7 Best Tablet for Taking Notes in 2020
Note-taking has never been easier than in the age of technology.
And because more and more people have been switching from paper to tablets, we want to present you with our top picks of best note-taking tablets.
We’ll be covering both Android and Apple devices so there’s something for every OS aficionado.
But before we begin, let’s see how you can find the best tablet for your work.
How to Choose the Best Tablet for Note Taking
What is the best tablet for taking notes is a matter of not just opinion but also the kind of work you do.
If you’re at college and you need a tablet to take notes during the class and also do your school work, then you might want to consider getting a tablet/laptop hybrid.
On the other hand, if you need a tablet for drawing/sketching then you can choose between going for E Ink tablets or an iPad Pro for that matter depending on your budget. An E Ink tablet is mainly for sketching, taking notes, and reading, and the iPad can be used for all sorts of purposes making it a well-rounded device.
Of course, if you need a tablet for business purposes you’ll want to go with a device that has more utility, battery life, and performance than power because you need something reliable and keeps all of your data on the go.
Generally speaking, if you’re looking for a tablet to replace your notebook, hardly any tablet can compete with the iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina technology which truly does feel like writing on paper if you don’t mind the steep price-point.
So that being said, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative but with lots of features that the iPad doesn’t have than your best bet will be an Android tablet powered by Android 9.0 and up that’s in the $300+ range.
Best Tablets for Taking Notes
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch
The Best Tablet for Drawing and Note Taking
The first tablet we have on our list is the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch which is the best tablet for drawing and note-taking on the list.
It’s designed with the edge-to-edge screen which offers the latest Liquid Retina technology (P3 wide color) and gives it that paper feel when you write on it and also has a higher number of pixels-per-inch than other tablets on the market
Strength-wise this iPad Pro can store up to 128GB has the A12Z bionic chip which is 64-bit, has an 8core CPU, and 8 core GPU as well as 2.5 GHz max capacity.
Utility-wise, this tablet has a 4-speaker audio system, 5 microphones and it also has two front cameras (12mpx/10mpx) which offer ultra-wide shots and one front camera with 7mpx.
This model weighs just 1.41lbs so it’s easy to carry, has a 10-hour battery life, and also uses a USB-C charger. It’s worth mentioning that the iPad Pro only has one USB-C port so you might want to consider getting a dock station.
- Ultra-fast and smooth operations
- Best tablet for drawing
- Bright display and vivid colors
- Has only one USB-C port
- Doesn’t have a headphone jack
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The Best Tablet for Note Taking With Stylus
Next up is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, the best tablet for note-taking with stylus. This 10.5 inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution tablet with AMOLED display, is the I-Pad Pro’s best contender as it also has that real-notebook feel while writing on it but it’s also in the cheaper price range.
It has the one and only Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 processor (2.8+3×2.4+4×1.8GHz), 6GB of RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage (1450Mb/s). The main camera has a 13mpx wide and a 5mpx ultra-wide lens, while the selfie camera uses an 8mpx wide lens.
The Galaxy Tab S6 operates on the latest Android 9.0 (Pie) system but is also upgradable to Android 10. It also has a 7040 mAh non-removable battery capable of delivering 15 hours of usage and supports fast charging (15W).
Other features include 4 stereo speakers, one USB-C port, and an external storage capacity of up to 1TB. As far as the stylus is concerned (yes it comes with the tablet), it has Bluetooth integration and it’s also magnetic so you don’t lose it.
- 15 hours of battery life
- Super-fast processor
- AMOLED display
- Integrated S Pen charging
- No headphone jack
- Slow fingerprint scanner
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
The Best Tablet for College
This might be the best tablet for college as it has everything a college student needs. The Surface Pro 7 features a 12.3-inch screen, 2736 x 1824 resolution display with Intel UHD graphics.
It’s light-weight (1.1lbs) and the tablet is ultra-thin even with the detachable kickstand (0.3 inches). The kickstand has a keyboard so you can set it up in a desktop mode and also lowering the kickstand makes drawing much easier.
As far as power is concerned, the Surface Pro 7 has 128GB of internal space (external capacity 1TB), 8GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i5-1035G4 Quad Core CPU with 3.7 GHz. Utility-wise, it has an 8mpx rear and a 5mpx front camera, dual 1.6W speakers, a headphone jack, USB-C, and USB-A ports and a microSD card slot.
The battery life might be the best thing as even though you get about 10 hours of screen-time, the detachable 5702 mAh lithium battery takes about 2 hours to fully charge.
- Detachable kickstand
- High-powered processor
- Both USB-C and USB-A ports
- Not a lot of updates from the previous version
Lenovo Tab M10
The Best Affordable Tablet
This is by far the most affordable tablet on the list but it’s a great start for anyone interested in digital note-taking. The Tab M10 features a 10.1-inch display, a 1280 x 800 resolution with an HD screen.
It has 32GB of internal space but can take up to 256GB of expandable storage, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processor (2.0 GHz), and has 3GB of RAM. The M10 also uses the latest Android 9.0 Pie system which isn’t upgradable.
It has a USB-C type port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. The front camera has 2mpx and the back has 5mpx. The dual stereo speakers by Dolby Audio offer good sound quality for the price range.
As far as battery life is concerned, with the 4850mAh lithium battery, you’ll get about 8 hours of screen time and it doesn’t support quick-charge.
So all things considered, this might be the best tablet for note-taking in this price range.
- Solid performance
- Good audio
- Great quality display
- Short battery life
- No quick-charge
Apple iPad Mini 5 Gen
The Best Compact Tablet
Another Apple product we have on our list is the iPad Mini 5 Gen, one of the best tablets for note-taking. This small and light-weight 7.9-inch display tablet packs a lot of punch considering its size. As with the iPad Pro, the Mini also has a Retina display (2048 x 1536) with True Tone.
Even though it’s small, the Mini has 265GB of storage, a 64-bit A12 Bionic chip (2.49 GHz), and 2GB of RAM. The front camera has 7mpx and the back 8mpx which offers 1080p HD video.
As far as ports are concerned, it has a Lighting port and yes, a headphone jack. It also has the usual sleep/wake button at the bottom of the bezel and volume up/down buttons on the side.
Battery-wise, it uses a 5124mAh battery which will last you about 9-10 hours depending on what you use it for but it recharges in about 2-3 hours.
- Has a headphone jack
- Compact but with a lot of power
- Good battery life
- Supports Apple Pen
- Not compatible with USB-C
Fire HD 10 Tablet
Great Tablet for HD Videos
This is another affordable tablet on the list but considering the cost, it has great features. The Fire HD 10 has a 10.1 inch fully laminated display, with 1920 x 1200 resolution and 1080p HD playback.
It has 32GB of internal storage and can store up to 512GB externally by using a micro SD card. The tablet also has a MediaTek Octa-Core processor which can run on a maximum 2.0GHz, 2GB of RAM, and runs on Amazon’s Fire OS 5.5.
Utility-wise the Fire HD 10 also has 2 cameras which both have 2mpx and two stereo speakers by Dolby and it has one port for USB-C and a headphone jack. It runs on a 3800mAh battery which should last you for 10-12 hours of screen time but needs about 3-4 hours to recharge and uses a USB-C 2.0 adapter.
As far as accessories are concerned, you can also purchase a standing case and the tablet is compatible with most stylus pens.
- HD videos
- Solid power
- Smooth performance
- The Amazon OS is integrated
- Poor camera quality
BOOX Nova2 7.8 ePaper E Ink Tablet
The Best E Ink Tablet for Note Taking
Last but not least we have the BOOX Nova2, which is the best e-ink tablet for note-taking your money can buy. It is perfect for reading E-Books, drawing, and note-taking, and with the e-ink pen, it will feel like writing on paper.
The Nova2 has a 7.8 inch 300 pixel E Ink Carta Plus display which only has 16 shades of gray and no color but has a Wacom digitizer that offers 2048 different levels of pressure. Alongside the drawing potentials, the display is much easier on the eyes so it feels like reading a printed book.
This tablet is powered by an Octa-Core processor that can put out a maximum of 2.0GHz, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. It also runs on Android 9.0 Pie that offers smooth performance and speed.
The battery is also the crown jewel of the whole device because it can last for 4 days without charging and needs about 6 hours to recharge. The Nova2 also supports OTG connections so you can have all your data on the go without any additional drivers.
- Easier reading
- Great for sketching
- Long-lasting battery life
- Supports OTG
- No camera
- Only 16 shades of gray display