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Tablet computers

Last tested: 21 December 2015

The latest crop of tablets are super thin and light – and for some people, the only laptop they need. We test 19 devices to help you find the models that are easiest to use, and have best sound and picture quality and battery life. Find out more about how we test tablets. Not sure what type you need? Try our tablets buying guide

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With so much competition on the market, and more features available than ever, it's hard to know which brand of tablet to choose. So does the all-conquering iPad still reign supreme, or are the Android competitors real contenders? Use our comparison tool to find scores for a range of device capabilities, lists of features, and comments on some of the more complicated things you might want to do. 

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  • battery life
  • overall performance

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Made up of function (25%), ease of use (20%), screen quality (20%), battery (15%), performance (10%) and device overview (10%). Other aspects that are assessed and scored but don't contribute to the overall score are backup and security, quality of video recording with the main camera and ease of use of the on-screen keyboard.

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  • Web surfing
  • Watching videos
  • Ebook reading
  • Email
  • Making videos
  • Music
  • Photos
  • Video calling
  • Multimedia versatility
  • Ease of use
  • Screen quality
  • Battery
  • Performance
  • Device overview
  • Backup and security
  • Video recording quality
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Weight (kg)
  • Battery life
  • Time to shutdown after 30 min charge
  • Time to copy 500MB
  • Start up time
  • Cloud solution
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  • Model
  • Price
  • Storage capacity (claimed)
  • Screen (diagonal)
  • Mobile broadband (this model)
  • Mobile broadband
  • Dimensions
  • Operating system
  • Operating system version
  • CPU brand and model
  • App store
  • Standard charger slot
  • Clock speed
  • Screen size
  • Screen ratio
  • Native resolution
  • DPI
  • Video resolution
  • Compatible with Flash player
  • Front camera resolution
  • Rear camera resolution
  • SD card support
  • USB
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth version
  • GPS function
  • Can use a USB key
  • Near field communication
  • Data cable provided
  • Possible to connect monitor
  • Face recognition
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Voice control
  • Phone function
  • Physical keyboard supplied
  • Stylus supplied
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