Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in tablets.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch review

Does the 9.7-inch iPad Pro hold its own as a tablet, and can it challenge laptops? Read our full review to find out. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Dell Venue 8 7000 Review

  • Best Android tablet
  • Gorgeous, metal design
  • Amazing, depth-sensing cameras
  • High-end specs
  • No Lollipop
  • Depth effects take time to process
Our Score 9

HP ElitePad 1000 Review

  • Attractive design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Improved display and performance
  • Long battery life
  • Expensive
  • No real ports without optional jacket
  • Processor still slow
Our Score 6

Nvidia Shield Tablet Review

  • Powerful processor
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Lots of ports for connectivity
  • Sharp front-facing camera
  • Great for gamers
  • Chunky and slightly heavy
  • Battery doesn’t last long while gaming
  • Limited storage options
Our Score 7

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

  • It costs $100
  • Bright color options
  • Ideal for kids
  • Sturdy build
  • Bad camera
  • Kind of heavy for its size
  • Laggy performance
  • Limited apps and storage
Our Score 6

Nexus 9 Review

  • Thin, light, and portable design
  • Sharp screen is great for videos
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Lollipop is pure Android perfection
  • Flimsy build flexes
  • Weird, uneven camera bulge
  • No MicroSD card
  • Limited storage options
Our Score 8

Apple iPad Mini 3 Review

  • Touch ID sensor
  • High-quality retina screen
  • Great size for reading
  • As good as any
  • Limited upgrade over iPad Mini 2
  • Last year’s specs offer little incentive to…
  • Entry-level model’s 16GB of storage doesn’t…
Our Score 5

Apple iPad Air 2 Review

  • Thinner than any other Apple device
  • Screen brighter than iPad Air
  • Powerful new processor is a step up
  • iPads have best app selection of any tablet
  • Improved rear camera
  • Touch ID added
  • 16GB model does not have enough storage
  • Speaker quality worse than Air 1
  • iPad Air 1 is $100 cheaper
  • Not water resistant
  • No MicroSD storage options
Our Score 9

Dell Venue 8 3000 series Review

  • Light and comfortable to hold
  • Stock Android 4.4
  • Good battery life
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Only 1GB of RAM makes for sluggish multitasking
  • Severe performance problems
  • Strange button and port layout
  • Single speaker
Our Score 5