Tablet computers have become hugely popular in recent years and the industry is currently growing at an annual rate of over 22%. While they can be used for a wide range of functions, a large percentage of consumers buy them with video calls in mind.
After all, top tablets find the perfect balance between the convenience of using a smartphone and the quality of a laptop. Nobody wants to waste time firing up their laptop before calling a friend on Facetime yet it’s hard to hold a quality conversation over a smartphone, especially if the connection isn’t great or you want to connect with multiple people at once.
Tablet computers are the perfect solution, but only if you find the right one for your needs. With literally hundreds of devices on the marketplace, finding a suitable solution may feel like a daunting task. However, we’ve put together this simple guide to devices that will support your video calls across Zoom, Whatsapp, et al.
A top-performing tablet for video chat tools will focus on screen size, color display, camera quality, and the processor’s ability to manage the live video without losing the signal. Here are 10 of the best options currently available.
1. Apple iPad Pro 2021
Apple has enjoyed a seat at the top table of the tablet computers market ever since it launched its first generation model back in 2010. The Apple iPad 2022 model is undoubtedly the very best incarnation to date, delivering an exceptional performance that can handle multi-person Zoom chats for several hours.
The standard 2022 iPad model is available in 64GB and 256GB configurations and is powered by the immensely powerful A13 Bionic chip that can simultaneously run several apps without losing reliability. The 10.2” retina display features true tone display while the device can also be used with the Apple Pencil.
As for video calls, the iPadOS supports virtually every video call app you could need. Whether it’s Apple’s own video call app, Facebook’s iMessage video app, WhatsApp video calls, or Zoom doesn’t matter. As long as your internet connection is strong, you will experience an uninterrupted video call in relation to video and audio alike.
Why we love it
- The option of WiFi or WiFi + Cellular
- Apple’s iconic design
- Integration with other Apple devices
2. Apple iPad Air 2022
The Air models have been a huge hit with both Macbook and iPad fans. As far as the latest Apple iPad Air is concerned, it’s more than just an ultra-stylish product that provides an esthetic upgrade on the standard model. It features a 12MP ultra-wide front camera that is perfect for ensuring that you can be seen by the other person at the end of your video call.
When choosing the WiFi + Cellular model, you’ll also gain ultra fast 5G, resulting in uninterrupted Zoom meetings and video calls even when you’re on the move. A 10.9” liquid retina display also enables you to see all other parties with crystal clear clarity while there is more than enough room to support split screen.
The Apple iPad Air 2022’s anti-reflective coating is another great feature for anyone hoping to frequently use the video chat features. It’s kind on the eyes and also saves you from looking a little odd from squinting at your camera. As with the other Apple devices, apps can be downloaded at the click of a button from the App Store.
Why we love it
- Super thin yet robust design
- WiFi or WiFi + Cellular options
- Support Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard
3. Apple iPad Mini 2021
The Apple iPad Mini turns 10 later this year and the smallest member of the iPad family has been a welcomed addition. While it didn’t make our list of top tablets for elementary school children, it is one that many parents will feel is deemed suitable. Not least because it could follow them into their teen years.
Apple promotes it as being small in size but big on power, and it certainly shows. The 2022 iPad Mini’s 8.3” edge-to-edge screen is more than suitable for family video calls or Zoom school lessons. Its vibrant colors bring video calls to life while the A15 bionic chip and 5G technology ensure that connections won’t need to buffer.
The Apple iPad Mini offers great accessibility thanks to the responsive touch screen as seen in all iPad models, as well as the compact design that is ideal for small hands. You can also take it out with you on the go to enjoy reliable video call services, as well as the other productive features that you’d want from a tablet.
Why we love it
- Compact design is great on the go
- Simple UX
- A choice of WiFi or WiFi + Cellular
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
The 8” Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 model may only offer 32GB of internal but it is a great option for video calls as well as watching videos and playing games. The sharp 1280 x800 resolution delivers crisp visuals while the Snapdragon 429 Quad-Core processor is more than capable of keeping up with your Zoom chats with multiple parties.
Its 16:10 screen ratio provides a top viewing experience in either portrait or landscape mode. A compact handheld design and dual speakers ensure crisp audio to support the visual aspects. Crucially, the Samsung Galaxy tablet is ideal for running all popular video call software without the threat of overheating.
Thanks to the Samsung Kids Home and Parental Controls, along with exceptional video recording quality at a rate of 30 fps. While the 2MP front camera might not match some more expensive models, it is more than suitable for recreational video chats and Zoom sessions. And the price is sure to keep you smiling too.
Why we love it
- A very affordable tablet device
- Includes a MicroSD reader
- Dual-band connective prevents video buffering
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Android Tablet
While the A8 is a great budget-friendly, Samsung also offers something of a tablet computer powerhouse in the form of its 12.4” Galaxy Tab S8+. Whether choosing the 128GBor 256GB model, it is one of the best Android-powered tablets on the market. It is capable of doing virtually everything you could ever want, including Zoom video calls and more.
Several key features are perfectly aligned with the neds of regular video callers. The S8+ features multi-window capabilities, A 1752 x 2800 pixels resolution and 266 ppi density provide crisp visuals with bold colors. Meanwhile, the 12MP front-facing camera also delivers auto spotlight which is great for when you are delivering a presentation over Zoom.
The Samsung model is supported by WiFi and 5G connectivity, ensuring that the video feed to other devices remains smooth and free from interruption. With four speakers included, the sound levels are equally reliable for a fanatic overall experience. The device looks fantastic in all three colors, but we particularly love the Rose Gold.
Why we love it
- Auto spotlight keeps you in shot
- Also available in standard or Ultra models
- Connects to other Samsung devices with ease
6. Meberry 10.1 inch Tablets with 4GB RAM+64GB ROM
The second generation Meberry 4GB RAM tablet features a 10.1” screen that boasts a 1200 x 800 pixels resolution for crisp videos when watching videos, playing games, or conducting video calls. Despite being firmly in the budget-friendly tablet market, it also has a decent battery that can run for up to 6 hours even when you’re running video calls.
As a member of the M7 series, it has a good reputation for providing a user-friendly solution for families who just want a tablet capable of catching up with friends on Zoom or Whatsapp video calls. You can flick between user profiles while the lightweight design makes it a great device to have around, even when you choose the WiFi-only solution.
A 1.6GHz processor and octa-core technology aid the smooth performance while a 5MP front camera is more than capable of capturing your face in good detail as you video chat with friends and family. The protective screen film also helps reduce glare, which is good when making a call that lasts several hours.
Why we love it
- Easy to switch between users
- Connects to a keyboard and mouse
- Fantastic price
7. Vastking KingPad K10 Pro 10.1″ Octa-Core Tablet
The Kingpad K10 Pro by Vastking is another popular Android device, not least because it combines the portability of a tablet computer with the achievement of a laptop PC. While the 10.1” device is commended for a range of functions, its key features are particularly suited to video calls. Not least because apps can be downloaded with a click.
Its 8MP front-facing camera is one of the best available for tablet computers at this price point and is perfectly suited to Zoom lessons, presentations, and family calls alike. The combination of an upgraded 12 nm chipset and 2-Core GPU help prevent delays and lagging for both one-to-one and group video calls.
A 1080p full HD screen ensures that you will see friends, teachers, or colleagues with clarity from the moment you start the call. It also offers up to 12 hours of battery life and can run for over half of that as a constant video chat. The video playback, gaming, and productivity capabilities exceed expectations for this price point too.
Why we love it
- Can connect to TVs and projectors
- Impressive displays in laptop, tablet, and studio modes
- Also features a great 13MP rear camera
8. Microsoft Surface Go 3 – 10.5″ Intel® Pentium® Gold
Microsoft has unsurprisingly been one of the top brands to dominate the tablet computers industry over the past 10-15 years. The 10.5” Intel® Pentium® Surface G 3 is arguably the best model it has ever produced and is perfect for long Zoom calls not least because its PixelSense touchscreen delivers crystal clear images free from lag.
The 1920 x 1200 pixels screen resolution is supported by full 1080p HD cameras to the front and rear while the Dolby sound provides an audio experience to match the visual capabilities. When combined with the WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, your video meetings will run smoothly on all video-enabled apps, including Microsoft products and third-party items.
Intel UHD Graphics 615 attributes will keep up with the demands of all video chats, even when multiple people are connected. Thanks to the versatility of the layout, you can also use the Surface Go for live video chat presentations, making it a particularly good choice for teachers and educators who want to utilize the Windows 11 operating system.
Why we love it
- Microsoft is a heavyweight in the industry
- Both the audio and video capabilities are great
- Both the front and rear cameras are full HD
9. Lenovo – Tab P11 Plus – Tablet – 11″
With its 2K TDDI IPS display and quad speakers, the Lenovo Tab P11 Plus instantly stands out as a great choice for anyone who plans to regularly use video call features. The LCD screen’s 400 nits of brightness is ideal for streaming and equally suited to delivering an incredible user experience when using Zoom, Whatsapp, and other video chat tools.
Video calls will run seamlessly thanks to its MediaTek® Helio G90T Tab Octa-Core processor, which delivers frequencies of up to 2.05GHz. Meanwhile, its tilt recognition technology can help maintain a comfortable experience for your eyes, especially when you’re on the go.
The 11” screen is also an excellent size for when using split screen to communicate with multiple users. It’s so much more than just a video call tablet and has a phenomenal separate kid-friendly zone. Still, if professional or recreational video calls are your priority, the Lenovo P11 Plus is an excellent option.
Why we love it
- Great screen with tilt recognition
- Incredible battery life
- Excellent for gaming and productivity too
10. Compaq 10″ 2 in 1 Android 11 Tablet 64GB Storage, 4GB
Like many of the top tablets on the market, the Compaq 10” model offers a 2-in-1 function that essentially means you can run it in laptop mode. However, unlike many, it is a budget-friendly tablet rather than a mid-range or upper-end model. That’s despite a full HD 1920 x 1200 display and IPS technology attributes that rival several more expensive units.
The 5MP cameras allow you to capture yourself in good detail while a 2 GHz and 4GB RAM encourage lag-free video calls. The 64GB hard drive memory could be a little better, it’s not an issue for anyone who primarily plans to use their tablet for video chats, streaming or social media activities.
Attachable accessories including a keyboard and kickstand provide great versatility regarding the setup while the connectivity remains stable throughout long-term use. When combined with a battery life that lasts several hours, it’s no wonder it has quietly become one of the most-loved models on the market.
Why we love it
- Brilliant screen and camera for the price
- Durable casing and long battery life
- Includes free subscriptions to various apps
The Final Word on Video Call Tablets
When buying a tablet primarily for video calls, the great news is that there are a lot of fantastic models on the market across a range of operating systems and price ranges. Select any of the models covered above, and you will be all set to go for several years to come.