We round-up the best tablets on the market in 2016, whether you want a compact tablet on a budget or a premium model with all the bells and whistles...

Whether you're after a cheap tablet or something a little more premium, we've done the necessary tablet reviews to help you make the right buying decision. Apple and Samsung may steal most of the headlines but do the iPad and Galaxy tablets justify the hype? 

There are still some Windows tablets worth checking out, plus of course plenty of super-cheap budget tablets and even viable'supermarket special' alternatives like Tesco's Hudl 2

We've split our choices by size - the best 10in tablet and the best 7in tablet (or thereabouts) - and given you a few others worthy of your consideration in to the bargain.

Click through to read the full reviews on each products, see pictures, tech specs and compare the latest live prices.

Best big-screen tablet
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Tested at £679

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A sharp screen and fine audio performance make the Pro a superb proposition for big-screen lovers. In this case, bigger is definitely better.

MORE: Apple iPad Pro review

Best premium tablet
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Tested at £400

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The iPad Air 2 successfully raises the bar on the already excellent iPad Air, ensuring another Product of the Year for Apple in this year's What Hi-Fi? Awards

Simply put, the iPad Air 2 ticks all the boxes. Best bar none video and audio performances, an unrivalled user experience, snappy in use and a gorgeous design - it’s a combination of superlatives you won’t find anywhere else.

MORE: iPad Air 2 review

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Best compact tablet
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Tested at £319

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It's a one-two for Apple, earning our recommendation, no matter what size tablet you want. The fourth generation of Apple’s smallest tablet is arguably it’s best yet, with more tricks up its sleeve than ever.

A superb screen, great user experience, punchy audio and the best app selection going make the iPad mini 4 the best small-screen tablet right now.

MORE: iPad mini 4 review

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Best budget tablet
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Tested at £129

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Tesco's Hudl 2 builds on the success of the surprisingly impressive Hudl, delivering a good performance for a low price.

The Hudl 2 screen is larger, up from 7 to 8.3 inches, and is now full HD. The overall build quality is better, too. There's only 16GB storage but the SDcard slot allows you to add more, while an HDMI output is a nice addition for connecting to your TV.

It won't match the best on the market for audio purists, nor is the picture class-leading, but for basic functionality it's hard to argue with the Hudl 2.

MORE: Tesco Hudl 2 review

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Best Android tablet
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Tested at £499

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With an excellent screen, superb sound quality and some excellently thought out features and inclusions, the Z4 Tablet is a great 10in option for Android fans and, at last, a real competitor for the iPad.

MORE: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review

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Best Windows tablet
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Tested at £340

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The laptop and tablet hybrid may have been made most famous by the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and latterly the Microsoft Surface 2 but we rather like this Dell XPS 10 tablet, which can also be paired with an optional keyboard. 

A few years old now, so liable to be on sale, the 10.1in screen looks detailed, natural and realistic – though of course it's a shame it's not full HD – but the sound can be a little on the light side. Not perfect but an appealing alternative to the usual suspects. 

MORE: Dell XPS 10 review

 

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