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.
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.
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.
A tablet made for work, the 12-inch Toshiba dynaPad packs Windows 10, an active stylus, a 1080p display and more, all for an affordable $569. Weighing a mere 1.27 pounds, the dynaPad is lighter than both the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro. The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of flash storage. The machine's stylus has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, twice as many as you'll find in Microsoft's Surface Pen. For $99, you can get the tablet's optional keyboard dock, which has deep, bouncy keys we enjoyed typing on.