Best tabletsUpdated April 23, 2014 4:35 PM PDT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.