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Best Tablet 2015: Which tablet should you buy?

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Picking the best tablet for you can be a tricky business. There's screen-size, operating system and price to consider. Do you want a tablet as a replacement for your laptop or as companion to browse the net while watching a particularly dull episode of The Apprentice on the box?

There's a lot of questions to answer so we've laid out our round-up of the best tablets to make sure you can pick the right one for your needs. If you don't want to read our full blown guide to buying a tablet then here's a few things you should consider.

First look at size and price. Big 10-inch tablets are great when you're at home, but small tablets have the advantage of being portable – great for the commute. If you're looking for a tablet to replace your laptop then it's worth considering a 'hybrid' tablet. Some, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, work great as a on-the-go productivity tool. We've also included some of the best specialist tablets, such as one that's great for gaming – for the kids (and big kids) out there.

Whatever your preference, our round-up will have the best tablet for you. Pick from the list below or hit the arrow to go through the list.

How we test tablets

We review hundreds of tablets every year (some good some bad), which gives us great insight into what makes a great one. It 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. Important aspects such as design, screen quality, battery life and value make up the biggest part of the scores and are a key 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 into a nutshell. If you want to know more about a specific tablet just hit the link to go to the full review.

Our best tablet round-up includes something for everyone. But if you still need help choosing what kind of tablet is right for you, head to our Tablet Buying Guide. It will guide you through the different options and explain some of the jargon you'll encounter.

If you already have a reasonable idea what you need, hit the 'Next' button below or hit the link to see our pick of the best tablets on the market.

Best Tablet Overall | iPad Air 2
Best 8-inch Android Tablet | Samsung Galaxy S 8.4
Best 8-inch Tablet | iPad mini 2
Best Budget Tablet | Tesco Hudl 2
Best Gaming Tablet | Nvidia Shield Tablet

Best Small Tablet | Amazon Kindle HD 6
Best 10-inch Android Tablet | Samsung Galaxy S 10.5
Best Budget Hybrid Tablet | Asus Transformer T100
Best Hybrid Tablet | Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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