Get yourself a tablet that can do both -- both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, that is.
If you take your tablet outside the comfort of your own Wi-Fi network, you know what it's like to be at the mercy of whatever public Wi-Fi is available. Subscribing for data service on your phone is a no-brainer, but having the option on your tablet can be nearly as useful and convenient, especially if you use your tablet out and about a lot.
Here are some of the best tablets with cellular service on the market. Some carriers do 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.
The MediaPad M3 is one of the best Android alternatives to the high-end Apple iPad Mini 4. It's got a sleek aluminum design, speedy performance and two very loud speakers. Unfortunately, if you're in the US you can only buy the Wi-Fi model via Amazon, though the LTE model is readily available in the UK and Australia.
It's OK to admit it. Do you just want a tablet to Netflix and chill anywhere you go? If so, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is right up your alley. It has one of the best screens on a tablet, with a sharp resolution and vivid color, and its svelte design is both compact and stylish. There is a small 8-inch model as well as a larger 9.7-inch version available. In the UK, EE offers the white model on a 10GB monthly contract.
When you think of a tablet, you probably picture an iPad. It's arguably the most popular tablet around, and there are multiple models with 4G LTE capabilities that almost every major carrier offers. If you already use an iPhone it's a breeze to adapt to and you can choose between the, , , and .
Amazon's name might not pop up while you're thinking about tablets, but it has a pretty decent selection, especially if you're on a budget. The most high-end model is the Fire HDX 8.9. It has a slim, lightweight design, sharp screen and speedy processor. It's the only Amazon tablet with LTE. (If you're in Australia, you'll have to get it from Amazon's US site.)
If a TV and a tablet had a baby, it would look like the Samsung View. This 18.4-inch tablet has a big, bright screen that's prime for binge-watching TV, and it has a built-in handle to carry it around -- in case you're taking it camping or something. In the US, Verizon and AT&T currently offer the awkwardly huge tablet, and it's also available as a Wi-Fi-only model.
You don't need to pay an arm and a leg to get a tablet with 4G LTE. This attractively affordable Android tablet is perfectly compact for taking to go, but it's only available through Verizon in the US (and it's not widely available in the UK or Australia). It's sharp, colorful screen is great for watching video, and with LTE in tow, you can stream your favorite Netflix series wherever you go.