The best tablets of the moment (Android and iOS tablets, April 2020)

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The best tablets of the moment (Android and iOS tablets, April 2020)

If you think it's time to buy a tablet and have no idea which one, it's time to take a look at the best devices on the market today.

In fact, there's more to a tablet than you might think - watching a movie on your living room TV, talking to your friends on WhatsApp, or downloading videos from YouTube. The screen of a tablet inevitably conditions our experience with this device. In this sense, it is important to be clear about what we want to do with it and how long we will be in front of its screen.

Tablets are ideal for drawing, sketching or taking notes by hand, watching series or movies lying on the couch or bed, playing video games, or making video calls. But thanks to their Bluetooth connection with keyboards and mice, they are also perfectly valid for office tasks, or for studying.

We must clarify that there is no Microsoft Surface device on the list. Although technically they can be considered tablets, the fact of using Windows is more similar to a laptop without a keyboard. It is the same with convertible or 2-in-1 computers.

In the world of tablets, there is even more variety in screen sizes than in the world of smartphones, where screen sizes of around 5.5 to 6 inches are almost established as the most desired. Phones that are manageable enough and not excessively large.

Beyond this are phablets, which are smaller than 7 inches, and are those phones with a large screen that many users use as a mini-task, which makes them very practical for a growing number of users, especially professionals freelancers.

From there, the 7-inch tablets catch the eye of those users who want to watch videos or play games with compact-sized devices and laptops without having to resort to other more bulky 10 to 13-inch models that may be better for home use or as alternatives to laptops.

The following list of good tablet purchases is not ordered by any particular criteria, as each buyer's needs and tastes will vary. Some will want a small tablet, others a larger tablet, and still others a tablet to go with their phone that will be iOS or Android.
I will not pay attention in this tablet article to convertibles since they are Windows PCs with the ability to work as tablets. I will limit myself to tablets with iOS or Android operating systems, which tend to have better performance for their price. You will see that there are, in addition to mid and high-end tablets, some also low-end tablets that can be useful and economical for the essential tasks of watching movies and surfing the internet.

Although the market for tablets with iOS and Android is in a downward spiral, Apple still dominates the market and has the best tablets in the form of the revamped iPad Pro. It comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen versions. In Apple's words, it has more graphics than an Xbox One S. The A12Z Bionic processor is powerful, having up to twice the performance of other processors used in Android tablets, such as the Snapdragon 845.

The iPad Pro 2020 has a vocation to be a small notebook by incorporating a sleeve-keyboard with an integrated touch panel, and the magnetic pencil can be charged wirelessly simply by leaving it on the side. The display is high quality, returning to 120 Hz, covering the DCI-P3 color range. This time Apple has renewed the look, reducing the frames as much as possible, eliminating the fingerprint reader, and adding the iPhone X's Face ID unlocking system.

Eliminates the Lightning connector by including a USB C-type, compatible with data, charging, and video. There are adapted applications that could make use of a monitor as an extended screen, showing additional information.

The rear camera is 12 Mpx with aperture ƒ/1.8, capable of recording video at 4K and 60 FPS, or slow-motion 720p and 240 FPS, a secondary 10 Mpx ƒ/2.4 for wide-angle, and also includes a lidar sensor for depth and augmented reality effects.

The front camera is 7 Mpx and aperture ƒ/2.2. The wifi is 802.11ac and has Bluetooth 5.0. The battery is e 29.37 Wh or 36.71 Wh depending on the model, for the autonomy of up to 10 hours.