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Best Tablet 2014: Which tablet should you buy?

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There's a whole load of choice when it comes to tablets. Whether you're after a small tablet to use on the way to work, a replacement to your laptop or one to lounge around with on the sofa, we've collated all of the best tablets out there right now. And there are quite a few great tablets on the market right now that fit the bill for almost all price ranges and needs.

The main things to consider when looking to buy the best tablet for your needs are size and price. Larger tablets are great when you're at home and on the sofa, while smaller tablets are best if you're a regular commuter and need to read standing up. It's also worth considering hybrid tablets, particularly Windows tablets that can replace your laptop as well. Our best tablet round-up also includes specialist tablets, such as one that's great for gaming.

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.

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
NEW ENTRY: 13/11/2014
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

How we test tablets

We use every tablet we review just like you will, but we also subject them to comparative benchmark tests to compare performance – whether that's for the processor, the screen 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 price 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 presents them to you in 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.

But if you already have a reasonable idea what you need, hit the 'Next' button below to see our pick of the best tablets of 2014.

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