Best Tablet 2015: The Top 14 Best Tablets
Our best tablet 2015 round-up is the definitive selection of tablets of every size, type and price. If you can’t find a tablet you like from this selection, you probably shouldn’t buy a tablet.
It's worth understanding what you need in order to find the best tablet for you. Here are a few pointers to consider when choosing your tablet – if you already know what you need, hit the next arrow above or scroll down for our list.
What size tablet should I buy?
First and foremost, consider size and price. The general rule is the bigger the tablet, the higher the fee. Tablets mainly come in three screen sizes – 7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch – though smaller and larger tablets do exist.
7-inch tablets are usually cheap, light and perfect for reading while you’re on the way to or from work. However, they’re not terrific for watching videos. 10-inch tablets are good for productivity and watching videos on, but they’re a lot heavier and more expensive. 8-inchers strike a decent balance between the two and are increasingly the most popular tablet size.
What type of tablet should I buy?
You also need to think about which type of tablet you want. For example, if you're after a tablet to replace your laptop, a ‘hybrid’ could be your best bet. Some, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, work great as an on-the-go productivity tool. We've included some of the best specialist tablets too, including one that's great for gaming and another that’s ideal for budding digital artists.
Our latest update introduces some promising, upcoming cheap Windows hybrids from Asus and Toshiba; a 13-inch Windows hybrid from Dell; the return of Samsung’s drawing focused tablet and a stunning new 8-inch Android tablet, also from Dell.
Related: The Best Android Tablets
If you already have a reasonable idea of what you need, click the 'Next' button above or browse the list below to see the best tablets on the market. Scroll further down the page for more tablet buying guidance.
TrustedReviews Recommended Tablets
TrustedReviews Editor’s Pick – iPad Air 2
The 9.7-inch tablet that raises the bar for all others
Best 8-inch Android Tablet – Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
An 8.4-inch tablet with a wonderful 2,560 x 1,600 screen
Best 8-inch Tablet – iPad mini 2
A 7.9-incher that just about trumps the newer iPad Air 3
Best Budget Tablet – Tesco Hudl 2
The 8.3-inch tablet that gives you the most bang for your buck
Best Gaming Tablet – Nvidia Shield Tablet
An 8-inch powerhouse you can use as a micro-console
Best Small Tablet – Amazon Kindle HD 6
The best 6-inch tablet on the market
Best 10-inch Android Tablet – Samsung Galaxy S 10.5
A large tablet with a superb 10.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 display
Best Budget Hybrid Tablet – Asus Transformer T100
A 10.1-inch hybrid that beats all competitors for sheer value
Best Hybrid Tablet – Microsoft Surface Pro 3
A 12-inch tablet you can use as a laptop alternative
Best Hybrid Laptop – Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series NEW ENTRY
A 13.3-inch hybrid that’s perfect for working wherever you are
Best Tablet for Digital Artists – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 NEW ENTRY
A 10.1-inch tablet that comes with a Samsung S-Pen stylus
Thinnest Tablet – Dell Venue 8 7000 NEW ENTRY
A stunning 8.4-inch tablet that's just 6mm thick
New Tablets Coming Soon
Asus Transformer Book T90 Chi NEW ENTRY
An 8.9-inch hybrid built for portability
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini NEW ENTRY
The 8.9-inch hybrid that’s great for battery life
Last Update: 19/02/2015
How we test tablets
We review dozens of tablets every year, some of which are good, some bad. This gives us a clear insight into what makes a great tablet and also means we can compare them like-for-like.
We use every tablet we review just like you will, but we also subject them to benchmark tests to compare performance – whether that's for the processor, screen, camera or battery. Our scores and awards are based on a blend of a tablet's features, as well as how easy it is to use and how much it costs.
Key aspects such as design, screen quality, battery life and value make up the biggest part of the scores and are an important part of what it takes to make it onto our list of the best tablets. This round-up takes the long and in-depth reviews and condenses them. If you want to know more about a specific tablet, just click the link to go to the full review.
Our best tablet round-up includes something for everyone. However, if you still need help choosing your perfect tablet, head over to our Tablet Buying Guide. It will walk you through the different options and explain some of the confusing jargon that might otherwise put you off.