The EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are nearly upon us for the 15th year and as usual, we have been and will continue to, deliver features detailing the nominees within each of the 18 categories.

This is the sixth of those features, following on from best game, best camera, best soundbarbest smartphone and best mid-range smartphone and it focuses on the nominations for best tablet and 2-in-1.

We haven't seen as many tablets launch as previous years but there are some great devices in the ones that have. Here are the best tablet and 2-in-1 nominees.

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Amazon Fire HD 8


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The Fire HD 8 sits in a sweet spot between Amazon's incredibly good value Fire 7 and the larger Fire HD 10. While the performance and features of the Fire HD 8 betters those of the Fire 7, it also manages to outlast the Fire HD 10, making it a slightly more enticing proposition for those who want to travel with it.

The Fire HD 8 positions itself well for entertainment, especially for those who are Prime members, where the value for money cannot be disputed. Whether you're a globetrotter, looking for a travel tablet, or just something to entertain your kids, the Fire HD 8 is well worth considering. At this price point there's very little else that comes close.

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Apple iPad


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The new iPad replaces the now-old, defunct 2017 iPad. The addition of Pencil support is very much welcome and is likely to appeal to many. If you're not buying this to use in the classroom, the iPad still very much delivers for the rest of us. 

It's taken what was already an amazing tablet and added more technology for a cheaper price. That's hard to argue in anyone's book. If you've been holding off buying a new iPad for a while, and still aren't interested in the Pro range, then this is as good as it gets from Apple.

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Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro


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The Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro is a tablet that promises a lot. Some design choices are meddlesome - such as button and speaker placement - while our video streaming quality issues were jarring. But this is less a tablet for watching content, rather one for creatives who want to scribble, draw and create using the included M-Pen stylus. All while on the go, too, thanks to 4G/LTE cellular connectivity.

As an Android competitor to Apple's iPad Pro there's certainly appeal here, not least the price point, which undercuts Apple by around £100. It's just a shame there's no keyboard dock yet or smoother software functionality to truly elevate it to its "Pro" name potential.

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Lenovo Miix 630


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If you only need the veneer of a laptop's capabilities, the Lenovo Miix 630 sounds like the perfect solution. It's a lot more affordable than some hybrids that look and feel this high-end, the battery lasts approximately forever, and the display has enough tablet-style gloss to satisfy.

For the laptop buyer who mostly needs Facebook, Office, Netflix and a browser, the keyboard on this device is the only real issue. The second-gen Qualcomm-powered Miix ought to be a cracker, but right now there are a couple of obstacles.

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Microsoft Surface Go


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The Surface Go isn't a do-anything device like the Surface Book 2 - and neither should you expect it to be given the price difference between the two. Instead, it's a super-portable machine for doing bits and pieces on the go. Emailing, taking notes in a meeting, and watching a bit of iPlayer on the train on the way home.

Surface Go could have smaller bezels, it could have a lot better battery life, and it probably could be leaner with an ARM-based processor. But changing the chip would not only annoy Microsoft's great mate Intel, it would limit it in other ways: after all, this is a full PC you can install desktop apps on. And with this level of portability, that's certainly not to be sniffed at. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4


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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is an excellent entertainment tablet. It offers power, a great display, good sound quality and access to plenty of entertainment services through Android. The long battery life and 3.5mm headphone socket make for a great travel companion, with everything in a well designed and good-looking package. 

Ultimately, Android is less well served than Apple iOS for tablets, but in the Samsung Tab S4 DeX can do things that the iPad can't. And that will make this tablet a genuine laptop replacement for some.


Voting in the 15th annual EE Pocket-lint Awards is now open so you can let us know which one of these great devices you think should win the Best Tablet / 2-in-1 award for this year and give us your verdict on all, or some, of the other tech across the 17 categories.

Winners will be announced at the exclusive event in London on 13 November in association with EE. Voting closes on 2 November.