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Updated: 27 Jun 2022

Which Samsung Galaxy tablet should I buy?

We take you through the range of Samsung Galaxy tablets to show you the best for your budget and needs. Whether it’s the top-end Tab S range or the budget Tab A, our guide has you covered.
Martin Pratt

There’s a wide variety of Samsung Galaxy tablets on the market right now, all made in different years, sold at different prices and for completely different types of buyers. In other words, if you’re here to get clarity on Samsung Galaxy Tabs, you're definitely not alone.

Below, we take you through what you can expect to pay for a Samsung Galaxy tablet, plus give you a taster of what they're like to use. 

You can use the results of our extensive lab tests to find out which tablets are worth your money, and which aren't. See our tablet reviews.

What is the cheapest tablet from Samsung?

Samsung Galaxy tablets come in a range of prices and sizes. The cheapest is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Wifi.

Here, we give you a quick guide as to what you can expect to pay for a Samsung Galaxy tablet, but keep reading to find out more about each model and where you can buy a Samsung Galaxy tablet for the best price.

ModelSizeGuide price
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Wifi8.7-inch£118
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 20198-inch£139
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 202110.5-inch£158
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite10.4-inch£295
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 202112.3-inch£404
Samsung Galaxy Tab S711-inch£619
Samsung Galaxy Tab S811-inch£649
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+12.4-inch£799
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+12.4-inch£879
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra14.7-inch£1,435

What is the best Samsung Galaxy tablet to buy right now? 

We give you a quick round-up of what to expect from the main Samsung Galaxy tablets at a range of price points, plus where to buy and how much to pay. If the recommended retail price is the same as the listed deal price, then now's not a good time to buy. So hold off unless you really have to buy now.

For more details about Samsung Galaxy Tabs and to find out how they performed in our tough lab tests, follow the links to read our expert reviews.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Wifi

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Wifi
  • Screen size: 8.7-inches
  • Good for: surfing the web

This is the cheapest Samsung tablet we've tested and it's small and light, at only 367kg. So if you're looking for something portable for going online and you don't want to overspend, this could be the right model for you.

It takes a while to boot up compared to other tablets we've tesetd - at 36 seconds - but that might not bother you.

It may cost less money than other Samsung tablets, but is it worth yours? See our Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 lite Wifi review to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Screen size: 10.4-inch
  • Good for: surfing the web, reading digital mags and watching videos

Sits awkwardly between the Samsung Galaxy Tab A models and the higher-end Tab S6. It come with a stylus. But unless you see it at a good price, if that's not something you need, you may find better value with a cheaper model. 

For more information on how it performs in our tough tests, and to see how it compares with rivals, see our expert Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 2021

  • Screen size: 12.3-inches
  • Good for: laptop replacement, watching videos

Cheaper than the iPad Pro, this hefty tablet is a laptop replacement. Provided, that is, you're willing to pay for a separate keyboard as the virtual one is big and fiddly, despite using the stylus.

At 600g, it's weighty. Although this is less than a light laptop, bear this in mind if portability is your main focus. 

Find out if it's right for you - see our Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Screen size: 11-inches
  • Good for: laptop replacement, listening to music

This features the same components as the bigger, 12.4-inch version, but backs it into an 11-inch form. It's fast and also comes with a stylus, so you can write and draw without paying for one separately.

Should you buy it? Check out our expert Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 review to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Screen size: 12.4-inches
  • Good for: laptop replacement, watching videos

A top-spec tablet with a massive screen that rivals the biggest iPad Pros. It comes with a fast processor, high-resolution screen and a stylus. You'll need to pay more for a keyboard if you want to use it like a laptop.

Is it right for you and is it worth your money? See our Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review.

Want to see more Samsung tablets? Go to all of our Samsung Galaxy tablet reviews.

Samsung Galaxy Tabs vs Apple iPads

Samsung and Apple have been nip and tuck ever since we first tested a Samsung tablet in 2012, as our table below shows. While other tablet brands have brought the average down, Samsung and Apple have stuck (mostly) to a strict diet of well-made tablets that are just slightly more expensive than their other rivals.

Apple average review score777983827777828481
Samsung average review score737779748076807680
Tablets average review score667264687268757281

Table last updated June 2022

In 2021, the Galaxy Tab S7 undercuts the 11-inch iPad Pro by around £200 and looks even better value when you account for the fact that Samsung includes a stylus in the box, where Apple does not. Similarly, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is priced around £100 cheaper than a regular 10.5-inch iPad.

We've only seen one iPad from Apple in 2022, the new Air. While Samsung released a range of three Ultra tablets with sizes ranging from 11 to nearly 15 inches.

The only consideration you should make is whether you’ll prefer a tablet running the Android operating system instead of iOS. If you have an iPhone, for example, you might find an iPad more useful. iPads and iPhones work together, letting you keep your apps, files and messages synchronised across devices. 

Want to know more about iPads? Check out our guide to which iPad to buy.