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Best Tablet for Sheet Music – Who’ll Help You Be the Next Mozart?

Reading sheet music is made easier with a tab. However, there are so many options to do so with that you might be confused. We not only talked about what the best tablet for sheet music is, but we included an expert buying guide as well. Read ahead.

Apple iPad Pro 12

The Tablets- At a Glance

We summarized our entries in the following table.

Preview
"Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Wi-Fi, Mystic Black - 256 GB
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6- 10.5" 128GB, Wifi Tablet - SM-T860NZBAXAR,...
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)
2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray (4th...
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Tablet, 10.3" FHD Android Tablet, Octa-Core...
Rating
Dimensions
11.22 in x 7.28 in x 0.22 in (285 mm x 185 mm x 5.7 mm)
9.63 in x 6.28 in x 0.22 in (244.5 mm x 159.5 mm x 5.7 mm)
11.05 in x 8.46 in x 0.23 in (280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 5.9 mm)
9.61 in x 6.04 in x 0.32 in (244.2 mm x 153.3 mm x 8.2 mm)
Weight
20.28 ounces (575 grams)
14.82 ounces (420 grams)
22.61 ounces (641 grams)
16.93 ounces (480 grams)
Display
12.4 inch (314.96 mm) Super AMOLED 1752 x 2800 pixels
10.5 inch (266.7 mm) Super AMOLED 1600 x 2560 pixels
12.9 inch (327.6 mm) IPS LCD 2048 x 2732 pixels
10.3 inch (261.6 mm) IPS LCD 1200 x 1920 pixels
Processor
Snapdragon 865+
Snapdragon 855
Apple A12Z Bionic
Helio P22T
Stylus & Keyboard compatible
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAM
6 or 8 GB
6 or 8 GB
6 GB
2 or 4 GB
ROM
128, 256 & 512 GB
128 or 256 GB
128, 256, 512 or 1 TB
32, GB, 64 GB or 128 GB
Battery
10090 mAh
7040 mAh
9720 mAh
7000 mAh
"Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Preview
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
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6- 10.5" 128GB, Wifi Tablet - SM-T860NZBAXAR,...
Rating
Dimensions
9.63 in x 6.28 in x 0.22 in (244.5 mm x 159.5 mm x 5.7 mm)
Weight
14.82 ounces (420 grams)
Display
10.5 inch (266.7 mm) Super AMOLED 1600 x 2560 pixels
Processor
Snapdragon 855
Stylus & Keyboard compatible
Yes
RAM
6 or 8 GB
ROM
128 or 256 GB
Battery
7040 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)
Preview
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
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus
Preview
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Tablet, 10.3" FHD Android Tablet, Octa-Core...
Rating
Dimensions
9.61 in x 6.04 in x 0.32 in (244.2 mm x 153.3 mm x 8.2 mm)
Weight
16.93 ounces (480 grams)
Display
10.3 inch (261.6 mm) IPS LCD 1200 x 1920 pixels
Processor
Helio P22T
Stylus & Keyboard compatible
Yes
RAM
2 or 4 GB
ROM
32, GB, 64 GB or 128 GB
Battery
7000 mAh

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

The Plus has a 12.4 inch (314.96 mm) screen. Not only is it large, but it’s bright too. It boasts of a Super AMOLED display. This means that colours will be very bright. There is a blue light filter if you’re worried about your eyes. Anyone would appreciate this.

The sheet music you’ll be opening would be sharp. The S7+ comes with a 1752 x 2800 pixel resolution. There’s barely any bezel action going on as well. It has an 84.6% screen-to-body ratio.

Moving between the sheets you have downloaded would be a breeze. You’re getting a 120Hz refresh rate. The fact that the S7+ has a lot of RAM influences how buttery it is too. How do you feel about 6 and 8 GB?

You’ll be able to store a plethora of files. You can pick it up with a lot of ROM – 128, 256, and 512 GB options are available. The cherry on top is the fact that the device still comes with expandable storage. Of course, you’ll have to buy the microSD cards separately.

Using the tablet will not be a hassle. It runs Android 10 out of the box. With Android 11 on its way, you’ll likely be able to upgrade its systems.

The S7+ is a flagship product. That’s why it has a beastly processor. The unit housed is the Snapdragon 865+.

Reading sheet music for hours would be possible. There is a massive 10090 mAh battery inside of it. Samsung says that it lasts for a little over half a day. As you can imagine, its battery is not removable though.

Charging is done via a USB-C port. You’ll have to attach a 45 W fast charger.

You can take the tab with you to many places. It’s light and slim. The following are its dimensions, 11.22 in x 7.28 in x 0.22 in (285 mm x 185 mm x 5.7 mm). How much does it weigh? 20.28 ounces (575 grams).

It comes with Bluetooth capabilities of course – you’ll be able to share files easily. It’s compatible with the latest Bluetooth 5.0.

If we forgot to mention, it can handle a keyboard and stylus. But you’ll have to purchase the two separately. The Samsung Pen is super ergonomic. You’ll be connecting the keyboard through Bluetooth.

If you’ve checked our best tablet for musicians review, and you’d know that the S7+ snagged a top spot on it too. It’s one of the best.

Pros:

  • Large display
  • Super AMOLED screen
  • Bluetooth 5.0 capable
  • Thin
  • Large battery
  • Comes with a lot of RAM & ROM
  • Has a microSD slot
  • Stylus & keyboard compatible

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The S6 is a flagship unit. It has a large display. It is 10.5 inches (266.7 mm). On its front, a Super AMOLED panel is present. As you’re aware, it’s very vibrant.

There’s a superb screen-to-body ratio. It’s 82.5%, which means there’s not that much bezel action going on. The display is also sharp. How do you feel about 1600 x 2560 pixels? Your sheet music would be pin-like.

You’re looking at a thin digital sheet music reader. The following are its dimensions, 9.63 in x 6.28 in x 0.22 in (244.5 mm x 159.5 mm x 5.7 mm). It’s not heavy either. It is 14.81 ounces (420 grams).

It can store a plethora of files. You can pick it up with either 128 or 256 GB of ROM. In terms of RAM, 6 and 8 GB are available. Even though you’re getting considerable storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot. You’ll have to buy the cards separately of course.

Being a flagship unit, it’s no surprise that there is a beastly processor inside of it. You’re met with the Snapdragon 855. It’s not as powerful as the 865+ in the S7+ but it still holds its own.

It comes with Android 9 out of the box. Do not fear, you can upgrade it to Android 10. With Android 11 just around the corner, it’ll likely receive the update.

There’s a large battery inside of it – you’ll be able to use the Tab S6 to read music for half a day. Sadly, its battery is nonremovable. To charge it, you’ll be plugging a 15W fast charger into a USB-C port.

Yes, it is stylus and keyboard compatible. You’ll have to buy the two separately.

You’re getting expert Bluetooth support. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 capability.

Pros:

  • Large display
  • Super AMOLED panel present
  • Lightweight and thin
  • Has a lot of ROM & RAM
  • Stylus and keyboard compatible
  • Good battery life
  • Comes with a microSD slot

Cons:

  • Doesn’t run Android 10 out of the box

3. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

The iPad is huge. It’s also the most expensive option on our list – it’s currently almost $1000. How big is it? Its front stretches 12.9 inches (327.6 mm) across.

The iPad doesn’t have a Super AMOLED display. You’re met with IPS LCD. Apple’s LCDs are pretty sharp, though. The fact that you’re getting 2048 x 2732 pixels means that the sheets you’ll be reading would be ultra-detailed.

Similar to the 7+, it comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s also some good RAM – this makes using its systems a breeze. You can pick it up with 6 gigs of memory.

There’s barely any bezel action going on. You’ll fully be able to immerse in your files. Its screen-to-body ratio is 85.4%.

Playing the keyboard for hours can make your fingers oily. You don’t have to worry about smudging the iPad’s display. Like most Apple products, it has an oleophobic layer. It’s also scratch-resistant, which makes it very hard to dent.

This doesn’t help with reading music, but you’ll appreciate the wide colour gamut tech it comes with; the handset can produce a multitude of colours.

You can read music outdoors. The tablet comes with a max 600 nit display. 500 is the gold standard, which it’s way above.

Out of the box, it runs iPadOS 13.4. You can upgrade its systems to iPadOS 14. The chipset inside of it is dynamite. You might’ve heard of the Bionic A12Z chipset. It was once the most powerful Apple processor around.

It comes with a lot of ROM to store your files. You can pick it up with either 128. 256, 512, or 1 TB of space. Sadly, a MicroSD slot is not present. This is something commonly seen with Apple products.

You’ll be able to use the unit for hours. It has a massive 9720 mAh battery. You can expect it to last around half a day. Like the other options we discussed, you can extend its battery life through expert power-saving modes.

To charge it, you’ll be making use of a USB-C port. You’ll have to attach an 18 W fast charger. What’s notable about the tab is that it acts as a power bank. It comes with reverse charging.

Of course, it has Bluetooth capabilities. It is Bluetooth 5.0 capable.

From the 3 talked about, it’s the heaviest. It weighs 22.61 ounces (641 grams). It’s thin, though. You can take it around easily as it’s 11.05 in x 8.46 in x 0.23 in (280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 5.9 mm).

It is keyboard and stylus supported. The Apple Pencil is known as one of the best around.

Pros:

  • Large display
  • Good battery life
  • Powerful processor
  • Stylus & keyboard supported
  • Thin

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive                           
  • Somewhat heavy
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4. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus

The tablet is one of the more affordable options on our list. It comes with a large display to read music. You’re met with a 10.3 inch (261.62 mm) front. The panel on its display is IPS LCD. It’s not as good as the kind on the iPad Pro, so colours will not be very vibrant.

It comes with good sharpness. Its resolution is 1200 x 1920 pixels. There’s a good screen-to-body ratio as well. It is 82.2%.

You’ll be able to go through your files outdoors. Its display is 500 max nits. You can easily take it around with you too. The following are its dimensions, 9.61 in x 6.04 in x 0.32 in (244.2 mm x 153.3 mm x 8.2 mm). What’s its weight? 16.93 ounces (480 grams).

You can store a lot of sheets.  You’ll be picking it up with 32, 64, or 128 GB of space. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be able to expand its storage. Its RAM isn’t the best, but it’s enough to let you move through applications smoothly. It is available with either 2 or 4 GB of memory.

The OS it runs is Android 9. You can upgrade its systems to Android 10. With Android 11 around the corner, we sadly don’t know if you’ll be able to upgrade to it or not.

The battery housed is small. It is 7000 mAh. However, the M10 Plus lasts as long as its counterparts. You can expect it to fully drain in around half a day.

What about its processor? You’re met with the Helio P22T. It’s a chipset fit for a mid-range unit. But it’ll be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Of course, it’s Bluetooth 5.0 capable.

Pros:

  • Large display
  • Good battery life
  • Adequately sharp
  • Good ROM & RAM
  • Comes with a microSD slot

Cons:

  • Not the most powerful processor
  • Doesn’t have a vibrant display
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Buying Guide

Now that you know what the best tablets for music sheets are, what features differentiate them from the rest? Let’s talk about this.

Screen Size

To read music easily, you want a large display. You’ll be able to process things better if you’re getting adequate sharpness and brightness too.

Portability

You should be able to read through your files anywhere. That’s why how thin and heavy the tablet is matters.

Battery Life

To use the handset all day, it needs to have heavy battery life. Around 10,000 mAh is the gold standard.

Storage

You’re probably not going to be storing a few pieces of sheet music. You’ll need a lot, which is why you need a unit with a lot of ROM. The devices that come with microSD slots let you expand their ROM quite a bit.

Final Thoughts

Considering everything we just said, what do you think? Will you be picking the units we talked about up? If not, heed the points mentioned in our buying guide and look for the perfect unit for you.

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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