Best tablet for 2015: our top 10 ranking

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

10 best tablets in the US today for 2015

The best tablets of 2015 have maximized the mobile experience with larger displays, from Apple's dominating iPad to Google's Nexus series of slates.

And it's more than just iOS 8 and Android devices, unlike the best smartphones. Windows plays a limited role with its larger laptop-replacements if that's what you need from Lenovo and Asus.

All of our top picks posses even more versatility. Tablets for work by day, have to be able to turn into tablets for kids by night, whether they're 7 or 9.7 or 12.2 inches.

Just as important, they feature wider price ranges, more efficient processors, longer battery life and thinner and lighter designs for the second half of 2015 than years past.

Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy and Google's Nexus tablets get that right more than ever, especially with iOS 9 and Android M launching this year, making these the best tablets even better.

best tablet 2015 in the US

10. 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

From small to really, really big, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 maximizes the display size spectrum among tablets, and too big for some people is just right for others.

The specs don't compromise either. A 2.3GHz quadcore processor, 3GB of RAM and S Pen make it productive for business as well as digital artists who values bright screens.

As the biggest tablet we've reviewed, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 comes up short on build quality due to the larger, sometimes creaky plastic chassis. But that's offset by the expanse of screen to play with.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

best tablet 2015 in the US

9. 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 4.3 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1200 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32GB | 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+

best tablet 2015 in the US

8. Nvidia Shield Tablet

The perfect tablet for gaming on the go

Weight: 390g | Dimensions: 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 8-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: quad-core 2.2GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 19.75 Wh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great specs
Decently priced
Not as portable as the first
Controller is beefy

If you're looking for a new tablet and top notch gaming performance the Shield Tablet is easily the top contender today.

If may not have the looks of the iPad, or the buffet of features of the Samsungs and Sonys, but the Shield focuses on its gaming core very well.

The controller is an optional extra, which is slightly annoying, but considering the price of the tablet has now dropped to it's less of an issue.

Read the full review: Nvidia Shield Tablet

best tablet 2015 in the US

7. Nexus 9

Google's Nexus tablet is bigger in size and price

Weight: 425g | Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm | OS: Android 5.0 | 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
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Pricier than before
Subpar display quality

The Nexus 9 is a bit of 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 all-new 8.9-inch screen.

It's mimicking the iPad range by going for a 4:3 screen ratio (which means wider viewing for web browsing, but annoying black bars above and below when watching movies) so you've got a wider device that's not quite able to be gripped in one hand.

But that doesn't mean it's not a great tablet, helped by the fact it's made by HTC. The brand has brought over its Boomsound speakers for greater front facing audio, and the screen is certainly high resolution too.

Read the full review: Nexus 9

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6. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Lighter, faster, waterproof… this is a real iPad Air 2 rival

Weight: 389g | Dimensions: 254 x 167 x 6.1 mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1600 | CPU: octa-core | RAM: 3GB of RAM | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 8.1MP | Front camera: 5.1MP

Gorgeous display
New improved design
Problematic UI
High price tag

Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet is one of the best Android tablets available on the market and it's one of the few capable of putting up a fight against the iPad Air 2.

It's got a lovely screen, lightweight design, all the Sony elements you'd look for and the right power combination to keep it on the front foot.

The waterproof design makes it a more attractive proposition over the less robust slates on the market, although the UI isn't the slickest and the price tag is one of the highest.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet