Best tablet for 2015: our top 10 ranking

Top-ranked list of tablets to buy from Apple and Google

best tablet 2015 in the US

5. 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 8 | 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

There's hardly a gap between the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 features, and that's reflected in our best tablets of 2015 list, as both Apple two smaller slates are within one space of each other.

What's the difference? Aside from the Touch ID, gold color and the lack of a 32GB model, the iPad mini 2 with a Retina display is identical, all the way down to iOS 8.

There's actually one other major "feature" increase: mini 2 is $100 cheaper than the mini 3. Most people can live without Apple's handy, but luxury fingerprint sensor on a tablet for that price.

Plus, you're more likely to find an iPad mini 2 $20 discount below the new $299 price or the suggested 32GB upgraded model for $349. That's not going to happen for the iPad mini 3 until the iPad mini 4 launches, likely in October.

Read the full review: iPad mini 2