Best Tablet 2017: Top tablets you can buy

There’s plenty of choice in tablets these days and our best tablet round-up includes all the ones you should seriously consider, like the best iPads and best Android tablets.

Looking for a new tablet for yourself or as a gift this festive season? Well then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve reviewed all the best tablets from 2017.

Whether you’re looking for something to sling in your bag and watch the latest episode of Masterchef on your commute, or a replacement for your tired laptop, we’ve got something for you.

The main things to consider are size and price, though there are a few specialist tablets these days that offer something different.

iPad Pro 10.5

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Key Features:

  • 10.5-inch, 2224 x 1668 resolution IPS display
  • Apple A10X CPU and 4GB of RAM
  • Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
  • Review Price: £619

Is a regular iPad too small for you? Then consider the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, also known as the iPad Pro 2. It’s not cheap, but it does have the best screen, best camera and best performance ever seen on a tablet. It’s rather expensive if you want something just for Netflix binges and web browsing, this might be overkill. But if you want something designed for creativity and productivity on the move, this might be spot on.

It’s a slightly more sensible follow-up to the original 12.9-inch Pad Pro, which was somewhere between an iPad, a MacBook and the Surface Pro. If the 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 is still too much tablet for you, it’s worth also looking out for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.


Read the full iPad Pro 10.5 review


Key features:

  • 8.4-inch 2560×1440 display
  • Kirin 950 CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • Great speakers
  • Review Price: £379.99

Huawei’s latest mini tablet might be a pricey piece of kit, but it does what it sets out to do very well. The 8.4-inch 3560 x 1600 resolution display is great, while the plentiful internal combination of the Kirin 950 and 4GB RAM make it snappy and quick to use. The media experience is improved further by the great-sounding speakers.

It looks good too, with a sturdy metal and glass body that certainly has a similar look to the brand’s flagship P9 smartphone. It has similar issues to that phone too, notably the dodgy EMUI software that Huawei keeps loading on top of Android 6.0.1. It’s slow, ugly and slightly buggy and just not as good as competing skins.

32GB of internal storage comes as standard (along with a microSD card slot) and there’s a decent 8MP camera on both the front and back. As with any tablet camera, we’d probably avoid using it as your main snapper.

Read the full Huawei MediaPad M3 review


Key features:

  • 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 IPS
  • Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
  • S-Pen included
  • Review Price: £599

Samsung’s latest high-end tablet is good, it’s even great in some areas, but the poor software really lets it down. Android just isn’t built for tablets and the multitasking implementation is far from the best.

Still, this tablet is great for media thanks to the HDR display and impressive battery life. It also comes with an S-Pen in the box, which is accurate and easy to write and draw with.



Read the full Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review


Key Features:

  • 10.2-inch, 2,560 x 1,800 LCD display
  • Nvidia Tegra X1 chip
  • Optional keyboard cover
  • Review Price: £400

The Google Pixel C is the first Android tablet designed and built exclusively by Google and it’s a damn fine start. The 10.2-inch screen makes the Pixel C feel more like an iPad Air than an iPad Pro, but the optional keyboard case features a brilliant magnetic hinge that makes it a really useful tool.

Of course, being a Google product, it runs a completely clean version of Android and it’s been modified to work better on a tablet screen, which is nice. The only downside is the comparative lack of really good tablet apps, which gives the iPad a slight edge.

Still, this is a great tablet with a super screen that’s blisteringly fast thanks to the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. If you want an Android tablet, start here.

Read the full Google Pixel C review


Key Features:

  • 8-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display
  • Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB storage and microSD expansion
  • Review Price: £300

(UPDATE: The K1 is no longer sold by Nvidia, but it’s still a great buy if you can get your hands on one)

Nvidia’s second tablet for gamers is even better. The Shield Tablet K1 builds on the formula of the last as it uses the same 8-inch, Full HD display. It’s slim and understated and we like the combination of rubber and soft-touch plastic, which makes the K1 nice to hold.

Gaming grunt comes from Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, which is every bit as powerful as you’d expect. It’s certainly among the very fastest chips found in any Android device, so there are no problems there.

The K1 runs near stock Android, too, but there are plenty of Nvidia apps that add extra features, such as the ability to stream games from the cloud or from a PC. An optional controller makes it easier to play these games, and we recommend the very handy folding case cover as well.

Read the full Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 review


Key features:

  • 9.7-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 IPS screen
  • iOS 10, to be updated to iOS 11
  • Review Price: £339

The cheapest iPad currently for sale, the 9.7-inch is the perfect mixture of price and performance. It’s not the laptop replacement the iPad Pro wants to be, but it has an excellent screen and enough grunt to easily handle any app or game on the App Store.

The battery is big enough to last 10-hours on a charge and it benefits from the improved split-screen features in iOS 11.



Read the full iPad 9.7-inch (2017) review