Best tablet for 2016: our top 10 ranking

Top tablets list to buy from Apple and Google

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.

We've covered the best above, but if you're after something a little cheaper or just haven't quite seen the slate for you then one of these might do the trick.

iPad Mini 2

iPad mini 2

A great tablet that now costs a lot less

Weight: 331g | Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution:1536 x 2048 | CPU: Apple A7 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 6470mAh | Rear camera: 5MP |Front camera: 1.2MP

New low price
Great looks
Older hardware
Only 16GB of storage

The iPad mini 2 was almost flawless in so many ways when it launched. The rich app catalog meant it was a device that will grow with you, and the 64-bit A7 chip and Retina display were certainly future-proofing users from an outdated device.

Despite being a couple of years old, it's a decent tablet for the money. Apple is going to keep supporting it for a couple of years and it's packing the same screen resolution as the current iPad mini 4 (although with inferior technology).

Read the full review: iPad mini 2

Note Pro 12 2

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

Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Is Redmond's hybrid tablet the laptop killer?

Weight: 790g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 9.14mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1440 | CPU: Quad-core 1.70 GHz | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128/256/512GB |Battery: 5676mAh | Rear camera: 1080p | Front camera: 5MP

Sharp display and design
Huge Type Cover upgrade
OK battery life
Runs hot at times

With a whole lot of power, an impressive display and a useful Type Cover for when you need to get some serious work done the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has 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 one of the best options out there.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3