Tablets are an attractive prospect for older users, and it’s easy to see why. Displays are bigger than phones, they are great for travelling and easily pack enough power for tasks without needing to rely on a cumbersome laptop or desktop.


In 2024, there are plenty of tablets on the market in a wide variety of screen sizes and price points. So whether you’re looking for something for reading, gaming, or perhaps talking to your family on, we have a model to suit you.

The big temptation is to go with Apple – thanks to the relative safety of the iOS App Store and general ease-of-use of its software – and we broadly agree this is a great choice for most (or all) older users, although it is not the only option.

There are some models from Amazon and Lenovo that are also worthy of your consideration. While they may lack the sheen and premium feel of Apple’s line-up, they are typically more affordable and provide more customisation.

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Best tablets for older people at a glance

There's a wide selection of tablets for older people
There's a wide selection of tablets for older people Getty/iStock

How to choose the best tablet for older people

A user may be older, but that doesn’t mean for a second that they don’t know their way around a tablet – or are somehow less able to use one as a result of age. There are, however, a few considerations that may be helpful to know before buying a device: display size and quality, accessibility features, battery life and how intuitive it is to navigate.

Before hitting purchase, you want to consider why the tablet is needed. Is it for checking the news with a morning coffee? Catching up with some reading during a well-earned holiday? Or perhaps bingeing a new series or documentary on Netflix, Disney+ or Prime Video?

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In most cases, narrowing down this why will quickly narrow down your options. If it's portability, there are some small tablets. If it’s power, there are powerful tablets. If it’s general ease of use, there are some that offer simple navigation, and so on. It’s no different than buying for anyone else - just find out why the tablet is needed and that’s your starting point. The next major factor to consider is budget.

Luckily, accessibility is a key factor of both iOS and Android operating systems these days, so no matter which one you do go for there should be quite a few options built in. These will let you alter the user experience, such as changing the size of text, adding audio descriptions, magnifying the screen, text-to-speech and more.

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How much money should you spend?

The tablets we have chosen for this list range from around £200 to £1,000. How much you spend will ultimately depend on the exact specs, storage space and display size you need. In general, the better the tablet, the more it will cost.

If the user needs a tablet for basic internet browsing, streaming and emails it’s fine to stay at the lower end of the spectrum – say between £200 and £600 – but anyone who needs more power or built-in storage will likely have to pay a bit more.

We highly advise sticking to well-known brands when buying a new tablet, so that will include Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, Microsoft and Huawei (although check the specs for that last one before spending money as some may not play well with Google apps). The reason for this is simple: they are the most likely to be well supported in terms of future software and security updates, alongside customer support.

Best tablets for older people in 2024

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch, £1,249 £1,149

Best premium tablet

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  • Fantastic high-res display
  • Beautiful high-end design
  • iOS is easy to set up and use


  • Expensive, especially for higher storage
  • Large frame is not the best for portability

If you need power over portability and don’t mind paying for the luxury, the iPad Pro (12.9-inch) is the best of the best. Priced at £1,249 this device isn’t for everyone, but it is undoubtedly premium, sleek and easy to use. The high-resolution display is a high-point, and there’s a lot of customisation offered in the settings: screen zoom, text size, audio descriptions, motion sensitivity, call routing, voice control, support for the Apple Pencil 2, and so much more.

Buy the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022)

Amazon Fire HD 10 (with ads), £149.99

Best affordable tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10 end of summer sale


  • Affordable for a full HD tablet
  • Easy to set up and use
  • A wealth of content on tap


  • Lacks support for native Google apps
  • Definitely focused around Amazon
  • Not as powerful as other slates

If you need a well-rounded tablet with a solid screen, simple navigation and a good selection of apps (without going into best budget tablet territory) we recommend the Fire HD 10 tablet from Amazon. The 10.1-inch Full HD display is great for watching content and reading e-books, and it feels premium – without costing it. It's also worth nothing that the Amazon Fire HD tablets have the option to come with or without ads. The with ads option is a little bit cheaper but it means that adverts will appear on your lock screen while the device is in sleep mode, they will not however disturb you while you're using it.

Buy the Amazon Fire HD 10

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, £699.99 £599.99

Best for large screen

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro has a great display
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro has a great display


  • Lovely 12.6-inch 2K display
  • Thin bezels and aluminium frame
  • Stylus comes in the box


  • Software not as good as rivals
  • No 3.5mm headphone port
  • Not the best for portability

If a large high-resolution display is your main priority, consider the P12 Pro tablet from Lenovo, which has a really nice 12.6-inch 2K panel alongside tiny bezels, a premium aluminium frame and a solid battery life. This is one to buy if you want a tablet for watching your favourite streaming platforms or handling some artistic projects as there is a stylus pen bundled in the box. As we wrote in our in-depth Lenovo Tab P12 Pro review, we found it to be great for entertainment, although the cost point may be a little bit high for some users as it gets pretty competitive at this price point.

Read the full Lenovo Tab P12 Pro review

Buy the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

Apple iPad Air 5th gen (2022), £669 £614.98

Best all-rounder

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  • Contains Apple’s M1 chip
  • Design feels premium
  • iOS software is fantastic


  • No Face ID biometrics
  • Yes, it’s still pretty expensive
  • No 120Hz refresh rate

If you want an all-rounder – a premium tablet without having to pay the £1000 price point of the Pro models – the iPad Air (5th gen) is our pick. The software is very easy to use, there’s a broad selection of accessibility features and it has a sleek and high-end design. It’s got the same chipset as the iPad Pro, and we found the performance to be top-notch overall. Simply put; a great user experience.

Buy the Apple iPad 5th gen (2022)

Apple iPad 9th generation, £369 £319

Best affordable Apple slate



  • Punches above its entry-level price
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Slim, appealing, design


  • Runs on an older processor
  • Lacks high specs of its siblings
  • Older aesthetic as of last year

The iPad (9th gen) may not have the high-end feel of its pricier siblings – and has an older design thanks to the black bezels and physical home button – but it would be a big mistake to think that it’s lacking. The iPad is a force to be reckoned with for one reason: it provides an iOS tablet at a more affordable price point. That’s a pretty big deal, and we found the user experience to be fantastic throughout.

Buy the iPad 9th generation (2021):

Apple iPad mini 6th gen, £569 £529

Best portable tablet

iPad mini 6
The iPad mini 6 is a portable powerhouse


  • Bright, vibrant display
  • Beautiful design and easy-to-use
  • Highly portable design


  • Most expensive iPad mini model ever
  • Can feel more fragile than other models

If portability is your priority, the iPad mini (6th gen) is for you. To put it bluntly, you won’t find a better tablet in this form factor. The iOS user experience remains suitably premium, the refreshed design is attractive and the 8.3-inch display is great for browsing apps and watching content on the go. Taking a well-deserved holiday and need a smaller tablet that will easily fit into your carry bag? Go for the iPad mini.

For more, read our full iPad mini 6 review

Buy the Apple iPad mini 6th gen:

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