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Best tablet PCs to buy in 2014



Find out what are the best tablet PCs to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth tablet computer reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers. Not sure if a particular tablet or mobile operating system will be right for you? We've got something for everyone here, from 7in budget bargains to the latest flagship models from all the major brands. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Google Nexus 7 (2013)


Still the best all-round Android tablet
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Our Expert Opinion Google's original Nexus 7 blew us away when it arrived last year, combining great performance with an incredible price. The price went up for the 2013 refresh, and even though it still costs £199 today, it's easily one of the best 7in Android tablets around for the money. The Full HD display, Snapdragon processor and an unskinned vanilla version of Android, wrapped up in a beautifully designed and well-built chassis combine into a package that's still very difficult to beat

Read our full Nexus 7 (2013) review

SPECS
CPU 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM 2GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
DISPLAY 7in 1,920x1,200 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.3
DIMENSIONS 200x114x9mm, 290g
PART CODE nexus_7_16gb_2013

BUY IT FROM £199 for the 16GB model from the Google Play Store
 
Expert Reviews Ultimate

Apple iPad Air


Apple's best iPad yet is thinner and lighter, yet more powerful than the previous model
Apple iPad Air
Our Expert Opinion The original and, some would say the best, Apple's iPad is undeniably the most popular tablet around. The fifth generation model is better than ever, thanks to a new slimline design that doesn't compromise on performance or image quality in order shrink down in size. The incredibly high resolution 9.7in, 2048x1536 display is paired with a lightning-fast 64-bit A7 processor and quad-core graphics, which make it significantly faster than last year's models in games. Storage capacities range from 16GB to a whopping 128GB, so if you need the space you won't have to worry about running out of room, and you have the choice of Wi-Fi and 4G mobile broadband models too. Apple's App store undeniably has the biggest selection too, so you should't run out of things to do with your new tablet.

Read our full Apple iPad Air review

SPECS
CPU 1.4GHz Apple A7
RAM 1GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
GRAPHICS Apple A7
DISPLAY 9.7in 2,048x1,536 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Apple iOS 7
DIMENSIONS 240x169x7.5mm, 469g
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE iPad Air

BUY IT FROM £399 from the Apple Store

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Advent Vega Tegra Note


The best budget Android tablet is incredibly powerful for the price
Advent Vega Tegra Note
Our Expert Opinion Until Nvidia released its Tegra 4 processor, Google's Nexus 7 had the value crown in terms of 7in Android tablets. That's no longer the case, as you can pick up an Advent Vega Tegra Note from Currys or PC world for just £140 - £60 less than a new Nexus 7. It's faster, includes a stylus for drawing or note-taking, and has a microSD card slot for adding extra capacity, should you want to take your entire music collection with you on the move. If you're on a tight budget, this is the Android tablet to go for.

Read our full Advent Vega Tegra Note review

SPECS
CPU 1.8GHz Nvidia Tegra 4
RAM 1GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
GRAPHICS Nvidia Tegra 4
DISPLAY 7.9in 1,280x800 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.3
DIMENSIONS 120x190x9.4mm, 320g
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE 21812495

BUY IT FROM £139.99 from PC World
 
Expert Reviews Best Buy

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display


The iPad for frequent travellers or commuters
iPad Mini with Retina Display
Our Expert Opinion Smaller tablets like Google’s Nexus 7 made a significant dent in Apple's iPad sales, so it was understandable when the company launched a miniature tablet of its own, but the iPad Mini lacked the eye-searing display of its bigger brother. Apple has fixed that for the sequel, adding a Retina display to the tiny 7.9in tablet which brings it in line with the iPad Air. Despite its size, it’s quite pricey: prices start from £319 for the basic 16GB Wi-Fi model and climb all the way up to £659 for the 128GB 4G version, but you get everything you'll find in the iPad Air in an even more compact chassis. The 7.9in display is almost unbeatable for reading and web browsing, and iOS has the largest app library for any mobile device, so there's a huge selection to choose from.

Read our full Apple iPad Mini with Retina display review

SPECS
CPU 1GHz Apple A7
RAM 1GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
GRAPHICS Apple A7
DISPLAY 7.9in 2,048x1,536 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Apple iOS 7
DIMENSIONS 200x135x7mm, 331g
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE iPad Mini with Retina Display

BUY IT FROM £319 directly from the Apple Store
 
 
Expert Reviews four stars

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7


A huge content library makes the HDX hard to beat for film fans
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Our Expert Opinion Amazon's third generation Kindle Fire tablet is also the best; the Kindle Fire HDX improves over the originals with a much higher resolution display, faster internals and a brand new version of the company's own FireOS operating system (itself a heavily modified version of Android). Amazon's custom UI is such a major departure from Google's default interface that it won't be for everyone, but with services like Prime Instant Video heavily integrated it could be the ideal tablet for movie addicts or anyone that absolutely has to finish that latest TV box set. The HDX is also great for buying eBooks from the Kindle store or downloading music.

Read our full Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 review

SPECS
CPU 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
GRAPHICS Qualcomm Krait
DISPLAY 7in 1,920x1,200 IPS
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.0 (customised)
DIMENSIONS 186x128x9mm, 303g
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE Kindle Fire HDX 7

BUY IT FROM £199 directly from Amazon
 
 
Expert Reviews four stars

Nokia Lumia 2520


The best Windows RT tablet comes from Nokia, not Microsoft
Nokia Lumia 2520
Our Expert Opinion Microsoft hasn't had a whole lot of support for Windows RT, but long-time Windows Phone supporter Nokia has given us the best RT tablet to date with the Lumia 2520. It's powerful, has a beautiful screen and has expandable storage, plus it looks stunning in a range of colours - making it much more interesting to look at than Microsoft's own bland Surface RT. If you need a tablet for business and simply can't give up Microsoft Office, Rt could be your best bet and the 2520 is the pick of the bunch.

Read our full Nokia Lumia 2520 review

SPECS
CPU 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
GRAPHICS Qualcomm Adreno 330
DISPLAY 10.1in 1,920x1,200 IPS
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows RT
DIMENSIONS 267x168x8.9mm, 615g
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE Lumia 2520

BUY IT FROM £399.99 from John Lewis
 
 
Expert Reviews Best Buy

LG G Pad 8.3


Until the mythical Nexus 8 appears, LG's G Pad is the best 8in Android tablet
LG G Pad 8.3
Our Expert Opinion LG's custom Android interface may take some getting used to, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor isn't as fast as the Snapdragon 800 CPU found in Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX range, but the G Pad 8.3 is still undeniably the best 8in Android tablet around today. It also has the benefit of microSD expansion, one-upping the Nexus 7's fixed storage capacity, plus it costs slightly less too. If you want the biggest screen but don't want to make the jump to a 10in tablet, this is your best bet.

Read our full LG G Pad 8.3 review

SPECS
CPU 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
RAM 2GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB
GRAPHICS Qualcomm Krait
DISPLAY 8.3in 1,920x1,200 IPS
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.2 (customised)
DIMENSIONS 217x127x8.3mm, 338g
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE LGV500.AGBRBK

BUY IT FROM £193 from Amazon

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