Tablets have found new life in people’s homes as coronavirus lockdowns have increased the need for devices that can handle entertainment, education and even some work, too. And in just the past few weeks, the go-to tablet on the market — Apple’s iPad — has gotten a whole new lease on life, too. In addition to delivering a new Apple iPad Pro model, Apple has also updated the iPad’s operating system to allow trackpad support. And while we’re not retiring our laptops yet, the new features are more promising for the iPad’s future as a productivity device than anything it’s added in years.
Elsewhere in tablet land, Microsoft has been rumored to be launching new Surface models this spring — but it’s unclear if that will still be happening in a post-coronavirus environment. Samsung is still cranking out Android models. And Amazon remains the best option for cheap and kid-friendly tablet models.
Here are the best tablets available right now. All of these products (or previous versions thereof) have been fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by CNET editors. This story was published earlier,