Best large tablets

Updated April 14, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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

For 2013, Apple has given the full-size iPad a makeover, with a thinner, lighter design based on the Mini's, and the same superfast innards as in the new iPhone 5S.

Price: $465.99 - $499.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Thinner, lighter, faster, best

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.

Price: $697.99 - $749.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

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: $339.00 - $379.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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.

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $929.99 - $929.99 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: $349.99 - $469.80 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Google Nexus 10

The Nexus 10's superior design and swift performance make it one of the best Android tablets to date.

Price: $399.00 - $399.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best tablet value

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 - $299.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony Xperia Tablet Z (16GB)

Though awash in features, the Xperia Tablet Z's $500 price is a decidedly bitter pill to swallow when a better, cheaper alternative exists for $100 less.

Price: $448.00 - $542.34 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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