If you’re looking around for a new tablet you’ve got a lot of great options, but there are some slates you should probably avoid if you want to buy something new in 2019.
As we push deeper into the year, the tablet rumor mill is starting to churn. Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a new high-end tablet, the Galaxy Tab S5, that will replace the Galaxy Tab S4 as the company’s flagship iPad competitor.
Apple is also supposedly working on new iPad models though it’s unclear if the souped up models are coming in late 2019 or 2020.
That said, if you’re looking for a new tablet, those devices should be somewhere on your shopping list.
If you don’t want to wait for these tablets to arrive, you don’t have to. There are some excellent slates on shelves right now including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab A 10.5, the iPad mini 5, the iPad Air 3, the 2018 iPad Pros, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and many, many others.
If you don’t want to shell out a ton of cash for a flagship tablet you’ve got some budget options at your disposal as well including Amazon’s new Fire tablets. They might be cheap, bu they’re good enough for a lot of people.
So those are some of the tablets you should consider if you’re on the hunt for a new tablet. Switching gears, here are a few days that shouldn’t be on your shopping list for one reason or another.
Our list includes a trio of iPad models, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and a device from Google.
If you're looking to buy one of Apple's iPads and you don't want to fork over a ton of cash, you might have your eye on the original iPad Air.
Apple's first iPad Air launched all the way back in 2013 and the company has kept it upgraded with new iOS software through the first half of the year.
The device runs pretty well on iOS 12 and it will get upgraded to iOS 12.4 sometime this summer. After that, iPad Air owners are on their own.
Apple confirmed iPadOS 13 alongside iOS 13 during WWDC 2019. The update, which is scheduled to arrive this fall, brings a ton of new features to Apple's collection of tablets. It's an exciting update to say the least.
Unfortunately, the original iPad Air won't get iPadOS 13 and that means it won't get any of these new features in the fall.
It also means Apple will stop releasing bug fixes and security fixes for the device. So if you were to buy one and run into a problem, you'd be on your own. And if you typically store sensitive data on your device(s), you'd have to put your trust in iOS 12.
Buying an original iPad Air might be tempting, you can find it for cheap through retailers like Amazon, but you're better off going with a newer model.
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