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The tablet is now a thing - from the days when nobody considered a laptop without a keyboard to be 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Price plays a part, as does age: a tablet that's been replaced by a sequel will tumble down the rankings as you can get all the great features on a better slate.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.

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

Lenovo Yoga 10 HD

10. 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 4.4 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/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+

iPad Mini 2

9. iPad Mini 2

A great tablet that still costs a little too much

Weight: 331g | Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 9.1 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | Battery: 6470mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Amazing screen
Brilliant design
Similar-spec rivals are much cheaper
16GB too low storage

Hey, it's the iPad Mini 2... still in the list despite being two generations behind? There's a reason for this: the now-discontinued iPad mini 3 is pretty much identical, apart from 2013's model not having Touch ID and now only coming in 16GB and 32GB flavours.

It now has the more accomplished iPad mini 4 for company, but in the time since its launch the iPad mini 2 has also had a substantial price drop, which is why it's still in our top ten. It's nowhere near as powerful as more recent iPads, but this is positively cheap by Apple's standards.

Read the full review: iPad Mini 2

Galaxy Tab S

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab S

A great screen, now at a lower price

Weight: 298/467g | Dimensions: 212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6mm/247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6mm | OS: Android 5.0.2 | Screen size: 8.4-inch/10.5-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 4900mAh/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: 270g | Dimensions: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4mm | OS: Android OS, v5.0.2 | Screen size: 8.0-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 2.5GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 4500mAh | 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, 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 5.1 | 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
Stock Android
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.

It's getting on a bit now, but it's still the most recent Nexus slate and with age comes a price drop, meaning you can now often find it for under £200 if you shop around. The promise of Android Marshmallow arriving on it in the near future should help keep it fresh too.

Read the full review: Nexus 9