The best iPad alternatives

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Three of the best iPad alternatives on a purple background

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Best overall: Surface Pro 9
2. Android: Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
3. For drawing: XPPen Magic
4. 2-in-1 laptop: Zenbook 14x Flip
5. Basic alternative: Lenovo P11
6. Budget alternative: Surface Go 3
7. Most compact: Amazon Fire
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The best iPad alternatives can provide much of the functionality you can get from Apple tablets, and sometimes more. And they often cost less. While we're big fans of iPads, they're not for everyone, and some people aim to actively avoid Apple's ecosystem.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.