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Technology.

1 December 2021

Which Samsung Galaxy tablet should I buy?

We take you through Samsung’s current range of Galaxy Tab models to help you find the best fit for your budget and lifestyle. Whether it’s the top-end Tab S range or the budget Tab A, we have you covered.
Michael Passingham
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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.

Our product list below divides up this tablet brand into two categories: Premium, and budget/mid-range so you can see the full list of products currently available, and how much you can expect to pay.

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Premium Samsung tablets

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

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    Galaxy Tab S7

    £619.00View retailers

    The smaller of the two top-spec 2020 Samsung tablets is a bit easier on the arms and on the wallet, too. It features all the same high-end components as the bigger 12.4-inch version, but packs it all into an 11-inch form factor. Like the large model, it also comes with a stylus so you can get to writing and drawing straight away.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

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    Galaxy Tab S4

    £609.00View retailers

    This is a high-end Samsung tablet designed for both watching videos and getting work done. It comes with a stylus and you can also buy a separate keyboard case that turns it into a small, lightweight laptop. Read our review to find out if it’s worth the cash. While it is a few years old now, there still models available brand-new from Argos. Stocks are probably low, though, so get in quick.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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    Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

    £329.00View retailers

    This tablet fits slightly awkwardly into Samsung's range, but it does come with the S Pen stylus, which makes it an attractive alternative to the 10-inch iPad, which requires a separate purchase of an Apple Pencil if you want to take notes and draw.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

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    Galaxy Tab S7+

    £873.00View retailers

    This top-spec tablet has a price to match, and a massive screen that rivals the biggest iPad Pros. It has all the specifications you'd expect for a tablet costing this much, including a fast processor, high-resolution screen and a stylus bundled in the box, but you'll need to pay extra if you want to buy it with a keyboard and use it more like a laptop.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

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    Galaxy Tab S6

    £935.00View retailers

    This tablet is the direct successor to the Tab S4. This should mean it hits all the high notes, having learned from any shortfalls that came before. It comes with an S Pen stylus in the box, which means you're ready to go with note-taking and drawing without having to spend extra. It's no longer the latest top-spec Samsung tablet, as the Tab S7 and S7+ take that honour.

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Cheap and mid-range Samsung tablets

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

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    Galaxy Tab S5e

    £389.00View retailers

    This thin and light tablet from 2019 is still available, and boasts some great specifications given its ever-decreasing price. If you don't need the latest and greatest, you could save yourself a fair amount of cash by picking the S5e.

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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 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.


201120122013201420152016201720182019
Apple average review score697173777983827777
Samsung average review scoreNA6871737779748076
Tablets average review score696967667264687268

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.

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 which iPad to buy.