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Have fun with the best gaming tablets of 2022 | Digital Trends Spanish

The games for Android and iPhone are very varied, but sometimes the lack of space on the mobile screen can hinder your skills. If portability is still a primary factor, it diminishes the difference with some of the best gaming tablets on the market.

The idea that being a gamer is something that is only possible with a multicolored computer, or on a console with the television, has died. Mobile titles have arrived, attracting millions of people with a wide range of challenges, from matching three fruits in a row to colonizing planets.

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Apple iPad Pro (11-inch)

Two things that set the iPad Pro above the rest when it comes to gaming are the huge, crisp, smooth 120Hz display and the raw processing power that’s completely unmatched.

We’ve highlighted the 11-inch model as the best choice because it’s a bit more affordable and manageable, but if you want to fully immerse yourself in something like Civilization VIthen the 12.9-inch model is even better.

Pairing this model with some of the best iPad Pro titles will be enough to keep hardcore gamers happy. Apple tablets are set apart from Android tablets by the level of polish and optimization of many apps, and nowhere is this difference more stark than with games.

It’s also a great-looking tablet, with handy Face ID built in, and a host of fun AR apps and games. Battery life is good enough to keep you gaming on the go for hours. The obvious disadvantage is its high cost.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

A man sitting inside his car and on his lap a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus with a keyboard in laptop mode.

If you prefer an Android device over an iPad, then you don’t get much better than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. It has a very fast Snapdragon 865 Plus processor backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB expandable up to 1TB.

Among its great features are its impressive 12.4-inch Super AMOLED screen that you will not tire of looking at, AKG and Dolby Atmos audio, 10,090 mAh battery and an elegant design.

Samsung’s special Game Booster promises a lag-free gaming experience and a partnership with Discord brings live chat features to the Game Launcher. The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is compatible with the S Pen, which is ideal if you like to write notes by hand or make sketches, but it also doubles as a remote control.

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apple ipad mini 6

A person walking down an escalator using an Apple iPad Mini 6.

Games work just as well on smaller screens, and there’s a huge market for a small gaming tablet that many people will accept in their day-to-day lives. The new iPad Mini fits right into that space.

It’s a big upgrade from the last iPad Mini, and the 2021 model sports a new bezel-less design to bring the small iPad series into the modern age. But it’s not just prettier, as the addition of an A15 Bionic processor also means it’s just as capable as its big brothers.

Processing speed matters a lot in games, and this new chip means the iPad Mini is able to keep up with the world’s most powerful tablets, and Apple ensures you’ll be able to play any game without a hitch.

Of course, the biggest feature of the iPad Mini is its relatively small size. The 8.3-inch Liquid Retina technology is great, but it’s small. So if you’re not a fan of a screen this size, then this isn’t the tablet for you.

If you need something that can be easily stored, the iPad Mini 6 is great. It’s not the cheapest option, but it’s not the most expensive either.

The best budget gaming tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

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Although it is not the most powerful tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has enough power to enjoy your favorite games. The Unisoc Tiger T618 at its core can struggle with some of the most demanding titles out there, but it should handle most tablet games with no problem.

The 10.5-inch TFT screen is clear and sharp, and it’s light and thin, so it won’t weigh you down during long gaming sessions. The 32GB of storage is a bit limited for gaming, so the 64GB model is recommended, though there’s also room for a microSD card, should you need an extra.

At under $300, it’s a great tablet, especially if you get it on sale. If your budget can stretch a bit, we recommend the iPad (2021) over the Galaxy Tab A8. But at this lower price, it’s hard to beat the Tab A8.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro

A child lying on a sofa uses the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro to video chat.

Amazon has updated its kids offering and now also offers the Pro model. Designed specifically for kids ages 6-12, the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro comes with one year of access to Amazon Kids+, a full warranty, and a colorful (and less adorable) support shell to boot.

It has the same 10.1-inch screen and hardware as the non-Pro model, and unfortunately it also doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store, so the number of games available is limited. However, there are plenty to choose from on the Amazon App Store.

It’s great for books, videos, and apps, as well as games, making it a good choice if you want a big-screen kid’s device for work and play. Kids can even make video and voice calls over Wi-Fi to pre-approved contacts or install apps like Zoom or Minecraft.

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Apple iPad Air 4 (2020)

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Check out the latest iPad Air if you prefer a smaller, more portable screen on your tablet, but appreciate the features of an iPad Pro. Its compact screen allows you to move your hand or fingers faster during your game, making it a a great option.

In addition, you can choose between 65 and 256 GB of storage. This iPad is also compatible with the Smart Keyboard Folio for more serious work. It comes in a standard 10.9-inch size and uses an upgraded A14 Bionic chip to outperform previous models.

Many users will appreciate that the Apple iPad Air 4 has a USB-C connection to connect and charge instead of the Lightning cable of older iPad models. This new port makes charging even faster and more reliable.

Frequent questions

How are gaming tablets different from others?

Most tablets can be used to play simple titles, but if you’re an avid gamer who spends long hours playing high-end games, you’ll need a tablet that fits your usage needs.

So if your titles are large files, look for tablets that offer ample storage space. For example, Apple’s iPad Pro offers up to 2TB of space, which is more than enough for most heavy games.

Another difference could be the processing power. Most heavy games require a powerful processor to play smoothly, so look for tablets like the iPad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and S series that offer super-fast charging and lag-free gaming.

Does battery capacity matter in a gaming tablet?

Battery life is one of the most underrated features in a gaming tablet. No matter how powerful the device you buy, if it lacks a good battery, you will not be able to fully enjoy it.

So, if you’re looking to continuously play or stream games, look for gaming tablets with at least 6-8 hours of battery life. Devices like the Apple iPad Pro, iPad Air 2020, Amazon HD Fire 10 boast 10-13 hours of performance on a single charge, making them great choices for non-stop heavy gaming.

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