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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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: $459.49 - $499.99 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.

Price: $497.99 - $533.79 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $189.00 - $249.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best Android tablet gets even better

Super-large and packed with features

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi, black)

Samsung continues to refine its tablet interface with each iteration. The Galaxy Note Pro has the best one yet.

Price: $629.99 - $769.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best small tablet

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: $355.00 - $399.99 Check prices

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

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.

Price: $339.99 - $379.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Best productivity tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer.

Price: $809.99 - $949.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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