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Our editorial team selected the tablets on this list based on extensive research, real customer reviews and personal experience. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
Scoring an epic 4.9 out of 5 from approximately 4,000 reviews on Google, the fourth-generation Apple iPad Pro is our pick for best tablet overall for Australians by a long way. Featuring state-of-the-art technology packed into a sleek and light device, the iPad Pro is the best tablet on the market right now. It has a gorgeous 12.9-inch (32cm) screen that many reviews praised, and its four speakers allow for clear sound when watching or listening without headphones.
People who have only used Android phones might want to look at our choice for best Android tablet because the iPadOS won't be compatible with apps already purchased on their phones. Still, the range of apps available on the iPad Pro is second-to-none. One thing some reviews lamented was the lack of TouchID — instead, the iPad Pro utilises Apple's FaceID facial recognition technology to unlock the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0" is our selection for best budget tablet for Australians thanks to its 4.4 out of 5 rating from more than 2,500 reviews on Amazon. If you only want your tablet for reading books, comics, browsing the net and watching the occasional show, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0" is exactly what you need. The battery lasts for nearly 15 hours, and while it comes with just 32GB of memory available initially, an SD-card expansion slot allows you to expand its memory by 512GB.
The processor at the heart of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0" isn't very powerful, so it won't play anything except the most basic games. But the screen is bright and clear, and it features a 3.5mm audio jack for wired headphones. Some found the 8-inch (20.32cm) screen to be too small and others found they couldn't get the Wi-Fi to work in places where other devices didn't have an issue.
The Apple iPad is our choice for best iPad tablet for Australians as it has earned a 4.8 out of 5 rating from more than 2,000 reviews on Amazon. Famous for being easy to use and utilising Apple's fantastic hardware, the Apple iPad does everything anyone could want in a tablet – it plays videos, has great speakers for music, takes photos if you're about that and is compatible with the Apple Pen for artistic ventures.
The iPad Pro and iPad Air both have better hardware and more accessory options, but the eighth-generation iPad strikes a perfect balance between affordability and high-quality at $1,000 cheaper than its larger sibling. Reviews noted that the 32GB version's storage space is almost entirely consumed by built-in apps, which is why the 128GB version is our selection for best iPad tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is our pick for best Samsung tablet for Australians as it has earned a score of 4.6 out of 5 from more than 5,500 reviews on Google. With a gorgeous 120Hz LCD screen paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, the Galaxy Tab S7 boasts the smoothest and slickest scrolling of any tablet on the market right now.
Reviews talked up the included S Pen, Samsung's stylus, as it snaps easily onto the back of the device when not in use, and people were impressed to find they got the 15 hours of quoted battery life out of their tablet. Some found the Galaxy Tab S7's slim design to feel "slippery" in their hands, recommending a thicker case to keep it from sliding away.
Scoring a 4.6 out of 5 from more than 5,500 reviews on Google, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is our pick for best Android tablet for Australians. Boasting 15 hours of screen-on time thanks to an AI-driven battery management system and an 11-inch (27.94cm) screen, reviewers consider the Galaxy Tab S7 to be the best Android tablet available right now. With a 2560x1600 120Hz screen and four-speaker Dolby Atmos sound, it's a brilliant option for watching movies and TV on.
Weighing in at nearly half a kilogram, the Tab S7 was described by some as a "two-hand tablet"– an issue exacerbated by the Tab S7+, its more expensive sibling. People aren't a fan of the One UI that Samsung has included to replace the stock Android presentation, but reviews point out that it's better than older Samsung UI variants.
Over 120 reviews on Amazon see this little beauty average out to a score of 4.6 out of 5, which is why it's our pick for the best Windows tablet for Australians. Bundled with the Surface Type Cover – an easy-to-use keyboard – and loaded with Windows 10 from the outset, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is easily the best choice for people who want their tablet experience to be as similar as possible to their home-office experience.
It's a bit heavier than some of the other tablets in this line-up, and reviews have noted that in practice, the Core M3 variant (with 8GB of RAM) only gets about 6 hours of battery life, but it's one of the best options around in a laptop/tablet hybrid, and people rave about the clarity of its 27cm screen.
The Dragon Touch Kids Tablet has a score of 4 out of 5 from over 560 reviews on Amazon, which is why it is our choice for best tablet for kids in Australia. The Dragon Touch Kids Tablet isn't powerful by any means, with just 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, but with a suite of KIDOZ programs pre-installed and out-of-the-box access to YouTube Kids, many reviews noted that it did what their kids wanted — just a little slowly.
People pointed out that while the Dragon Touch comes with a screen protector installed from the get-go, the treatment it got in their households warranted the purchase of extras to keep the screen from getting broken. The rest of the device stands firm against rough treatment thanks to a soft silicone case designed to protect against drops and bumps.
The Huion 1060 Plus Graphic Drawing Tablet is our pick for best drawing tablet for Australians thanks to its 4.3 out of 5 rating from more than 1,600 reviews on Amazon. A versatile piece of kit, the Huion 1060 Plus allows artists to pen their craft on a wide array of platforms, with Android, Linux, Mac and Windows all supported.
While many reviews loved how easy it is to plug-n-play with the Huion 1060 Plus, some people found the included cables were a little finicky, and there were some out-of-the-box driver conflicts for Mac users. But with a hyper-sensitive pen and loads of customisation features, people found this tablet to be even better than its more well-known Wacom rival.
The Apple iPad Pro is our preference for best tablet for Netflix and gaming as it has earned a score of 4.9 out of 5 from around 4,000 reviews on Google. With a massive 12.9-inch (32cm) screen and 4 high-quality speakers, the fourth-generation iPad Pro is a fantastic device for those looking to set up and watch some Netflix on the go.
The A12Z chipset utilises an eight-core graphics processor for people wanting to play the hottest new games on their tablet, and even the smallest version of the iPad Pro's storage space provides plenty of space for games. People noted that the edge-to-edge screen was sometimes impractical for those holding their tablet while playing, so gamers may want to look into a Bluetooth controller.
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