Which Samsung Galaxy tablet should I buy?
There’s a wide variety of Samsung 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 you're definitely not alone.
The biggest confusion around Samsung's range is that while it has a large number of products, only a select few are actually recent. This means that some of them, while displayed alongside the latest models, can be up to three years older.
Its current range of models available in retailers dates back to 2016:
- 2019: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1, Tab S5e, Tab A8, Tab S6
- 2018: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5, Tab S4
- 2016: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7
Not only that, but it's not even clear what kind of device you're getting purely based on the letters in the name. Galaxy A, for example, can mean both budget tablets from 2016 starting at £100 and a mid-range model from 2018 costing nearly £300. All the Tab S models are at least obviously premium, while there also used to be a Tab E model, which was a very cheap and low-performance model.
The table below takes you through the company’s current range of available tablets, and logged-in members will be able to access full scores to find out how each product did in our tests. to become a member for full access to all our 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 the graph 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.
In 2020, the Galaxy Tab S6 undercuts the 11-inch iPad Pro by around £80 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.
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, since 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 .