Best Tablets

Check out the best tablets, as rated by Digital Trends' expert reviewers.

Best Tablets

The idea of a touch tablet was introduced by Microsoft at the turn of the century, but it took a decade and a re-imagination by Apple to make them a reality. The iPad is the original tablet of the new generation and leads the market, though challengers running Google's Android operating system, BlackBerry, and Windows 8 are emerging to battle for supremacy. Who leads the pack? Check below to find out which tablets we recommend most.

Our best tablets list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Apple iPad Mini 2

The second iPad Mini is our favorite tablet of 2013, and the current tablet to beat. We wish it cost less than $400.

  • Pros: Adds a high-res Retina screen, Thin, light, and…
  • Cons: Camera quality has not improved, A hair thicker…
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Features 4G
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Carrier AT&T
  • Operating System iOS
Our Score: 9
Viewer Score: 10.0

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

The Nexus 7 is, again, the king of all Android tablets. At $230, it’s still affordable, and with a Full HD screen, it’s never looked better.

  • Pros: Gorgeous Full HD screen, Powerful processor…
  • Cons: No MicroSD card slot, More expensive than $200…
  • Operating System Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Features Front-Facing Camera
  • Carrier None
  • Wi-Fi Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
Our Score: 9
Viewer Score: 10.0

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is the best 10.1-inch Android tablet available, and is so thin and light people literally say “wow” when they hold it.

  • Pros: Incredibly thin and light, Vibrant…
  • Cons: Lacks tablet app selection of iPad, Rear camera…
  • Screen Size 10" - 12"
  • Features 4G
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n
  • Operating System Android
  • Bluetooth Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

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Apple iPad Air

The iPad Air is probably the best 10-inch tablet we’ve ever used, but if you want one tablet, we recommend holding out for the iPad Mini with Retina.

  • Pros: Thin and light, looks great, Powerful 64-bit…
  • Cons: Speakers are a step down from iPad 4, Camera…
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 8"- 10"
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Carrier AT&T
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 10.0

LG G Pad 8.3

At $350, the LG G Pad 8.3 is too expensive if stacked next to its top competitors, but if you have the money, it’s an absolutely fantastic tablet.

  • Pros: Perfect 8-inch screen size, Comfortable to hold…
  • Cons: More expensive than top competitors, Rear speakers…
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 8"- 10"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier Optional
  • Wi-Fi Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Industry-leading processing power and a newbie-friendly Mayday feature make the Fire HDX a nice first tablet, but it’s uncomfortable rigid edges and power/volume button positioning leaves a lot to be desired. Amazon app selection is also still weak.

  • Pros: Mayday video tech support works, Great screen…
  • Cons: Isn’t as comfortable to hold as the Nexus 7…
  • Features 4G
  • Operating System Android
  • Bluetooth None
  • Carrier Optional
  • Screen Size Under 8"
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Asus Memo Pad HD 7

The Memo Pad is a slight upgrade to the 2012 Nexus 7, which means a lower-resolution screen and weaker processor, but for $150, it’s a great deal.

  • Pros: Inexpensive but not cheap, Light, comfortable…
  • Cons: Screen attracts fingerprints, Asus User Interface…
  • Operating System Android
  • Features Expandable Memory
  • Carrier None
  • Screen Size Under 8"
  • Wi-Fi Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-inch)

The Galaxy Tab 3 line family are priced reasonably and offer a great Android tablet experience in every way you'd expect. We prefer the 8-inch model.

  • Pros: Beautiful display, Comfortable, attractive design…
  • Cons: Speakers easily covered by hands, So-so camera
  • Features 4G
  • Screen Size 8"- 10"
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier None
  • Wi-Fi Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 8.0

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

The Xperia Tablet Z is so thin and light people will literally say ‘wow,’ and despite occasional lag and a needed Android 4.2 update, it’s one of the best tablets available.

  • Pros: Incredibly thin and light, Vibrant…
  • Cons: Runs older version of Android, Google Play store…
  • Screen Size 10" - 12"
  • Features 4G
  • Operating System Android
  • Carrier None
  • Wi-Fi Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 10.0

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

The Galaxy Note 12.2 is big and expensive, but if you like to write or draw, it’s the best tablet out there.

  • Pros: Good size for S Pen use and multitasking…
  • Cons: Occasional performance stuttering, Screen isn’t…
  • Screen Size 12" - 14"
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Features 4G
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Operating System Android
Our Score: 7
Viewer Score: 0

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