The best tablets money can buy

These high-end tablets are the cream of the crop. If you want one, expect to pay top dollar.

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There are some really great tablets out there, but a lot of them suffer from expensive prices. Pricing usually declines to a reasonable point, but only after those models are no longer shiny and new. If you don't want to wait, or don't have to, here are the tablets that offer a high-end experience for a premium price.

Tablet manufacturers make you pay for the perfect balance of fashion, function and quality -- literally. With speedy performance, sharp and colorful screens and comfortable-but-cool designs, these tablet picks are the best high-end buys any buck or bitcoin can cop.


HDR-ready for when HDR content is available.

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For the Netflix addict

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung's latest tablet is the best one it's ever made. In fact, it has the best screen we've ever seen on a tablet. With that said, the ultrasleek Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the tablet you want if you're looking to watch a lot of video. It's also HDR-ready, meaning it can handle vibrant HDR content. Unfortunately, this is all looking to the future, because there are currently no HDR movies or TV shows you can watch on the tablet -- yet. Additionally, it comes with a comfy stylus that's great for note-taking or drawing.


Big tablet with big dreams.

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For the artistic type

Apple iPad Pro

If you're more interested in making content than consuming it, the iPad Pro might be up your alley. It comes in a large 12.9-inch model, as well as a 9.7-inch model that's similar in size to the iPad Air 2. Apple offers an optional keyboard and stylus -- called the Pencil -- that allows you to treat it like a laptop or notebook. It's not meant for heavy-duty work like a full-size laptop, but if you're an artist, it works as an exceptional digital canvas for making art.


Write on with Google's latest tablet.

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For the writer on the go

Google Pixel C

Less of a drawing person and more of a writer? The aluminum-wrapped Google Pixel C has one of the coolest, most compact designs of any tablet with a keyboard. Not only that, the keyboard, which attaches magnetically, doubles as a chic protective cover. Google's known for making great Android tablets, however the company's really outdone itself with the Pixel C's impressive design. I think it's the best-looking tablet since the iPad.


A tablet that's basically a laptop.

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For the student or businessperson

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Be honest with yourself: Are you just looking for a tablet that can replace your laptop? If so, look no further than the Surface Pro 4 ($194 at Amazon). It has a larger screen and skinnier design than previous models, and houses the latest Intel processors. It's slim keyboard cover-case accessory is a big part of what makes it so great, but that's sold separately. Expect to pay top dollar for this laptop-replacement-worthy tablet.


The Lenovo Yoga 910 fits more screen into less space with a 13.9-inch display in the body of a 13-inch laptop.

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For those who want a full-time laptop and part time tablet

Lenovo Yoga 910

The Lenovo Yoga 910 ($748 at Amazon) is technically a laptop, but thanks to its touchscreen and 360-degree hinge, you can fold over its screen and use it as a tablet. It has a beautiful design, excellent performance and battery life and a great display. If you want the option of a tablet, but primarily want a kick-ass laptop, the Lenovo Yoga 910 is at the top of its class.

Want to see more? Check out our list of best tablets overall.

Editors' note: This article was originally published on April 14, 2014, and is updated regularly to reflect changes in the marketplace.