THE BEST Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The king of phablets returns with a steel and glass case. The Galaxy Note 5 has Qi charging and even more stylus and productivity features, like taking notes while the screen is locked. It’s got 2x the memory, but sadly its microSD slot is gone.

2015 Microsoft Surface 3

2015 Microsoft Surface 3

Like the Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3 runs the desktop version of Windows 8.1. It has a 10.8″ 1920×1280 touchscreen, an Atom CPU, a USB 3.0 port, DisplayPort and a microSD reader. The keyboard cover and stylus are sold separately.

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2015 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

2015 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

The Windows-based Yoga Tablet 2 has AnyPen technology, which lets you use anything with a metal or graphite tip – a pencil, a pen, a fork –  as a stylus. Thankfully, the screen is scratch-resistant. Wacom should get this on its tablets.

Jolla Tablet

Jolla Tablet

A high-end tablet at a competitive price. The Jolla Tablet has a 7.85” 2048×1536 display, a 1.8GHz Intel quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3400mAh battery. Its Linux-based Sailfish OS supports Android apps.

Google Nexus 9

Google Nexus 9

Google & HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet has an 8.9″ 2048×1536 IPS LCD display, HTC’s beloved dual front-facing speakers, 2GB RAM, the beastly Tegra K1 64-bit CPU – which also powers the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro aims to be a kickass media consumption device. The Android 4.4 tablet has a 13.3″ 2560×1440 display, JBL front-facing speakers, a 5W subwoofer and a built-in projector that can beam up to a 50″ display.

2014 Kindle Fire HD

2014 Kindle Fire HD

This crazy cheap tablet comes in 6″ or 7″ and has a 1280×800 display, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and the new Fire OS 4. The Kids Edition has a protective case and comes with a 2-year no questions asked replacement warranty.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Note 4 has a 5.7″ 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 16mp rear camera and a (real) metal frame. It also lets you resize and minimize app windows and drag-and-drop content between apps.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

A variant of the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge has a narrow, curved display bar that provides quick access to notifications, shortcuts and widgets. But it can also be personalized, and developers will be able to add to its functions.

Modbook Pro X

Modbook Pro X

A tablet conversion of the 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display. The Modbook Pro X will come with a digitizer pen and retain all of the laptop’s internal hardware. It will have a keyboard dock and rear keys as optional accessories.

Kensington x Mead Tablet Cases

Kensington x Mead Tablet Cases

Kensington and Mead’s upcoming line of tablet cases. Available for 7″, 8″ and 10″ tablets, the cases feature Mead’s binder and notebook brands, including the Trapper Keeper. Sadly the cheesy old designs are nowhere to be found.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung tries to match the iPad Air and iPad Mini with the Galaxy Tab S line. Available in 10.5″ and 8.4″ sizes, the tablets are only 6.6mm thick. They have a 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display, 3GB RAM and USB and microSD ports.

ASUS Transformer Book V

ASUS Transformer Book V

The crazy Transformer Book V concept has an Android smartphone that docks into a Windows 8.1 tablet, which has a keyboard attachment. It can switch between Android and Windows while in tablet and laptop mode. More here.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 has a 12″ 3:2 2160×1440 touchscreen, 4th generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU, 4GB or 8GB RAM, 64GB to 512GB storage and a digitizer pen. For some reason its keyboard cover is still sold separately though.

Zagg Auto-Fit Keyboard Case

Zagg Auto-Fit Keyboard Case

The Auto-Fit keyboard case has a spring-loaded mechanism that makes it compatible with a variety of Android tablets. Its battery lasts up to a year per charge. The 7″ version is already out, with 8″ and 10″ sizes to follow.

Samsung Galaxy Pro Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Pro Tablets

Galaxy Pro tablets have 2560×1600 screens. They have large tiles instead of app icons and let you see up to 4 windowed apps at once. The NotePro has a 12.2″ screen and a stylus while the TabPro has a 12.2″, 10.1″ or 8.4″ screen.

Lenovo ThinkPad 8

Lenovo ThinkPad 8

The ThinkPad 8 tablet runs Windows 8.1 Pro. It has an 8.3″ 1920×1200 screen, LTE, microUSB 3.0, microSD and micro-HDMI ports. Enterprise features include secure peer-to-peer file transfer and auto-VPN connection.

2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is much lighter and thinner than its predecessor. It has a 2560 x 1600 screen and runs Android 4.3. Like the Note 3, it makes good use of its stylus, with multi-window modes and note-taking shortcuts.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

A budget tablet for casual users. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet has a cylindrical edge that serves as a kickstand and ergonomic grip. The Android 4.2 tablet also boasts an 18-hour battery life and can even charge other devices.

ASUS Transformer Book T100

ASUS Transformer Book T100

The second coming of the netbook. Thanks to Intel’s new Bay Trail CPU, the Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 hybrid provides both the tablet and desktop experience (even light gaming!) at a shockingly affordable price.

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Nokia Lumia 2520

Nokia Lumia 2520

The Lumia 2520 is a Windows 8.1 RT tablet. It has a 10.1″ 1080p display, a 2.2GHz quad-core CPU, 4G LTE, microSD, microHDMI and USB 3.0 ports, a 6.7mp camera and an 8,000mAh battery that charges to 80% in just one hour.

iPad Mini w/ Retina Display

iPad Mini w/ Retina Display

It may look the same as last year’s model, but the new iPad Mini is a beast, because it has the same specs as the new iPad Air. It now has a 2048 x 1536 7.9″ screen, 64-bit A7 CPU, M7 motion processor and MIMO Wi-Fi antennas.

RCA Internet Music System

RCA Internet Music System

A speaker dock with a 7″ Android tablet. Stream audio and video from Android apps and more. It also has an HDMI output, FM Radio and a CD Player. The best thing about it could be its rumored price: $178. Available at Walmart soon.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell Venue 11 Pro

If the Surface Pro 2 is out of your budget, wait for the Dell Venue Pro 11. The Windows 8.1 tablet has a 10.6″ 1080p screen, Intel Core i3/i5 CPU, up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and has a removable battery. Starts at $500. Out 11/13.

Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon may have just made the ultimate consumer’s tablets. The HDX 7″ and HDX 8.9 tablets have displays with beyond 1080p resolution, quad-core CPUs and a free, live and interactive tech support service called Mayday.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft improves its already impressive tablet-laptop hybrid. Surface Pro 2 has a 1.6GHz Intel Haswell Core i5 CPU, 8-hour battery life and up to 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. It will come with a stylus and Windows 8.1. Drops 10/22/13.

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