Although it won't appeal to those of you looking for the slickest slate around, the Tesco Hudl 2 has the power, display quality and build to keep the whole family happy. The wealth of child safety features are a nice addition too.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere.
The Toshiba AT300 provides a better design and more powerful processor than its predecessor and it costs less than the iPad. However, Google's Nexus 7 offers the same punch for a lot less money, if you can handle a smaller screen.
Apple's new iPad is the best tablet money can buy, thanks to winning software and a killer app selection. The new screen, camera and processor are welcome additions, though they're modest improvements compared to the still compelling iPad 2. As such, if you already own an iPad, you shouldn't feel at pains to upgrade.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is a superbly powerful tablet made as practical as a laptop by the keyboard dock. Sadly, it's let down by its outdated operating system -- it's premium in hardware, but not in software.
Amazon has stripped the tablet down to its essentials, leaving a sleek (if never sexy) media device that delivers where it counts: music, video and apps. You'll come for the price but you'll stay for the convenience, and that's just the way Amazon wants it.
Large enough to enjoy a film on but smaller than a hardback book, 8.9 inches could be the perfect size for a tablet. Add good build quality and great performance and the only thing holding back the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is its shocking price-tag.
The 10.1-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer is a great Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, but it's the cleverly designed keyboard dock that makes it really stand out from the crowd. While not perfect, the Transformer's competitive price tag makes it well worth considering.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1v has solid specs and is well designed, and Google's Honeycomb OS is a pleasure to use, but its lack of media sharing is a setback for a multimedia-focused device.
The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple's claim to being the king of tablets.
Thanks to its simple, iPhone-like user interface and responsive screen, Apple's iPad is the first tablet computer with the gadget x-factor. It won't replace your laptop for anything but the basics, but, for Web addicts, iPhone fans and technophobes, it's a tasty slice of gadget goodness
Only built-in Wi-Fi is missing from Sony's otherwise fully loaded, clamshell-style CLIE UX40 PDA.
Microsoft has dominated the business-grade 'tablet-first' 2-in-1 market for a long time with its Surface Pro range, but Dell, along with Lenovo, is now providing strong competition.
The latest Surface Pro tablet doesn't make any radical design changes, but the performance jump makes it viable as a mainstream performance laptop replacement.
As long as you aren't constrained by the stylus and are comfortable with the cost, the HP ZBook x2 G4 DreamColor delivers accurate color and smooth sketching with workstation credibility.