Some might consider that the size of the screen and the ability to run a basic PDF or image viewer is just about the only functionality needed for a tablet to be a practical tool for viewing digital sheet music.
However, you should also think about what additional music apps you might want to use on the tablet and if all your music is on iCloud you might want to stick with an apple device.
Below you can see the top-rated tablets for digital sheet music.
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The best tablet for sheet music is the Apple Ipad Pro. We have taken into consideration the cost, screen quality, and ability to run music apps and files. The Ipad expensive price tag might not suit everyone that’s why we have highlighted the best android tablet and budget tablets, which you can read more about below.
1# Apple Ipad Pro
Best All-Round Tablet
The apple IPad pro is the flagship apple tablet. It comes in a variety of different screen sizes the largest of which is 12.9 inches – even those with the poorest of eye sites should be able to read their digital sheet music off this tablet.
Internal hard drive space is not lacking on the pro ever with the smallest drive being 64 GB and the largest 1 TB.
The screen on the Apple IPad as you would expect is crystal clear and more than good enough to read sheet music from. With most tablets we have looked at I would recommend toning down the brightness as they can be a little bright for when you are read sheet music and the iPad pro was no exception.
Where we really found the IPad stood out amongst the rest was the sound quality. Although it’s not a requirement for a good tablet to read digital sheet music the four-speaker audio with wider stereo sound really gave a good output when using it for backing tracks.
For those of you interested in the technical specifications it has an A12 chip, Bluetooth, 12 Mega pixel rear camera, 7 Mega pixel front camera, and according to Apple a huge 10-hour battery life.
You can get away with reading sheet music off a far cheaper tablet than the iPad Pro, but If you are an apple lover and you don’t mind paying the premium this is the product for you.
- Battery: 10hrs
- Storage 64GB – 1TB
- Screen 12.9 inches
You can get away with reading sheet music off a far cheaper tablet than the iPad pro, but If you are an apple lover and you don’t mind paying the premium this is the product for you.
2# Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Best Android Tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a massive 10.5 inch screen which apart from the Apple Ipad Pro was one of the largest tablet screens we reviewed.
Sheet music appears nice and clear on the screen which has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution and the extra screen size means it’s easier to see especially if you are not sitting or standing close to the tablet.
It come with 64Gb of storage which should be more than enough to store all your sheet music. If you need additional storage it can be expanded up to 400Gb via micro SD.
The S4 comes with Qualcomm MSM8998 2.35GHz + 1.9GHz processor which makes the tablet not only great for seamlessly flicking through your sheet music but also for surfing the web and playing high end games.
Additional features include an 8MP Front and 13MP Rear Camera, 4Gb of SDRAM, and built-in Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting your page turner pedals. It runs an Android operating system that has all the latest page-turning software available via the play store.
- Battery: 16hrs
- Storage 64GB
- Screen 10.5 inches
Best of all this tablet has a battery life that can last up to 16 hours on a single charge.
3# Amazon Fire HD 10
Best Budget Tablet
The Fire HD’s touchscreen measures 10.1 inches on this version (there is also an 8-inch version at a cheaper price), the resolution is still remarkable at 1920 x 1200 pixels, with 224 dpi. Designed mainly for reading and entertainment, the screen offers genuine HD functionality and brighter, crisper images, thanks to its IPS LCD architecture – ideal for viewing sheet music both indoors and outside.
There is an option for 32 and 64 Gb of storage space, depending on your preference, and the tablet comes with a 1.8Ghz Quad-core processor and twice as much RAM as the previous Fire HD tablet.
When it comes to battery life, the Fire HD 10 might surprise you, since its larger battery offers enough screen on time for 10 hours of entertainment and/or music practice. This value is higher than what any other Amazon tablet can offer and even better than the iPad Air.
- Battery: 10hrs
- Storage 32-64GB
- Screen 10.1 inches
By far the cheapest tablet we reviewed but it still does a solid job with 64GB of storage and 10hrs of battery life.
4# Apple iPad Air 2
The high resolution, 9.7-inch retina display of the iPad Air 2 is one of the major assets of this tablet when it comes to using it for sheet music. Although it’s not as large as a sheet music page, the 2048×1536 screen resolution allows for a lot of freedom of movement regarding the apps you can use, the size of the sheet music, and the detail you wish to see on every page.
A great thing about Apple’s revolutionary screen is that glare and clarity-related issues are non-existing with the new iPad. Also, due to its high-performance processor and 64-bit architecture, you won’t experience any lags or delays even when running the bulkiest and most advanced apps for viewing sheet music.
Also, the iPad Air is powered by a fast 1.5Ghz processor far superior to that of most high-end tablets, and as a lightweight tablet (weighing only slightly over 15 ounces), it is not as bulky or difficult to manage as tablets developed by other brands.
Additional practical benefits include the apps available on iTunes – considered by many experts to be superior to Android – as well as the large 64 or 128 Gb of flash memory storage and the impressive LiPo battery offering an average time between charges of about 10 hours.
- Battery: 10hrs
- Storage 64-128GB
- Screen 9.7 inches
The Ipad Air 2 is nice and light weight tablet, but has a smaller screen size than the ipad Pro.
5# Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is another excellent choice for viewing sheet music. The iPad is not the only device featuring an advanced screen. The Galaxy comes with a 2048×1536 (QXGA) Super AMOLED touchscreen that ensures clarity and smooth performance even under difficult circumstances.
AMOLED screens offer better cost, a more energy-efficient functionality, and a better refresh rate is often used in larger screens and tablets due to their superior qualities.
The Tab S2’s main asset, however, is its combination of two Quad-core processors – a 1.9Ghz and a 1.3Ghz processor – that enables it to run as a genuine octa-core (eight-core) tablet.
This means the speed will be significantly increased, and you can run even the largest apps for sheet music without any lags in functionality.
The tablet runs on Android, but its large screen and high-performance specs – including 30Gb of storage and DDR3 memory allow you to run any app on the Android Store without worrying about how much space it would take up in the 3 Gb of RAM or the tablet’s flash memory storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has one of the smallest batteries of the ones we test and battery life was around 5-6 hours.
- Battery: 5-6hrs
- Storage 32 – 64GB
- Screen 9.7 inches
Samsung is a very good tablet market but this one lacks a little battery life and might not be ideal for long performances or practice sessions.
6# Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
The slightly larger screen and resolution make the Sony Xperia a somewhat better option if you’re looking for the largest screen you can find. Its main asset is the 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution which offers better image detail than any of the tablets on this list. The 10.1-inch screen is an LCD screen, considered inferior to the LED technology used by other tablets.
Nevertheless, the Sony Xperia compensates through a 2Ghz quad-core processor, reliable 64-bit architecture, and 3 Gb of RAM. This setup, together with the 32 Gb of storage, ensures that you’ll have no problem running Android apps that require extensive resources, so you can even get the most advanced paid apps for viewing sheet music.
- Battery: 5-6hrs
- Storage 32GB
- Screen 10.1 inches
The Sony has a smaller battery and storage than some of the other tablets featured in our list.
As musicians we all know that we have to move with the times and the advantage of having all your sheet music at the touch of your fingertips can’t be ignored.
Whilst there are some very good tablets that failed to make our list, such as the Surface Pro, we believe these tablets selected are the best all-round for sheet music.
Alan has been a touring musician for many years, having played an array of string instruments. He has a particular love for the sounds of the Ukulele . As well as touring he loves to teach and write about his passion.