Top 5 Tablet Devices for Musicians in 2021: Practicing & Performing

Mobile Tablet for Musicians

Switching to a digital tablet can make your life much easier – especially for a musician! There are plenty of applications that can help you can help you learn, practice and even perform your music in front of a live audience.

Not only does it make your life much easier, digital tablets have also completely revolutionized the music industry. The market is flooded with hundreds of tablets all claiming to be ideal for musicians. This can make it increasingly hard to know which one to buy!

We have reviewed dozens of tablets on the market. Here is our opinion on the top 5 mobile tablet devices for musicians that money can currently buy.

Best Tablets for Musicians – Our Top Picks

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Our Top Pick
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 256GB) -...
Most Powerful Tablet
Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,...
Best Value for Money
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 inches (S Pen Included)...
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2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 256GB) -...
Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 inches (S Pen Included)...
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$1,196.99
$694.95
$274.99
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Our Top Pick
Product Title
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 256GB) -...
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2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 256GB) -...
Price
$1,196.99
Star Ratings
Most Powerful Tablet
Product Title
Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,...
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Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,...
Price
$694.95
Star Ratings
Best Value for Money
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 inches (S Pen Included)...
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 inches (S Pen Included)...
Price
$274.99
Star Ratings

1. Apple iPad Pro -The Best Overall Tablet for Musicians

2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 256GB) -...
1,154 Reviews
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 256GB) -...
  • Apple M1 chip for next-level performance
  • Brilliant 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide...
  • TrueDepth camera system featuring Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage

On top of our list is the Apple iPad Pro. The reason why this tablet has topped our list is because it has many incredible features that are simply too hard to ignore.

This tablet is equipped with a 12.9-inch edge-to-edge liquid retina display. The display features wide color, truetone and pro motion that helps enhance your viewing experience (from all angles) without straining your eyes.

This tablet uses a powerful A12X Bionic chip – which is currently one of the most powerful chipsets on the market! Built inside the chip is a neural engine making it even more powerful. 

This means you can run multiple programs at the same time without having to comprise on performance.

The powerful chipset is paired with 8GB of ram that ensures your tables run seamlessly. The device comes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB of storage options.

It also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to sound quality and Wi-Fi connectivity. The tablet has rich quality sound due to its built in wider stereo speakers and is equipped with a great 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip – making it much easier to connect to weak wifi connections. 

It is also equipped with a face ID chip for secure authentication, meaning that all data stored in your tablet will be encrypted and safe.

And lastly it’s equipped with a powerful battery that can last for up to 10 hours of continuous use and a 12MP back camera and 7MP True depth selfie camera – ensuring that you take quality pictures and record quality video even at night.

Pros Cons
  • High-resolution widescreen
  • Quite expensive
  • Compact and lightweight
 
  • Excellent security features
 
  • Powerful chipset and decent RAM that ensures the tablet does not lag even while multitasking
 
  • Long battery life
 
  • High-quality audio sound
 

2. Apple IPad – Slightly Cheaper Option

Apple iPad (10.2-Inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 32GB) -...
52 Reviews
Apple iPad (10.2-Inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 32GB) -...
  • Gorgeous 10.2-Inch Retina Display - A10 Fusion Chip - 802.11AC Wi-Fi 5
  • 8MP Back Camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD Front Camera - Stereo Speakers
  • Lightning Connector for Charging and More Compatible Accessories

If you are looking for great performance, durability and reliability – then look no further!

The Apple iPad (yes, not the pro version) tablet is highly recommended for musicians who are on a tight budget but are looking for a tablet with premium features.

Apple iPad is equipped with a 10.2-inch retina display and with 2160×1620 pixels of resolution that provide a great viewing experience when reading, watching, and writing. The retina display with anti-glare ensures that you don’t strain your eyes, even when you use the tablet for an extended period.

Apple iPad is one of the most powerful tablets on the market when it comes to performance. It is equipped with a powerful A10 fusion chip the delivers excellent performance even when multitasking. This means you can play video games, read, running app among many other without worrying that the tablet will slow down in terms of performance.

The powerful chipset is paired with decent RAM that ensures seamless multitasking. The 32GB storage capacity that it features provides enough storage of your data. If you need more storage space, then you can choose the 128GB option or purchase an Apple icloud subscription.

The Apple iPad is incredibly thin, light, and durable, meaning you can take it where you go without feeling uncomfortable. It is also available in a wide range of colors, including new gold, silver, and space gray, meaning you can choose that suits your taste.

Apple IPad has incredible Wi-Fi speeds of up to 866mbps and LTE speeds of up to 300mnps, meaning you will enjoy super-fast browsing speed all the time. Its incredible battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge means that you will only charge the tablet once a day, and lastly the touch ID that it features makes the unlocking process easy and secure.

Pros Cons
  • Large display with great image quality
  • The display is quite small
  • Long battery life
 
  • Powerful performance
 
  • Affordable
 
  • Decent storage capacity
 
  • Powerful internet connectivity
 
  • Easy to use and secure
 

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with S pen – The Best Value for Money

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 inches (S Pen Included)...
272 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 inches (S Pen Included)...
  • This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new....
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.35GHz 8-Core Processor - Android 8.0 Oreo Operating...
  • 4GB RAM - 64GB Storage, expandable up to 400GB via microSD card

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with S pen is one of the bestselling tablets on the market. Everything on this tab is top-notch, from its design and performance to battery life.

This tablet features a 10.5 inch super AMOLED display with a corner to corner ratio of 10:16. This quality display will ensure that you enjoy the cinematic experience all the time. This tablet also features an S pen that never needs charging. You can use it to create personalized messages with GIFs (one of my favourite features) without unlocking the tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with S pen has a new feature that allows you to easily locate the tablet when you misplace it. All you need to do is activate this feature and you will be able to locate your tablet with ease when you misplace it. I have used this feature a handful of times on my previous Samsung devices and it’s really useful – even when you’ve just lost your device around the home and need to find it! Most tablet and phone providers offer this feature. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with S pen features a powerful QUALCOMM snapdragon 855 processor that can handle nearly anything that you throw at it with ease. This processor can run even powerful games with ease.

The 4 GB RAM that it is paired with ensures that all programs run smoothly even when multitasking. When it comes to storage, there are two options available, including 64GB and 256GB. So, if you need more storage space, then you can choose the one with a 256 GB storage option.

The powerful battery that it features provides up to 16 hours of video playback. It also comes with a fast charger that replenishes the battery in less than 1.5 hours. The Dolby Atmos surround sounds provide a cinematic sound experience.

Pros Cons
  • AMOLED display that provides a great viewing experience
  • It is quite expensive
  • Long battery life
 
  • It uses the latest android with excellent features
 
  • Decent storage
 
  • Compact and lightweight
 
  • Powerful performance
 

4. Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – The Most Powerful Tablet

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Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,...
1,053 Reviews
Microsoft  Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,...
  • A best in class laptop with the versatility of a studio and tablet
  • More power now with the new 8th Generation Intel Core processor
  • Ultra slim and light, starting at just 1.7 pounds. Sensors : Ambient light sensor,...

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is one of the most powerful tablets on the market and is an ideal tablet for musicians who are looking for a powerful, versatile, and compact tablet. This device is a laptop / tablet combo and is unlike any other tablet as it runs Windows instead of a mobile operating system like IOS or Android.

It has many incredible features that enable it to deliver superb performance even while multitasking.

Its exterior is made of high quality, durable, lightweight, and very attractive material. This tablet is compact and lightweight (only weighs 1.70pounds), meaning you can carry it wherever you go.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 features the new Intel Core 8th generation Processor that can run all your favorite apps and programs seamlessly. This tablet is paired with a whopping 16 GB RAM that allows you to perform heavy tasks and multitask without worrying the tablet will lag. This tablet also features 512GB of storage, which is enough to enable you to store all your files and programs.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 features with 12.3-inch 120Hz FHD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen display that provides a superb viewing experience. It is also equipped with a 13MP selfie cam that enables you to take quality pictures and videos.

This tablet also has a fingerprint sensor that guarantees the safety of your data. The powerful battery that it features can power this tablet for up to 13 hours.

Pros Cons
  • Excellent performance
  • The sound quality is not very good
  • Long battery life
 
  • High definition bright touchscreen display
 
  • Compact and portable
 
  • Available in various colors
 
  • Large display
 
  • Large storage space
 

5. ASUS ZenPad 3S – The Most Affordable Tablet

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7' (2048x1536), 4GB RAM, 64GB...
1,710 Reviews
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7" (2048x1536), 4GB RAM, 64GB...
  • 9.7" 2K IPS Display (2048 x 1536) with ASUS TruVivid technology for better visual...
  • Powerful dual Core ARM Cortex 2.1 GHz combined with quad Core ARM Cortex 1.7 GHz, 64...
  • Easily handle games and speed up productivity with super-fast hexa-core processor,...

If you are looking for a clean, sleek, and affordable tablet, then you won’t regret the ASUS ZenPad 3S tablet. This tablet is highly recommended for musicians because of how portable and reliable it is. 

ASUS ZenPad 3S is equipped with a dual-core ARM Cortex or a quad-core ARM cortex MediaTek processor – depending on the version. It’s not going to beat some of the higher priced tablet’s but it will perform relatively well for most tasks.

The processor is paired with 4GB RAM and a PowerVR GX6250 graphics chip.

The 4gb of ram will help you smoothly run and switch between tasks but don’t expect the graphics to perform as well as some of the higher priced tablets. The graphic chip was released in 2014 so it’s quite old.

ASUS ZenPad 3S is slim and compact with a 5.8mm thick body. It only weighs 1.79 pounds, making it one of the lightest and most portable tablets on the market.

You can easily carry it wherever you go without feeling its weight. The 9.7-inch IPS display (2048 x 1536) with ASUS TruVivid technology that it features provides a better visual experience even outdoors.

This tablet is equipped with a 64GB eMMC storage capacity which is decent enough to enable you to store your files and programs. You can also expand the storage up to 128GB via micro SD storage.

This tablet is fitted with a powerful battery that can run for up to 10 hours of heavy usage when on a full battery. This makes it a perfect choice for musicians who are always on the go.

This tablet also comes with a fast charger that replenishes an empty battery from 0 to 80% in as little as one hour.

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight with Super thin bezels
  • 4GB RAM may not be enough for some musicians
  • Portable and durable
  • Old graphic chip
  • Long battery life
 
  • Decent storage and RAM
 
  • Available in multiple colors
 
  • Runs on the latest android
 

Final Words

The tablets that we have reviewed in this article are the best current devices on the market.

All the tablets deliver excellent performance (for all range of tasks), have a large displays, long battery life and an excellent touch screen performances. On top of that they all have great customer reviews!

These are the tablets we recommend for all musicians looking for a high-quality, durable, and efficient device.

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