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The tablet is now a thing - from the days when nobody considered a laptop without a keyboard to a good thing to today, where a slate full of more power than some games consoles is nestled in bags across the world.

And with that popularity comes the dreaded notion of choice. Do you eschew Apple's high prices, join the Android brigade and find the best iPad alternative? Or jump on board Cupertino's lovetrain, and use one of the most popular tablets on the planet?

We've made it easy for you and pulled together the top 10 tablets of the moment available in the UK.

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Price plays a part, as does age: a tablet that's been replaced by a sequel will tumble down the rankings as you can get all the great features on a better slate.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

And if you're still hungry for more don't forget new slates are always appearing, like the big and beastly iPad Pro, the pint-sized iPad mini 4 and the powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which we'll have full reviews of soon.

Let us know your thoughts on the top 10 (and whether you think we've got the order wrong) in the comment box below.

Note Pro 12 2

10. 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

Lenovo Yoga 10 HD

9. Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

A Lenovo tablet that can do a little bit of yoga

Weight: 615g | Dimensions: 261 x 180 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 4.3 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 9000mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.6MP

Excellent battery life
Good quality screen
Battery cylinder gets in way
Heavy and bulky

The cylindrical spine of the Yoga 10 HD+ serves as an easy way to grip in portrait or as a stand for watching media in a lonely hotel room and 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.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

Galaxy Tab S

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab S

A great screen, now at a lower price

Weight: 467g | Dimensions: 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6mm | OS: Android 4.4.2 | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 7900mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Excellent screen
Plenty of power
Still behind on design
Small on-board storage

The Galaxy Tab S may have been replaced by the Tab S2 series, but you can still buy this solid slate in 8.4 and 10.5-inch variants - and they're now cheaper.

Samsung has taken the best of its OS and technology ability, fused them with one of the best displays on a tablet and created something pretty special. The battery life is great, the screen has to be seen to be believed, and the price is now lower.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact

7. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Small but perfectly formed

Weight: 439g | Dimensions: 266 x 172 x 6.4mm | OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 8.1MP | Front camera: 2.2MP

Great battery life
Very thin and light
Screen sharpness beaten by others
Not incredible value

Sony's gone a bit crackers in the naming department, but the Z3 Tablet Compact is still a decent device despite the obvious attempts to shoehorn the word 'tablet' into the title to align it with the smartphone.

Let's get the main issue out of the way: the screen isn't as high res as the competition, with Sony essentially sticking a stretched out smartphone display on the front. And the price isn't as palatable as some of the other options here.

But that looks past the fact Sony is pretty darn good at making these here tablets. Using its Bravia technology it makes the screen still look sharp and colourful, and the thin design makes the Z3 Tablet Compact easier to hold than you'd expect. Oh, and it's also waterproof.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Nexus 9

6. Nexus 9

Google's Nexus tablet is bigger in size and price

Weight: 425g | Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 8.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 6700 mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.6MP

Ideal 4:3 aspect ratio
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Pricier than before
Subpar display quality

The Nexus 9 is a weird one - it's both the replacement for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10, without really being a sequel to either thanks to the new 8.9-inch screen.

For the eagle eyed among you, you may notice it's jumped up a place in our rankings. That's because it can now be picked up for around £210, making it super affordable. It'll likely be replaced in the next month when Google launches a new slate - but for now it's a steal.

Read the full review: Nexus 9