Best tablet for 2015: our top 10 ranking

Top-ranked list of tablets 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.

best tablet 2015 in the US

Google Nexus 7

A supercharged tablet

Weight: 290g | Dimensions: 200 x 114 x 8.7mm | OS: Android 4.3 | Screen size: 7-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Quad-core 1.5GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3950mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great screen
Affordable
A lot of storage already occupied
Colors are slightly inaccurate

The smallest tablet worth buying right now is the 7-inch Nexus 7 2013. It's not being sold by Google anymore, but Amazon has it for under $200, making it compact in more ways than one.

Even at just 0.57 lbs. (260g), it packs passable specs like a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or our suggested 32GB of internal storage.

The ASUS-made Nexus 7 barely fits into our American-made non-skinny jeans pocket, unlike its successor, the larger and Nexus 9 that has a boxier 4:3 aspect ratio.

Nexus 7 is 16:9, making its widescreen 1920 x 1200 display with 323 ppi ideal for everything from movies to games while on the go.

Read the full review: Google Nexus 7

best tablet 2015 in the US

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Is Redmond's latest tablet the laptop killer?

Weight: 790g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 9.14mm | OS: Windows 8.1 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

Microsoft has positioned its Surface Pro 3 as a "MacBook-killer" more than a tablet, but it's really a laptop-tablet hybrid that deserves recognition here as well as the best laptops list.

While we said tablets maximize the mobile experience, most aren't true laptop replacements. Microsoft's entry fills both rolls, and for the most part it's up for the task.

Surface Pro 3 has a whole lot of power, an impressive display and a useful Type Cover for when you need to get some serious work done. It's got the muscle to compete with the best ultrabooks and the portability and ease of use to be an iPad Air 2 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 the best option out there.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review