Tablets with the brightest screens

Need a tablet that can shine in the face of direct sunlight? We've gathered the best of the brightest slates just for you.

Nokia Lumia 2520
The brightest tablet on this list will shock you. James Martin/CNET

If you want a tablet with a screen that shines bright like a diamond, look no further than this list. A super-bright screen isn't just another great way to eat up your tablet's battery life, it's also useful when enjoying your tablet in a bright environment.

If you've ever tried to use a tablet outdoors, or in direct sunlight, the screen can be highly reflective and difficult to see, but cranking up the brightness usually helps -- if your tablet's screen packs that kind of power. We've gathered the best of the brightest for your viewing pleasure, but if you're interested in the best screen --period -- check out our list of tablets with the best screens, or best tablets.

TabletMaximum brightness (in cd/m2)Screen resolutionPixel density (ppi)Screen size (in inches)
Nokia Lumia 25206761,920x1,08021810.1
Google Nexus 7 (2013)5701,920x1,2003237
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+4961,920x1,2802569
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.94722,560x1,6003398.9

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
It's not the brightest on the list, but it is the most pixel-packed. Josh Miller/CNET

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Bigger and brighter than its 7-inch counterpart, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 model is a speedy and sharp mid-size tablet. It performs like a smooth operator with a zippy CPU and it boasts the most pixel-dense screen on the list. The HDX 8.9 also rocks a comfortable, utilitarian-chic design to-boot.

The Nook HD+ tablet.
The Nook HD+ tablet packs the Google Play app store. James Martin/CNET

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

It might be a little old, but the the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ still packs the right (and bright) stuff. Bookworms will enjoy the reading software extras, but bargain shoppers will love its budget price. Within its slightly restrictive OS, unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 above, the Nook HD+ offers full access to the Google Play App store.

The Google Nexus 7 is the Nexus 10's smaller, brighter sibling. Josh Miller/CNET

Google Nexus 7

For an affordable price, the Google Nexus 7 houses a pure version of Android in a compact and comfortable build. It's great for on-the-go types, also coming in a 4G LTE version, and its screen, though small, is one the brightest around. The tiny but mighty Nexus 7 is also the only 7-incher on this list.

Nokia Lumia 2520
The Nokia Lumia 2520 was the second Windows RT tablet released in 2013. James Martin/CNET

Nokia Lumia 2520

If you simply must have the brightest screen available, buyer beware. Despite being at the top of the list, the Windows RT packing Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a few downsides; it has the lowest pixel-resolution and PPI, in comparison to the other tablets on the list, and some models have been recently recalled due to electrical issues. Don't say I didn't warn you.