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Last updated: 07 July 2016

The latest crop of tablets are super thin and light – and for some people, the only laptop they need. We test 32 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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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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