The 10 best tablets you can buy in 2017


Update: The best tablet in 2017 remains the iPad Pro, edging out all of the best Android tablets even after nearly a year since it launched in the US. Apple’s vast app ecosystem made this decision easy. Here are the best iOS, Android and Kindle tablets ranked for February.

The best tablets in 2017 are all about combination. They all offer thin-and-light designs, but have decent keyboard and desktop-style experiences.

A good tablets makes you ask the question: Why do I even need a laptop? Here’s the problem. There are a lot of choices out there, from Apple’s larger iPad Pro to Android’s Google Nexus and Samsung tablets. 

And it’s more than just iOS 10 and Android Nougat devices, unlike the best smartphones – Kindle and Windows tablets actually make an appearance, too.

We rank tablets based on multiple factors, including performance, battery life, screen quality and more, with price playing an important part in the final tally.

If none of the best tablets here take your fancy then head on over to our tablet reviews pages, where you’ll find in-depth reviews for many more models.

Let us know your thoughts on the top 10 (and what order you think they should go in) in the comment box below.

iPad Pro 9 7

1. iPad Pro 9.7

A brilliant tablet that brings power to portability

Weight: 437g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A9X | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB/128GB/256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: TBC | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great speakers

Pencil and keyboard support

Pricey with accessories

Not as much RAM as larger iPad Pro

The best tablet you can buy right now is the iPad Pro 9.7 – the smaller screen with powerful innards is the best combination on the market.

While there are plenty of brilliant Android tablets around at the moment, the newest iPad offers a lot of the power of the larger iPad Pro, along with the Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, but brings it in a much more bag-and-palm friendly size. Oh, and those four speakers are just brilliant too!

There’s no Apple iPad Pro 2 release date just yet, or even confirmation that such a tablet exists. You’re safe to buy this one right now.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 9.7