Tablets:

Best Android tablets of 2014

Updated

Unlike Apple's closed system of hardware and software, the open-source nature of Google's Android OS makes it inviting for many hardware manufacturers to try their hand at making an Android-based device. That said, it's a system that has been slow to bear fruit when it comes to viable competitors to the Apple iPad, but that seems to be slowly changing. The following five tablets represent the highest-quality Android-based tablets currently available.

Google Nexus 7

For just £199, you can't go wrong with a Nexus 7. If you have more to spend, I think you'll enjoy an iPad mini more, but for the price it can't be beaten.

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4.5 stars Outstanding

Best pure gaming tablet

Nvidia Shield Tablet

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.

4 stars Excellent

Best large media tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inch)

Samsung's best tablet to date and our top Android entertainment tablet.

4 stars Excellent

Feature-rich, small, and powerful

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

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.

4 stars Excellent

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

The LG G Pad 8.3 has a good screen and a spritely processor and wraps it up in an attractive metal body. For £250, it's a good choice if you're already an Android user or simply don't want to splash the extra cash on the iPad mini.

4 stars Excellent
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