Best Tablet 2015: 10 best tablets you can buy
If you're in the market for a new Android tablet, Windows tablet or iPad, you've come to the right place. Our round-up of the best tablets has been carefully created to ensure you won't be disappointed.
There's no shortage of excellent tablets in our round-up. The cheapest recommended model only costs around £70, with the priciest taking you over the £500 mark, so there's plenty of choice too, no matter how small or large your budget is.
The latest addition to our best tablet round-up is the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. It's arguably the best Android tablet on the market, thanks to its incredible display, design and performance. It's also stunningly slim and light, though it doesn't come cheap.
If that doesn't suit you there are nine more tablets to choose from. Each offers something a little different, but we can guarantee that every one of them is a standout buy.
It's also worth mentioning that the freshly-launched Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 Pro and iPad Pro look like ones to watch, and we’ll deliver our verdicts on them as soon as we get them in for thorough testing.
Hit the dropdown menu above to head straight to our short reviews or read on for more tablet buying advice.
Best Tablets – What to look for
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.
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.