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Best Tablet for Reading PDFs- Who’s The Best of the Best?

Whether you’re a student, teacher or employee at a company, you might have many PDFs to regularly go through. The tablets in our best tablet for reading PDFs list would make the task easier. Why don’t you read ahead?

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The Tablets- At a Glance

We summarized our top picks in the following table.

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Kindle Paperwhite Oasis
All-new Kindle Oasis - Now with adjustable warm light - 8 GB, Graphite...
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - 8 GB...
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)
2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray (4th...
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 Wi-Fi 64GB Gold (SM-T500NZDEXAR)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Wi-Fi, Mystic Black - 256 GB
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Dimensions
6.3 in x 5.6 in x 0.13-.33 in (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.4 mm)
6.6 in x 4.6 in x 0.3 in (167 mm x 116 mm x 8.18 mm)
11.05 in x 8.46 in x 0.23 in (280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 5.9 mm)
9.75 in x 6.20 in x 0.28 in (247.6 mm x 157.4 mm x 7 mm)
11.22 in x 7.28 in x 0.22 in (285 mm x 185 mm x 5.7 mm)
Weight
6.60 ounces (188 grams)
6.41 ounces (182 grams)
22.61 ounces (641 grams)
16.7 ounces (476 grams)
20.28 ounces (575 grams)
Display
7 inch (177.8 mm) Paperwhite Display with E Ink Carta
6 inch (152.4 mm) Paperwhite Display with E Ink Carta
12.9 inch (327.6 mm) IPS LCD 2048 x 2732 pixels
10.4 inches (264.16 mm) IPS LCD 1200 X 2000 pixels
12.4 inch (314.96 mm) Super AMOLED 1752 x 2800 pixels
Processor
-
-
Apple A12Z Bionic
Exynos 9611
Snapdragon 865+
Stylus & Keyboard Compatible
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAM
-
-
6 GB
3 GB
6 or 8 GB
ROM
8 or 32 GB
8 or 32 GB
128, 256, 512 or 1 TB
32 or 64 GB
128, 256 & 512 GB
Battery
-
-
9720 mAh
7040 mAh
10090 mAh
Kindle Paperwhite Oasis
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All-new Kindle Oasis - Now with adjustable warm light - 8 GB, Graphite...
Rating
Dimensions
6.3 in x 5.6 in x 0.13-.33 in (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.4 mm)
Weight
6.60 ounces (188 grams)
Display
7 inch (177.8 mm) Paperwhite Display with E Ink Carta
Processor
-
Stylus & Keyboard Compatible
No
RAM
-
ROM
8 or 32 GB
Battery
-
Kindle Paperwhite
Preview
Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - 8 GB...
Rating
Dimensions
6.6 in x 4.6 in x 0.3 in (167 mm x 116 mm x 8.18 mm)
Weight
6.41 ounces (182 grams)
Display
6 inch (152.4 mm) Paperwhite Display with E Ink Carta
Processor
-
Stylus & Keyboard Compatible
No
RAM
-
ROM
8 or 32 GB
Battery
-
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)
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2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray (4th...
Rating
Dimensions
11.05 in x 8.46 in x 0.23 in (280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 5.9 mm)
Weight
22.61 ounces (641 grams)
Display
12.9 inch (327.6 mm) IPS LCD 2048 x 2732 pixels
Processor
Apple A12Z Bionic
Stylus & Keyboard Compatible
Yes
RAM
6 GB
ROM
128, 256, 512 or 1 TB
Battery
9720 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 Wi-Fi 64GB Gold (SM-T500NZDEXAR)
Rating
Dimensions
9.75 in x 6.20 in x 0.28 in (247.6 mm x 157.4 mm x 7 mm)
Weight
16.7 ounces (476 grams)
Display
10.4 inches (264.16 mm) IPS LCD 1200 X 2000 pixels
Processor
Exynos 9611
Stylus & Keyboard Compatible
Yes
RAM
3 GB
ROM
32 or 64 GB
Battery
7040 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Wi-Fi, Mystic Black - 256 GB
Rating
Dimensions
11.22 in x 7.28 in x 0.22 in (285 mm x 185 mm x 5.7 mm)
Weight
20.28 ounces (575 grams)
Display
12.4 inch (314.96 mm) Super AMOLED 1752 x 2800 pixels
Processor
Snapdragon 865+
Stylus & Keyboard Compatible
Yes
RAM
6 or 8 GB
ROM
128, 256 & 512 GB
Battery
10090 mAh

1. Kindle Paperwhite Oasis

Kindles were exclusively made to read text. From all the tablets on our list, the Oasis is one of the smallest. It comes with a 7 inch (177.8 mm) display. However, it’s still big enough to comfortably read PDFs.

You’re getting a large handle on the side – it’s there to help you grip and read the device better. On the handle, there are buttons to move through pages.

You don’t have to read the documents; you can get the Oasis to do this for you. There’s a VoiceView Screen Reader feature to utilize.

You’ll appreciate that the tablet is IPX8 rated; you don’t have to worry about the rain ruining it.

Its battery life is impressive. Although Amazon hasn’t made it public knowledge on how big its battery is, once fully charged, it can last for 6 weeks.

The tab doesn’t have a USB-C port. It comes with a micro-USB one which is considered dated these days. Because of this, it takes over 5 hours to fully charge.

You can pick it up with 32 GB of space. It’s more than enough to handle hundreds of files. However, there is an 8 GB option as well. You might want to stay away from it, you’ll fill it up in a month. Does the handset come with a MicroSD slot? Sadly, no.

Taking it places would be easy as it’s thin. The following are its dimensions, 6.3 in x 5.6 in x 0.13-.33 in (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.4 mm)

If you’ve read our best tablets for reading article, you might’ve found the Oasis familiar. It made the top spot on the review too.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Buttons to move through files
  • Kindle is capable of reading text to you
  • Ultra-thin  and lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Small display
  • No micro SD slot
  • Uses a MicroUSB port
All-new Kindle Oasis - Now with adjustable warm light - 8 GB, Graphite...
Our best 7", 300ppi flush-front Paperwhite display; Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber

2. Kindle Paperwhite

Like its sibling above, it has a small display. But it’s tinier, coming in at 6 inches (152.4 mm). It’s still large enough to easily read PDFs, though. The glass on its front was made to be glare-resistant; you’ll be able to read it outside.

Like the Oasis, it was made to exclusively read text. The Paperwhite has an E-ink Carta display which makes the black in texts stand out.

It’s pretty thin, so taking it around would be a breeze – the following are its dimensions, 6.6 in x 4.6 in x 0.3 in (167 mm x 116 mm x 8.18 mm). You’ll love that it’s as light as a feather. It weighs 182 grams.

Once again, Amazon hasn’t made the size of its battery public knowledge. We aren’t mad about this, though. It can last 6 weeks. Its display has an immense greyscale and brightness adjustability, so you can get its battery to last longer.

The port it uses is a micro USB. As you’re aware, this means that it will take longer to charge.

There is free cloud space for all Amazon content. That being said, you’re not getting a micro SD slot. You can pick it up with 8 or 32 GB of space.

Of course, it’s IPX8 rated. Who wouldn’t want that?

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Waterproof
  • Superb battery life
  • Thin and lightweight

Cons:

  • Small display
  • No microSD slot
  • No MicroUSB port
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Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - 8 GB...
A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.; The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night.

3. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

The iPad is the most expensive option on our list. It’s also the largest, coming with a 12.9 inch(327.66 mm) display. The handset has a sharp screen – the text would be crisp. Its resolution is 2048 x 2732 pixels.

The panel on its front is IPS LCD. It’s not very vibrant, but this isn’t an issue if you’re using the device just to read files. There’s barely any bezel action going on. You’re getting an 85.4% screen-to-body ratio.

You’ll easily be able to read PDFs outdoors. It comes with a 600 max nit front. 500 is the gold standard, which it’s way above.

It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 – this lets you share documents easily.

Let’s talk about its battery. There’s a massive 9720 mAh one inside of it. The iPad fully drains in around half a day. You’re getting reverse charging; your iPad would act as a power bank, charging others.

You’ll be attaching an 18 W fast charger to its USB-C port.

Out of the box, it runs iPadOS 13.4. Its systems can be upgraded to the newer iPadOS 14.2. The new OS makes its system super secure. You don’t have to worry about documents being stolen.

The chipset housed is the super-powerful A12Z Bionic. It’s known as one of the beastliest around. The fact that it comes with a lot of RAM and ROM makes using it even easier. You can pick it up with 6 GB of memory. In terms of ROM, 128, 256, 512, and 1 TB options are available – the sky is the limit when it comes to the PDFs you’ll be able to download.

Just like any Apple product, there is no microSD slot. But this shouldn’t be an issue considering you can pick it up with 1 TB of storage.

You can take it anywhere, the following are its dimensions, 11.05 in x 8.46 in x 0.23 in (280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 5.9 mm). It’s paper-thin but it’s not exactly light. It weighs 22.61 ounces (641 grams).

Moving through files would be easy as you can attach a keyboard to it. This would be done through Bluetooth. It can handle a stylus as well – the Apple Pencil is known as the most ergonomic around.

Pros:

  • Large, immersive display
  • Sharp screen
  • Powerful chipset
  • Great battery life
  • Upgraded OS
  • Great RAM and ROM
  • Keyboard & stylus compatible

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Can be too large at times
  • No microSD slot
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2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray (4th...
12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color; A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Like the iPad, the Tab A7 was released in 2020. It’s more affordable, though.

It comes with a large screen, you’re met with a 10.4 inch (264.16 mm) front. The panel on its display is IPS LCD. As you’re aware, it’s not the most vibrant. However, you’re getting a good screen resolution. It is 1200 x 2000 pixels.

There’s not much bezel action going on, so you’ll be able to immerse in your files. Its screen-to-body ratio is 79%.

Maneuvering through its systems would be a breeze. It comes with Android 10 out of the box. It’s run through One UI 2.1.

It has a lot of ROM. You can pick it up with either 32 or 64 GB of space. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be met with a micro SD slot. Decent RAM is available, so having multiple files open would be possible. You can pick it up with 3 GB of memory.

A 7040 mAh battery is inside of it. It’s not as large as the unit inside of the iPad above. That being said, the handset lasts as long as it.  No, its battery is not removable. You’ll be plugging a fast charger into its USB-C port.

Let’s talk about its processor. The Snapdragon 662 was housed. It’s not beastly. That being said, it’s capable of handling everyday tasks. You don’t need a powerful processor to read PDFs, so this shouldn’t be too big of a deal.

You’ll be able to read files on the go. It’s thin – the following are its dimensions, 9.75 in x 6.20 in x 0.28 in (247.6 mm x 157.4 mm x 7 mm). It’s light as well. How do you feel about 16.79 ounces (476 grams)?

Attaching a keyboard and using a stylus would be possible. The keyboard would connect through Bluetooth.

Pros:

  • Large, immersive display
  • Sharp screen
  • Expandable storage
  • Slim dimensions
  • Lightweight
  • Android 10 out of the box
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have a powerful processor

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

After the iPad, the S7+ is the most expensive option in our review. It’s a great tab for reading PDFs as its display is large and vibrant. It is 12.4 inches (314.96 mm) and has a Super AMOLED panel inside of it.

It’s quite sharp. You’re getting a 1752 x 2800 pixel front. There’s barely any bezel action as well – its screen-to-body ratio is 84.6%.

Moving through multiple files would be buttery as it comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s a lot of RAM, which helps as well. You can pick the Tab S7+ with 6 or 8 GB of memory.

There’s also a lot of ROM. It’s available with either 128, 256, or 512 GB of space. Whichever one you choose, you’ll get a MicroSD slot.

You can read files for half a day. There is a 10090 mAh battery inside of it. Just like the rest, it is nonremovable. You’ll be placing a 45 W fast charger into its USB-C port. No, reverse charging is not possible.

The OS it runs is Android 10 out of the box. With Android 11 right around the corner, it’ll probably get the upgrade. It’s available through One UI 2.5 – it’s known as one of the easiest to use.

If we didn’t mention its chipset yet, know that it comes with a beast; the Snapdragon 865. It’s the most powerful processor of all of our choices.

Reading through documents would be easy as the S7+ is keyboard and stylus compatible. You’ll be connecting the two via Bluetooth.

Pros:

  • Large, immersive display
  • Powerful processor
  • Good battery life
  • A lot of RAM and ROM
  • Expandable storage
  • Keyboard & stylus supported
  • Thin and lightweight

Cons:

  • Might be slippery

Buying Guide

Now that you know what the best tablet for reading PDF files us, we thought about discussing the features that differentiate the best from everyone else.

Screen

A large tablet would have a screen between 10-12 inches. Sharpness is important. Getting a vibrant display would be a good choice. Keep in mind screen-to-body ratios. They decide how much bezel action will go on.

Bluetooth

Your handset needs to have the latest Bluetooth – this is Bluetooth 5.0. You’ll be able to send and receive PDFs with ease.

ROM & RAM

The more storage available, the more files you’ll be able to save. A lot of tabs come with microSD slots. You’ll be able to attach a card, expanding its ROM to almost double.

RAM is important as it influences how smooth systems are. If you’re going to be reading through multiple files, a lot of RAM is needed. Unfortunately, expanding memory is not a thing.

Battery Life

How will you be able to go through 100 PDFs when your tablet doesn’t last very long? Other than our top 2 picks, all of our choices only last for half a day.

Keyboard & Stylus Support

Although you technically don’t need keyboard and stylus support to be the best PDF reader tablet, the feature makes things easier. For one, a keyboard would transform the device into a laptop alternative.

A stylus would help you write on whatever you’re reading. Like we mentioned, the Apple Pencil is the best stylus around. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive.

Final Thoughts

Let’s sum up everything we talked about. The Kindle Oasis is the one for you. It was made for reading after all. If you want a more extravagant choice, you can opt for the iPad Pro or Tab S7+. Not only did we talk about what tabs are the best, but what features differentiate the best tablets from the rest. So, what do you think?

Author
Fabian Rozario
My love for tech started when I got the Motorola StarTac as my first phone. I’ve owned more than a dozen mobiles, tabs, and VR sets since then – my wife likes to joke that I hoard tech! My love especially for phones is what led me to become an app developer. When I’m not wracking my head with code, I spend my time on Converged Devices writing about all the devices you need to know.

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