Tablets:

Best large tablets of 2014

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Tablets with 10-inch screens offer an experience that is closer to a laptop than a smartphone. Web pages display at their natural size. Movies and games are more immersive. Apps can be designed without the constraints of the smartphone's pocket-size screen. The Apple iPad is the best known among the 10-inch tablets, but there are an increasing amount of strong challengers to its throne.

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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: $457.99 - $499.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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

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

Not quite a workstation replacement, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is an expensive behemoth of a tablet with a vast amount of features that will benefit only the most serious of tablet users.

Price: $629.99 - $769.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

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: $375.00 - $531.32 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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

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: $495.00 - $504.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T

Despite its bulky design, the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is one of the best 10-inch Android tablet values available, but it's worth your time to also look closely at its competition.

Price: $336.99 - $469.80 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

The Nook HD+ is a low-price, quality entry point into the world of tablets, especially now that it has full Google Play support.

Price: $179.00 - $179.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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