Can you help a Tech challenged person select a first time bluetooth tablet?

I need to buy a tablet with bluetooth in order to use software for my new Roland RP102 digital piano. The software is called Piano Partner 2. They recommend an iPad, but that is way too expensive for me.

The software installed on my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, but the screen is small for the app. What android tablet would the experts recommend that is up-to-date tech speaking, but has bluetooth and whatever else is essential that I am unaware of?

I am so dumb when it comes to this, but I just spent a grand on the piano and don't want to spend much more on a tablet.

Thanks in advance.
sheana11Asked:
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Martin MillerCTOCommented:
There are many Android tablets to choose from...  I am looking some up, see image below.TabletsTablets
I will say the iPad is well made, and the apps developers tend to favor iPad when designing.
sheana11Author Commented:
Hi, which iPad would be acceptable....it must use Bluetooth, not WiFi.  You're right about the app designers.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
You get WiFI and WiFi with 3G versions. Both have Bluetooth.
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Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
New iPads can be as cheap as $330, so I'll assume that you're looking something under that budget. I'm also going to assume that you want as large a screen as reasonably possible.

When it comes to tablets the Android ecosystem is a bit of a mess. Very few good ones are being made anymore.

Your best bet is probably going to be a Samsung tablet or an Amazon Fire tablet.

Samsung is high quality but can be pricey and they're not just alright at providing software updates.

Amazon supports their tablets well. They're super cheap but decently well made. Don't get the cheapest option though since it's super slow. You might not find the apps you need on Amazon's store and may have to jump through minor hoops to install the Google Play store.

Google doesn't make pixel tablets anymore and their latest one is years old at this point. You might be able to pick up a used pixel tablet at a decent price.

Huawei makes good high-end tablets at relatively low prices but don't expect many software updates. Personally I own a Huawei Mediapad M3. I bought it because it's the only flagship-quality 8" tablet I know of.

Lenovo support can be hit-or-miss depending on what you want.

Asus has terrible bloated software which rarely updates. I avoid them.

If you're going Android at that price I would recommend a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10" tablet or a Fire Tablet HD 10.
Craig KehlerDirector of Customer RelationsCommented:
You may be able to save some money by purchasing from https://buy.gazelle.com/

I've used them in the past to purchase mobile devices for testing and have been quite pleased with the price and quality.

Apple Insider did a review of them a few years back. https://appleinsider.com/articles/15/04/02/review-buying-a-contract-free-certified-used-apple-iphone-from-gazelle
Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
As an addendum, the nice thing about Apple products is that you can walk into any Apple store and get excellent support. If you have an Apple store around you then that is a point in their favor. There isn't really an equivalent in the Android world.

Amazon has a kind of remote tech support using their Mayday functionality on their Fire tablets. I've never used it so I have no idea how good or bad it is.

Experts Exchange is a good support option too :)
Qian BaoDigital Media Specialist and Web DesignerCommented:
The entire tablet industry is going down hill and iPad is probably the sole survivor from the competition. It is safe to say that iPad is by far the best tablet in the industry if you exclude the Surface lineup (which is more tuned toward desktop users). If you ever used an Android tablet, you'll notice that only a small fraction of apps on Google Play are optimized for tablet use. Most of the application are tuned for smartphone users on Google Play.

If you making a investment that last for quite a while, definitely look for an iPad because these Android tablets won't last long. Also, what you are currently doing is considered a creative work and Apple products are especially designed for such activities.

Apple just launched a newer iPad today as part of their education event, updating their existing 9.7 inch iPad with a much faster processor and support for Apple Pencil.

https://www.apple.com/ipad-9.7/

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sheana11Author Commented:
Thanks for your help....I ended with an Apple iPad, the newer one that supports the pencil, as I was going to purchase a graphics monitor..it can do double duty which is great. I know the graph monitor is better for art, but at my level, this is terrific and so portable!
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