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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. 

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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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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.

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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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Ease of use

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Our ease of use measurement includes general use (35%), the keyboard (25%), any other buttons (15%), installation (10%), file transfer (10%) and whether two applications can be displayed at the same time (5%).

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Screen quality

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The screen quality is a combination of performance (50%), ease of use (40%) and function (10%).

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Performance is based on a series of industry-standard benchmark tests accounting for 40% of the score, with 60% comprising start-up times, file transfer performance and switching between apps.

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The battery score measures time from full charge to a complete shut-down, in two scenarios: while using Wi-Fi for web-browsing and while playing videos.

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