Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 ( 2014)
Impressive Amazon features and an outstanding display make the the Fire HDX 8.9 one of the best and most affordable media consumption tablets.
Apple iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.
Apple iPad Mini 3
One of last year's best, the iPad Mini 3 is still a compelling choice despite the lack of upgrades. However, the nearly identical and significantly cheaper iPad Mini 2 is a smarter buy.
Nvidia Shield Tablet ( 32GB, Wi-Fi, LTE)
Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S ( 8.4-inch, bronze)
With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S ( 10.5-inch, white)
An exceptional screen and a long list of software goodies make the Galaxy Tab S Samsung's best tablet to date and our top Android choice for an entertainment 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.
Huawei MediaPad X1
Although the MediaPad X1's software is unquestionably clunky, it still has a lot going for it. If you're struggling to decide between buying a new phone or a new tablet, the X1's 4G LTE capabilities make it a fair compromise.
Kobo Arc 10 HD
If you can get past the clunky design, the Kobo Arc 10 HD offers a unique tablet experience for avid readers.
Nokia Lumia 2520 ( black)
Unless you want a Windows RT tablet with cellular connection, skip the Lumia 2520 and get the Surface 2 instead.