherever you go. The 20-hour battery life is also expected to be a big boost to travelers. The Tab 4 Plus runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. The tablet is only available in Black as of now.

Huawei MediaPad M5

Huawei is a popular Chinese manufacturer who has innovated continuously in the mobile industry. The company also has decent offerings in the tablet industry, particularly the MediaPad M5, which we’re going to discuss now. This offering comes with an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 (2K) resolution display with an 82% screen-to-body ratio, offering nothing but display real estate to the user. The tablet also comes with dual stereo speakers certified by Harman/Kardon, so you’re getting the best in the business here.

The tablet is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 960 series octa-core chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera for photos and videos. The tablet comes with a 5,100 mAh battery under the hood, which can charge from 0-100% in under 20 hours. The tablet runs Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo on top of Huawei’s Emotion UI 8.0, offering some company specific customizations on the tablet.

Although Huawei offers the tablet in Wi-Fi and cellular variants, this one only comes with Wi-Fi on board. This also means that you will be paying significantly lesser than you would for the cellular model. Huawei offers U.S. warranty for this product, so you can buy this tablet with confidence. The tablet is currently sold in Space Gray with no other options to choose from.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5

If you’re going to invest in a tablet, why not go for a high-end and compact tablet like the Galaxy Tab S4. Well, the fourth iteration of the company’s Tab S series follows up on its predecessors by offering one of the best tablet displays in the world. This is possible thanks to the 10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED display, offering true colors and great sunlight visibility. The tablet also comes with the Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage which is expandable by up to 400GB using the microSD card slot. It also features a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Media enthusiasts will love to know that this tablet comes with speakers tuned by AKG/HARMAN, so you can expect some great sound from the default speakers. The tablet runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but is expandable to future versions of Android. There are multiple bundles to choose from here, allowing you to pick the one best suited for you. My favorite is the one with the keyboard cover, turning this into a full-blown laptop. Samsung also includes the S Pen stylus along with this tablet. Depending on the variant you choose, the Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 can be yours for just under $500.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

As the name indicates, this tablet is meant for professionals and it packs the hardware to match anything you throw at it. Although it can also work as a laptop thanks to Microsoft’s Surface Type Cover, we’re only going to focus on its performance as a tablet. To begin with the Surface Pro 6 comes with a 12.3-inch PixelSense display, which we’ve seen on multiple Surface products so far.

The Surface Pro 6 is a stellar tablet anyway you look at it. The only downside here is that some users might take some time to get used to Windows 10 and its functionalities. As far as hardware credentials are concerned, the Surface Pro 6 comes with the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor under the hood, promising super snappy performance and efficiency. You also get 128GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM by default, making this one of the most powerful offerings on this list.

What’s even more impressive here is the fact that it can run videos for up to 13.5 hours on a single charge, which is very impressive for a device that’s expected to be unplugged more often than not. Thanks to the built-in kickstand, you can convert this into a massive screen for movie nights. You can also plug in peripherals on the Surface Pro 6 using the single USB 3.0 port. Given the hardware on offer, be prepared to shell out more than you would with conventional Android tablets.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

For those unaware, Lenovo’s Yoga lineup introduced us to convertible tablets that could flex in several angles. The Yoga Tab 3 is pretty similar although it doesn’t have a flexible body. It does have an interesting design, however, which lets you place it in almost any direction. The tiny kickstand on the back can be propped up to place it in the angle you desire. In terms of hardware, the Yoga Tab 3 comes with an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display along with a uniquely placed 8-megapixel camera that can be rotated forwards or backwards to change the camera angle.

You only get 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable). It runs a quad-core processor underneath, which may not be the fastest out there, but will still get the job done on a budget offering like this one. One of the primary reasons we mentioned this offering on our list is because of its size. You can get one of these for well under $100 via Amazon now.

Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB)

The Apple iPad (2018) is an excellent option for travelers who simply want a tablet that works for each individual. Thanks to years of work gone into the iPad, Apple has managed to offer the perfect blend of hardware and software, which means it has a significant leg up over the competitors. The newly refreshed iPad lineup retains most of its past features while replacing the aging processor and bumping up software features as Apple does each year. The iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina Display, Apple’s A10 Fusion chipset, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and of course, the popular Touch ID authentication system.

The iPad uses a dual-speaker system for optimum audio performance from the default setup. The company promises a battery life of about 10 hours, which is fairly accurate. It is also worth mentioning that iPads have decent standby times, although you might end up charging it often if you use it all-day. This particular model comes with 128GB of storage and has no cellular connectivity on board. Customers get to choose between Gold, Space Gray and Silver. Given its razer thin exterior, the 2018 Apple iPad is definitely a great companion for all your travels. The battery life helps greatly as well.

Amazon Fire HD 10

It should be no surprise that Amazon features twice on this list. The company makes pretty decent small sized budget tablets, but also offers large sized offerings like this one. Although it’s pretty inexpensive, the hardware is pretty much on par with the best in the business. To start with, the Fire HD 10 comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Accompanying the gorgeous display are stereo speakers, which have become a common feature among larger tablets. You get 32 or 64GB of storage to choose from, although it really doesn’t matter since the Fire HD 10 also comes with a microSD card slot, so you’re free to add microSD cards of your own.

Perhaps one of the biggest features of any Amazon Fire device is the fact that it comes with Alexa enabled, allowing you to seamlessly interact with your tablet or even with paired smart home appliances. The Fire HD 10 is offered in Black, Punch Red and Marine Blue, with the Canary Yellow variant seemingly limited to the Fire HD 8. Given the features it offers, we strongly recommend you to check it out.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S4Buy on Amazon|$647.99(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:32 ET)
MicrosoftMicrosoft Surface Pro 6Buy on Amazon|$699(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:31 ET)
LenovoLenovo Tab 4 PlusBuy on Amazon|$313.39(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:33 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 TabletBuy on Amazon|$149.99(Price as of 06/17/2019 08:32 ET)
AppleApple iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB)Buy on Amazon|$328(Price as of 06/17/2019 07:33 ET)

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