Tablets put everything you need right at your fingertips, from the Web and Facebook to games and email. And while these devices started as mere PC companions, they’re becoming powerful enough for all your computing needs. The trick is getting the right slate for you.
While iPads provide the best app selection, there are plenty of compelling Android alternatives, including affordable 7-inch tablets. Windows 8 slates and hybrids target more productivity minded shoppers. Kids can also find compelling mixes of fun and education. At Laptop Mag, we test and rate all the major tablets based on design, features, performance, battery life and value. The very best devices make our top 10 list.
The new iPad Air is the lightest and most compact big-screen tablet you can buy, cramming a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina Display into a 1-pound design. You can easily use the Air with one hand when reading or surfing the Web. When it's time to game or create content, you'll appreciate the blazing 64-bit A7 chip on the inside. When you add in the Air's nearly 12 hours of battery life and access to 475,000 apps, it's easy to see why it's the top tablet.