Editors' Choice

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

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Our Score 8

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Review

  • Good size for S Pen use and multitasking
  • Reasonably thin and light for size
  • Bright, high-res screen
  • Great speakers
  • MicroSD support
  • Good battery life
  • Occasional performance stuttering
  • Screen isn’t IPS or OLED
  • $700-$750 price tag is high
  • Difficult to move around with due to size
Our Score 7

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review

  • 1080p screen
  • 8-inch size is comfortable to hold
  • Good battery life for Windows
  • MicroSD slot for expanded memory
  • Universal USB charging
  • Some menus are too small to use comfortably
  • Windows 8.1 apps are scarce and lacking
  • 7-8 hour battery life lower than Android and iPad
  • No stylus
  • Volume toggle squeaks when pressed
Our Score 6

Dell Venue 11 Pro Review

  • Nice 1080 IPS screen
  • Solid feel
  • Very configurable
  • Good battery life
  • Much pricier than the 8-inch model
  • Heavy for a tablet
Our Score 6

Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

  • Nice IPS screen
  • Active Stylus support
  • Build quality feels solid
  • Decent battery life
  • Stylus sold separately
  • No HDMI-out
  • We still need (way) more Win 8 apps
  • Weaker performance than some ARM tablets
Our Score 6

Nokia Lumia 2520 Review

  • Comfortable design
  • Great speakers
  • Superb battery life
  • MicroSD and SIM card support
  • Windows RT 8.1 interface can frustrate
  • Windows lacks app variety of iPad/Android
  • $500 price tag is steep
  • $150 price for keyboard dock is also steep
  • Rear camera doesn’t impress
Our Score 6

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 Review

  • Durable construction
  • Useful buttons for system functions
  • User serviceable and upgradable
  • Strong performance for a tablet
  • Extremely expensive
  • Heavy and thick
  • Below-average battery life
  • Loud system fan
Our Score 7

Dell Venue 8 Review

  • Comfortable and lightweight design
  • Stock Android 4.2.2 and minimal pre-loaded apps
  • Decent battery life
  • Screen is a fingerprint magnet
  • Glossy display is too reflective at some angles
  • Performance is only average
Our Score 6

Apple iPad Mini 2 Review

  • Adds a high-res Retina screen
  • Thin, light, and comfortable to hold
  • Powerful 64-bit processor
  • New Wi-Fi antennas are fast
  • iOS 7 runs smooth
  • Battery life is still 10 hours
  • Camera quality has not improved
  • A hair thicker and heavier than iPad Mini
  • $400 price tag is steep for a compact tablet
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Some users complain about iOS 7’s new look
Our Score 9