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Last updated: 20 December 2017

The latest crop of tablets are super thin and light – and for some people, the only laptop they need. We test devices from all the big-name brands to help you find the models that are easiest to use, and have best sound and picture quality and battery life.

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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 Androids 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. 

Drill down to expert data on:

  • ease of use
  • screen quality
  • battery life
  • overall performance.

Or use our expert Recommended list to quickly find the tablets we rate best.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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    Recommended retail price, as of December 2017.

    Huawei MediaPad T3 (8") only available on Vodafone plan in Australia. Cannot be purchased outright. It is not available for free.

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    Physical keyboard supplied

      Mobile broadband (other versions of this model)

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      Other versions of this model are available with mobile broadband (4G). This generally increases the score by one or two points.

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        The number of vertical pixels used for filming video, in the rear-facing camera (back of the tablet, opposite side of the screen). It can typically capture stills and video at a higher resolution than the front-facing camera.

          Rear camera resolution (MP)

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