Best tablets

The best tablets you can buy – 2015 Edition

Buying a tablet is not a unique experience – it’s pretty much the same as buying a smartphone.

Key considerations are going to include display size, ecosystem (operating system) and battery life, and to a lesser extent processing power (speed). A vibrant display, access to a quality app marketplace, solid battery life and snappy performance can all be found in one device, but with so many tablets on the market finding one which ticks all the right boxes can be difficult.

Which is why we are here. Below, we have listed the best tablets you can buy and we will be keeping this list updated throughout the year to keep it current. So without further ado, let’s jump into the tablet market and take a look at the best tablets you can buy:

Best Android tablet: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 

It doesn’t have a great name, but the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is the tablet that Android users should buy this year (so far). It’s got killer battery life, a stunning 8-inch display, plenty of power, access to Google Play’s 1.3 million apps and it even looks fantastic AND it has an IP65/IP68 rating, which means it’s waterproof and dustproof.

At a glance:

  • 8-inch IPS 1,200 x 1,920 display;
  • 4,500mAh battery (15-hours of HD movie playback, 41 days standby);
  • Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM (super-fast);
  • Around £299.99 online.

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Second best Android tablet: Google/HTC Nexus 9

The HTC/Google Nexus 9 is a slightly newer tablet than the Xperia Compact and it benefits from Android updates quicker than any other tablet, along with stock Android Lollipop. The Nexus 9 tablet is fast, great to hold and further benefits from a vibrant display and snappy processor. It isn’t as thin or as nice to use overall as the Xperia, but it’s the best 8.9-inch Android tablet.

At a glance:

  • 8.9-inch IPS 2,048 x 1,536 display;
  • 6,700mAh battery (9.5 hours of HD movie playback, 30 days standby);
  • Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with 2GB RAM (fast);
  • £319.00 from Google Play.

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Best Apple tablet: Apple iPad Air 2

The Apple iPad Air 2 is all most people will ever need in a tablet with arguably the best ecosystem of all operating systems, a great display and brilliant battery life. Apple will update the Air 2 with the Air 3 soon, but for us the Air 2 is worth buying now because it’s overpowered as it is and able to run all iOS apps comfortably. It’s also super-thin and extremely well made.

At a glance:

  • 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 display;
  • 8,826mAh battery (10-hours of HD movie playback, 30 days standby);
  • A8X processor with 2GB RAM (super-fast);
  • £399 – £659 from Apple, depending on capacity.

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Second best Apple tablet: iPad Mini 3

The original iPad Mini was an excellent product, and the third iteration builds on the original as well as the second with Touch ID, a faster processor and a better display. Depending on who you ask, this is the best sub 8-inch tablet on the planet and it offers everything the iPad Air 2 does only in a smaller (albeit slightly thicker) package.

At a glance:

  • 7.9-inch 2,048 x 1,356 display;
  • 6,471mAh battery (10 hours of HD movie playback, 30 days standby);
  • A7 processor with 2GB RAM (fast);
  • £319 – £479 from Apple, depending on capacity.

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Best Windows tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is hands-down the best tablet in the world if you want to get proper work (document creation, photo editing, music editing) done. It’s much lighter and thinner than you might think and it’s got one of the best tablet displays we’ve ever seen. With full Windows 8.1, you get access to the Windows App Store and can run all x64 programs.

At a glance:

  • 12-inch 2,160 x 1,440 display;
  • 26,000mAh battery (9 hours of HD video playback, 60 days standby);
  • Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 with 4GB or 8GB RAM (super-fast);
  • £639 – £1,649 from Microsoft.

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Second Best Windows tablet: ASUS Transformer Book T100TA

Is it a tablet or is it a laptop? Thanks to a detachable screen, the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA is both. This is an affordable Windows 8.1 tablet that offers a bright and perfectly acceptable experience, if nothing electrifying. What it is good at is normal workflow, something that Android tablets and Apple tablets can’t match. Recommended as a budget buy.

At a glance:

  • 10.1-inch 1,366 x 768 display;
  • 8,060mAh battery (7 hours of HD video playback, 14 days standby);
  • Intel Atom processor with 2GB RAM;
  • £299.99 or cheaper online.

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So there we have it, what we believe to be the best tablets you can buy. Do you own any of these tablets? Perhaps you have a different tablet that isn’t listed? Share your opinions with me by commenting below or join us on Facebook and Twitter for a discussion.

Happy tablet buying!

The Editor

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  • techlech

    What tablet do you own?

  • Once an Apple fan

    I have an iPad 2 and it’s slowed down considerably since I bought it, makes me wonder whether or not Apple does this intentionally as my iPhone 4S is also dog-slow.

    • techlech

      It’s a conspiracy!

      Seriously though, Apple doesn’t do that…