Best tablet 2015: 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.

The main thing to remember is that the tablet is still a new category, so devices can age really quickly and slow down if you start to use them too heavily.

That said, you can still pick up a bargain by going for one of these options, which come with a pretty high standard of spec without costing the most to buy:

Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

Lenovo Yoga 10 HD

It is quite hard to stand out in the mid-range 10-inch Android tablet market, but if anyone has a chance it is Lenovo.

Lenovo launched two Yoga tablets in 2013 to a mixed response, but didn't give up and has launched the Yoga 10 HD+ with some serious upgrades in all areas.

The cylindrical spine serves as an easy way to grip in portrait or as a stand for watching media in a lonely hotel room. Unlike the original Yoga 10, the 1920 x 1200 pixel screen resolution is rather nice. While its sharpness won't compare to an iPad Air 2 or a Samsung Galaxy Tab S, it is still very nice to use and has plenty of brightness, a major upgrade on the old model.

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 with its front facing stereo speakers enhancing media consumption and the stand working well with a Bluetooth keyboard connected.

If you fancy using it on the go, the LTE model isn't a lot more money than the main option, which changes the value proposition quite a bit. And at the end of the day, you won't find an Android tablet with better battery life right now.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3

Most tablets aren't true laptop replacements, but the Surface Pro 3 isn't most tablets. Microsoft has positioned its flagship slate as a true hybrid, that can fill the roles of both tablet and computer and for the most part it's up to the task.

With a whole lot of power, an impressive display and a useful Type Cover for when you need to get some serious work done it's 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 the best option out there.

Quick verdict

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an impressively powerful and versatile device. There's a sense that it's a jack of all trades, master of none, but it's the best hybrid around and that's reason enough to consider it if you don't want or can't afford both a tablet and an Ultrabook.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Tab Pro 10 1

Samsung is no stranger to tablets, in fact the South Korean giant has flooded the market with more slates than we know what to do with and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is arguably one of the best of them.

It's clad in slightly underwhelming plastic like most Samsung devices, which is a bit of a shame given what a high end machine the Tab Pro 10.1 is, but once you experience its tremendous power and amazing screen it's a disappointment which quickly slips away.

In fact there's very little else to dislike about it. This is a top tier slate through and through and it's versatile enough to comfortably be used for work or play.

Quick verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 might not have the premium build of the iPad Air or the waterproof credentials of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet but in most other ways it's just as high end and it slightly undercuts them too.