Subscribing for cellular service on your smartphone is a no-brainer, but having the option on your tablet can be nearly as useful and convenient. 4G tablet speeds are fast if you live in available markets, but even if you don't, you can still enjoy cellular service -- albeit at slower speeds.
We've gathered some of the best tablets with cellular service on the market. Some carriers offer options like shared data plans for multiple devices or long-term contracts that sometimes include discounts. However, this post focuses on tablets with LTE capabilities -- not carriers or plans. Since pricing and availability depends on your location, visit your carrier's website or local store for more information on all data plans.
A discounted price for a tablet is one of the best reasons to get one through your carrier. The LG G Pad X8.3 is slim and portable with a sharp screen that's perfect for checking e-mail and streaming video anywhere you go. With a 2-year contract, it's also affordable enough to add to your plan, even if you're on a budget. Read the full review of the LG G Pad X8.3 here.
There's no better tablet to binge-watch with than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch models, the pair of Samsungs impress with brilliantly colorful screens and a robust user-interface. As two of the lightest and thinnest tablets available, they're also great for traveling with. Read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, or check out the 10.5-inch model here.
The iPad Air 2 is one of the most popular tablets on the market, and that's why it's widely available from various carriers. Pricing is traditionally steep, but it's one slim and smooth operator. If you've already bought into the Apple ecosystem, it's the best choice for keeping all of your media on the go -- just make sure you have a big enough data plan to avoid pricey overage fees. Read the full review of the Apple iPad Air.
If you're an Amazon Prime member, and you're in need of a tablet with more than Wi-Fi capabilities, the Fire HDX 8.9 is a no-brainer. It allows you to take advantage of the perks of your membership, like Amazon Instant Video, and its Android-based operating system is easy to use. The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 also features Firefly, a unique item recognition app that can identify movie scenes, books, songs, and more. Read the full review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet is the slate gamers have been waiting for. It's chock-full of features geared towards gaming, including its own controller, and it's a great Android tablet to-boot. The latest version of the operating system, Lollipop 5.0, allows you to keep tabs on your data usage. Read the full review for the Nvidia Shield Tablet here.