Best tablets of 2014


Here's a collection of the tablets rated highest by CNET editors. Visit our tablet page for all the latest news, and be sure to see our list of the Best Android tablets, highlighting only Android OS devices. For general tablet-shopping advice, visit our Tablet Buying Guide.

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Best Android tablet

Google Nexus 7

A low price, consistent updates, and a sharp bright screen are just a few of the many reasons the Nexus 7 stands above all other Android tablets.

4.5 stars Outstanding Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Your first choice

Apple iPad Air

Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

Price: $547.00 - $1,048.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Thinner, lighter, faster, best

A premium Android tablet for movie buffs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inch)

Samsung's best tablet to date and our top Android entertainment tablet.

4 stars Excellent

Best media consumption tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

With everything that was great about the HDX 7 and more, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 isn't just a great value, it sets the standard for a media consumption tablet.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft goes thinner, adds a bigger screen, and starts at $799 (hands-on)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Need a tablet that can do as much as your laptop? The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 can be that for you.

Best small tablet

Apple iPad Mini (with Retina Display)

It's the iPad Air in a smaller more affordable package. And with an A7 chip in tow, access to Apple's still unbeatable App Store, and a razor-sharp screen, the Mini with Retina is the best small tablet yet.

Price: $468.00 - $479.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Pricey, mighty Retina Mini is best small tablet yet

Best 4G LTE capable slate

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

While the battery is a concern, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is still a good-looking slate that's loaded with more than enough power for anything you're likely to throw at it. It's a good choice if you're looking for a more affordable iPad alternative with 4G LTE -- particularly if you've ever lost a gadget through water damage.

3.5 stars Very good