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.
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.
The Galaxy Tab S is a dazzling iPad alternative that packs a best-in-class Super AMOLED display, which makes everything from movies and photos to games pop off the screen. We also love the very thin and light design, which is even slimmer than the iPad Air. Samsung adds some clever software innovations, such as SideSync 3.0 for taking calls from your tablet via your Galaxy phone. Add in about 9 hours of battery life and you have a compelling Android tablet for work and play.
The best tablet for entertainment is also the best option for children. The Fire HDX 8.9 gives Amazon Prime members ($99 per year) a host of compelling books, movies and TV shows for free on a sharp, full-HD display. A special Mayday button in the interface allows you to get live, video support on the tablet 24/7. Parents will love FreeTime, a feature that allows them to limit the time their kids spend on the tablet. Coming later this fall: dynamic light control for a better reading experience and a family library feature for sharing accounts within a household.
If you're serious about productivity, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 gives you the best of both worlds. You get a full-powered laptop and a 12-inch slate with a sharp 2160 x 1440p screen, all in one device. We also like the improved kickstand, whose flexibility allows for both a more comfortable typing experience and an easier way to use the included digital pen. Just keep in mind that the Type Cover keyboard costs extra.
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.
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.
Perfect for those who need their tablet to be a workhorse, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 includes an active stylus and snappy optional keyboard in addition to its business-friendly design. The left side even houses a full-size USB 2.0 port. Starting at $599, this Windows 8 slate comes packing an Intel Atom Z3795 processor, which resulted in solid performance and an above average 8:43 in battery endurance.
Sony probably isn't the first name to come to mind when you think of tablets, but the Z2 deserves your attention. This device isn't just thinner and lighter than the iPad Air; it can also survive being submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. That means you can use the Z2 worry-free in the kitchen or by the pool. Extralong battery life solidifies this Sony model as a top pick.