Best Tablet 2015: 9 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 best tablet round-up has been carefully chosen to ensure you won't be disappointed.
There is no shortage of excellent tablets in our round-up. The cheapest recommended model only costs around £70 ($100 USD), while the priciest costs over £500 so there's plenty of choice, no matter how small or large your budget is.
The latest addition to our best tablet round-up is the Surface 3. It's the best affordable Windows tablet you can buy right now. It has a 10.8-inch screen and can replace your laptop, making it a great all-in-one purchase.
If that doesn't suit you there are eight more tablets to choose from in our round-up, each offering something a little different, but every one of them is a stand out buy.
Click next to start browsing the list below, or read on for more tablet buying advice.
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 – A tablet that gives you a lot of bang for your buck, it's a budget steal that's not to be missed
Nvidia Shield Tablet – Size: 8-inch | Price: £239 – A powerhouse you can use as a micro-console, it's great for playing PC games and the best Android games
iPad mini 2 – Size: 7.9-inch | Price: £239 – A tablet that just about trumps the newer iPad Air 3 because it's very similar but much cheaper
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Size: 8.4-inch | Price: £249 – A tablet with a wonderful 2,560 x 1,600 screen, the Tab S is a great Android alternative to an iPad
Samsung Galaxy S 10.5 – Size: 10.5-inch | Price: £349 – A large tablet with a superb 2,560 x 1,600 display, it's the 10-inch Android tablet we recommend
iPad Air 2 – Size: 9.7-inch | Price: £399 – A 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 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 large and powerful tablet that you can use as a laptop alternative
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.