Are you looking for the best tablet for watching movies and TV shows? Well, you are not alone, and a lot of people who have been staying and working from their homes during this pandemic have been increasingly buying tablets for remote learning for their kids or for enjoying their favourite movies, TV shows, and live sports matches. Hence, a lot of tablets are out of stock or being sold at inflated prices. While there are a lot of tablets in the market, only a few actually have good quality screens and speakers, which are essential for a good movie watching experience.

In this article, we have listed only the best tablets for watching movies and TV shows. All the tablets listed here have high-quality screens, good speakers, long battery life, and support for various video streaming apps.

Best Tablets In India For Watching Movies (2021)

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ – ₹79,999
  2. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) – ₹89,900
  3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 – ₹55,999
  4. Apple iPad Pro 11 (2020) – ₹71,900
  5. Apple iPad Air 4 (2020) – ₹54,900
  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – ₹27,999
  7. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – ₹83,000
  8. Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) – ₹29,900
  9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 – ₹17,999
  10. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus – ₹20,999

Note: The tablets listed above have been sorted as per their multimedia performance, and not pricing.

Why Are These The Best Tablets In India For Watching Movies, TV Shows, & Videos?

A tablet needs the following features to be a good tablet for watching movies and TV shows:

  1. Display: A high-resolution display with high brightness and a good contrast ratio. Preferably, it should also offer support for HDR10, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision for watching high dynamic range videos.
  2. Speakers: Loud and crisp stereo speakers
  3. Processor: A decently powerful processor to decode various video file types
  4. Software: Widevine L1 certification to stream 4K or Full HD videos via Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and other video streaming apps
  5. Apps: Access to all popular audio and video streaming apps: Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and more
  6. Battery: High capacity battery and an efficient processor for long battery life

All the tablets listed in this article have the features that are mentioned above. Most of the tablets here are from Apple and Samsung, and it’s for a reason. Tablets from those two brands use high-quality screens, good speakers, powerful processors, and most importantly, they have a very mature software design with high optimisations and access to all the important apps and services. Apple and Samsung also offer the longest software support, operating system updates, and security updates for their tablets.

Based on current scenarios, we do not recommend Android tablets from brands other than Samsung because most of them have bad specs and terrible software design as well as support for Android OS updates. You can read more about how to buy a tablet in our detailed tablet buying guide.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ – ₹79,999

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Display Front Design Mystic Black

The Galaxy Tab S7+ is the best tablet for watching movies and TV shows in the world right now, thanks to its Super AMOLED display, an impressive quad-speaker setup tuned by AKG, a powerful Snapdragon 865+ processor, and long battery life. It has a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution, HDR10+ certification, and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also comes with an S Pen stylus, which is among the best in the industry, for drawing and jotting down notes. Plus, Samsung’s One UI is the best software when it comes to Android tablets, thanks to custom features that make using the tablet a joy to use. And it has various productivity-related features that you can only find on Samsung tablets. The Galaxy Tab S7+ is a great tablet not only for watching movies and TV shows, but also for gaming, browsing, and productivity. It is quite expensive, though.

Pros

  • World’s best display on a tablet: 12.4-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED, HDR10+, S Pen
  • Impressively loud and clear quad speakers tuned by AKG
  • Powerful Snapdragon 865+ processor for gaming and productivity
  • S Pen is great for drawing, jotting down notes, and productivity
  • Has microSD card slot for additional storage
  • One UI software is great, comes with a promise of three major Android OS updates
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent design and built quality
  • Has access to all popular audio and video streaming services

Cons

  • Very expensive

2. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) – ₹89,900

Apple iPad Pro Apple Pencil 2 Drawing

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is a close second when it comes to watching movies and TV shows. And we placed it in the second place because it uses an LCD screen rather than an AMOLED one, and its aspect ratio is not perfect for 16:9 videos. Everything else about this tablet is as good or better than the Galaxy Tab S7+. The iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) has a giant 12.9-inch screen, which is good for watching videos, with high brightness and a 120Hz refresh rate. It is compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil, great for drawing and such things. It has a quad-speaker setup as well, similar to the Galaxy Tab S7+. It has the most powerful processor on any tablet in the world, so apart from just watching movies and TV shows, the iPad Pro 12.9 is great for gaming, browsing, drawing, and productivity. Moreover, iPadOS has access to the world’s best apps and games and Apple usually updates its tablets for 5-6 years.

Pros

  • Giant, bright and high-resolution screen with 120Hz refresh rate and Apple Pencil support
  • Loud and clear quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos
  • World’s most powerful processor in a tablet, great for gaming, productivity, and multimedia
  • Apple Pencil is among the best styli in the world
  • iPadOS is the world’s best operating system for tablets, comes with support for 5-6 OS updates and a great selection of apps and games
  • Long battery life
  • Great fit and finish and design
  • Has access to all audio and video streaming apps

Cons

  • No OLED screen
  • No microSD card slot
  • Extremely expensive

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 – ₹55,999

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 S7+ Super AMOLED Display S Pen

The Galaxy Tab S7 is quite similar to the Galaxy Tab S7+, which means that it has a great design, tough build, a large display with high resolution (and HDR10+, S Pen, and a 120Hz refresh rate), a powerful Snapdragon 865+ processor, AKG-tuned quad speakers, a microSD card slot, excellent One UI software, a promise of three OS updates, long battery life, and access to all the media streaming apps. However, this tablet uses an IPS LCD screen instead of a Super AMOLED panel. Still, the screen has a wide aspect ratio, making it better than the iPad’s aspect ratio for watching videos.

Pros

  • A great display: 11-inch 120Hz IPS LCD, HDR10+, S Pen
  • Impressively loud and clear quad speakers tuned by AKG
  • Powerful Snapdragon 865+ processor for gaming and productivity
  • S Pen is awesome for drawing, jotting down notes, and productivity
  • Has microSD card slot for additional storage
  • One UI software is great, comes with a promise of three major Android OS updates
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent design and built quality
  • Has access to all popular audio and video streaming services

Cons

  • No AMOLED screen
  • Quite expensive

4. Apple iPad Pro 11 (2020) – ₹71,900

Apple iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

The iPad Pro 11 (2020) is quite similar to the iPad Pro 12.9 (2020), and except for a smaller screen, there’s no difference between the two tablets. It has an 11-inch IPS LCD screen with high brightness and accurate colours. It has the same quad-speaker setup, A12Z processor, Apple Pencil support, excellent design, long battery life, and access to millions of apps and games. It is a great tablet for not only watching movies and TV shows but also for gaming, productivity, and drawing. The iPad Pro 11 will also get five or six more software updates over its lifetime.

Pros

  • Big, bright and high-resolution screen with 120Hz refresh rate and Apple Pencil support
  • Loud and clear quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos
  • World’s most powerful processor in a tablet, great for gaming, productivity, and multimedia
  • Apple Pencil is among the best styli in the world on a tablet
  • iPadOS is the world’s best operating system for tablets, comes with support for 5-6 OS updates and a great selection of apps and games
  • Long battery life
  • Great design and finish
  • Has access to all audio and video streaming apps

Cons

  • No OLED screen
  • No microSD card slot
  • Very expensive

5. Apple iPad Air (2020) – ₹54,900

Apple iPad Air 2020 Colours

The iPad Air (2020) is almost as good as the iPad Pro 11. It has an equally fast A14 Bionic processor, Apple Pencil support, similarly good design and build quality, long battery life, and access to all those popular apps and games. However, the iPad Air (2020) lacks a high refresh rate and isn’t as bright (500 nits vs. 600 nits) as the screen on the iPad Pro. Moreover, it has two speakers instead of four on the iPad Pro, which is still very good but not class-leading. However, most people won’t be able to notice the difference. The iPad Air (2020) is the best iPad for most people, but those who want a high-refresh-rate screen and better cameras should opt for the iPad Pro 11 or iPad Pro 12.9.

Pros

  • Big, bright and high-resolution screen with Apple Pencil support
  • Loud and clear dual-speaker setup
  • World’s most powerful processor in a tablet, great for gaming, productivity, and multimedia
  • iPadOS brings support for 5-6 OS updates and a great selection of apps and games
  • Long battery life
  • Great design and finish
  • Has access to all audio and video streaming apps

Cons

  • No OLED screen
  • No microSD card slot
  • Expensive

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – ₹27,999

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite With S Pen

The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the best Android tablet for most people, especially for those who want a good experience while watching videos without spending a bomb. It has a 10.4-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and decent brightness. It has stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and long battery life. It runs Android 10 (with One UI 3), and will get two more Android OS updates. It has access to all the popular apps and media streaming services. However, its Exynos 9611 processor isn’t meant for gaming.

Pros

  • A good display: 10.4-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution
  • Loud and clear stereo speakers tuned by AKG
  • Has microSD card slot for additional storage
  • One UI software is great, comes with a promise of three major Android OS updates
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent design and built quality
  • Has access to all popular audio and video streaming services
  • Affordable pricing

Cons

  • No AMOLED screen or HDR10
  • No support for S Pen stylus
  • Weak processor, which means no gaming
  • Quite expensive

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – ₹83,000

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is expensive for a tablet that lacks an OLED or a high-refresh-rate screen, but we’ve included this in the list for those who want a Windows 10-based tablet as it can be used for remote learning, coding, multimedia streaming, and more. It serves a variety of use cases. It has a big, 12.3-inch IPS LCD display with a QHD+ resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio, loud stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, a 5MP selfie camera, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card. It has a kickstand at the back, which means you don’t need a third-party case for watching videos in the upright position.

It is powered by an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor, depending on which model you choose. All the processors are fast enough for usual web browsing and multimedia streaming use cases. However, it is not suitable for gaming as Windows 10 games are more complex than iPadOS and Android games, and this tablet might struggle in processing graphics for those games.

Pros

  • A big and bright display: 12.3-inch IPS LCD with QHD+ resolution and Surface Pen support
  • Loud and clear stereo speakers
  • Has microSD card slot for additional storage
  • Powerful Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor
  • Windows 10 OS offers extremely high flexibility in terms of apps and other tweaks, extremely long OS update support
  • Decent battery life
  • Excellent design and built quality; has a kickstand that helps while watching videos and video calling
  • Has access to all popular audio and video streaming services
  • Surface Pen is great for drawing and jotting
  • Excellent expandability and support for USB Type-C and USB Type-A port

Cons

  • No AMOLED screen or HDR10
  • Extremely expensive
  • Not suitable for gaming as Windows lacks mobile-optimised games

8. Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) – ₹29,900

Apple iPad 8th Generation

The iPad 10.2  (2020) is the cheapest iPad you should buy if you want to watch movies and TV shows on the tablet. It has stereo speakers and a 10.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. It lacks HDR10, though, and only supports the first-generation Apple Pencil that has a stupid charging mechanism. The A12 Bionic processor may not be as fast and furious as that of the A14 on the iPad Air (2020) or the A12Z on the iPad Pro (2020), but it is still powerful enough for gaming, multimedia streaming, and multitasking. iPadOS has all the apps and games that you might want to enjoy. The iPad 10.2 (2020) has long battery life and is priced well, but it has the age-old Lightning Port which should no longer exist.

Pros

  • Big, bright and high-resolution screen with Apple Pencil support
  • Loud and clear dual-speaker setup
  • A12 Bionic processor is powerful enough for gaming, productivity, and multimedia
  • iPadOS has a great selection of apps and games; Support for 5-6 OS updates
  • Long battery life
  • Has access to all audio and video streaming apps
  • Well-priced

Cons

  • No OLED screen
  • No microSD card slot
  • The entry-level model comes with just 32GB of storage
  • Has a Lighting Port instead of a USB Type-C port
  • Old design
  • Bad selfie camera for the price

9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 – ₹17,999

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020)

The Galaxy Tab A7 is the cheapest Samsung tablet you should buy. It has a metal build, a 10.4-inch screen with Full HD+ resolution, a quad-speaker setup, a microSD card slot, an 8MP autofocus rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, and a long battery life. It runs Android 10 out of the box, but it will receive at least two more Android OS updates. However, its Snapdragon 662 processor means that it is not meant for heavy gaming. It’s a decent overall tablet for most people who don’t want to spend more than ₹20,000.

Pros

  • Big display with Full HD+ resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Decent cameras
  • One UI has good design and features; Will receive two more Android OS updates
  • Has access to most popular apps, multimedia streaming services, and games
  • Long battery life
  • Has a microSD card slot and USB Type-C port
  • Affordable

Cons

  • RAM could’ve been higher

10. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus FHD (2nd Gen) – ₹19,999

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus FHD (2nd Gen)

The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is the only non-Samsung tablet that we can recommend, and that too, you should consider it only if you can’t spend more than ₹15,000 and want a tablet with a 10-inch screen. It has a 10.3-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, and good build quality. The MediaTek Helio P22 processor inside the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus FHD (2nd Gen) is quite weak, though. The tablet runs a year-old Android 10 OS, and we are not sure if it will ever get the Android 11 update.

Don’t opt for the variant that’s priced at ₹13,999 as it has just 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which isn’t enough in this day and age. It has a Kids Mode, which will be handy if you have kids at your home. You can buy an optional dock for the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus FHD that turns the tablet into a smart display like the Google Nest Home Hub.

Pros

  • A big, 10.4-inch screen with Full HD resolution on the cheap
  • Stereo speakers
  • microSD card slot and USB Type-C port
  • Built-in SIM card slot for LTE connectivity
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Weak processor
  • No guarantee of any more Android OS updates
  • Software isn’t as good as iPadOS or Samsung’s One UI
  • No support for a stylus

We are quite confident that you have found the most suitable tablet for your needs and budget after reading our list of best tablets for watching movies and TV shows. Another option is to get your existing tablet repaired and save money rather than buying a new one. If you need help with getting your tablet repaired, you can use our doorstep tablet repair services. Which tablet would you choose for entertainment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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