There is a myriad of tablets out there in the stores, but which one is right for you? Continue reading to find the best tablets in Pakistan for work and play.
Tablets haven’t yet proved themselves to be essential; still, they are cool enough to keep them with you. A decent tablet can become a portable small TV screen to carry around the house and a nice way to complete some easy tasks away from your workspace. Additionally, they are handy devices for your artistic impulses, thanks to a wealth of modern apps for painting, making music, sketching, and drawing.
If you’re on the hunt for a new tablet, you might be eyeing an android tablet or apple tablet. The decision to choose a platform from the two available options solely depends on your preference. Though commonly, tech-savvies are a fan of iPads because of their best-in-breed software and ease of use, some people have gravitated towards the Windows slates. With the advancement of technology in the past 4-5 years, Android tablets have grown unimaginably powerful and useful.
Apple tablets and Android tablets, both are entirely different beasts and vary a lot from each other. However, both have a plethora of users in Pakistan, and that is why we are focusing on both types of tabs in this tablet guide. Before moving ahead, keep the fact in mind that when it comes to versatility and performance, iPads have the edge over Androids.
Android vs. Apple Tablets
As mentioned earlier, the battle between iPads vs. Android tablets is over before it starts, and the clear winner is Apple. But that doesn’t mean we should overlook android devices; Android tablets are suitable for kids, movie maniacs, and e-bookworms. In short, Android slates are an acceptable choice to get the basics, especially when you have a tight budget.
Google’s Android Operating System provides smooth and fast internet browsing, a premium notification system, maximum configurability, and seamless integration with numerous Google apps, including Google Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Google Drive, Google News for daily news, and more. Whatsmore, android also supports multiple user logins, which means that your family, friends, and fellows can also use your tablet. This is an extremely useful feature that you won’t find with iPads.
You may come up with the argument that they have integrated Apple’s Family Sharing service in Apple devices, but that works the other way around, allowing plenty of users to access to share services and data.
In general, the best things about Apple tablets are twofold: The countless exciting applications that you can purchase on your tablet with ease; more than 2 million in total at the time of this article—running perfectly fine, with some exceptions. And its other greatest strength is that it’s very intuitive and clean. But like every other thing, the iPad also has a downside—The newest iPad, the iPad Pro 12.9 inch, has not been upgraded to benefit from the strong computing power. Therefore, you still have to use your MacBook to perform some tasks that require high computing power.
Questions That Pop Up When Buying a Tablet
There are a couple of questions that often come to mind when planning to get hands on a new tablet. We break down everything that you need to consider when shopping for a new tablet. These factors are as follows:
What Size Tablet Do You Need?
This consideration is pretty much obvious, but size—both storage capacity and screen real estate—is crucial to consider. 7 inch tabs are called small-screen; 8.9 inch tabs and above are known as large-screen tablets. You will find tablets of a variety of sizes in the market.
Screen resolution is also very important, especially for internet surfing, drawing portraits, and ebook reading. A sharp, bright display is the key. Bigger the screen size, heavier the tablet, so choose a tablet wisely.
Cellular or Wi-Fi-Only Tablets?
You will come across some tablets having the option of always-on cellular service from a mobile network provider. In simple words, cellular tabs have a dedicated SIM slot for putting 3G/4G/5G SIMs. Whereas other tabs have an integrated WiFi-only feature. If you are a frequent international traveler or live somewhere around an area where there are no WiFi signals, you should opt for cellular tablets. If not, you can bring in Wi-Fi-Only tabs and save yourself from spending a hefty amount on a cellular model.
Which Tablet Has the Best Apps?
A tab is nothing without quality apps. The Apple store has a big library of games and programs specifically designed for Apple OS. Google Play Store isn’t home to as many apps as the Apple store is. Nevertheless, Android has made awesome strides in application selection. Amazon tablets are not allowed to use Google play store apps. But they do have their own app store which is a subset of the Google Play Store. So, once again, Apple is victorious.
5 Best Tablets in Pakistan for the Money
- Apple iPad Air (2020)
- Apple iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (2021)
- Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
- Microsoft Surface Go 2
|Our Picks||Apple iPad Air (2020)||Apple iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (2021)||Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)||Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+||Microsoft Surface Go 2|
|Price||Starts from Rs 101,999||Starts from Rs. 212,500||Starts from Rs. 28,100||Starts from Rs. 121,500||Starts from Rs. 85, 500|
|Screen Size||10.9-inch||12.9-inch||10-inch||12.4-inch AMOLED||10-inch|
|Front Camera||7 MP||7 MP||5 MP||8 MP||5 MP|
|Rear Camera||12 MP||12 MP + 10 MP + TOF||8 MP||13 MP + 5 MP||8 MP|
|Battery||7,606 mAh||9,720 mAh||NA||10,090 mAh||8,000 mAh|
|Ram||4 GB||8-16 GB||8 GB||6-8 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||64 GB/256 GB||1 TB or 64/256/512 GB||128GB||128 GB/256 GB||128 GB|
|OS||iPadOS 14||iPadOS 14.4||Amazon Fire OS 7.3||Android 10, upgradable to Android 11||Windows 10|
|CPU||Apple A14 Bionic||Apple A12Z Bionic||1.6GHz Intel Pentium Gold||Snapdragon 865 Plus||1.6GHz Intel Pentium Gold|
|GPU||Apple GPU (4-core graphics)||Apple GPU (8-core graphics)||Mali-G72 MP3||Adreno 650||Intel UHD Graphics 615|
|Dimensions||247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm||280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm||245 x 175 x 8.3mm||285 x 185 x 5.7 mm||245 x 175 x 8.3mm|
|Weight||458 g||682 g||465 g||575 g||544 g|
|Resolution||2360 x 1640 pixels||2048 x 2732 pixels||1,800 x 1,200 pixels||1752 x 2800 pixels||1,800 x 1,200 pixels|
1. Apple iPad Air (2020)
- Screen size: 10.9
- Weight: 458 g
- Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm
- Front camera: 7 MP
- Rear camera: 12 MP
- OS: iPadOS 14
- Storage: 64 GB/256 GB
- Resolution: 2360 x 1640
- CPU: Apple A14 Bionic
- Ram: 4 GB
- Battery: 28.6-watt-hour
Reasons to Buy
- Very fast and slick
- Apple Pencil 2 support
- Immersive spatial audio
- Stylish and light
- Detailed screen
We recommend the latest Apple iPad Air (2020) for most people. Technically, this tablet is the iPad Air 4, but it is more like the newest iPad Pro but without some of the more niche pro features. This apple device is, in our opinion, the ‘just right’ tab that will be perfect for most people in the stores in 2021.
The iPad comes with a smart connector for a keyboard. It is a somewhat better proposition for people who need to use a tab for working and professional typists. Apple Pencil 2 Support is here too for making portraits and sketches. These accessories help you in enjoying an experience similar to using a laptop.
Apple iPad Air is a really good balance of portability, price, and performance. iPadOS made it even better. If you are searching for an impressive all-round tab experience, this apple tablet delivers, and does so at a strongly mid-tier price range.
2. Apple iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (2021)
- Weight: 682 g
- Battery: 9720 mAh
- Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm
- Screen size: 12.9
- Front camera: 7 MP
- Rear camera: 12 MP + 10 MP + TOF
- Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels
- OS: iPadOS 14.4
- CPU: Apple A12Z Bionic
- GPU: Apple GPU (8-core graphics)
- Storage: 1 TB or 64/256/512 GB
Reasons to Buy
- Unbelievably powerful and slick
- The finest tablet screen ever
- Amazing battery life
A premium tablet from Apple, Apple iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (2021) is just Apple showing off. You cannot find a better display in a tab than this one. The new mini-LED screen is pretty sick, and the integrated M1 processor is extremely fast. It’s unbelievably overpowered for a lot of people, which is why we still recommend the iPad Air for most buyers.
The tablet’s display is what really catches your attention, but the inside is just as stunning. There’s a 2x optical and 5x digital zoom, 10MP ultra-wide and 12MP wide camera, panoramas up to 63 MP, and 4K video recording with five studio-quality microphones.
The only downside of iPadOS is that it is still a bit clunky for multitasking. But with iPadOS 15 imminent, that’s not an issue at all. The only thing more thrilling than this device at the moment is that the latest technology featured in it will very soon trickle down to more economical variants.
3. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)
- Weight: 465 g
- CPU: Mediatek MT8173
- Dimensions: 247 x 166 x 9.2 mm
- OS: Android 9
- Front camera: 2 MP
- Rear camera: 5 MP
- Screen size: 10.1 inches
- Resolution: 1200 x 1920
- RAM: 3 GB
- Battery: Up to 12 hours
- Storage: 32/64 GB
Reasons To Buy
- Strong battery
- Solid build quality
- Large, high-resolution screen
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) is the best affordable tablet for the enjoyment of the whole family. Amazon manufactures some of the best budget-friendly tablets around, and this device is one of them. It comes with decent hardware at compelling price tags.
The price of their tabs is fine, but there’s a significant caveat: no access to Google Play Store, so an absence of apps that you love to use daily. The major absentees include Youtube (My Favorite) and Gmail.
Still, you can enjoy using other apps such as Facebook, Netflix, and Plex to kill your boredom. If you can live with that, this tablet is an amazing option to pick. It has up to 12 hours of battery life, a good size screen, and enough storage to store 3-4 HD movies.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
- Weight: 575g
- Dimensions: 285 x 185 x 5.7 mm
- Screen: 12.4-inch AMOLED, 1752 x 2800
- CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
- Storage: 128 GB/256 GB
- Battery: 10,090 mAh
- Rear cameras: 13 MP + 5 MP
- Front camera: 8 MP
Reasons To Buy
- Impressive OLED display
- Powerful internal hardware
- Super thin design
- Luxe build quality
For anti iPad guys who want a powerful substitute for Apple for work and play, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is their best bet. It is a top-performing Android option that has a quad-speaker setup that rivals the iPad’s audio quality. Its 12.4-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of 120-Hz turns this device into one of the best Android tablets out there for playing games and streaming media.
The tab includes a Samsung S Pen, so you can save the money that was supposed to be spent on the extra accessories. S Pen allows you to effortlessly make drawing and sketching like a Pro. The tab is integrated with Samsung’s DeX software.
Samsung’s DeX software is developed to convert Android into a desktop-like computing user interface. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ a decent productivity tool for workaholics and a nice streaming device for the rest of the family.
5. Microsoft Surface Go 2
- Weight: 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions: 245 x 175 x 8.3mm
- OS: Windows 10
- Screen size: 10-inch
- Resolution: 1,800 x 1,200
- CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Pentium Gold
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Battery: NA
- Rear camera: 8MP
- Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to Buy
- Can run full fat Windows 10
- Fantastic pen and keyboard
- Brilliant ergonomics
For the fans of Windows, Microsoft Surface Go 2 is the best tablet running Windows 10 available as per the time of this writing. This is a professional level tablet computer that took over the market by storm that is traditionally dominated by the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad Pro models.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 deserves a spot in our list of the best tablets in Pakistan due to its sleek design and ergonomic compact size. It offers various things at a catchy price point that other tablets fail to do so.
A stylish and well-crafted tablet, with smoothly running Windows 10 solid internal hardware, and screen is an uncommon thing. Users who want to keep their purchase economical and require the Windows 10 operating system should go for this Windows slate.
Which is the best tablet under 20000?
You can get Amazon Fire Tablets under Rs. 20,000.
Which is the best tab under 15000?
Lenovo, Xiaomi Mi, and Amazon Fire tablets are available under Rs. 15,000.
Which is the cheapest tablet in Pakistan?
Amazon Fire 7 (2017) is available at as low as Rs. 9,500 and is one of the cheapest tablets in Pakistan.
Finding the right tablet for your work is very challenging, especially due to the number of options present right now. Thanks to our tablet buying guide, choosing an ideal tablet for meeting the requirements will be a walk in the park for you. The tablets that made their way into our list of the best tablets in Pakistan have the best features, specifications, and performance. Go through the list, look at the specs, read the review, and then decide on a tablet that fulfills your needs and comes under the budget. Which tablet do you think is the best? Do let us know in the comments below!
Hamza Subhan is a digital content director at Price In Pakistan. He lives in Lahore. He keeps an eye on every new item in the markets of Pakistan and his hand on the pulse of Pakistani people to provide them with the information that they need about the product. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical engineering from UET Lahore. His keen passion for the latest technology, gadgets, and knowledge about electrical appliances led him to launch Price In Pakistan. He is the main hand behind the articles related to electrical home appliances and gadgets. When he is not looking out for the new technology and writing about it, he is playing guitar and singing for his friends.