The 5 best tablets of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value tablet, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.

Updated: July 10, 2014 12:33 PM
By Romain Thuret

Editor's choice

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Apple iPad Air

The iPad Air is Apple's new and truly improved iPad tablet. With a slimmer build (7.5 mm thick, like the iPad Mini Retina) and a lightweight 469 g design, the iPad Air is a featherweight tablet that packs a real punch thanks to its A7 processor. In fact, it runs circles around last year's iPad 4! This powerful tablet is smooth and fluid to use, and the new features of iOS 7, productivity software (iWork, Garage Band, iMovie etc.) and multimedia functions make it more practical and versatile then ever. Plus, with battery life heading over 11 hours, the iPad Air won't let you down.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

With its slim 6.4 mm build, top-quality 1920 x 1200-pixel display, lightweight 426 g design and powerful performances thanks to Qualcomm's latest SoC (Snapdragon 801 + 3 GB RAM), the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a real winner. It's even waterproof to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes! The Xperia Z2 Tablet is an easy-to use Android slate that's fast, powerful and responsive no matter what kind of tasks you throw its way. All in all, it's an attractive device that's no doubt one of this year's best products.

Best of the rest

Versatile Tablet

Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2
The Microsoft Surface 2 is a top tablet for both home and business, offering good performance levels with all kinds of tasks. It would be an excellent fit at the office! We liked its long-lasting battery and sleek Full HD screen, as well as its exemplary finish. Still, it's heavier than many of this year's high-end competitors and you may not find all the latest must-have apps in Microsoft's Windows Store.

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Budget Buy

LG G Pad 8.3

LG G Pad 8.3
The G Pad 8.3 marks a triumphant return to the tablet scene for LG. It's responsive, has more-than-satisfactory battery life and lots of handy features. The competition is tough, but—all things Apple aside—this slate is better than most of its Android acolytes. LG's success here wasn't a given, but it stepped up to the plate and pretty much hit a home run.

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Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display (2013) award

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display (2013)
The first iPad Mini was sorely missing a Retina display, but Apple has put things right with this updated version. The iPad Mini Retina packs all the impressive features of the iPad Air into a compact 7.9" tablet that weighs just 331 g. The Mini is a smooth and speedy tablet to use, and can run for up to 11 hours on a single charge. The build and finish are first rate and the Retina display is impressive. Still, it doesn't come cheap!

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