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Best Tablet 2014: Which tablet should you buy?

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Originally reviewed by 22 October 2013

Best Windows 8 Tablet Hybrid

Key features: 10.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen, touch keyboard cover, Intel processor

The good:

  • Decent battery life
  • Better kick stand
  • Versatile

The bad:

  • Poor app store
  • Some screen issues
A much improved battery life turns the Surface Pro 2 into a genuine contender for your money over an Ultrabook or a larger iPad. Is it a genuine tablet? Not yet. It's too heavy and the battery life still isn't quite long enough. It does offer undeniable flexibility as an all-star tablet/laptop/desktop hybrid.

Nothing comes close to replicating the experience of using it, which is one of the main reasons we recommend it. It's a recommendation with some caveats - we wish it was lighter and came with a much better stocked app store. There are also issues with the high screen resolution makeing desktop mode fiddly to use.

But, overall, the Surface Pro 2 delivers on the potential the original only hinted at and is ideal if you want a tablet that doubles as your main PC. As an alternative, you can also check out the Dell Venue Pro 11 which also scored an impressive 9 out of 10 or wait for the Surface Pro 3, which has just gone on sale in the US.

: £549/$799

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