Update: iOS 10 has actually landed for the Apple tablets – and with Nougat on the way for most of the Android slates, the list is chock-full of interesting options.
The best tablets of 2016 are everything about mix, with the majority of providing a good keyboard and desktop-style experience to sound the death knell for laptops.
Best Tablet You Can Buy Now
From Apple’s bigger iPad Pro to Android’s Google Nexus and Samsung tablets, there’s a lot of choice out there. And it’s more than simply iOS 10 and Android Marshmallow devices (with Android Nougat updates coming quickly too), unlike the best smartphones – Windows makes a look too.
In regards to how we choose which goes where, we rank them based upon multiple components consisting of performance, battery life, screen quality and more, with price playing a vital part too.
If none of the best tablets here take your elegant then head on over to our tablet reviews pages, where you’ll find thorough evaluations for a lot more models.
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1. iPad Pro 9.7
A dazzling tablet that brings power to mobility
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 cam: 12MP|Front electronic camera: 5MP
- Terrific speakers
- Pencil and keyboard support
- Expensive with devices
- 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 effective innards is the best combination on the market.
While there are lots of fantastic Android tablets around at the minute, the latest iPad provides a lot of the power of the larger iPad Pro, in addition to the Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, but brings it in a lot more bag-and-palm friendly size. Oh, and those four speakers are just brilliant too!
2. Google Pixel C
This is the best Android tablet
Weight: 517g|Measurements: 242 x 179 x 7mm|OS: Android Marshmallow|Screen size: 10.2-inch|Resolution: 2560 x 1800|CPU: Tegra X1|RAM: 3GB|Storage: 32GB/64GB|Battery: as much as 10 hours|Rear cam: 8MP|Front video camera: 2MP
- Wonderful screen
- Premium style
- Plenty of power
Google’s Pixel C is merely the best Android tablet. It has everything: a great screen, stacks of power and a premium style. Plus, for those going to sprinkle the money, the keyboard is a great accessory. It’s not a laptop replacement, however for those in the market for a premium Android tablet – look no more.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
An excellent iPad rival
Weight: 256g/389g|Measurements: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6 mm/237.3 x 169 x 5.6 mm|OS: Android Marshmallow|Screen size: 8.0-inch/ 9.7-inch|Resolution: 1536 x 2048|CPU: Octa-core|RAM: 3GB|Storage: 32GB/64GB|Battery: 4000mAh/5870mAh|Rear camera: 8MP|Front video camera: 2.1 MP.
- Thinner, lighter design
- Uncommon expandable memory
- Enhanced interface
There are a lot of reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – particularly if you’re after a leading Android tablet. This is the best tablet that Samsung has actually ever produced – it’s both reading and web surfing-friendly, has an astonishing Super AMOLED screen, and you can select it up in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variations. Nearly impossibly thin, pumped filled with power and with a slicker interface it gives the best iPads a real run for its money.
4. iPad mini 4
The best small-screen tablet
Weight: 299g|Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm|OS: iOS 10|Screen size: 7.9-inch|Resolution: 1536 x 2048|CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz|RAM: 2GB|Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB|Battery: 5124mAh|Rear camera: 8MP|Front cam: 1.2 MP.
- Brilliant screen
- Sleek style
- Touch ID finger scanner
The best 7-inch tablet at the moment is absolutely the iPad mini 4. If you like the look of Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro, but discover them a) too huge, b) too pricey or c) both, then you’re in luck as the diminutive iPad mini 4 provides you the best of Apple’s tablet world in a type element that’s not only lovely, but extremely portable.
5. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Lighter, quicker, waterproof … a real iPad Air 2 competitor
Weight: 389g|Measurements: 254 x 167 x 6.1 mm|OS: Android Marshmallow|Screen size: 10.1-inch|Resolution: 2560 x 1600|CPU: Snapdragon 810|RAM: 3GB|Storage: 32GB|Battery: 6000mAh|Rear cam: 8.1 MP|Front electronic camera: 5.1 MP.
- Stunning display
- Enhanced light-weight design
- Keyboard dock consisted of
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the best alternative for PS4 owners as it allows you to stream games from your console direct to the tablet when you’re in another room of your house. Link your PS4 controller to the Z4 Tablet and you’ll be gaming in bed, in the kitchen area and on the toilet. The included keyboard dock in the box also makes for a fantastic stand.