Google Nexus 9 ( 32gb, black)
The Google Nexus 9's premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates render it one of the best high-end Android tablets.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 ( 64GB, Wi-Fi/4G, Verizon)
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 ( silver, 64GB)
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 ( silver, 128GB, 3G/4G)
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S ( 8.4-inch, 32gb, 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.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 ( 32GB, black)
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.
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.
Toshiba Excite Write
Though it doesn't have any glaring problems, $600 is way too much for a tablet that fails to stand out in any significant way.
Asus Vivo Tab RT ( 32GB, Wi-fi)
With its vivid screen, sturdy build, and sleek user interface, the Asus Vivo Tab RT is an excellent tablet in its own right -- but it can't beat the innovative Microsoft Surface RT.
Microsoft Surface RT
If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.