Tablets:

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: $449.83 - $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: $694.29 - $762.95 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.

4 stars Excellent

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

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: $950.00 - $950.00 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

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: $315.20 - $501.30 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.

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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