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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but that adage does not hold if the picture is shabby. As such, a photo editor is any photographer’s best friend. And a tablet is a great device for editing photos. Bigger than a phone, but more portable than a laptop, a tablet lets you edit photos on the go while having the size and power of the screen to do professional-level work. Of course, not all tablets are created equal, which is why we’ve made sure you find the best for photo editing.
What to consider
Choosing a tablet for photo editing requires special considerations, especially if you plan to use it professionally. The first thing to consider is the platform. If you have a preferred photo editor, you will need to verify that it is available for the platform you choose. Additionally, the same app may not have the same functionality on all platforms. Otherwise, whatever type of tablet you choose, you will need to pay special attention to the following.
Display: In order to make color corrections to your photos, they must be rendered accurately on your screen. Pay close attention to the screen’s color gamut (the wider the better, obviously), as well as brightness (usually measured in nits) and contrast ratio.
Computing power: Editing photos requires more power than other tasks, especially if you are working with print quality images. As such, you need to make sure that your tablet has a processor powerful enough to edit photos using your favorite editor.
Storage room: Likewise, photo files, especially high resolution ones, take up a lot of storage space. Make sure your tablet has a large enough hard drive or the ability to expand its storage via a microSD card.
How we selected
We’ve looked at a wide range of tablet reviews from sources like Digital Camera World, CNET, and PCMag to identify the best tablets for photo editing. The list below features a sample of platforms and pricing to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
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Apple iPad Pro
Armed with Apple’s M1 chip, the same chip found in the latest 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, the iPad Pro has all the processing power you’ll need to edit photos using Photoshop. or Apple’s Photos app.
Plus, it has a 12.9 inch XDR Retina display with 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio that lets you edit HDR photos. (An 11-inch Retina version is also available.) And if you need to capture photos, it has a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front and a 12MP wide camera and camera. ultra-wide 10MP on the back.
Best of all, it’s available with up to 2TB of storage for all those photos. While the Pro doesn’t come cheap (the top end costs more than most laptops), it’s hands down the best photo editing tablet the money can buy.
- Amazing display
- Compatible with Apple Pencil
- Available with 5G wireless
- No microSD slot
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
$ 749.95 (17% off)
With a 10th generation Intel processor (available as i3, i5, or i7), the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is powerful enough for a full version of Windows, so you can run Photoshop or any other photo editor available for Windows. .
It features a 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen with 2736 x 1824 sharpness that is Surface Pen compatible, making it easy to work with your images. It also has a kickstand if you decide to pair it with Microsoft’s Signature Type Cover and make it a true laptop replacement.
- Long battery life
- Surface Pen must be purchased separately
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 +
One of our favorite Samsung tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + features a beautiful 12.4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen that will let you edit photos with precision. It also comes with an S Pen stylus, which makes it easy to edit photos.
While not as powerful as some of the other tablets on the list, its Snapdragon 865+ chipset will be powerful enough to run most Android photo editing apps.
It’s available with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, but you can expand it to 1TB through the microSD card slot. And if you need to take photos, it has an ultra-wide 5MP and 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front.
- Available with 5G
- Stylus S included
Amazon Fire HD10
If your photo editing needs and budget are modest, then the Amazon Fire HD10 is a very affordable option. It has a 10.1-inch 1080p display, which isn’t bad for a tablet at this price point. It also has 10 hours of battery life, so you can throw it in your bag and be good for most of the day.
Being an Amazon tablet, it doesn’t have the range of app choices of other Android devices, but there are a number of lightweight photo editors that can handle basic tasks. It is available with 32 GB or 64 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage, which can be expanded through the microSD card slot.
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If the steep price of the iPad Pro is too high for your budget but you still want an iOS tablet, then the iPad Air is the way to go. Its 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display is slightly smaller and less bright than the Pro’s, but still pretty stunning. Likewise, its Bionic A14 isn’t as powerful as the Pro’s M1, but will do a quick job of most tasks in Photoshop.
Like the Pro, the Air is compatible with Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard and has a USB-C port. And for taking photos, it has a 12 MP rear camera and a 7 MP front camera. In short, it will more than perfectly meet the needs of most people.
- Comes in bright colors
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Microsoft Surface Go
A more affordable alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, the Microsoft Surface Go will nevertheless offer you great photo editing power. It comes with a scaled-down version of Windows, but gives you the option to upgrade to the full version so that you can use Photoshop or pretty much any other photo editor. It has a 10 inch 1800 x 1200 Pixelsense touchscreen, so you can rest assured that your photos will be rendered accurately.
Like the Pro 7, it’s compatible with the Surface Pen, which you can buy with the money you’ve saved.
- Can run full version of Windows
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