Top tablets with expandable storage

Who wins the storage wars for the best tablet with expandable memory options?

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi, black)
A microSD card slot can go long way -- depending on its capacity, of course. Josh Miller/CNET

Some of the most popular tablets on the market, like the Apple iPad or Google Nexus, are missing one important feature that maximizes the usability of a tablet: expandable storage. The inclusion of a memory card slot opens the door to more possibilities and functions of your gadget.

From storing music, movies, or photos all the way to apps and games, expandable storage options can ensure that you get the most out of your device by letting you save more data and operate more programs than the internal storage capacity allows.

We've rounded up the top tablets that let you increase the amount of storage available and maximize your user experience.

The Nvidia Shield is a gamer's delight. Sarah Tew/CNET

Nvidia Shield Tablet

The Nvidia Shield Tablet is the best slate for gamers. It's a powerful piece of hardware that caters to those who want to take their games on the go. Using the microSD card slot, expandable up to 64GB, you can load it up with your favorite movies and more. An over-the-air update upgrades it to Android's latest operating system, Lollipop 5.0, and the Shield also comes in a 4G LTE model. Read more about the Nvidia Shield Tablet here.

The G Pad 8.3 also comes in a version with LG's Optimus 3.0 user interface. Josh Miller/CNET

LG G Pad 8.3 (Google Play Edition)

LG's most high-end tablet boasts the perk of running pure Android 4.4 KitKat, and it rocks a sleek aluminum design. It also comes in a version that runs LG's Optimus 3.0 user interface, but I'm partial to a pure Android experience myself. LG also offers a sleek selection of budget tablets in the LG G Pad 7 and 10, which also house microSD card slots. Read more about the G Pad 8.3 (GPE).

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 is unique in its waterproof abilities. CNET

Sony Xperia Z2

Smartphones have rocked waterproof designs for awhile now, and though the trend has yet to catch on with tablets, Sony is leading the way with the Xperia Z2. Not to be outshone by its competition, the 10-incher houses a supersharp display, comes in an LTE version, and dons one of the sleekest slate designs. Read more about the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet --which is not to be confused with the Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone.

You'll definitely want to load some 1080p movies onto the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. James Martin/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

The super-AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Tab S is one of the most vibrant and spectacular on a slate to date. Streaming video with it is fine and dandy, but you truly experience every pixel when you load HD content onto the Tab S. By using a microSD card (I found transferring files between a computer and the tablet too troublesome) you can add up to 128GB of extra storage. Read more about the Tab S.

Microsoft added a digipen to the Surface Pro 3. Sarah Tew

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Taking care of business? Then the recently revamped Surface Pro 3 is your guy. The productivity-geared tablet/laptop hybrid offers Microsoft's ever-chic keyboard cover, a digipen, and a slimmer design -- despite packing a larger screen. The microSD card slot is expandable up to 128GB, ensuring plenty of storage for your work needs (maybe some movies too -- if you get all of your work done in time, of course.) Read more about the Surface Pro 3.

Want to see more? Check out our list of best tablets overall.

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