Typically billed as the updated version of the portable computers our worlds run on, tablets are usually lightweight, sleek, and versatile. They come equipped with the same software and capabilities, but on an interface that you can easily pull out and work on regardless of location.
Although portability is arguably the most crucial feature of tablets, the touchscreens lend the user a more interactive and vibrant screen, making it the ideal device for social media, web browsing, writing, and gaming.
Fortunately, tablet manufacturers haven’t stopped innovating. Data storage is becoming a larger part of the tablet design and programming, making it ready to compete with the average laptop.
Below, check out Inverse’s top picks if you’re ready for a brave new world:
Travel with ease and never miss a scene: the Samsung Galaxy Tablet is designed to be your portable work station and theater. It comes entertainment-ready with an 8.0-inch display and has dual speakers that deliver piercing surround sound. A reduced bezel is designed to maximize your view. How great is that? Plus, its battery packs a punch: you can watch up to 13 hours on a full charge. Even with all of these features, 32GB of built-in memory lets you save tons of music, photos, and other personal data. You can also expand your storage up to 512GB anytime, so there’s really nothing to lose.
You get the best of all worlds with the Fire HD 8 Tablet. It comes armed with a strong 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and offers 50% more RAM than Fire 7 for faster performance. The Fire HD 8 comes standard with 16 GB, and you can expand your tablet’s storage by up to 400 GB using a microSD card so you can keep photos, movies, and games on hand. You also can enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content and photos taken with your tablet, with up to 10 hours of battery life. Enough said.
If you have kids or are just a kid at heart, you’ll want the Lenovo Tab 4. This 10-inch tablet comes with a luminous HD display and has Dolby Atmos Audio dual-stereo installed for a mini on-the-go theater. It can also morph into a kid-friendly tablet with the Lenovo Kid’s Pack, which includes a shock-resistant bumper, blue-light screen filter as primary safety concerns. Because the Lenovo Tab 4 is intended for multi-user use, you can switch to the unique Productivity Mode and add the Lenovo Bluetooth keyboard for a 2-in-1 tablet. On top of these great features, the Tab 4 has a 64-bit Quad-core Snapdragon processor of up to 1.4 GHz, 2GB of RAM, powerful enough to give you up to 20 hours of battery life working and entertaining.
As I type on my keyboard right now, I realize how much comfort I find pressing down on my keys. For those of you who are like me and can already anticipate the futuristic nostalgia of a device sans keyboard, the Microsoft Pro 6 is for you. Not only does it feature a new design with slightly spread out keys for a more familiar and efficient typing experience that feels like a traditional laptop: The two-button trackpad is now larger for precision control and navigation, but it’s other features give it more power with an 8th Generation Intel Core Processor. This is how you get an all-day battery life plus 13.5 hours of video playback. You wouldn’t know how strong it is: its slim design weighs only 1.7 pounds, making it just as efficient as your laptop on-the-go.