Sleeker, faster and even more beautiful, the iPad Air 2 boasts an even more eye-popping Retina Display in a design that's 18 percent thinner than the original Air. An anti-reflective coating seriously cuts down on glare when you're outdoors. The Air 2 also packs a much faster A8X chip, which delivers jaw-dropping graphics in a new wave of games, as well as more horsepower for exciting new video editing apps. A sharper 8-MP iSight camera (complete with slow motion video recording) and long battery life -- not to mention more than 675,000 apps -- solidify the Air 2 as our favorite tablet.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 wins for the best Android tablet. This $399 slate features a sharp 8.4-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel display. The premium Lollipop Android tablet operates is super slim, measuring only 6mm thin. The best part; it'll last all day. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, it endured for 10 hours.
The Galaxy Tab S2 is so thin and light that you almost forget there are electronics inside. The super-svelte design makes watching movies and playing games on the gorgeous Super AMOLED display that much more satisfying. The Tab S2 packs a powerful octa-core Exynos processor along with 3GB of RAM, which makes it easy to run two or more apps on the screen at once. You can also easily beam content to your Samsung TV or from the TV to the tablet. Although the battery life could be better, the Tab S2 is our favorite slate for entertainment.
The Microsoft Surface 3 is double trouble, working as both a Windows 8.1 tablet and a laptop. At $499, this machine will last up to 8 hours on a charge. It features one of the brightest, most colorful screens around, and comes with a three-position kickstand. The comfortable, snappy keyboard, which goes for an additional $129, attaches easily to the tablet transforming it into a laptop. It also comes with a free year of Office 365.
No one has broken the $100 price barrier with a good tablet -- until now. The Fire 6 packs a bright HD (1280 x 800-pixel) screen in a sturdy design that comes in multiple fun colors. The new Fire OS makes it easy to set up profiles for your kids, and Amazon continues to offer best-in-class parental controls. Other perks include a solid 8.5 hours of battery life and zippy quad-core performance. Amazon Prime member? You and your child will love the gobs of free videos, music, books and more.
Amazon took its excellent Fire HD 6 tablet and one-upped themselves to make the best kid-friendly tablet around. Not only will you enjoy the 1280 x 800-pixel, 6-inch display and zippy performance, but you'll also get best-in-class parental controls. But the real treat in this case-clad tablet, and the reason you'll pay an extra $50 for it, is that it comes with a 2-year worry-free warranty. No matter what Junior does to the HD 6 Kids Edition, Amazon will replace it. Plus, it comes with a full year of FreeTime Unlimited for full access to more than 5,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games.
Packing a whopping battery life of 12 hours, and coming with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard, the Windows 8.1-powered Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is great for work and play. At $349, this tablet is not as pricey as some of its competitors and can still hold its own, thanks to it stellar display. As a bonus, it comes with a free one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive.
While Apple quietly added a slimmer iPad mini 4 to its stable of tablets, the real headliner for fall is the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This supersize iPad looks to harness the full power of iOS 9's multitasking capabilities with a superfast A9X processor and a massive 2732 x 2048-pixel resolution. The iPad Pro display packs 5.6 million pixels, which gives it a screen density higher than even a Retina-display-equipped MacBook Pro, and it features a booming four-speaker sound system, so movies and games will look and sound their best. The iPad Pro will arrive in November, starting at $799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model and going up to $1,079 for the LTE version with 128GB of storage. Apple also rolled out some optional accessories, such as the $169 Smart Keyboard and the $99 Apple Pencil.
The latest Amazon Fire HD tablets are the company's thinnest yet, with super-slim 7.7-millimeter designs that house your choice of an 8-inch ($149) or 10.1-inch ($229) display. But the software is the real star of the show -- the all-new Fire OS 5 Bellini makes the tablet's interface look like a glossy magazine, and the new On Deck feature automatically downloads the latest popular movie and TV shows for those using Prime Instant Video. The slates also feature Amazon Underground, a new type of app store that lets you score over $10,000 worth of digital goodies for free.