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The Stuff Gadget Awards 2022: Best Premium Budget Tablets of the Year | things

The Stuff Gadget Awards 2022: Best Premium Budget Tablets of the Year | things

It’s awards time when we pay tribute to the most talented rectangles we’ve scrawled and tried so hard not to give up this year. Join us as we crown the best tablets of 2022.

This year obviously brought us several new iPads, and of course, they’ve been great, but we’re always determined to make sure this department isn’t. completely Fruit themed. For many users, an Android tablet better suits their needs, and this year’s best Google-backed tablets keep Apple poised at both ends of the tablet market.

These devices can vary greatly in price and functionality, so we divided the awards into two categories, and they are self-explanatory. Whatever you’re willing to spend, our winners are excellent performers across the board and will keep you happy for years to come if you choose to pick one. So without further ado…

Featured Tablet of the Year: Apple iPad Air 5th Gen

Surprise! The best tablet of 2022 is the iPad, but for the second year in a row we didn’t give the award to the Pro, despite its indisputable brilliance. No, this year’s favorite iPad is the latest iPad Air. While it’s completely indistinguishable from last year’s model, the fifth-generation Air is a ferocious beast under the all-familiar hood. To our pleasant surprise, Apple was generous enough to give the mid-range tab the same M1 chip as its older brother, meaning it’ll gladly hit anything you throw at it.

5G is now an option with the cellular model and the 12MP ultra-wide selfie camera is a huge improvement, and while the 10.9-inch screen still lacks ProMotion (hello, clue in the name), it’s still pretty excellent for your latest Netflix tune. iPadOS keeps getting better, so if you put this thing in your Magic Keyboard, you get more than just a laptop replacement.

Highly recommended: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Premium Tablet Highly Commended 2022

Do you think the iPad Pro was overkill? Apple’s most unique tablet is a kitten next to Samsung’s beast. With a 14.6-inch screen, you won’t be using this tablet with one hand. But support it and you’ll have the best portable entertainment center, especially with its AMOLED panel and quad speakers. And with an S Pen in the box that offers the lowest latency on any Samsung tab yet at 2.8ms, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is just as good for artists on the go as it is for movie buffs. It certainly isn’t cheap, but that money will buy you the best Android tablet.

Also shortlisted: Huawei MateBook E

It might not really take Windows tablets, but Huawei’s hybrid machine seduced us with its powerful OLED screen.


Budget Pad of the Year: Honor Pad 8

2022 Honor Pad 8 winning tablet

If we told you that Honor’s first tablet to receive an international launch had a 12.9-inch screen, you’d probably think it was doing a game for a slice of premium pie. But in fact, the big-screen Honor Play 8 has an entry-level iPad in its sights, as well as tablets like the impressive Lenovo Tab P11. Why is our winner? Well, it’s hard to walk away from that palette, definitely the biggest you can get for the least amount of cash.

We enjoyed watching movies thanks to the 10:6 aspect ratio that crushes the black bar, while the 7250mAh battery will comfortably help you through a reasonably long triple. Sure, it’s not the fastest or sharpest tablet, and the duo of 5MP snappers aren’t expected to be much, but the Honor Pad 8’s solid build and sheer size make it a unique entry-level offering.

Highly Recommended: Apple iPad 10th Gen

Apple iPad 10th Gen hailed as affordable 2022 tablets

A while ago, there was a pretty clear line between the basic (and more popular) iPad and the Air and Pro lines above it. Simply put, the iPad has stuck to the home button for dear life, while more expensive models have long since abandoned it. But that distinction no longer exists, as Apple finally dragged the cheapest iPad into the modern era, installing the multi-colored iPad’s home button, which at least at first glance is difficult to distinguish from the iPad Air. Screen technology isn’t quite as good as the 2020 Air, but the iPad has the same A14 Bionic chip as this tablet, is pretty capable, now charges via USB-C, and even gets its own Magic Keyboard. In some ways it beats the iPad Pro. The basic iPad has never felt so sophisticated before.

Also shortlisted: Amazon Fire HD 8

If you’re looking for a cheap tablet, Amazon is always a solid pick, and this year’s updated Fire HD 8 is faster and longer lasting than ever.

About the Stuff Gadget Awards

The Stuff Gadget Awards are where we reward the best tech we’ve seen of the year with voices that celebrate its place as the honour of the gadget crop. Read more about The Stuff Gadget Awards.


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