Best Tablets to Buy Beside the iPad 2019

When it comes to tablets, the most popular option would be the iPad tablets from Apple. This goes without any doubt since these tablets excel in providing powerful processors, a robust and reliable operating system and of course, a good set of cameras.


However, there are those that want the portability, durability or reliability of these tablets without the closed and strict iOS operating system of Apple. Moreover, some would digress that these iPads are too pricey for their budget. There are also those who are more comfortable with the Android ecosystem while wanting to have a larger screen real estate, not provided by Android smartphones.

With this, it scours the market to search for suitable alternatives to iPads. In this article, we will answer the question, “What is the best tablet to buy besides the iPad?”. We will provide you with a list of the best Android, or Chrome OS-powered tablets that can compete with the power, reliability, and durability of iPads.

Best iPad Alternatives of 2019





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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4


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2.35 GHz 8032
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Microsoft Surface Go


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1.60 GHz
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Google Pixel Slate


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Intel 8th Generation Core i5 Processor


It is worth noting that the market is riddled with several tablets. However, not all of these are built to the same degree of quality in mind. Even worse, some of these tablets only exist to grab hold of your hard earned cash. Donning overpriced price tags but failing to deliver in several aspects. With this, we want to save you the hassle from buying these kinds of tablets, so that you get the most out of your money. Read on to learn more about these products and maybe you will find one that will cater to your needs.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

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We start our list with probably the best Android tablet that you can buy now. Weighing just 482g, the tab S4 is equipped with tons of features. It has a resolution of 1600 x 2560p. Under the hood, it comes with the lightning fast and new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. There are two variants for the model. You can buy the one with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM or the higher end model which comes with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. Powering the unit is a 7300 mAH battery which will last a day and half of casual usage. In terms of camera, this one is equipped with 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera setup.

As expected from most Samsung units, the tab S4 comes with a vibrant and gorgeous looking display. You are sure to turn heads with this stunning display that rivals even the flagship smartphones from Samsung. Out of the box, the tab S4 comes with a high-quality stylus.

It is worth noting that the S4, despite the slew of features it comes with, actually costs half the newest iPad Pro 2018. With this, you need to weigh out your options. For us, it comes as a no brainer that the tab s4 is the one that has more value for your money.


2. Microsoft Surface Go

If you want a portable and compact device that runs the Windows ecosystem, then we highly recommend the Microsoft Surface Go. Using the tablet feels like having a mobile PC that you can slip on your backpack.

The Microsoft Surface Go is very lightweight as it only weighs 1.15 pounds. With a dimension of 245 x 175 mm, the tablet feels very sleek and compact. The display dons  1800 x 1200p resolution which is significantly lesser compared to our first entry. Nevertheless, we can say that the show is still vibrant and of high quality.  Under the hood is a 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium Gold Processor.

It has a RAM capacity of 8 GB and an internal storage allocation of 128 GB which is considerably huge at this day and age. In terms of camera, it comes with an 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera setup.

The Microsoft Surface Go acts like a small computer that runs fast. It also comes with Windows 10 out of the box along with some related applications. In terms of build, it does not rival the sleekness of iPads, but it makes it for providing a robust construction that looks and feels premium.

On top of all these features, we are happy to inform you that the tablet also comes with a competitive price. It comes with a well known operating system on top of a processor that is efficient and can handle intensive tasks.


3. Google Pixel Slate

The last entry on our list is one of Google’s latest offerings. The Google Pixel Slate comes with tons of features that will have you second guessing if that iPad Air is still worth the buy.

The Pixel Slate comes with dimensions of 291 x 202 x 7mm and only weighs 731 g. Out of the box, it comes with the Chrome OS, a system that is developed by Google. The screen measures 12.3 inches in diameter and has a resolution of 3000 x 2000p. With this, details on the screen are on point, and the colors are vibrant. It looks like using one of Samsung’s flagship displays. Under the hood, it comes with a wide array of processors (Celeron, M3, i5, and i7). On top of this, it also comes with three variations when it comes to the RAM and ROM configuration (4 GB/64GB, 8 GB/128 GB, and 16 GB/256 GB). With these RAM and ROM combinations, the Pixel Slate is sure to compete with the fastest smartphones.

The Pixel Slate works like a small and compact Chromebook. If you are still new to the Chrome OS, you will be pleased to know that diverting from the Android platform to the Chrome OS is convenient. This is because the Chrome OS platform is very intuitive and user-friendly.

What makes the Pixel Slate an essential step up against a slew of tablets in the market right now is the fact that it has a fast and efficient processor. Coupled with large RAM and storage space, you are sure to enjoy fast loading speeds. With this, multitasking is a breeze.

However, the Pixel Slate is almost at par with iPads when it comes to price. Nevertheless, we still consider the Pixel Slate is an excellent alternative to the iPad.