Best Tablet for Watching Movies & Netflix

Last Updated on March 20, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks

Looking for the latest and greatest tablets for watching movies & Netflix? Well lucky for you, we have a fresh selection of the best tablets in 2023. 

We focused on a few key criteria: display size, resolution, audio capabilities, and battery life. These are the most important specs that make or break the viewing experience. 

Display size dictates how much room you have to watch content, while resolution influences how sharp & vibrant the picture is. A powerful speaker setup will enhance any movie with crystal clear sound, deep bass, and spatial audio. 

And you wouldn’t want your tablet dying in the middle of a binge session, so we’ve included tablets with long-lasting battery life. 

But we also know not everyone has a fortune to spend on a tablet. 

The featured options have multiple price ranges so you can find the right one for you. 

We’ve categorized our tablets across three OSes, Windows, Android, and iOS. The OS doesn’t affect watching movies, but it will dictate the apps and functionality you get.

Regardless, every option on the list is a great tablet for watching movies so let’s get straight into it. 

iPad Pro 12.9” M2
Best Premium iPad

iPad Pro 12.9” M2

  • OS: iPad OS 16
  • Processor: Apple M2 Chip
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 12MP Ultrawide & 12MP Wide + 10MP Ultrawide 
  • Display size: 12.9-inch 
  • Resolution: Liquid Retina XDR 2388 x 1668
  • Weight: 1.50lbs (680g)
  • Port: Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
  • Battery: Up to ~10 hours

We can’t make a list of tablets without the latest iPad Pro 12.9”. This is a beastly performer when it comes to productivity, but it also handles entertainment well. It has a gorgeous 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display. 

 The resolution measures 2388 x 1668 which is incredibly sharp for a tablet. It’s sharper than 2K so it’s great for watching movies thanks to the crisp and big display. But the color performance is just as impressive. 

 Everything you see on screen has excellent contrast, and you’ll even notice detailed shadows and shading.

 Picture quality is also vibrant since it has a wide color range to choose from. Plus the display supports TrueTone technology and ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate so it’s smooth and accurate. 

 Safe to say, it’s a stunning display that has vivid, true-to-life colors with a crystal-clear picture. 

 The iPad Pro also has a 4-stereo speaker setup that blasts audio from both the top and bottom and they sound great. The audio is loud, and clear and has a comfortable bass level. 

 The speakers work well for spatial audio and it supports Dolby Atmos so there’s surround sound too. And to top it off, it’ll last you a long time on a single charge, rated up to 10 hours. 

 The only real problem with the iPad Pro is the price. It’s got a hefty price tag for a tablet so that may drive users away. But if you’ve got the cash, then you can’t go wrong with the latest iPad Pro. 

  • Stunning Liquid XDR Display
  • Powerful & Clear Stereo Speakers
  • Speedy Performance w/ M2 Chip
  • Expensive 
  • Missing Audio Jack (Only USB-C)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Best Premium Android Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

  • OS: Android 12 
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB/16GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 12MP Ultrawide + 12MP Wide & 13MP Wide + 6MP Ultrawide 
  • Display size: 14.6-inch 
  • Resolution: 2960 x 1848
  • Weight: 1.60lbs (726g)
  • Port: USB-C 3.2
  • Battery: Up to ~14 hours

If you’re looking for a premium Android tablet to watch movies on, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is it. What makes the S8 Ultra stand out is the display, a large 14.6-inch sAMOLED display with a razor-sharp 2960 x 1848 resolution.

Since the display is an sAMOLED panel it’s much more impactful in dark and bright scenes. Pictures look more detailed and vibrant thanks to the OLED tech. OLEDs display true black that creates an immersive movie-watching experience.

 Most other tablets use traditional LCD panels which simply can’t mimic AMOLED’s depth, so it’s a big plus on the S8 series tablets. 

 You also get a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR support. HDR takes image quality and brightness further so it’s perfect for watching the latest blockbusters. Try watching a colorful animated movie and you’ll know what we’re talking about. 

 Simply put, color accuracy, depth, and sharpness make the Tab S8 Ultra display one of the best on the list. However, we think it’s just slightly lackluster in the audio department. 

 The S8 Ultra’s 4-speaker setup is loud and clear and sounds great even at higher volumes. But we noticed the bass isn’t as full as we’d like. 

 It’s still a great sound system with a lot to love. We just wished there was an extra kick to it. But the S8 Ultra supports Dolby Atmos surround sound and can last up to 14 hours on a single charge.

 Alternatively, if you want to save some cash you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+. This tablet has almost everything the Ultra has, but has a smaller battery and display. 

 The battery and display are still excellent on the S8+, just not generous as on the Ultra model. The Ultra’s display is also slightly sharper with a higher resolution and has a dual 12MP selfie camera. 

  • Large & Vibrant 14” sAMOLED Display
  • Long Lasting Battery Life
  • Crisp 2960 x 1848 Resolution
  • Slightly Lacking Bass
  • Pricey
  • Missing Headphone Jack
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
Best Premium Windows

Microsoft Surface Pro 9

  • OS: Windows 11
  • Processor: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1225U
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 1080p webcam + 10MP rear cam
  • Display size: 13-inch PixelSense Flow 
  • Resolution: 2880 x 1920 
  • Weight: 1.94lbs (879g) 
  • Port: 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C 
  • Battery: Up to ~15.5 hours 

For Windows users looking to unwind with a movie, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is the best way to do it. The Surface Pro 9 has an excellent display; a 13-inch panel with a 2880 x 1920 resolution. 

 Picture quality is sharp, and there’s a lot of room for watching content. Plus, the Surface Pro 9 supports Dolby Vision, HDR, and Dolby Atmos so you’re getting the best visuals and audio too.

 The colors look accurate and pop out of the screen. All in all, a fantastic display perfect for binge-watching the latest series. 

 There are also the 2W stereo speakers that have surprisingly punchy bass and get sufficiently loud. The audio is clean, so it’s great for listening to music or watching content. But there’s no headphone jack which is a bummer.

 The best part is the Surface Pro 9 can last up to 15.5 hours on a single charge. 

 The Surface Pro 9 is a great entertainment console, even if it was built for productivity. But if you want a tablet that you can work and play with, this tablet is a great choice. Though you will need to purchase the keyboard/pen separately. 

  • Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos Support
  • High-Resolution Display
  • Can Work as a Laptop-Tablet Hybrid
  • Keyboard/Pen Sold Separately
  • Expensive 
  • No Headphone Jack
iPad Air 5th Gen
Best Value-for-Money iPad

iPad Air 5th Gen

  • OS: iPad OS 16
  • Processor: Apple M1 Chip
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 12MP Ultrawide & 12MP Wide
  • Display size: 10.9-inch Liquid Retina 
  • Resolution: 2360×1640
  • Weight: 1.02lbs (462g)
  • Port: USB-C
  • Battery: Up to ~10 hours

If you want a more affordable iPad, the iPad Air 5th Gen is next in line to the iPad Pro. While it misses out on some of the flagship features of the Pro, it has most of its core functionality. 

 The display is slightly watered down with a smaller 10.9-inch Liquid Retina at a lower resolution. But that’s still plenty of brightness and sharpness for watching the latest films and videos.

 It has the same P3 wide color gamut and TrueTone technology, so colors still look vibrant and vivid, it’s just not as bright as the iPad Pro. 

 The iPad Air has two top and bottom firing stereo speakers. They’re loud, clear, and a little punchy, but definitely not as powerful as the iPad Pros. At least it’ll last you the whole day with the 10-hour battery life. 

 You do miss out on performance with the older M1 chip and it doesn’t have the ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate. It’s still powerful enough to handle everything you’d need it to, but it’s not as smooth and it might take a little longer to load apps.

 While these are some big misses to functionality, you have to consider that it’s half the price of the iPad Pro. 

 It still has many of the features that make iPads so great. It’s a formidable tablet for all your entertainment needs, you just need to know what you’re missing and if you can live without it. 

  • Affordable Price 
  • Stunning Liquid Retina Display
  • Powerful Performance 
  • No Fast Refresh Rate
  • Audio isn’t as Impactful as iPad Pro
  • Thick Display Bezels
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Best Mid-Range Android Tablet

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

  • OS: Android 11
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 8MP wide & 13MP wide + 5MP ultrawide 
  • Display size: 12.6-inch AMOLED 
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600 
  • Weight: 1.25lbs (565g)
  • Port: USB-C 
  • Battery: Up to ~14 hours

The Lenovo P12 Pro is a great option if you’re on the hunt for a mid-range Android tablet. What makes this model stand out is the display; a 12.6-inch AMOLED with a 2K 2560 x 1600 resolution. 

 You get a crisp AMOLED display at almost half the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Colors are just as vibrant and you can tell there’s a depth to anything you see on screen. The 2K resolution ensures everything looks crystal clear. 

 But a big reason we chose this tablet is the audio. The tablet comes with a JBL quad-speaker setup that supports surround sound. It also has Dolby Atmos and is tuned with Lenovo Premium Audio.

 That’s about as much as you could ask for out of a tablet’s sound system. Content from the tablet sounds immersive and clear-cut. It has a great volume range too, so it’s loud enough for most content. 

 Where the P12 Pro compromises is its performance. It’s rocking a slightly dated Snapdragon 870 chip which is still powerful enough, just not as capable as newer chipsets. It also lacks software support so you’re stuck with the same Android version.

 Lenovo mentions they usually only receive one major Android update. It comes preinstalled with Android 11 so you’re already using older software. 

 But if you can look past these problems, the P12 Pro fantastic tablet at an even better price. 

  • 2K AMOLED Display 
  • Immersive JBL Quad-Speakers
  • Mid-Range Price Tag
  • Limited Android Updates
  • Dated Processor
iPad 10th Gen
Best Budget iPad 

iPad 10th Gen

  • OS: iPad OS 16
  • Processor: A14 Bionic chip
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 12MP ultrawide & 12MP wide
  • Display size: 10.9-inch 
  • Resolution: Liquid Retina 2360 x 1640
  • Weight: 1.05lbs (476g)
  • Port: USB-C
  • Battery: Up to ~10 hours

Next up, we’ve got the latest 10th Gen iPad ranking as the best budget iPad on the list. This is a perfect option if you were looking for an iPad for your kids or if you need a budget-friendly iPad and don’t mind the watered-down features. 

 The iPad 10th Gen is way cheaper than the iPad Pro and slightly cheaper than the iPad Air. But it doesn’t take away too many features. It still has a gorgeous 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with a sharp 2360 x 1640 resolution. 

 This is the same resolution as the iPad Air so it’s equally clear. However, the iPad 10th Gen only supports an sRGB color gamut. This means content won’t look as colorful as the iPad Air. 

 Colors still pop, but you can tell there’s a difference in shading and how vibrant it is. It doesn’t get as colorful or immersive, but you can still enjoy watching a movie on it.

 At least the iPad features stereo speakers on the top and bottom of the display. It’s not as impactful as pricier iPads, but it gets the job done. The iPad will last up to 9-10 hours on a single charge so it can last you all day. 

 In terms of battery life, the iPad is still a top contender in the budget segment. 

 A big reason for getting an iPad is the Apple ecosystem. 

 Apple’s App Store has many exclusive apps, games, and content you won’t find on Android. If that’s your biggest concern (+Facetime and iMessage), then the 10th Gen iPad is the cheapest way to do it.

 Sure, you miss out on some flagship features, but it’s still an iPad and has Apple’s fantastic ecosystem, apps, and polish. 

  • Apple’s Ecosystem & App Selection
  • Premium Design & Many Colors to Choose From
  • Sharp Display 
  • Slightly Muted Colors
  • Expensive’ for a Budget Tablet
  • Non-laminated display
Microsoft Surface Go 3
Best Budget Windows Tablet

Microsoft Surface Go 3

  • OS: Windows 11 Home in S mode
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y 
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC/128GB SSD
  • RAM: 4GB/8GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 5MP 1080p & 8MP 1080p 
  • Display size: 10.5-inch PixelSense 
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1280
  • Weight: 1.2lbs (544g)
  • Port: USB-C
  • Battery: Up to ~11 hours

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is a great solution for students and adults who want an affordable, powerful enough Windows hybrid. It doesn’t do anything too impressive performance-wise, but it can handle general browsing and light multitasking. 

 But the Surface Go 3 still has a 10.5-inch display with a 1920 x 1280 resolution. Picture quality is clear and detailed so it’s a great companion for movie nights. And even though it’s a ‘budget’ tablet, color accuracy is superb. 

 This tablet covers the entire sRGB color gamut so videos and pictures look vibrant on-screen. Colors appear well-saturated and accurate which is very impressive considering the price tag. 

 Plus, the Surface Go 3 has the same speaker setup as the Surface Pro 9; 2W stereo speakers. The audio sounds crisp and loud, and you can tell there’s a solid kick in the bass. 

 It’s a great battery performer too, lasting up to 11 hours on a single charge. All in all, the Surface Go 3 is well-optimized as an entertainment console. It can’t keep up with heavy multi-tasking or graphic-intensive programs, but it’s perfect for Netflix. 

 It’s got a great price too, but you’ll have to purchase the keyboard/stylus separately. 

  • Impressive 2W Stereo Speakers
  • Sharp & Vivid Picture Quality
  • Budget Price Tag
  • Keyboard/Stylus Sold separately 
  • Lacking Performance as a Laptop
  • Limited RAM/Storage Options
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition)
Best Budget Android Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition)

  • OS: Android 12 
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 5MP Wide & 8MP Wide
  • Display size: 10.4-inch TFT LCD 
  • Resolution: 2000 x 1200 
  • Weight: 1.03lbs (467g)
  • Port: USB-C
  • Battery: Up to ~12 hours

Ranking in as the Best Budget Android Tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition). The tablet got a refresh last year, and it’s better than ever for streaming content. On the display, it has a 10.4-inch LCD panel with a 2000 x 1200 resolution.

 The display is sharp and shows detailed picture quality. It does lack slightly in terms of color vibrancy but it’s still good enough for everyday streaming. 

 But where the S6 Lite makes up for it is in the audio department. It has dual AKG stereo speakers that sound full, clear, and loud. It isn’t as immersive or punchy as the S8 series tablets, but it’s a solid sound system for the price. 

 The S6 Lite also has a long-lasting battery, up to 12 hours on a single charge.

 The S6 Lite is a great tablet that doesn’t compromise on the essentials. Movies look great thanks to the high resolution & wide color palette and the sound system is solid considering the price.

 However, it does lack in terms of raw performance with the entry-level chipset. 

 But if you’re in the market for a simple budget tablet that’s powerful enough to browse social media and watch videos, then this is a great option. 

  • Dual AKG Stereo Speakers
  • 2000 x 1200 Resolution Display
  • Long Lasting Battery Life
  • Entry Level Processor
  • Only Up to 128GB Built-in Storage
Fire HD 10 Tablet
Best Entry-Level Tablet

Fire HD 10 Tablet

  • OS: Fire OS 7 
  • Processor: Mediatek MT8183 Helio P60T
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Camera: (front & rear) 2MP & 5MP 
  • Display size: 10.1-inch 
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Weight: 1.03lbs (465g)
  • Port: USB-C 2.0
  • Battery: Up to ~12 hours

Last up on the list, we’ve got the Amazon Fire HD 10 as the Best Entry-Level tablet. It’s the cheapest tablet on the list by far and has some surprising features. Like the 10.1- inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. 

 The display is passably sharp and is clearer than we expected. But it isn’t very colorful, bright, or immersive which is a little disappointing. It’ll get the job done for most, but it can be lacking for some. 

 It does support Dolby Atmos which is a big plus for surround sound.

 The audio is otherwise decent, clear, and loud. The volume range isn’t great as higher volumes can sound shrill, but it’s still good enough for watching videos and movies. At least it can last you all day with a 12-hour battery life. 

 The problem with the Fire HD 10 is the limited Fire OS. You’re stuck with Amazon’s paltry selection of apps and it isn’t as smooth as usual Android tablets. The streaming app you use might not even be available on the Amazon app store. 

 You’ll have to sideload any apps/games missing from the app store which is a hassle to do. 

 But even with the flaws, the Fire HD 10 is a surprisingly good tablet. You can purchase it for under $150 and honestly, at that price this is one of the best contenders. It doesn’t do anything groundbreaking for performance or speed, but it’s functional. 

  • 1920 x 1200 Full HD Resolution
  • Dolby Atmos Support
  • Very Budget Friendly
  • Fire OS App Selection is Limited
  • Lacking Performance
  • Cheaper Option has Ads on Lockscreen 

Why We Ranked the iPad Pro Above Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

The latest iPad Pro is an impressive piece of hardware. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra also doesn’t lag behind the iPad. However, as an entertainment console for watching movies and Netflix, we think the iPad Pro is a more complete package. 

The Tab S8 Ultra has a fantastic AMOLED display at a crisp resolution. It does beat out the iPad in terms of display tech and sharpness. But the iPad Pro is almost at the same level in terms of display even without an OLED panel. 

It’s as sharp, as vibrant, and the picture quality still looks stunning. 

Where the iPad Pro gets ahead is with the audio. The speakers on the iPad Pro are a few steps ahead of the Tab S8 Ultra. They’re crystal clear, have a noticeable bass, and have loud, but pleasant highs. 

The S8 Ultra’s speakers are great, but they lack slightly in terms of bass.

Plus in terms of raw performance, the iPad Pro is just a better tablet. 

Another big reason we ranked the iPad Pro higher is the Apple ecosystem and app selection. There are so many useful integrations with iPhones, Macbooks, Apple Watches, and the rest of Apple’s products you can’t replicate on Android right now.

With these reasons combined, we think the iPad Pro is simply the top-of-the-line in the tablet market currently. But that title is still uncertain for this year’s upcoming tablets. 

What is the Best Tablet for Watching Netflix? 

If you’ve got the cash, then we’d recommend getting the iPad Pro. It’s simply the best performer in almost every category. But if you’d like an Android alternative, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra / S8+ is a great option. 

You can also check out the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition) for budget-friendly Android options. 

If you need a tablet you can work with, but still watch movies when you unwind, Microsoft is the way to go. The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is a formidable premium tablet/laptop hybrid. It’s got a fantastic screen and bumping sound system.

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative with Windows, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 is your best option right now. 

Regardless, all tablets we’ve featured on the list are capable enough to have an enjoyable and immersive Netflix experience. It’s a matter of deciding what features you want and what you can live without.

Can You Watch Movies Offline on Tablet? 

Yes, it is possible to watch movies and shows offline with a tablet. Streaming apps like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, Hulu, etc. allows users to download movies and shows on mobile devices. 

For example, on Netflix, you simply have to log in and select a show/movie. Then press the Download button located under the Play button. The movie/show will now start downloading so you can watch it offline. 

We can’t guarantee that every streaming service allows this, but the most popular ones do. You’ll need to check with the official channels or browse the app to see if there are any options for downloads on mobile devices

You’ll need an active subscription to the streaming platform to access the offline content. You can’t download a movie and hope it’ll still be available without a subscription. It’s only available in the app, and not saved locally on your tablet.

But, it’s still a great solution to bring streaming on the go. 


We’ve gone over a comprehensive list of tablets to check out and we’re hoping at least one’s caught your eye. If you’re still having a tough time deciding, we’d advise you to figure out your budget first

This way you can eliminate the priciest options and focus on the rest. Then figure out what OS you prefer – Windows, Android, or iOS. There are multiple price points for each of these OSes.

Then it’s just a matter of picking which features you absolutely need and those you can live without

But in all honesty, you won’t regret any of the tablets we’ve highlighted today. They’re all capable of watching Netflix and movies and have a great time doing it. 

TabletTitleDisplay SizeResolutionSpeakersBattery Life
1. iPad Pro 12.9” M2 Best Premium iPad12.9”2388 x 16684-Stereo Speakers~10 hours
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 UltraBest Premium Android Tablet14.6”2960 x 1848 4-Stereo Speakers~14 hours
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 9Best Premium Windows Tablet13”2880 x 19202W Stereo Speakers~15.5 hours
4. iPad Air 5th GenBest Value-for-Money iPad10.9”2360 x 1640Dual Stereo Speakers~10 hours
5. Lenovo Tab P12 ProBest Mid-Range Android Tablet12.6”2560 x 16004-Stereo JBL Speakers~14 hours
6. iPad 10th Gen Best Budget iPad10.9”2360 x 1640
Dual Stereo Speakers~10 hours
7. Microsoft Surface Go 3Best Budget Windows Tablet10.5”1920 x 1280
2W Stereo Speakers~11 hours
8. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022 Edition)Best Budget Android Tablet10.4”2000 x 1200Dual AKG Stereo Speakers~12 hours
9. Fire HD 10 Best Entry-Level Tablet10.1”1920 x 1200Dual Speakers~12 hours

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