Best premium tablets
You pay a premium for these high-end slates, but the cream of the crop comes at a cost.
There are some really great tablets out there, but a lot of them suffer from expensive starting prices. Pricing usually declines to a reasonable point, but only after the slates are no longer shiny and new. If you don't want to wait, or don't have to, I've gathered the slates that offer a high-end experience for a premium price.
With speedy performance, sharp and colorful screens and comfortable-but-cool designs, tablet manufacturers make you pay for the perfect balance of fashion, function and quality -- literally. Whether you've been saving up all summer for a slate or are just picking up a third to use exclusively to buy rare caviar, these tablet picks are the best high-end buys any buck or bitcoin can cop.
The Apple iPad is the Brad Pitt of tablets -- if you've got the money to spend, it's a great choice, but a better suited possibility may be out there. However, if you're an iPhone user, the iPad supersizes that experience in an ultra-cool package. Like most Apple gadgets, they rock a premium price to complement their premium design. Read more about the Apple iPad Air 2.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S devices take the cake in the stunning screen category. Their vibrant super-AMOLED HD screens display richly saturated colors, black levels as dark as the abyss and lifelike sharpness. The 8.4- and 10.5-inch tablets are also sleekly designed and pack fingerprint scanners for extra security. Samsung releases a slew of slates every year, but the Tab S pair preeminently stands out as its best effort yet. Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Google's latest tablet provides an exceptional Android experience in a fashionably subdued package. In addition to running the latest Lollipop 5.0 operating system, it houses one of the most powerful mobile processors and boasts state-of-the-art graphics. You won't find a fingerprint scanner on it -- or any other fancy bells or whistles -- but the tablet's speedy performance and solid build speak for itself. Read more about the Google Nexus 9 here.
The Microsoft Surface remains one of the best productivity tablets available and the refreshed Pro 3 boasts a thinner, lighter design, and a larger, sharper screen. The slick removable keyboard cover and built-in kick-stand give the Surface a cool-yet-functional edge and its design -- inside and out -- is geared toward those who need to get work done. Read more about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
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