Tablets:

Best tablets of 2014

Updated

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.

Apple's best tablet yet

Apple iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.

Price: $489.00 - $529.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Still the gold standard for tablets

Best pure gaming tablet

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.

Price: $299.99 - $315.99 Check prices

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.

Price: $379.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Feature-rich, small, and powerful

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.

Price: $389.99 - $399.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best productivity tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.

Price: $770.89 - $960.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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