We round-up the best tablets on the market in 2015, whether you want a 7in or 10in, an Android, Apple or Windows device, something cheap or the latest and greatest new iPad...

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 Samsung Galaxy tablets justify the hype? 

There are some impressive Windows tablets on the market too, plus super-cheap budget tablets and even viable supermarket special alternatives like the Tesco 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 premium tablet
Apple iPad Air 2
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The iPad Air was crowned our Product of the Year in the tablets category at the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2014 and remains a great tablet (and possibly the best option for many people) - but the iPad Air 2 successfully raised the bar.

Apple's current flagship tablet made good on its promises to deliver "the best tablet display you've ever seen", at the same time as measuring up as the thinnest tablet on the market. Faster, more powerful and with Touch ID, it offers a stunning performance, excellent screen and unrivalled user experience.

That’s a combination of superlatives that you simply won’t get anywhere else.

MORE: iPad Air 2 review

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Best premium Android tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
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  The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is the best tablet we’ve seen from Samsung, and it’s up there as one of the best Android tablets we’ve tested too.

To clear things up somewhat, the Galaxy Tab S is available in two sizes, 10.5in and 8.4in. We've tested the smaller of the two here. When it comes to features, the Tab S 8.4 matches its bigger brother spec for spec.

One thing it has over its Apple-flavoured rival is a microSD card slot, allowing you to boost the 16GB on-board storage by up to 128GB – much cheaper than forking out for the largest capacity iPad mini, which is worth considering if you store a lot of music and movies on your tablet.

The screen on the Tab S has to be one of the most visually impressive we’ve seen at this size but it still can't match the iPad mini 3 when it comes to pure audio and picture quality, which means it doesn't quite take home the full five stars.

Good but not great - but one of the strongest Android tablets on the market.

MORE: Samsung Galaxy Tab S review

 

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Best compact tablet
Apple iPad mini 3
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The iPad mini 3 is a bit of a tricky one to judge. In many respects, it’s the last-gen mini with a few non-essential tweaks that come at an £80 premium compared to the iPad mini 2, which remains on sale.

But while there’s no doubt the iPad mini 2 now represents good value, and is certainly worth considering, the iPad mini 3 still manages to more than hold its own against the newer rivals.

It’s as strong in video and audio as ever, and packs a level of design and performance you can’t argue with. Apple’s iPad mini 3 might not have got the upgrade memo, but when you’re already this good, do you really need it?

MORE: iPad mini 3 review

Best compact Android tablet
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
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The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is an excellent addition to the Z3 family, offering a great video experience, a superb way with music and a startlingly good battery life – all wrapped up in a slim and stylish shell.

While its name might be a bit of a mouthful, this tablet’s performance more than speaks for itself, and we really like what it’s saying.

MORE: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review

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Best budget tablet
Tesco Hudl 2
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The Tesco Hudl surprised us by delivering an impressive level of performance for a low price, making for a fine budget tablet that was easy to recommend for anyone wanting a simple, no-frills tablet.

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.

As for performance, it's still a fine budget tablet. It won't match the best on the market for audio purists, nor is the picture class-leading, but for basic functionality or if you're prepared to be a little less discerning over performance (video is decent, audio average) for the money you save, then it's still hard to argue with the Hudl.

MORE: Tesco Hudl 2 review

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Best Windows tablet
Dell XPS 10
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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. 

On its own, the Windows 8 Start interface is a colourful, customisable pleasure, using the Windows RT rather than Windows Pro OS to good effect, but meaning you can't install full Windows programs but can use the Windows 8 app store.

A 1366 x 768 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. You might have to hunt around to find one on sale is the only issue.

MORE: Dell XPS 10 review

 

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