Tablets make the ultimate couch companion, but even the sharpest and most powerful slates are useless if they can’t handle hours of Web surfing, gaming and video streaming. That’s why we’ve compiled the longest-lasting tablets we’ve ever tested. Every slate on this list lasted at least 8 hours on our battery test, which consists of continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi with the brightness set to 150 nits. If you need a tablet that can handle your Netflix addiction with ease, look no further.
With nearly 14 hours of battery life, the LG G Pad 10.1 most definitely wins the endurance race. But the tablet goodness doesn't stop there. This slate sports a bright 10.1-inch display with 128- x 800-pixel resolution. It comes with 16GB of flash memory, but -- unlike much of the competition -- you can add up to 32GB more via the microSD card slot. Plus, the preloaded QPair app can quickly pair your smartphone with your tablet.
Uniquely, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ features an adjustable kickstand and hinge, which allows you to stand the tablet up for better viewing. And you'll be able to stream plenty of Netflix, thanks to the 13:01 of battery life endurance. This $349 Android tablet features a full-HD 1920 x 1200-pixel display and front-facing speakers for an even better cinema experience.
The 12 hours and 37 minutes of battery life is a good reason to love the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, but it's not the only one. This 10-inch Android 4.4 KitKat tablet sports a built-in kickstand and curved edge that allows you to use the tablet in multiple modes. The front-facing speakers positively boom audio at you, and the $269 price tag is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, on the software front, Lenovo adds a quick-settings menu called Bottom Switch, which gives you easy access to various settings.
The vivid, 1280 x 800 IPS display and solid audio quality are enough reasons to give the LG G Pad 7 a second look. But the bottom dollar price of $150 makes this Android KitKat tablet a must buy. Add to that a marathon endurance of 11 hours and 18 minutes and you've got a no-brainer holiday gift on your hands. We also love that you can add to the 8GB of onboard storage via a microSD card slot.
Apple's iPad mini finally has a Retina display, and it's just as good as you'd imagined. But what you may not have expected from this iOS 7-powered slate is that it would get a crazy long 11 hours and 6 minutes of battery life over Wi-Fi. Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina display features Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor, making this one screaming fast slate.
Amazon adds so much value to its tablet line, at least for Prime members who enjoy free movies, TV shows, e-books and music. But even non-Prime members will love the Fire HDX 8.9 because of its excellent parental controls, attractive design and brilliant 2560 x 1600-pixel display. Plus, this Android-based tablet will keep going for an amazing 10 hours and 19 minutes.
The massive Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has "laptop replacement" written all over it, with the battery life to back it up. This mega-slate endured 9 hours and 32 seconds on our battery test, which should give you plenty of time to utilize its neat multitasking features and stylus apps. The Note Pro 12.2 is built for the office, and you won't have to worry about it running out of juice when you need it most.
Sony's stylish Xperia Z2 is the rare tablet that can survive being dunked in water, but that's not its only impressive endurance trait. This slim 10-incher lasted a solid 9 hours and 30 seconds on our battery test, which, combined with its water resistance, makes it an ideal companion for kicking back by the pool all day without a charger.
The industry standard for tablets is also one of the longest lasting, with 9 hours and 20 minutes of endurance. The Apple iPad Air 2 also boasts a gorgeous display in a super-thin design. The A8X chip ensures zippy performance. A sharper camera will capture all your precious moments. And, while the competition is catching up, Apple still maintains the best tablet-friendly app selection on the market.
Fire up the Dell Venue 11 Pro, and you've got a solid Windows 8.1 tablet that will last through 8 hours on a single charge. Attach it to the optional keyboard dock, and you've got a mini laptop that lasts a stunning 15 hours and 40 seconds. Factor in the slate's crisp 1080p display and zippy performance, and you've got a hybrid that can handle a day's work—and then some— on a single charge.