Tablets:

Best Android tablets of 2014

Updated

Unlike Apple's closed system of hardware and software, the open-source nature of Google's Android OS makes it inviting for many hardware manufacturers to try their hand at making an Android-based device. That said, it's a system that has been slow to bear fruit when it comes to viable competitors to the Apple iPad, but that seems to be slowly changing. The following five tablets represent the highest-quality Android-based tablets currently available.

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Google Nexus 7

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

Price: $228.99 - $250.53 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $443.89 - $533.79 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $472.98 - $504.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

Android purists will find Google's mid-sized LG G Pad 8.3 more compelling, but it's pricier than the model that's overlaid with LG's skin.

4 stars Excellent

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4-inch)

The premium specs and high-end feel of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 make it well worth the high price.

Price: $314.99 - $399.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

The improved S Pen goes a long way to making this high-end tablet worth the extra cost, but if you're not sold on the stylus, it's easy to find a better deal.

Price: $365.00 - $709.60 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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