Black Friday Update: Our favorite Android tablet, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is now on sale for $299. The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is going for $179 (reg $199) and, in the best deal of the day, Microsoft is selling the Surface 3 with a keyboard cover for $479 (reg $629).
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 iPad Pro is a pretty impressive big-screen tablet on its own, but adding the $99 Apple Pencil will really help you get the most out of the 12.9-inch display. The Pencil offers a silky-smooth and lag-free experience in drawing and sketching. You can easily edit 4K video on the go, thanks to the powerful A9X processor inside the tablet. Add in 10 hours of battery life, and you have a lot of reasons to invest in this premium slate.
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.
Unlike every other child-friendly tablet we've seen, the Fuhu Nabi Elev-8 has the power of an octo-core processor and lasts more than 9 hours on a single charge. Parents can hand the tablet over to Junior with confidence, since the tablet comes with strong parental controls for managing the entire experience. Its grippable silicone bumper case makes it easy for small hands to hold the Elev-8, and its bright, 1280 x 800, 8-inch display is great for watching cartoons and using the mountain of creative and educational apps that Nabi has pre-loaded.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3's 15 hours of battery life doesn't come without a couple sacrifices, but if you want the most endurance in a tablet, this is the device for you. The Yoga Tab 3 features a colorful, 1280 x 800-pixel, 8-inch screen; handy built-in kickstand; and clever 8-megapixel camera that rotates 180 degrees from front to back. Unfortunately, its Snapdragon 212 processor puts out mediocre performance, and the big battery takes up a lot of space, but it doesn't stop when others do.