If you're in the market for a new Android tablet, Windows tablet or iPad, you've come to the right place. Each entry in our best tablets round-up has been carefully chosen to ensure you won't be disappointed.
Alongside the specialist devices, top-notch traditional tablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, have also brought fresh life into the market.
The influx of innovative tablets is great. But, the resulting explosion of choice has made it difficult for even the most tech savvy of buyers to know what’s hot and what’s not in the world of tablets.
Here to help we’ve created a definitive list detailing the best tablets we’ve tested this year. Hit the dropdown menu above to head straight to our short reviews or read on for more tablet buying advice.
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 4, 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.
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.
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