Best Tablet 2015: 12 best tablets you can buy
Each tablet in our best tablet round-up is carefully chosen to ensure you won't be disappointed. Scroll down for more advice on what size and type of tablet is right for you.
The latest addition to our best tablets round-up is the Surface 3, which we think is the best Windows tablet you can buy now. It has a 10.8-inch screen and replace your laptop, making it a great all-in-one purchase if you need a cheap laptop and would like a tablet as well. It balances the compromises of the two better than any previous Surface tablet and it runs a full version of Windows.
It's the Windows tablet we'd recommend to most people, but there are no shortage of other excellent tablet in our best tablets round-up. The cheapest tablet in our round-up only costs around £70 ($100 USD), so there's no shortage of choice no matter how limited your budget.
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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.
Best Tablets 2015 – TrustedReviews Recommended
Amazon Kindle HD 6 – Size: 6-inch | Price: £79 – The best 6-inch tablet on the market, it's a great super-cheap option for kids with small hands.
Tesco Hudl 2 – Size: 8.3-inch | Price: £129 – The 8.3-inch tablet that gives you the most bang for your buck, the Tesco Hudl 2 (UK-only) is a budget steal that's not to be missed.
Nvidia Shield Tablet – Size: 8-inch | Price: £239 – An 8-inch powerhouse you can use as a micro-console, the Shield Tablet can stream PC games and play the best Android games with no problems.
iPad mini 2 – Size: 7.9-inch | Price: £239 – A 7.9-incher that just about trumps the newer iPad Air 3 because it's cheaper and more or less as good
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Size: 8.4-inch | Price: £249 – An 8.4-inch tablet with a wonderful 2,560 x 1,600 screen, the Tab S is the best Android alternative to an iPad.
Asus Transformer T100 – Size: 10.1-inch | Price: £299 – A 10.1-inch hybrid that beats all competitors for sheer value, it has a useful keyboard that helps get work done.
Samsung Galaxy S 10.5 – Size: 10.5-inch | Price: £349 – A large tablet with a superb 10.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 display, it's the 10-inch Android tablet we recommend without hesitation.
iPad Air 2 – Size: 9.7-inch | Price: £399 – The 9.7-inch tablet that raises the bar for all others thanks to its great screen and smart design
Surface 3 – Size: 10.8-inch | Price: From £420 – A brilliant 10.8-inch Windows hybrid that can replace a laptop, it's affordable, versatile and fun to use.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Size: 12-inch | Price: From £519 – A 12-inch tablet you can use as a laptop alternative, it's very powerful but a little on the large side for some people.
Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series – Size: 13.3-inch | £1,200 – A 13.3-inch hybrid that’s perfect for working wherever you are
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.