Best tablet 2015: Our top 10 ranking

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Best Tablet 2015

What's the best tablet for 2015? Today's latest tablets compared and rated - constantly updated.

Each of our top picks this year, possess more versatility than earlier collections. Tablets for work by day have to now also be tablets 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 2015 than in years past.

iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, and Google Nexus 9 get that right more than ever, especially as iOS 8 and Android 5.0 Lollipop make the best tablets even better.

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Price plays a minor part, as does age: a tablet that's been replaced by a sequel will tumble down the rankings as you can get all the great features on a better slate.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 top 10 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.

10. Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

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LenovoYoga10HDPlus

Lenovo's tablet with a cylindrical spine makes our best tablets list because it's one of the most versatile Android mid-range slates at 10 inches.

The Yoga 10 HD+ features the company's patented stand that's great for watching movies and doing work. The kickstand can be tucked away in an instant for a typical tablet design.

Best of all, that unique form factor facilitates functionality. The cylinder battery tops the charts among the Android tablets we have tested.

The 1920 x 1200 pixel screen resolution is one of the many improvements Lenovo has made to its best tablet for 2015, though it doesn't quite compare to the sharpness of the iPad Air 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

Quick verdict

If you are looking for a 10-inch Android tablet, you can do worse than the Yoga 10 HD+, but if its key features are not important to you, devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 come in at a similar price.

As a combined Android tablet for media consumption and a bit of work, the Yoga is appealing, boasting front-facing stereo speakers that enhance media consumption and a stand that works well with a Bluetooth keyboard connected.

If you fancy using it on the go, the LTE model isn't much more expensive and changes the value proposition quite a bit. At the end of the day, you won't find an Android tablet with better battery life right now.

9. iPad Air

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IpadAir

Apple's pencil-thin tablet was spectacular a year ago and it's still one of the top tablets to own even though it's been usurped by the newer iPad Air 2.

It's no slouch in performance thanks to the, one-step-behind, A7 processor. Its 9.7-inch screen boasts the exact same 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi as the Air 2, though the screen isn't fully laminated and misses out on an antireflective coating.

Considering the ipad Air 16GB model is $120 less expensive than the comparable Air 2, it really depends how much you value that layer of laminate, 1.4mm of thickness and 34 grams.

With the iOS 8 update installed, the ipad Air is a solid tablet that offers a decent alternative to the newer model.

Quick verdict

"It's not just Apple's best tablet, it's the only tablet you should be considering if you're keen on a larger screen." That's what we said in the verdict of our in-depth iPad Air review. While the Galaxy Tab S is a brilliant tablet, the Air just took things to the next level.

It may not quite be a match for the iPad Air 2, but the original iPad Air is still one of the very best tablets around and it's not even among the most expensive any more.

8. Google Nexus 7

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Nexus7

The smallest tablet worth buying right now is the 7-inch Nexus 7 that came out in 2013. It's a small tablet that made big improvements over the Nexus 7 2012.

Even at just 0.57 lbs. (260g), it packs reasonable specs like a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or our suggested 32GB of internal storage.

The ASUS-made Nexus 7 just fits into the pockets of non-skinny jeans, unlike its successor – the larger Nexus 9, which has a boxier 4:3 aspect ratio.

Nexus 7 is 16:9, meaning its widescreen 1920 x 1200 display (323 ppi) is ideal for everything from movies to games.

Quick verdict

If you're considering a tablet now and are already dabbling in the Android ecosystem, we see no reason why shouldn't take the plunge with a Nexus 7, especially if you don't like the size (or price) of the Nexus 9.

If you haven't invested at all with Android, you're still in a good place to start. You could check out the iPad mini 2, which is advisable for those who have racked up a lot of App Store purchases, but it's still not as affordable as the Nexus 7.

7. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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SamsungGalexyNotePro

From small to really, really big, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 maximizes the display size spectrum among tablets, and too big for some people is just right for others.

The specs don't compromise either. A 2.3GHz quadcore processor, 3GB of RAM and S Pen make it productive for business as well as digital artists who values bright screens.

As the biggest tablet we've reviewed, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 comes up short on build quality due to the larger chassis. But that's offset by the expanse of screen to play with.

Quick verdict

Its big screen and S Pen make the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 an extremely useful productivity tool - if you're a fan of the Note range, there's very little on the market that is better and Samsung seems to be successfully convincing the world that the S Pen is still relevant to today's gadget fans.

6. iPad mini 2

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Ipad Mini 2

There's hardly a gap between the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 features, and that's reflected in our best tablets of 2015 list, as both of Apple's mini slates are right next to each other.

What's the difference? Aside from the Touch ID, gold colour and the lack of a 32GB model, the iPad mini 2 with a Retina display is identical, all the way down to iOS 8.

There's actually one other major difference: the mini 2 is more than $100 cheaper than the mini 3. Most people will live without the fingerprint sensor on a tablet for that saving. Plus, you're more likely to find an iPad Mini 2 at a discounted price.

Quick verdict

The iPad mini 2 is almost flawless in so many ways. The rich App catalog mean it's a device that will grow with you, and the 64-bit A7 chip and Retina display are certainly future-proofing users from an outdated device.

Yes, it's older, but it's still a very usable device and offers access to a brilliant ecosystem for a lot less cash than before.