The Largest Tablet: Who Needs a Laptop Anymore? [2020 Update]

Large tablets are ideal to use as a laptop replacement, to take down notes at meetings, or just watch your favorite movie.

With the average tablet size being around 9 to 10 inches (228.6 to 254mm), we will focus on tablets larger than that on our review of the best largest tablets in 2020.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet

Product Round-up

Product

OS

Screen Size

Weight

Battery Capacity

Processor

Standalone / Convertible

Samsung Tab S6

Android

10.5”

0.9lbs (420g)

7040mAH

Snapdragon 855

Convertible

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Windows 10

12.3”

1.7lbs (771g)

5702mAh

i3-1005G1/i5-1035G4/i7-1065G7

Convertible

iPad Pro 4

iOS 13

12.3”

1.42lbs (644g)

9720mAh

A12Z Bionic

Convertible

Samsung Galaxy View 2

Android

17.3”

4.92lbs (2231g)

12,000mAh

Samsung Exynos 7884

Standalone

Android Pick

The flagship Galaxy smartphone lineup from Samsung is one of the best product lines ever for android mobile phones.


Let’s find out whether the Galaxy Tab lineup does justice to the Galaxy brand image!


The Galaxy Tab S6 is the latest iteration of the Tab series with rumors of the Tab S7 dropping soon.

The S6 hasn’t changed much from its predecessor the Tab S5e at first glance. Both tabs have a 10.5” Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560x1600 with a total of 287 pixels per inch. They even have similar cameras in the front and back and almost even weighs the same with the latest iteration weighing 14.8oz (420) and the S5e weighing 20g less.

However, the difference between the two models is quite significant.


Here’s why:


In terms of storage and RAM capacity, the S6 offers the options of 128GB or 256GB internal storage coupled with either a 6GB base option or an 8GB upgraded version while the S5e only offers max 128GB coupled with a 6GB RAM.


The S6 sports the Snapdragon 855 processor and even though the S5e was just released a few months before the S6, it only ships with a Snapdragon 670.


The S6 can be hooked up with a magnetic keyboard and supports the S pen which is included with the tab, unlike Apple and Microsoft devices.


The device has a 7040mAH battery which provides around 15hours standby and also supports quick charge.


PROS

  • Good battery
  • S Pen included
  • Quick charge
  • Sleek design
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • No headphone jack

Windows Pick

In my experience, the Microsoft Pro series is hands down one of the best product lines from Microsoft.


Here’s why:


The fundamental design of the Surface Pro series hadn’t changed much up to the release of the Pro 7. However, the screen has gotten bigger and the ports on the side have changed too.


Between the Surface Pro 6 and Pro 7, the only visible changes are the USB-C port and the new paint job just like the Fire HD 10.

The high-quality premium build is the first thing that will catch your eye. The device weight around 1.7lbs (770g) and has a physical dimension of 0.33x11.5x7.9 inches (8.4x292.1x200.7mm).

The device comes with a magnetic detachable keyboard and adjustable rear hinge with a range of 165 degrees. This setup can be used to convert the tablet into a full-fledged laptop.


The device is available in 3 different processor variations and RAM capacities along with 4 storage options.


You can get the Surface Pro 7 with either the i3-1005G1, i5-1035G4, or the i7-1065G7. RAM capacity can be picked between 4, 8, or 16GB and the storage options range from 128GB to 1TB SSD.


The 12.3-inch display has a resolution of 2736x1824 and a PPI of 267 which is quite sharp but doesn’t do well in direct sunlight.


On average a single charge can last around 7 to 8 hours on maximum performance.


PROS

  • Intel 10th Gen Processors
  • Versatile keyboard
  • Good battery life

CONS

  • Keyboard sold separately

iOS pick

Who doesn’t like a good Apple product?

The Apple iPad Pro 4th Gen is quite popular these days, both as a standalone and convertible. It probably is the best tablet to buy in 2020.


The price is quite controversial because you can purchase a MacBook for the same price.


The biggest improvement from the 3rd Gen Pro is the trackpad and mouse support. This enables you to use the iPad as a laptop in addition to the compatibility with the Apple Pencil Stylus.

The device has a physical dimension of 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.23 inches (280.4x214.9x5.8mm) and weighs around 1.42 pounds (644g). The 12.3-inch device feels a bit awkward to handle and doesn’t have the usual iPad feel.

The Liquid Retina display has a resolution of 2732 x 2048 and is in my opinion the best display on a tablet. The colors are sharp and beautiful with a PPI of 264. The device uses a technology called ProMotion to automatically adjust the refresh rate. The brightness is also remarkable and works well in direct sunlight.


The device comes with Apple’s state of the art A12Z processor which is super-fast and smooth as expected from Apple devices. The processor is coupled with a 6GB RAM.


In terms of battery life, the battery gave about 10hrs when continuously used to surf the web at 50% brightness.


PROS

  • Snappy processor
  • Beautiful display
  • Robust battery

CONS

  • Takes a while to charge
  • Expensive
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Biggest Screen

If it was a bit larger I’d use this as TV.

The Samsung Galaxy View 2 boasts a screen size of 17.3”. Yes, 17.3”!


But wait, there’s more:


The predecessor Galaxy View 1 released in 2015 had a whooping display size of 18.4”.


The device is quite heavy compared to the other devices on this list, and the whole concept of portability in a tablet is lost. The View 2 weighs around 4.92lbs (2.23kg) and has dimensions of 16.42 x 10.37 x 0.68 inches ( 417.1 x 263.4 x 17.3mm).

The 17.3” HD display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a total of 127 pixels per inch. The display comes with a kickstand that can be used to prop the device up on a table and watch your favorite TV show complemented by Dolby Atmos Sound or use a stylus to sketch some art.


The device uses a Samsung Exynos 7884 processor with a 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expanded using external memory.


The battery is quite juicy at 12,000mAh with a standby capacity of 45hours.


PROS

  • Beefy battery
  • HD display
  • Massive screen

CONS

  • Quite heavy

Tablet Buying Guide

Getting the sharpest and largest tablet is not all about screen size. You need to pay attention to performance, battery life, and a few other factors.

Let’s start with some simple criteria and move on to more technical details. So stick around to get a complete idea of how to buy a good tablet.

Budget

Tablets have a wide range of prices depending on the screen size, processor, storage and it also depends on the brand value.

You’ll find entry-level tablet devices for less than $100. You can even get Amazon’s 7-inch tablet for $50. However, in this price range, you’ll be compromising a load of tech specs for the sake of a budget price. Tablets in this range are smaller and have low resolutions coupled with minimum storage and low-end processors.

For about $200 you can get an Android tablet from brands such as Samsung with a screen size of around 8”. The storage would still be a minimum with mid-level processors.

The higher up the price range you go, the better screen resolutions, storage options, and processors you get.

What are you going to be using your tablet for?

Are you buying a tablet for work or to use at home, to game or for your kids?

Depending on your answer, the features and specs in your tablet will differ.

If you just want to use it to read articles, news, and check your emails a mid-sized stand-alone tablet would probably be best. Stand-alone tablets are more like oversized cell phones with better processors.

If you’re planning on using your tablet for work or to replace a laptop, you’d have to invest in a bigger and better machine like the Microsoft Surface Pro series which falls under the category of convertible tablets that come with detachable keyboards.

A bigger screen is always recommended to accomplish your work without squinting at small fonts. If you’re an artist get a larger screen drawing tablet with a sensitive screen.

Nowadays, there are special tablets for kids with functions such as parental locks. Screen size isn’t that important when it comes to buying a tablet for your kid. Pay attention to durability and a kid-friendly interface.

Samsung Galaxy View 2

Operating System

The content and features on a tablet will depend on the operating system.

When it comes to tablets, you have a choice of Apple iOS, Android, or Microsoft Windows devices.

Many users prefer Apple iOS devices because of the amazing, easy-to-use interface. However, unlike Android and Microsoft devices, you are limited when it comes to the number of devices that offer the iOS interface. Only Apple devices ship with iOS. In terms of content and features, iOS is packed with both.

When it comes to Android and Microsoft operating systems, your choices are endless in terms of hardware. The Android OS is highly customizable and is preferred by all techies over iOS.

Lastly, Windows might have lost the race in the smartphone market but when it comes to PCs, everyone prefers windows due to the rich amount of content and app compatibilities.

Nevertheless, all 3 operating systems are at their peak right now and you can’t pick a winner when it comes to a tablet. It all comes down to personal preference.

Tech Specs

Now to the boring stuff.

Remember, just buying a large screen tablet is pointless if your screen lags or your tablet can even survive for at least 4 hours on a single charge.

Processors

Apple iPads use in-house processors, so as long as you buy the latest iPad, you’re safe. You know that you’re getting the best they have to offer right now.

But with Android and Windows devices, the processor can vary. Most Android tablets have Snapdragon processors and Windows tablets often include Intel chips.

The latest Snapdragon mobile processor is the Snapdragon 865 5G series while the latest Intel processor for a mobile device is the 10th generation chips ranging from Core i3 to i9.

The world of mobile processors is so complicated that I’d probably have to do another article on it.

Check out this comparison between the latest chipsets used in tablets right now.

RAM

RAM wasn’t a big deal when standalone tabs first came out. Typically, RAM capacity on tablets ranges from 1 to 6GB. The higher the capacity, the better the performance.

But with convertible devices like the surface pro, you can even get a RAM capacity up to 16GB.

Storage

Again, this largely depends on your budget and the type of tablet. Most standalone tablets running Android come in 8, 16, or 32GB configurations with the possibility of extending the storage with SD cards.

Storage in Apple iPads cannot be upgraded by external memory cards.

Most convertible tablets have high space capacity similar to that of laptops.

But nowadays with cloud storage, you don’t have to go for larger storage options.

Battery Life

Since one of the main benefits of a tablet is portability, pay attention to the battery life and capacity of your device.

Always go for higher battery capacity and life; this is a no-brainer.

Tablets are made for portability and convenience. So pay attention to factors that contribute to these functionalities such as weight, battery life, and performance. Large screen tablets are usually sought by artists and graphic designers.

If you are neither, consider performance over screen size. You can always go for a device like the Galaxy View 2 if you are on a tight budget and have to decide between buying a tablet or TV.

Jokes aside, we hope you learned a few things about large-screen tablets.



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