The 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro is the best tablet yet. We love the sleek design and stunning True Tone display, which makes the most of the 1 million tablet-specific apps available in the iOS App Store. Not only can this slate's 12-megapixel camera shoot in 4K, the A9X processor inside can also edit multiple 4K streams without a hiccup. Plus, this more portable Pro tablet lasts a remarkable 10 hours and 53 minutes on a charge, and it supports the $99 Apple Pencil.
You'll come for the two-year "worry free" guarantee where Amazon will replace the Fire Kids Edition if your child breaks it. You'll stay for the extremely robus parental controls and the one year subscription to Freetime Unlimited, an all-you-can-eat video and app service with tons of age-appropriate content.
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.
While most tablets are designed to amuse one person at a time, the 10.1-inch Yoga Tab 3 Pro features a built-in projector for beaming movies, presentations or family photos onto a screen or wall. Better still, this powerful Android slate has a colorful 2560 x 1600 display, powerful speakers, a convenient kickstand and a luxurious leather back.
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.
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.
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 pumps a lot of volume, but we love it for its support of hi-res sound files, the kind that true audiophiles collect and treasure. The tablet's quad-core and dual-core CPUs make it one of the faster Android tablets we've tested, and its bright, vibrant display is great for streaming movies and music videos. This 9.7-inch slate is as gorgeous as it is speedy, with an aluminum design with bevelled edges that will make some think it's an iPad.