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#1 Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB) tablet

About  $375.00

The Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Mini 4 (128GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#2 Huawei MediaPad M3 (32GB) tablet

About  $300.00

The Huawei MediaPad M3 (32GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8.4-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 361 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor with 8 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 4GB memory and is available with 32GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has an 8-megapixel webcam, and an 8-megapixel camera. Speakers are stereo, but set to mono by default.

The tablet measures 8.5 inches long by 4.9 inches wide by 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 0.72 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Huawei MediaPad M3 (32GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. Huawei includes an enhanced user-interface. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 12.5 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.72 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size

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#3 Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB) tablet

About  $180.00

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7.8-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 328 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has an Intel Atom Z3530 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 5 operating system. It has 2GB memory and is available with 32GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8 inches long by 5.3 inches wide by 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 0.67 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. Asus includes an enhanced user-interface. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Docs app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books. The tablet can send pictures, video and music to another "DLNA" (Digital Living Network Alliance) capable home entertainment device, such as a TV.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 9.1 hours is middling for tablets. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.67 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#4 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 SM-T350 (16GB) tablet

About  $180.00

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 SM-T350 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 160 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos, and it utilizes toughened glass for durability.

The tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 5 operating system. It has 1.5GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.2 inches long by 5.4 inches wide by 0.32 inches thick, and weighs 0.7 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 SM-T350 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed very well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen had typical brightness for a tablet and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 14.2 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.7 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#5 Acer Iconia One 8 B1-820-16FX (16GB) tablet

About  $115.00

The Acer Iconia One 8 B1-820-16FX (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos, and it utilizes toughened glass for durability.

The tablet has an Intel Atom Z3735G processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 5 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.4 inches long by 5 inches wide by 0.37 inches thick, and weighs 0.78 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Acer Iconia One 8 B1-820-16FX (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was somewhat dimmer than most tablets and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 11.5 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.78 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#6 Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M (16GB) tablet

About  $130.00

The Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos, and it utilizes toughened glass for durability.

The tablet has an MediaTek MT8163 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 2GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.3 inches long by 4.9 inches wide by 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 0.78 pounds.

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The Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380M (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was quite dim for a tablet and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 11.3 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.78 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#7 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 8 (16GB)

About  $170.00

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 8 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 5.1 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has an 8-megapixel webcam, and an 8-megapixel camera. Camera rotates to front or back. "AnyPen" allows use of any type of pen/pencil to write on screen.

The tablet measures 8.3 inches long by 5.7 inches wide by 0.33 inches thick, and weighs 1.04 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 8 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was somewhat dimmer than most tablets and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 21.2 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's compact for its screen size, and at 1.04 pounds, it's heavy for its size.

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#8 Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (16GB) tablet

About  $80.00

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an MT8163 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Fire OS 5.4 operating system. It has 1.5GB memory and is available with 16 or 32GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.4 inches long by 5 inches wide by 0.4 inches thick, and weighs 0.82 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were in the ballpark, though not completely accurate. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. The Amazon app market is not as large as Apple's or Google's, so some popular apps may not be available. There is also access to a large media market through Amazon, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 15.2 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.82 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#9 Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (32GB) tablet

About  $110.00

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (32GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the Fire HD 8 2017 (32GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#10 Amazon Fire HD 8 2016 (16GB) tablet

About  $80.00

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2016 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos, and it utilizes toughened glass for durability.

The tablet has an MediaTek MT8163 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Fire OS 5.3 operating system. It has 1.3GB memory and is available with 16 or 32GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 1.9-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.4 inches long by 5.1 inches wide by 0.38 inches thick, and weighs 0.74 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2016 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes. It was difficult to move app icons among screens. Home screens have useful custom widgets.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was among the brightest we've measured and readability in daylight was fair. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Repositioning icons was not as easy as with most tablets. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. The Amazon app market is not as large as Apple's or Google's, so some popular apps may not be available. There is also access to a large media market through Amazon, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 15.9 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.74 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#11 Amazon Fire HD 8 2016 (32GB) tablet

About  $110.00

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2016 (32GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the Fire HD 8 2016 (32GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#12 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 SM-T280 (8GB) tablet

About  $120.00

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 SM-T280 (8GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 215 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1.5GB memory and is available with 8GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.4 inches long by 4.3 inches wide by 0.41 inches thick, and weighs 0.63 pounds

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 SM-T280 (8GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 14.1 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.63 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#13 Lenovo TAB 3 7 (16GB) tablet

About  $100.00

The Lenovo Tab 3 7 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 170 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an MediaTek MT8161P processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.5 inches long by 3.9 inches wide by 0.35 inches thick, and weighs 0.55 pounds.

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The Lenovo Tab 3 7 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen had typical brightness for a tablet and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time. The long charging cord makes it easier to use the tablet while charging.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 12 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.55 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#14 Asus ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1-BK (16GB) tablet

About  $100.00

The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1-BK (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 6.9-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 172 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an Intel Atom C3200 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 5 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.4 inches long by 4.3 inches wide by 0.37 inches thick, and weighs 0.59 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1-BK (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. Asus includes an enhanced user-interface. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was somewhat dimmer than most tablets and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Docs app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books. The tablet can send pictures, video and music to another "DLNA" (Digital Living Network Alliance) capable home entertainment device, such as a TV.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 9.9 hours is middling for tablets. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.59 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#15 Lenovo TAB 3 8 (16GB) tablet

About  $110.00

The Lenovo Tab 3 8 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an MediaTek MT8161P processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 1.6-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.4 inches long by 4.9 inches wide by 0.36 inches thick, and weighs 0.76 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Lenovo Tab 3 8 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was somewhat dimmer than most tablets and readability in daylight was fair. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 15.7 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.76 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#16 Amazon Fire 7 2017 (8GB) tablet

About  $50.00

The Amazon Fire 7 2017 (8GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 6.9-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 171 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an MT8127 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Fire OS 5.4 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 8 or 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.6 inches long by 4.5 inches wide by 0.4 inches thick, and weighs 0.65 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Amazon Fire 7 2017 (8GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen had typical brightness for a tablet and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. The Amazon app market is not as large as Apple's or Google's, so some popular apps may not be available. There is also access to a large media market through Amazon, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 10.4 hours is middling for tablets. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.65 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#17 Amazon Fire 7 2017 (16GB) tablet

About  $80.00

The Amazon Fire 7 2017 (16GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the Fire 7 2017 (16GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#18 Lenovo TAB 3 7 Essential (8GB) tablet

About  $125.00

The Lenovo Tab 3 7 Essential (8GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 6.9-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 169 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an MediaTek MT8127 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 5 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 8GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.5 inches long by 4.5 inches wide by 0.4 inches thick, and weighs 0.65 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Lenovo Tab 3 7 Essential (8GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 10 hours is middling for tablets. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.65 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#19 Insignia Flex 8 NS-P08A7100 (16GB) tablet

About  $85.00

The Insignia Flex 8 NS-P08A7100 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7.9-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 191 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an Intel Atom processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.5 inches long by 4.9 inches wide by 0.4 inches thick, and weighs 0.77 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Insignia Flex 8 NS-P08A7100 (16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. When reading a book, turning from portrait to lanscape was sluggish. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was quite dim for a tablet and readability in daylight was fair. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet is middling in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 9.7 hours is middling for tablets. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.77 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#20 Amazon Fire 7 (8GB) tablet

About  $50.00

The Amazon Fire 7 (8GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 6.9-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 172 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an ARM Cortex processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Fire OS 5.1 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 8 or 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 1.5-megapixel camera, and "Kid-Proof Case" available to cushion agains drops. Also available in a kids' edition ($100) including case, preinstalled apps, and 2-year unconditional warranty.

The tablet measures 7.5 inches long by 4.5 inches wide by 0.4 inches thick, and weighs 0.69 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Amazon Fire 7 (8GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. Amazon includes an enhanced user-interface. Home screens have useful custom widgets.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was good overall. Colors were in the ballpark, though not completely accurate. The screen was somewhat dimmer than most tablets and readability in daylight was fair. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. The Amazon app market is not as large as Apple's or Google's, so some popular apps may not be available. There is also access to a large media market through Amazon, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet is middling in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 8.4 hours is meager for a tablet. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.69 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#21 Amazon Fire 7 (16GB) tablet

About  $80.00

The Amazon Fire 7 (16GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the Fire 7 (16GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#22 NuVision Solo 8 TM800A612R (32GB) tablet

About  $60.00

The NuVision Solo 8 TM800A612R (32GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 188 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an Intel Atom x3-C3200RK processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 32GB storage. You can add an MicroSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 1.9-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.4 inches long by 4.9 inches wide by 0.29 inches thick, and weighs 0.71 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The NuVision Solo 8 TM800A612R (32GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. Movement from screen to screen using finger swipes was not always smooth, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was somewhat dimmer than most tablets and readability in daylight was fair. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was very good. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Positioning objects is less precise than with most tablets. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet is middling in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 5.8 hours is poor. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.71 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#23 Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7 (8GB)

About  $50.00

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 7 (8GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 6.9-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 171 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an MediaTek MT8163 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 8GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.4 inches long by 4.2 inches wide by 0.38 inches thick, and weighs 0.55 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 7 (8GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. Movement from screen to screen using finger swipes was not always smooth, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. When reading a book, turning from portrait to lanscape was sluggish. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was quite dim for a tablet and readability in daylight was poor. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.

Touch response was very good. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Positioning objects is less precise than with most tablets. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 7.9 hours is meager for a tablet. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.55 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#24 Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 (8GB) tablet

About  $85.00

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 (8GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 170 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 4.4 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 8GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. There is no webcam, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 7.6 inches long by 4.6 inches wide by 0.42 inches thick, and weighs 0.68 pounds.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 (8GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera was only fair in performance. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was only fair overall. Colors were in the ballpark, though not completely accurate. The screen had typical brightness for a tablet and readability in daylight was fair. Viewing angle was sufficiently wide in landscape orientation, but gets dimmer or off-color when viewed from very far to the sides. Viewing angle was quite narrow in portrait orientation. Left and right eyes may see slightly different image quality, which can be disconcerting.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely.

This tablet has some useful features - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 12 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's about average in bulk for its screen size, and at 0.68 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#25 Apple iPad Mini 4 (4G, 16GB) tablet

About  $315.00

The Apple iPad Mini 4 (4G, 16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7.9-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 324 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos, and it utilizes toughened glass for durability.

The tablet has an Apple A8 processor with 2 cores. It runs on the iOS 9.1 operating system. It has 2GB memory and is available with 16, 32 or 128GB storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi or a mobile data plan from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. It has a 1.2-megapixel webcam, and an 8-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8 inches long by 5.3 inches wide by 0.25 inches thick, and weighs 0.66 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Apple iPad Mini 4 (4G, 16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. There's no memory-card slot, so storage can't be expanded.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was excellent. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Apple app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Apple, for downloading movies, music and books. WiFi hotspot capability lets you extend the tablet's 3G/4G to provide an internet conection to other nearby devices. (Check carrier for availability.).

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 11.9 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.66 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#26 Apple iPad Mini 4 (4G, 128GB) tablet

About  $610.00

The Apple iPad Mini 4 (4G, 128GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Mini 4 (4G, 128GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#27 Asus ZenPad Z8 (4G, 16GB) tablet

About  $180.00

The Asus ZenPad Z8 (4G, 16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7.9-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 324 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with 6 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 2GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi or a mobile data plan from Verizon. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and an 8-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.1 inches long by 5.4 inches wide by 0.38 inches thick, and weighs 0.69 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Asus ZenPad Z8 (4G, 16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Play app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google Play, for downloading movies, music and books. WiFi hotspot capability lets you extend the tablet's 3G/4G to provide an internet conection to other nearby devices. (Check carrier for availability.).

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 11.3 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.69 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#28 Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD (4G, 16GB) tablet

About  $250.00

The Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD (4G, 16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 452 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 8 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 3GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add an MicroSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi or a mobile data plan from Verizon. It has a 5-megapixel webcam, and an 8-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.3 inches long by 5.1 inches wide by 0.31 inches thick, and weighs 0.7 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD (4G, 16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed very well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen had typical brightness for a tablet and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google Docs, etc app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books. WiFi hotspot capability lets you extend the tablet's 3G/4G to provide an internet conection to other nearby devices. (Check carrier for availability.).

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 12.6 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.7 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#29 Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 SM-T377 (4G, 16GB) tablet

About  $125.00

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 SM-T377 (4G, 16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with an 8-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 189 pixels per inch. The rectangular screen is a better shape for videos than for photos.

The tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 6 operating system. It has 1.4GB memory and is available with 16GB storage. You can add a microSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and a mono speaker. Internet connectivity is via WiFi or a mobile data plan from Sprint, AT&T, Verizon. It has a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera.

The tablet measures 8.4 inches long by 5 inches wide by 0.35 inches thick, and weighs 0.79 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 SM-T377 (4G, 16GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was very good overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was brighter than on most tablets and readability in daylight was good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books. WiFi hotspot capability lets you extend the tablet's 3G/4G to provide an internet conection to other nearby devices. (Check carrier for availability.).

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, and an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 17.4 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's compact for its screen size, and at 0.79 pounds, it's a lightweight tablet for its size.

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#30 Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (32GB) tablet

About  $470.00

The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (32GB) is a larger tablet computer with a 9.7-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 264 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has an Apple A9X processor with 2 cores. It runs on the iOS 9.3 operating system. It has 2GB memory and is available with 32, 128 or 256GB storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers that switch orientation to match that of the tablet. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 5-megapixel webcam, and a 12-megapixel camera with a flash.

The tablet measures 9.4 inches long by 6.7 inches wide by 0.29 inches thick, and weighs 0.98 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (32GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes. It was difficult to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera performed very well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. There's no memory-card slot, so storage can't be expanded.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was among the brightest we've measured and readability in daylight was excellent. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Repositioning icons was not as easy as with most tablets. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Apple app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Apple, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 9- to 12-inch category. Its battery life of 15.6 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.98 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#31 Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (256GB) tablet

About  $720.00

The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (256GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 9.7 (256GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#32 Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (128GB) tablet

About  $600.00

The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (128GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 9.7 (128GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#33 Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (64GB) tablet

About  $620.00

The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (64GB) is a larger tablet computer with a 10.5-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 265 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has an Apple A10X processor with 6 cores. It runs on the iOS 10.3 operating system. It has 4GB memory and is available with 64, 256 or 512GB storage. Memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers that switch orientation to match that of the tablet. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 7-megapixel webcam, and a 12-megapixel camera with a flash.

The tablet measures 9.8 inches long by 6.8 inches wide by 0.25 inches thick, and weighs 1.04 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (64GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera performed extremely well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. There's no memory-card slot, so storage can't be expanded.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was among the brightest we've measured and readability in daylight was excellent. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Apple app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Apple, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 9- to 12-inch category. Its battery life of 20.1 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 1.04 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#34 Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (512GB) tablet

About  $920.00

The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (512GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 10.5 (512GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#35 Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (256GB) tablet

About  $780.00

The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (256GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 10.5 (256GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#36 Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T820 (32GB) tablet

About  $440.00

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T820 (32GB) is a larger tablet computer with a 9.7-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 353 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 cores. It runs on the Android 7 operating system. It has 4GB memory and is available with 32GB storage. You can add an MicroSD memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers that switch orientation to match that of the tablet. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 5-megapixel webcam, and a 13-megapixel camera with a flash.

The tablet measures 9.4 inches long by 6.6 inches wide by 0.25 inches thick, and weighs 0.95 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T820 (32GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens. The onscreen keyboard may be used in "gesture" mode to type by swiping to each letter.

The rear-facing camera performed extremely well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB. A built-in file manager app makes it easy to transfer files from a memory card. The memory card was more difficult than most to insert and remove.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking. The screen was among the brightest we've measured and readability in daylight was very good. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has an excellent set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Google app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Google, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 9- to 12-inch category. Its battery life of 8.7 hours is meager for a tablet. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and at 0.95 pounds, it's a very lightweight tablet for its size.

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#37 Apple iPad Air 2 (32GB) tablet

About  $410.00

The Apple iPad Air 2 (32GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Air 2 (32GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#38 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) – 2017 tablet

About  $800.00

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) - 2017 is a larger tablet computer with a 12.9-inch screen. Its screen resolution is 265 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos.

The tablet has an Apple A10X processor with 6 cores. It runs on the iOS 10.3 operating system. It has 4GB memory and is available with 64GB storage. Memory card for more storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers that switch orientation to match that of the tablet. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 7-megapixel webcam, and a 12-megapixel camera with a flash.

The tablet measures 12 inches long by 8.7 inches wide by 0.27 inches thick, and weighs 1.5 pounds.

Detailed Test Results

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) - 2017 was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes, and to move app icons among screens.

The rear-facing camera performed very well. Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. A voice-typing feature lets you dictate emails and text documents. There's no memory-card slot, so storage can't be expanded.

The display quality was excellent overall. Colors were among the most realistic and natural-looking we've seen. The screen was among the brightest we've measured and readability in daylight was excellent. Viewing angle was extremely wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to share viewing of photos or video with several people. Viewing angle was extremely wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to view by several people at one time.

Touch response was excellent. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Icons were easy to move and place precisely. A special coating on the screen resists fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.

This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. There is full access to the Apple app market, with a large and varied selection of apps. There is also access to a large media market through Apple, for downloading movies, music and books.

There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time.

This is among the most portable tablets in the 9- to 12-inch category. Its battery life of 17.8 hours lets you use it all day without recharging. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and its weight of 1.5 pounds is typical for its size.

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#39 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (512GB) – 2017 tablet

About  $1100.00

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (512GB) - 2017 is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 12.9 (512GB) - 2017 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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#40 Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (256GB) – 2017 tablet

About  $885.00

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (256GB) - 2017 is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 12.9 (256GB) - 2017 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Screen size: The diagonal measure of the screen's active area.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.

Ease of use: Based on a variety of scenarios, including reading books, playing media, and using email and the Web.

Brand Reliability

Readers sound off about brand reliability on more than 50,000 tablets

Apple is top of the pack when it comes to tablet reliability. Samsung, Amazon, and LG are also among the more reliable brands. Microsoft, on the other hand, is less reliable than most other brands. Due to its comparatively higher breakage rate, Microsoft tablets cannot be recommended by Consumer Reports at this time.

These conclusions are based on our breakage rate estimates for tablets by the end of the 2nd year of ownership, gathered from subscribers' experiences with 50,826 tablets purchased new between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017. Our statistical model estimates breakage rates for tablets that are not covered by a service contract and accounts for the number of hours of use per week. Differences of less than 5 points between brands are not meaningful. Models within a brand may vary, and changes in design or manufacturer may affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a lower estimated breakage rate can improve your odds of getting a dependable model.

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