The 4th-gen iPad still stands above all tablets, with an amazing screen that renders everything in glorious 2048×1536 on its 9.7 in Retina display. The A6X chip’s quad-core graphics and the LTE browsing speeds (EE only) make it slicker and more user-friendly than ever, while the unparalleled riches of the App Store mean it’s still the most fun. too. That said, we re looking forward to an iOS refresh.
Amazing from £385
Shut the front door! Where’s the Nexus 7 gone? Fickle as ever, we’ve decided we like this DNA-sharing FonePad more. Same size and 7in screen as the Nexus, but comes with Intel inside, 3G and a microSD slot for just £20 more. Not as classy, mind you.
Best for value and performance
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
You’re a high flyer. You have work to do and neither iOS nor Android has the oomph. You need the Windows 8 Pro-running Tablet 2. It lasts all day, is powerful enough for full-fat desktop software and with the £80 keyboard dock it’s an ultraportable laptop.
from £455 ★★★★☆
Best for desktop versatility
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Whether you think it a biggerised Note II or a shrinkified Note 10.1 – and with phone functionality, it’s more of the former – the Note 8.0 is a peculiar gadget. Pricier than an iPad Mini in both Wi-Fi and 3G models, yet has that handy pen input. A marmite tab.nk it a biggerised Note II or a shrinkified Note 10.1 – and with phone functionality, it’s more of the former – the Note 8.0 is a peculiar gadget. Pricier than an iPad Mini in
from £360 ★★★★☆
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Forgetting that big bezel, the Fire HD’s 7in, 1280×800 screen packs a punch. It’s also fast and has great speakers, making it a great tablet for films, eBooks and media consumption, so long as you don’t mind the lack of apps and closed Amazon ecosystem.
Best for on-the-go business