Tablets are great for writing because they’re so lightweight and thin that they can go anywhere with you so you have the freedom to literally write from anywhere. The problem is that the market is saturated with a lot of poor quality tablets that aren’t great for writing due to their flimsy keyboards, poor battery life, or short lifespan. To help you out, we’ve selected our ten favorite tablets for writers do you can make a more informed decision. Read on to see which tablets we like.
Overall Best Battery Life
The HP Envy 2-in-1 has the best battery life by far of any of the tablets on this list. It’s default battery lasts 22 hours for video playback and up to 1,000 hours in stand-by.
• Amazon battery life
• Snappy processor
• Included stylus
What to Look for in Tablets for Writers
Selecting the right tablet for writing requires that you evalaute all of the options on a strict set of features so that you find the best possible writing tablet. Below are several of the key features you should look for in a new tablet.
Writing on a tablet can be a little more challenging than writing a typical laptop keyboard so you should do your research to find the best keyboard possible.
OS and Software
For OS, you typically can choose between iOS (Apple), Android (Google), or Windows (Microsoft). This is really personal preference depending on which OS you prefer to use. Most of the common apps (Microsoft Office, Photoshop, note taking options, etc) are available on all of these platforms. These OSes also have many other free apps that you can use for your writing.
Reading docs on a small screen isn’t very practical. Even worse is writing on a small screen. Make sure you select a screen size (11″+ is better) that will work for you and doesn’t make you squint.
Finding a tablet that has plenty of storage so that you can keep all of your files organized on your tablet. You should look for a tablet with at least 64GB, but 128GB-256GB is preferable. If you need more, you can always use a storage system like Dropbox or Box.
Battery life is critical since part of the reason you might be looking for a tablet is portability. Writing from a beach is no fun if your battery dies after an hour. Fortunately, most tablets have a longer battery life than laptops, often 12 hours or more, and text-only documents tend to consume less battery than gaming or other heavy duty tasks.
These are the main features you should look for when selecting a new tablet. Feel free to evaluate potential tablets along these criteria as well as any other that are important to you.
All Tablets for Writers
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 7
This tablet for writers is the next best thing to a laptop for a full keyboard and operating system experience with the added benefit of being super portable and lightweight (starting at just 1.70 pounds). You get the full Windows experience, a 12.3″ screen, a 10th Gen Intel Core Processor, and 10.5 hours of battery life. Just as other tablets on this list, you can remove the keyboard and use the touchscreen as you would any other tablet, or use the stylus to have more control. THe Surface Pro is our favorite tablet for writers.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
This nifty tablet is extremely portable at only 10.5 inches, a lightning fast Quad Core processor, and a healthy 12-hour battery life. The 128GB storage offers sufficient storage for most day-to-day writing. On Amazon, you can also buy the tablet bundled with a keyboard so no need to buy it separately.
3. Apple iPad Pro
The 11-inch iPad has plenty of power and apps to get your writing ton. It’s extremely portable and can also function as a movie theater on flights. The battery lasts up to 10 hours, so it’s a little on the shorter side for the tablets on this list, but overall it functions quite well. You will need to buy a keyboard to write effectively on the iPad, though.
4. Lenovo Miix 510
This 2-in-1 laptop by Lenovo features a detachable keyboard and unique watchband hinges that let you be as flexible as you want with how you use the laptop. The 12-inch detachable screen has a vibrant, full high-definition touchscreen display with Dolby-enabled stereo speakers so you can use the laptop for both work and pleasure. Write on the beach by day and binge watch Netflix by night in the beach house. It’s battery is on the lower end of the range of these tablets at only 8 hours so if battery life is your main concern, we’d recommend getting a different tablet on this list.
5. Lenovo Yoga 730
The Lenovo Yoga is a powerful 2-in-1 laptop/tablet combo that runs Windows. It certianly functions more like a laptop and the keyboard is not detachable like many other tablets on this list. Instead, the screen folds back (hence the name “Yoga”) to create the tablet experience. The power you get from this laptop is unmatched with the i5-8250U processor (1.6GHz up to 3.4GHz), 8GB of RAM, and huge 1TB hard drive.
6. HP Envy x2 Detachable Laptop
The HP Envy 2-in-1 has the best battery life by far of any of the tablets on this list. It’s default battery lasts 22 hours for video playback and up to 1,000 hours in stand-by. It has a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which can reach speeds up to 2.6GHz and 4GB of RAM. It runs Windows and comes with a stylus.
7. Microsoft Surface Go
The more cost effective model of the Surface series, the Surface Go still packs 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, and a 1.6 GHz processor. If you are looking for a Windows tablet solution, but don’t want to splurge for the Surface Pro, the Surface Go is another great option.
9. HP Pavilion x2 Detachable 2-in-1
The HP Pavilion x2 Detachable tablet features a 10.1″ screen, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, Intel Quad-Core Atom processor. The battery lasts up to 9.5 hours, enough for a full day of writing.
10. Lenovo Flex 14
The large 14″ display on the Lenovo Flex gives you plenty of on-screen space for writing. This tablet almost feels like a full fledged laptop. It’s battery lasts 10+ hours and charges to over 80% in about an hour so you can get moving.