Gaming Tablets

Tablet computers are huge right now! Due to their light weight and easy portability, many folks use their tablets for multiple computer chores... including playing games.

Despite their small size, tablets can actually be a smart, economical option for mobile game players. More and more popular games have been adapted and optimized for tablets (and phones) so you can always be sure of fun on the road! 

Find out if a gaming tablet is the best choice for you by reading our information and recommendations below.

Gaming Tablets
What is a Tablet?

Tablets were originally designed as "media consumers"; small, lightweight portable "slates" on which to download and view movies and ebooks and listen to music.

Now they have evolved into an all-purpose portable mini-computer on which you can also cruise the internet, check emails and social media and, yep... play games.

Most tablets share the following characteristics:

  • Touchscreen: Input is via touch (no physical keyboard, mouse or DVD drive); You tap the screen to make choices or type words on a "virtual keypad".

  • Connection: Tablets connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi and/or 3G/4G (cell phone carrier). Some tablets, like the Amazon Fire or Nook Color, offer Wi-Fi-only tablets. It is possible to pay more for other Amazon tablets with 3G capability. Read the fine print. Wi-Fi vs. 3G/4G explained here

  • Operating System: Tablets use smartphone operating systems (like iOS or Android). Desktops and laptops use computer operating systems like Windows 10.
  • Size: Tablets usually have viewing screens between 7"-10" and weigh less than 1.5 lbs.

  • Gyroscope: Tablets (and most smartphones) contain a tiny (microscopic) gyroscope and an accelerometer, which senses the orientation of visuals on the screen. This helps assure that images are displayed upright, no matter which way the tablet is held. These tiny devices also sense speed and velocity; which is crucial for processing of video game action and responses.

Gaming Tablets
Tablet vs. Laptop for Gaming

*Gaming-capable tablets are much cheaper than gaming-capable laptops. 

Another advantage is the tablet's much more compact size. While you may need to close up your laptop and place it in a carrying case before leaving; with your tablet, all you have to do is "grab and go". Your car keys probably weigh more!

Tablet screens run 7-10 inches; whereas laptops are usually twice as big! Will you be happy playing your video games on that smaller screen?

Due to size and space limitations, it is inevitable that laptops will always be capable of playing many more and more complex video games than tablets. How serious a gamer are you?

Tablet batteries last much longer than laptop. Whereas a laptop might make it past lunch on a charge; a tablet just keeps going and going...

Laptops work by accessing an internet provider via cable or wi-fi; tablets work via wi-fi or 3g/4G (cellphone connection). Some tablets are Wi-Fi only. We explain the difference between Wi-Fi and 3G/4G here

Although keyboarding might not be necessary for the video games you prefer, the lack of a physical keyboard might still be a dealbreaker for you. If you need to do moderate word processing while on the road, you might prefer a laptop for your mobile gaming needs, simply for the keyboard.

Read all about Gaming Laptops here. 

Gaming Tablets
Tablet vs. Smartphone for Gaming

Tablet vs. Smartphone for gaming. Which is best for you?

Although the sheer number of people using smartphones today means more phone-gamers than tablet-gamers, that doesn't mean that smartphones are better for gaming. The larger size of tablets permit beefier gaming hardware and a much larger display. 

As the technology continues to progress, tablets will always hold the edge over the smartphone when it comes to gaming quality.

Gaming Tablets
Minimum Hardware Requirements 

8-11" range is an ideal balance between portability and viewing experience 

Resolution: Minimum 1920 x 1080-pixel display

Apple iPad: A-series chips; A7, A8, A8X or A9X processors; A12X Bionic is the latest and greatest.
Android tablets: Samsung's Exynos 8 chips, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series or Nvidia's Tegra 

Storage: 8GB or 16GB of storage on the low end; and 64GB up to 128GB on the high end. 

Battery Life: No less than 7 hours on a single charge; 10 hours is great.

Price: Expect to spend $200- $500+

All Purpose Tablets
Best for Gaming

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We are including the Fire in our list of best gaming tablets, not because of superior graphics and gaming action, but due to it's overall popularity as a general tablet, as well as the fantastically low price tag.

One downside is that you're locked into Amazon's Fire operating system and limited app store. But if you can live with Amazon's stable of free and best-selling games, social media, TV and movie provider apps, this is a low-cost way to enjoy "lightweight" tablet gaming.

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Dedicated Gaming Tablets

Remember Gameboy?

The original dedicated gaming tablet!

We've come a long way...

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We relied on published information and reviews to recommend this item.

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 Serious gamer? Order a custom built gaming PC here.

Would a gaming laptop work for you?

 Love gaming? Take it with you on your smartphone. 

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