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Best Tablet Overall

Apple iPad Air 2

Editor's Choice

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.

Apple iPad Air 2 Review

  • Best Small Tablet

    Dell Venue 7

    Editor's Choice

    Dell's Venue 7 isn't just a great choice for those looking for a small tablet, it's perfect for budget-conscious shoppers as well. For just $160, you get an Intel Atom Z3460 processor, 1GB f RAM and 16GB of flash memory. All that's wrapped up inside a sleek 7-inch Android KitKat slate with a 1280 x 800 IPS display and excellent audio. Plus, the Venue 7 is packing 8 hours and 14 minutes of battery endurance. 

    Dell Venue 7 (2014) Review

  • Best Android Tablet

    Dell Venue 8 7000

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    Dell Venue 8 7000 Review

  • Best Entertainment Tablet

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch)

    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.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch) Review

  • Best 2-in-1 Tablet

    Microsoft Surface 3

    The Microsoft Surface 3 is double trouble, working as both a Windows 8.1 tablet and a laptop. At $599, 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.

    Microsoft Surface 3 Review

  • Best Tablet for the Money

    Amazon Fire HD 6

    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 Fire HD 6 Review

  • Best Tablet for Kids

    Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition

    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.

    Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Review

  • Best Gaming Tablet

    Nvidia Shield Tablet

    The Shield Tablet provides seriously fast performance (thanks to Nvidia's K1 processor) along with an versatile stylus and a gorgeous 1920 x 1200 display -- all in a sleek 8-inch design. Throw in the world's first Wi-Fi Direct gaming controller and the ability to stream PC games and you've got a lean, mean machine that successfully bridges the gap between mobile and PC gaming.

    Editors' Note: Nvidia issued a voluntary recall of its 8-inch Shield tablets sold between July 2015 and July 2015. The tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Nvidia will replace affected units with new ones.

    Nvidia Shield Tablet Review

  • Best Windows Tablet

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 inch

    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.

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Review