The 10 Best Tablets With LTE

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in August of 2019. The latest tablets are trying hard to blur the lines between smartphones and laptops. Many of them can now run entertainment and business software, while also offering gigabit-class, 4G LTE connectivity. These options should satisfy anyone who wants to use video chat, the World Wide Web, or major streaming services wherever they have a cell signal. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tablets with lte on Amazon.

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

9. Apple iPad Mini

8. Microsoft Surface 3

7. Apple iPad Air

6. Chuwi HiPad

5. Microsoft Surface Pro 5

4. iPad Pro

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

2. Microsoft Surface Go

1. Apple iPad

Editor's Notes

August 05, 2019:

First off, I don't always recommend Apple products to a lot of people, not because they aren't great products -- they generally are, with a few exceptions -- but because they're not always cost-effective and their streamlined interface isn't always necessary for most applications. When it comes to tablets, though, it's hard to argue that Apple pretty much runs the game. From their frequently updated mainstream iPad all the way up to their flagship-level iPad Pro, their most recent crop of tablets is yet again a fine family of devices. I almost included the 12.9-inch Pro, but it really is ungodly expensive for a tablet -- most users would be better off with an actual laptop if they're going to spend that kind of money. Meanwhile, the 11-inch Pro isn't too terribly costly for some people, and few tablets are more high-powered. That said, the new Mini and Air have the same ultra-strong internals as the Pro. If you can stomach the high cost, you'll almost certainly be happy with any of the current-generation iPads.

Then there are some noteworthy entries from Microsoft's Surface line. The Pro, of course, is really a full-on Windows laptop crammed into a sleek body and engineered about as well as a 2-in-1 can be. The Surface Go (note the difference between the original and the "New" Go released only months later -- aim for the New one if possible) is basically a hybrid laptop/tablet and while it's a little pricier than we'd like with LTE connectivity, it's hard to beat its portability. Then there's the old-but-good standard Surface 3, which won't win any races, but will save you from overpaying. And if you're traveling or going to school, you probably don't want to drop a fortune on a tablet. One of the drawbacks of the Surface line is that they don't generally come with keyboards, and the matching options from Microsoft tend to be awfully expensive, but you an sometimes find a good bundle, as we've done here with the Surface 3.

Samsung can't be ignored, of course, and their Galaxy Tab line is great. But one relatively unknown device that I found is the not-so-originally-named Chuwi HiPad, which is pretty much the only sub-$200 option that's entirely promising. It doesn't boast a ton of advanced features, but it is one of the rare ones with dual SIM support.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on August 09, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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