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Tablet computer brands ranked

Tablet computer brands ranked

We take a look at and rank the biggest tablet computer brands.

The world of tablet computing is an ever-evolving one and considering how fast technology moves, it may feel like there’s a new version of a tablet out every other week.

With this in mind, a few prominent companies have made a name for themselves in the field with powerful and innovative devices. Of course, how you rank different tablet makers may vary depending on what you use and have traditionally used, but we’ve made a ranking of the big players in the industry.

1. Apple

It may come as no surprise that Apple is at the top of the list; the company essentially popularised the tablet as we know it today with the iPad, first released in 2010. And since then, they’ve iterated a lot on their tablets, making different product lines for different users, the iPad Air, Pro, Mini and entry level iPad.

Apple is often considered the best in the tablet field because they’re great at consistently putting out reliable, well-designed devices that anyone can use, with a range of models to suit different customers and their habits.

iPad Pro 12.9"#


2. Samsung

Saying that Samsung makes great tablets might sound strange to someone not too familiar with their devices, but the company is often striving to be an innovator in technology and has made some interesting strides with tablets. And much like their phones, Samsung has a wide variety in their products, with the very affordable Tab A7/A8, to the high-end flagship S8 ultra. So if you’re team Android as opposed to Apple, Samsung is probably the way to go.

With Samsung, there’s something for everyone and with sleek designs and great visual displays, you can see why their devices are so appealing.

Galaxy s8 ultra tablet


3. Microsoft

Microsoft has traditionally been a major player in computing so it’s no shock that they also make well-designed and more than capable tablets—the Microsoft Surface actually debuted in 2012, not too long after the iPad. With the idea of the Surface tablets being a 2-in-1 device, a tablet that can functionally run like a laptop, running windows, and featuring basically the same processors that you’d find in a laptop.

And with an additional keyboard, great displays and long battery life, the Surface tablets make for great machines for work or play respectively.

Surface pro 8


4. Amazon

Amazon does indeed make tablets and, they’re capable too. Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are firmly in the budget tablet range but that doesn’t make them slouches by any means, with good battery life across the board, Amazon’s Alexa voice service and crisp looking displays. In terms of size, they range from seven up to ten inches and even include a kids’ tablet for the young ones. So if you prefer tablets over ten inches, you may be wanting to look elsewhere.

But all in all, they’re a good shout for a first-time tablet buyer that isn’t looking to spend a few hundred pounds on a device, but still wants to watch videos or browse the web on the go.


5. Lenovo

Lenovo is a somewhat underrated player in the android tablet market; they’re much better known for making reliable laptops but, they do indeed make tablet computers as well. They have a wide range of choices from entry level tablets like the M8, to their higher-end performers like the tab 13 and P12, so there’s something for everyone.

Best tablet: Yoga Tab 13

Lenovo Yoga tab 13



Rounding off the tablet offerings is ASUS—also a player in the laptop market, they have a surprisingly large catalogue of devices, from out and out tablets, to 2-1 devices similar to the Microsoft Surface range. Their pure tablets range from very affordable, entry level to around mid-range pricing and depending on the model, will run on the android operating system, with others running Google’s Chrome OS.

ASUS CT100 tablet


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