The best mini tablets

Whether you're looking for Apple, Fire or Huawei, our best mini tablets guide has it all.

Apple mini 2021 tablet

by William Lobley |

Mini tablets are, in many cases, the best size tablet for daily use. While tablets come in many shapes and sizes, larger screens can sometimes be unnecessary. For instance, the commuter, student or holiday-goer might not gain all that much from tablets with larger screens.

A smaller tablet, typically called a mini tablet, serves as an excellent in-between. It's larger than a smartphone, which, isn't exactly ideal for regular streaming or browsing. On the other hand, it's not as bulky as a full-size tablet or small notebook laptop. Thankfully, mini tablets are all about convenience and practicality.

The best mini tablets at a glance:

Apple iPad Mini (2021)

Apple iPad Mini (2019)

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite

Fire 8 HD Plus

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Samsung Galaxy A7 Lite

Amazon Fire HD 10

The best mini tablets in detail:

What's the best mini tablet?

Which of the tablets we’ve recommended is the best is all down to personal preference and need, preferred operating system and budget.

The Apple iPad mini (2021) is a brilliant tablet and the best mini option you can buy, offering impressive performance and that coveted intuitive and reliable ecosystem synonymous with the Apple name. For those wanting to taste the excellence of Apple's portable devices, the Apple iPad mini (2019) offers up a slightly less-powerful choice, which still outperforms most modern mini tablets at a more stomachable cost.

Huawei’s MediaPad M5 Lite (64GB, 4GB RAM model) gives users a really powerful tablet running on the ever-flexible Android system. Both software and hardware coalesce to create an impressive and compelling product. As this tablet is hard to come by, we've found the nearest best model, the HUAWEI MediaPad T5.

Both of Amazon’s Fire tablets provide premium performance at a really affordable price. However, some users may feel that the Amazon-centric UI and app availability is too restrictive for their needs.

Why choose a mini tablet?

Mini tablets are perfect for daily use. Unlike large tablets like the 13-inch Apple iPad Pro, mini tablets can easily be carried and used in a number of situations. They're easier to slip into your bag or jacket pocket, plus they don't take up much room when they're charging on your sideboard. Above all, they offer a large financial savings over larger models.

While large-screened tablets are impressive, the screen size is more useful for those working on tablets, or for using creative drawing and design apps. Those of us looking to stream on Netflix, check emails, catch up on the news and Skype with loved ones won't find much additional value in larger, more expensive screens.

Happily, "mini" refers only to the screen size, as the processors carried by these smaller tablets are mighty. Word processor and spreadsheet documents can be edited, images can be manipulated, social media can be updated and the latest shows can be streamed straight from Netflix or Amazon Prime. They often have a battery life of at least 10-hours, which is more than enough for day-to-day use.

In our roundup, we've covered a range of different products, including some budget-friendly mini tablets. Additionally, if you're looking for the best tablet for kids, a mini tablet should definitely be a consideration.

The best mini tablet for kids

The Fire HD Kids tablet follows on from the success of 2019’s Fire 7 Kids Edition by offering parents the chance to provide their young ones with a tablet while addressing the financial weight, and online safety concerns.

The Kids Edition of the Fire 8 is effectively just the all-new Fire HD 8 in a rugged, protective shell. However, adults will have access to Amazon Parent Dashboard. Also, the Kids Edition comes with one free year of Kids Unlimited, the device carries a two-year guarantee, too.

William Lobley is a Senior Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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