Best tablet 2016: Our top 10 ranking

Top tablets compared: which is best for you?

If the tablets on this list aren't enough for you then a) you're very hard to please, but b) we think we can still help out a little.

We've covered the best above, but if you're after something a little cheaper or just haven't quite seen the slate for you then one of these might do the trick.

Note Pro 12 2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Samsung throws everything into the fledgling maxi-tablet category

Weight: 753g | Dimensions: 295.6 x 204 x 8mm | OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 12.2-inch |Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery:9500mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

Large, bright screen
Improved Samsung UI
Creaky build quality
Unwieldy form factor

The 12.2-inch display is not all this slate has going for it, as the Note Pro 12.2's 3GB of RAM and quad-core processor give it great performance, while the S Pen becomes truly useful in combination with the slate's large, bright screen.

It's an obvious choice for digital artists or anyone else who wants a device they can be productive on, but the bigger screen makes it great just for web browsing and watching videos too.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Is Redmond's hybrid tablet the laptop killer?

Weight: 790g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 9.14mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12-inch |Resolution: 2160 x 1440 | CPU: Quad-core 1.70 GHz | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128/256/512GB |Battery: 5676mAh | Rear camera: 1080p | Front camera: 5MP

Sharp display and design
Huge Type Cover upgrade
OK battery life
Runs hot at times

With a whole lot of power, an impressive display and a useful Type Cover for when you need to get some serious work done the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has got the muscle to compete with Ultrabooks and the portability and ease of use to be an iPad alternative.

It's not perfect. The battery life is seriously weak by tablet standards and it's a pricey bit of kit, but if you really want one device to fill both roles then this is one of the best options out there.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

iPad Air

iPad Air

A five star tablet, now with a lower price tag

Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm | OS: iOS 9.1 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution:1536 x 2048 | CPU: Apple A7 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | Battery: 8600mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Sleek design
Powerful innards
No Touch ID
Camera features lacking

You've seen the score, and for those keeping tabs you'll realise the iPad Air is TechRadar's first five-star tablet. It's a device with almost no flaws - and even though the iPad Air 2 is out, it still remains one of the best tablets available today.

Read the full review: iPad Air

Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3

A bargain by Surface standards, but still high-end

Weight: 622g | Dimensions: 267 x 187 x 8.7 mm | OS: Windows 10 | Screen size: 10.8-inch |Resolution: 1920 x 1280 | CPU: Quad-core 2.4GHz | RAM: 2GB/4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery:7480mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 3.5MP

Great build quality
Not quite a laptop replacement
Average keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a beastly device, but it has a similarly beastly price tag. If you can live with a little less power, then you can get an almost as good experience from the Microsoft Surface 3 for quite a lot less money.

A big screen, strong build quality, optional keyboard and Windows 10 on board make this a versatile tablet, but as it lacks the performance grunt of the Pro 3 it doesn't quite feel like a full laptop replacement.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface 3