Best tablet for 2015: our top 10 ranking

List of tablets to buy from Apple, Google and Microsoft

5. iPad mini 3

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One space up on the best tablets comparison and one generation newer among the iPad mini series. That's how much the iPad mini 3 hasn't changed for $100 more than the iPad mini 2.

Touch ID fingerprint sensor replaces the normal home button and Apple's offering a new gold color option to match that new iPhone 6 or iphone 6 Plus of yours.

Even with this marginal improvement, it's one that was already in a brilliant position thanks to offering the best of iPad Air 2, but squishing it down into a smaller package.

Quick verdict

The iPad mini 3 isn't a bad tablet. It's got a great OS, new features and is still attractively designed. It's just that all these features are available on the mini 2 for a lot less money.

Touch ID is a nice feature, but it's not enough to recommend this tablet. This year, it hasn't matched the Air 2 in tech spec, yet the price hasn't dropped. And you can get nearly all the good features cheaper on the iPad mini 2.

Buy the iPad mini 2, or wait a few months and see if Apple Pay and Touch ID-enabled apps start to roar in popularity unless you really want to make sure you've got the best iPad mini on the market.