Updated: Best tablet for 2016: our top 10 ranking


The best tablets of 2016 have maximized the mobile experience with larger displays, from Apple’s large-and-in-charge iPad Pro and to Android’s-powered Google Nexus and Samsung slates.

And it’s more than just iOS 9 and Android devices, unlike the best smartphones. Windows plays a limited role with its larger laptop-replacements if that’s what you need from Lenovo and Asus.

All of our top picks posses even more versatility. Tablets for work by day, then have to be able to turn into primary sources of entertainment for kids by night, whether they’re 7 or 9.7 or 12.2 inches.

Just as important, they feature wider price ranges, more efficient processors, longer battery life and thinner and lighter designs for the first half of 2016 than years past.

Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy and Google’s Nexus tablets get that right more than ever, especially with iOS 10 and Android N launching this year, making these the best tablets even better.

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We’ve made it easy for you and pulled together the best tablets of the moment available right now.

It’s a difficult process divining which place each of these excellent tablets should occupy in our list, so we take into account multiple elements including performance, battery life, screen quality and more.

Price plays a part, as does age: a tablet that’s been replaced by a sequel will tumble down the rankings as you can get all the great features on a better slate.

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 whether you think we’ve got the order wrong) in the comment box below.

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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 9.3 | 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 new 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!

Read the full review: iPad Pro 9.7