10 Tablets with the Longest Battery Life

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Tablets make the ultimate couch companion, but even the sharpest and most powerful slates are useless if they can’t handle hours of Web surfing, gaming and video streaming. That’s why we’ve compiled the longest-lasting tablets we’ve ever tested. Every slate on this list lasted at least 8 hours on our battery test, which consists of continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi with the brightness set to 150 nits. If you need a tablet that can handle your Netflix addiction with ease, look no further. 

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. GhettoSquid Says:

    The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a glaring omission…I believe either the international or Verizon version was averaging 10-11 hours of battery life.

  2. Dr. Electronics Says:

    That any of these do not have 20 hour battery life for 5 dollars extra extra built in is ridiculous you can put in 3 batteries like high capacity camera batteries each lasting 8 hours cost was 2.00 a battery triple or quade system should be standard 14 to 20 hour system I worked in electronics over 20 years

  3. David Says:

    Notice how ASUS was completely left out of this. Some of their tablets go for even longer than the iPad.

  4. Todd Says:

    Why didn’t they include the Asus Padfone?
    Afterall, it CAN be a tablet and has up to 63 hours of battery life.

  5. Jess Says:

    I agree with David and Todd, Asus infinity over the past year edged out iPad and pretty much everyone else but is not even mentioned. Just on that simple fact of selective product endorsement by these people put any thing they say into question. I went thru some of their other top picks and found once again selective product bias, excluding other better products. Can anyone say, kick back!

  6. CaptainSiscold Says:

    I just wanted to point out that the Nook HD/HD+ now have full Google Play access, so that particular objection that some people have against them are now gone. Of course, if you want a Nook, you might be better off waiting until B&N announces their new partner for manufacturing them. (I’m hoping for Asus :)

  7. J.T. Says:

    You know, despite the damn thing being a flop, the HP TouchPad deserves a nod here.

    I have an HP TouchPad and I once left it in my work bag for like two weeks without touching it. I pulled it out and it still had 25% battery remaining. I had to look at it again to make sure it was right.

    It’s not just mine either, both mine and my wife’s HP TouchPads go somewhere between 10-14 days between being charged. Hers gets much heavier use!

    Jus’ sayin’, for all the beating up every does on the thing, can we at least give it some credit in that department?

  8. BusinessWoman Says:

    Be aware that the author of this article it is likely an iPad owner (therefore an Apple lover with a heavy bias against anything not made by Apple). Therefore it will be extremely bias towards everything that the iPad can do (and likely exaggerate) and like many internet authors, the author did little to no research on anything not made by Apple relying on complains of new users to tear apart non-Apple products.

    Case an point:
    Unlike the brief BIASED copy on the Lenovo. The Lenovo CAN and WILL connect to outside storage but does not provide enough power for many devices which makes it inconvenient as you will need to either provide alternative power, use the optional Lenovo docking station (which by the way is nice as it adds Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI while it charges the tablet) or use a power USB hub. In addition, it has a MicroSD card slot in the side making it possible to have infinite storage on the go (but up to 64MB at a time) NO CLOUD. All you get with the iPad is a maximum of 64GB (and now 128MB) which is FIXED (you can add anything later).

    In addition, according to Laptop (oh wait the same website) the longest lasting would be:
    Dell Lattitude 10 (17:40 with 4 cell battery installed)
    Acer Iconia W510 (15:09 with keyboard dock)
    HP Envy X2 (11:57 with dock)

    Then there are others like the Padfone but how could the author know about it it is not like he knows people like Daniel Burg to ask.

    Finally I noticed they use the constant Web Surfing battery life as a benchmark not the constant video watching battery life since that would eliminate the ipad from the top 10 (and possibly the top 20).

    But is the BIASED author going to say it (oh heck no!) he maybe expelled from the biased authored guild (or Laptop’s Magazine staff which ever catches them first). Because not praising Apple is against Hollywood, the press, and the TV’s rules. I think they kill you or something like that when that happens. Just noticed no one on big networks, magazines and movies EVER breaks that rule.

  9. fedes Says:

    hahah weird list, my asus longs most that all the other tablets listed here.

  10. wm Says:

    Lenovo yoga 8 has 18hrs battery life and a built in kickstand a great camera, metal body and front Dolby speakers. I love it and can easily watch movies,YouTube and read while laying in bed or on the couch!

  11. Nerd's Best Advice Says:

    I appreciate your list and the work you put into it. However, it might do you good to include another tablet. It’s the Toshiba Thrive. Although this tablet has technically been discontinued, it is still available to get. I get upwards of 16 hours out of my 1yr. old Thrive!

    Just thought worth mentioning! Have a great day!

  12. stephanie Says:

    I have the Asus Infinity with 16 hours of battery life. Why wasnt it mentioned? Best tablet I ahve owned. I have owned samesung galaxy 2 both 7 and 10 inch and toshiba excite. asus beats All.

  13. Jake Long Says:

    Is anyone forgetting some tablets from Panasonic?

  14. vamp Says:

    i have ipad 4 retina display.
    from 100% till 50% using surfing n games, i have notice that i can get around 3 -4 hours tops only. if i play nonstop. sometimes i even watched battery dips 1-5% within 5-10 min of surfing only or facebook few msgs only (no game at that time)
    I keep my brightness less than 50% at all time and volume nil except sometimes.
    i dont play music or video on it.
    just surfing the net using safari n crome, check email once a day only. play games mainly on it.
    i have also turn lot of things off to give me better battery life. but i do still have few push mail of games on.

    i have checked when i keep my ipad closed it will last longer and working fine according to a site. and my ipad get hot alot.

    so ur time written for ipad dont seem to add to my time at all

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  16. poty Says:

    its all rubish……fuck………..everybody is a fool asses fnnhvgrhehei

  17. poty Says:

    rubish rubish rubish…….u all are fools and asses all around foolish motherfuckers……….u all urself look like cows hahahaha

  18. ruby Says:

    question: Do tablets’ battery need to be fully used first before recharging? Or, how much should be used before recharging?
    Thank you

  19. bias Says:

    Where is the asus range? where is sony z3 tablet compact?
    What about acer 840 tab
    or the galaxy 8.4 tab s?
    and xiaomi!
    The hell you review about 1/10th the tablets which really does not help anyone in making a true decision based on battery length

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