Top tablets with expandable storage

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

Some of the most popular tablets on the market, like the Apple iPads or Google Nexuses, don't have 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, 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 what 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 Atom-powered Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet runs Windows 8.1 CNET

Dell Venue 11 Pro
This Windows 8.1 tablet offers a solid set of simple features, like long battery life, a sharp screen, and optional keyboard. The 10-inch Dell Venue 11 Pro boasts plentiful configuration options and its internal storage can be increased by a whopping 128GB via microSD card slot. Read the full review.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 comes in a few different sizes, but the 8-inch stands out the most. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
Last year saw a noticeable increase in the release of 8-inch tablets and one of our favorite models is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. This 8-incher rocks a refreshingly comfortable and lightweight design with a variety of useful features, including the microSD card slot -- expandable up to 64GB. Read the full review.

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 doesn't release too many tablets, but when it does, it packs them with the ever useful microSD card expansion slot. The LG G Pad 8.3 boasts the perk of running pure Android 4.4 KitKat and rocks a sleek aluminum design. It's also comes in a version that runs LG's Optimus 3.0 user interface, but I'm partial to a pure Android experience myself. Read more here.

Samsung consistently upgrades the Galaxy Note and its S Pen integration. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was actually unveiled in 2013, but its trend-forward upgrades continue to render it a relevant release. Samsung offers the 10-inch tablet with the options of 16, 32, and 64GB of internal memory, and -- if that's not enough storage for your porridge -- a microSD card slot that's expandable up to 64GB. Read the full review.

The Sony Vaio Tap 11 is a hybrid tablet/laptop. Sarah Tew/CNET

Sony Vaio Tap 11
Some tablets, like the Sony Vaio Tap 11, fall into the grey area of tablet/laptop hybrids when a keyboard is attached. Aside from the murky waters of trying to correctly name the device, the Vaio Tap 11 floats above its Windows 8.1 competition with its superiorly light and thin build which still manages to pack a microSD card slot. Read the full review.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is one of the most capable and versatile tablets available. Sarah Tew/CNET

Microsoft Surface Pro 2
The Microsoft Surface 2 is the logical follow up to the original Surface, with faster internals, a sturdier keyboard cover, and longer battery life. One thing that remains the same is the inclusion of a microSD card slot. The Microsoft Surface 2 is a worthy choice for those who need a tablet that can do it all and, thankfully, save it all. Read more here.

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Sony Vaio Tap 11

The Bottom Line: Sony's thin, powerful Tap 11 tablet shows up the competition in terms of design. It's not ideal for everyone, but only a few tweaks away from being the runaway leader in this smallish category. / Read full review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-inch, gold-brown)

The Bottom Line: It costs a bit more than we'd like, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is Samsung’s best non-Note tablet yet. / Read full review

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

The Bottom Line: Android purists will find Google's mid-sized LG G Pad 8.3 more compelling, but it's pricier than the model that's overlaid with LG's skin. / Read full review

About the author

Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.



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