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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.