As 4G becomes more and more widespread so does the number of 4G enabled tablets. There are still relatively few compared to 4G phones and in many cases 4G versions cost more than their Wi-Fi counterparts, but it greatly enhances the ability to work and stream media on the move, so it’s worth the extra money.
With the number of available slates growing it’s becoming harder to sift through them all and find the right one for your needs, which is why we’ve created a constantly updated rundown of the best 4G tablets in various categories. Android or iOS, big or small, budget or premium, we’ve got some top suggestions.
The Apple iPad Air and iPad mini 3 were great 4G ready tablets, but they've been put firmly in their places by the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.
The Apple iPad Air 2 improves on the iPad Air in almost every way. It's still carved from a single piece of aluminium giving it that high-quality feel, but it’s been on a major diet. Compared to the previous model the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner at 6.1mm and lighter than ever at 437g.
It also has a 40% faster CPU and thanks to its A8X chip it should be even more powerful than the iPhone 6, though not quite as powerful as the iPhone 6S. Impressively, you still get the same battery performance (10 hours) as you do on the iPad Air.
It retains the same 9.7 inch Retina display which is sublime, with rich colours and 264 pixels per inch but now it has an anti-reflective coating too which makes it better than ever. Plus the Air 2 comes with Touch ID so you can unlock it with your fingerprint and even use it to validate purchases.
Overall, the iPad Air 2 is a joy to hold, looks stunning and delivers high-end performance. That's the reason why we've declared it the best Apple 4G tablet.
The iPad mini 3 was just a small upgrade on the iPad mini 2, but the iPad mini 4 is the compact Apple slate we’ve been waiting for.
With an Apple A8 processor and 2GB of RAM it’s almost as powerful as the iPad Air 2, yet it’s a lot smaller, with a 7.9-inch screen and just as slim at 6.1mm thick.
There’s Touch ID on board of course and it runs iOS 9.2, which is the slickest version of Apple’s mobile OS yet. In all the iPad mini 4 is small, stylish, powerful and feature packed, making it a close competitor to the iPad Air 2. If you want to go in the other direction and grab something bigger and more powerful than the iPad Air 2, you could also consider the iPad Pro, but a high-price and cumbersome size mean it doesn't quite make our list.
The selection of 4G Android tablets is starting to get a little better, as many newly released slates come packing the superfast technology. There’s still a relatively low number of them but it’s increasing all the time.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is easily the closest competitor to the iPad Air 2’s crown, both in terms of quality and design.
Its 9.7-inch screen is the same size as Apple’s slate and it’s even the same resolution at 1536 x 2048. It also has a fingerprint scanner like Apple’s tablet and is even slimmer and lighter, at 5.6mm thick and 392g.
All in all, it’s a remarkable achievement, rounded out by a bright and vibrant Super AMOLED display which brings out the best in your movies and games, a microSD card slot for storing all that content and an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM for serious power.
The design isn’t quite a match for the iPad Air 2, thanks to a plastic back. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 could also do with better battery life and it isn’t a huge improvement on the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S. But taken on its own merits it’s an incredible slate and the best 4G Android tablet money can buy.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is Samsung’s true flagship slate, but if you want something almost as good in a smaller package the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is a very strong option.
It has the same screen resolution, which at this size makes it an incredibly sharp 320 pixels per inch. It’s also every bit as powerful, with an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM and it’s even more portable, making the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 a great travel companion. The smaller screen means it’s not quite as good for media, but it’s not far off.
Right now the selection of budget 4G tablets is pretty limited, making it an easy job to pick the winner.
It might be an iPad, but the ageing iPad mini 2 is now cheap enough to be considered a budget option.
That’s a brilliant position to be in because it’s still a top flight slate. In fact, it’s almost a match for the iPad mini 3, despite being a lot less expensive.
It has a great 7.9-inch Retina display, a slim 7.5mm thick aluminium shell and a decent amount of power, with a dual-core Apple A7 processor and 1GB of RAM humming away inside it.
Plus, with 4G support and iOS 9.2 on board it’s almost as full featured as newer rivals. It lacks Touch ID and it’s not as powerful as the iPad mini 4, but it’s a real bargain.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is not only cheap, it’s also fairly unique, as it includes an S Pen stylus so you can draw and write by hand.
That makes it ideal for digital artists and note takers and despite its low price tag it’s reasonably powerful too, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
A microSD card slot ensures you can keep all your files stored on the slate and as it supports 4G you can be fully productive wherever you are. Or just relax in front of a movie.
As with the budget category there’s not a lot of choice here, but the best 7 and 8 inch tablets have 4G connectivity built in anyway.
Could it really be anything else? The iPad mini 4 combines a beautiful build and an incredible screen with a powerful processor, a slick operating system and a speedy fingerprint scanner.
It even has a half decent camera and good battery life. It’s as premium as a compact slate gets and it’s one of the very best ones money can buy. 4G just makes it all the better.
Just as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 comes very close to the iPad Air 2 in the battle of the big screen slates, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is almost a match for the iPad mini 4 if you’re considering a smaller tablet.
It’s got a sharp screen, a lot of power and a slim and light build. A less premium design and fewer compelling tablet apps makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 a slightly weaker option, but it does have expandable storage, which the iPad mini 4 doesn’t.
We’re back to the big tablets here and as you probably guessed that means it’s between the iPad Air 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7.
We’ve gushed about the iPad Air 2 plenty already, but it really is superb. High powered, lightweight, super-slim with a great screen, a brilliant build and a long battery life. If only Apple would allow micro SD card slots it would be utterly unbeatable.
Samsung was clearly gunning for Apple with the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and while it beat its Cupertino competitor in a few areas, such as size and weight, the iPad Air 2 is still a better all-round tablet.
But not by much. A rich and sharp Super AMOLED screen, expandable storage and loads of power ensures the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 comes very close, while standing out enough to be a viable alternative.
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