Tablets are quickly becoming the mobile computing device of choice, but they’re definitely not all created equal. The very best tablets offer a great combination of design, features, performance and overall value. The slates you want to avoid are those that get 2.5 stars or lower in our evaluations. Many of these clunkers offer low-res displays, lackluster battery life, sluggish performance, or all of the above. Here are the tablets at the very top—and the absolute bottom—of our list of in-depth reviews.
Weighing just 1 pound, Apple's iPad Air is the lightest full-size tablet on the market. And with its gorgeous Retina display, powerful 64-bit A7 processor and iOS 7 operating system, it's easily the best iPad yet. The more than 475,000 tablet apps available for the Air seal the deal.