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[TechRadar] Updated: Best tablet for 2016: our top 10 ranking
Updated: Best tablet for 2016: our top 10 ranking

<img src="" alt="Updated: Best tablet for 2016: our top 10 ranking"/><h3>10 best tablets 2016</h3><p><strong>Update: </strong>Our best tablets list has been updated in preparation for Back to School sales. Here's the scoop before everyone makes a mad dash for the best iPad and Android tablets.</p><p>The best tablets of 2016 have maximized the mobile experience with larger displays, from Apple's large-and-in-charge iPad Pro to Android's Google Nexus and Samsung tablets.</p><p>And it's more than just <a href="">iOS 9</a> and <a href="">Android Marshmallow</a> devices, unlike the <a href="">best smartphones</a>. Windows plays a limited role with its larger laptop-replacements if that's what you need from Lenovo and Asus.</p><p>All of our top picks posses even more versatility. Tablets for work by day, then have to be able to turn into primary sources of entertainment for kids by night, whether they're 7 or 9.7 or 12.9 inches.</p><p>Just as important, they feature wider price ranges, more efficient processors, longer battery life and thinner and lighter designs for the first half of 2016 than years past.</p><p>Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy and Google's Nexus tablets get that right more than ever, especially with <a href="">iOS 10</a> and <a href="">Android N</a> launching this year, making these the best tablets even better.</p><div class="apester-interaction height-404">56b4c60a8b03d1a947200479</div><p>We've made it easy for you and pulled together the best tablets of the moment available right now.</p><p>It's a difficult process divining which place each of these excellent tablets should occupy in our list, so we take into account multiple elements including performance, battery life, screen quality and more.</p><p>Price plays a part, as does age: a tablet that's been replaced by a sequel will tumble down the rankings as you can get all the great features on a better slate.</p><ul><li>Read: <a href="">Best cheap tablets</a> | <a href="">Best Android tablets</a></li></ul><p>If none of the best tablets here take your fancy then head on over to our <a href="">tablet reviews</a> pages, where you'll find in-depth reviews for many more models.</p><p>Let us know your thoughts on the top 10 (and whether you think we've got the order wrong) in the comment box below.</p><p><img src="" alt="iPad Pro 9.7" width="420"></img></p><h3>1. iPad Pro 9.7</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>A brilliant tablet that brings power to portability</p></div><p><strong>Weight:</strong> 437g | <strong>Dimensions:</strong> 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm | <strong>OS:</strong> iOS 9.3 | <strong>Screen size:</strong> 9.7-inch | <strong>Resolution:</strong> 1536 x 2048 pixels | <strong>CPU:</strong> A9X | <strong>RAM:</strong> 2GB | <strong>Storage:</strong> 32GB/128GB/256GB| <strong>microSD slot:</strong> No | <strong>Battery:</strong> TBC | <strong>Rear camera:</strong> 12MP | <strong>Front camera:</strong> 5MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:iPad%20Pro%209.7 "><p><a href="">See more iPad Pro 9.7 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Great speakers</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Pencil and keyboard support</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Pricey with accessories</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Not as much RAM as larger iPad Pro</div><p>The best tablet you can buy right now is the iPad Pro 9.7 - the smaller screen with powerful innards is the best combination on the market.</p><p>While there are plenty of brilliant Android tablets around at the moment, the new iPad offers a lot of the power of the larger iPad Pro, along with the Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, but brings it in a much more bag-and-palm friendly size. Oh, and those four speakers are just brilliant too!</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">iPad Pro 9.7</a></p><mediainsert caption="null" mediatype="YouTube" height="315" src="" width="420">YouTube :><h3>2. Google Pixel C</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>This is the best Android tablet</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 517g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 242 x 179 x 7mm | <strong>OS</strong>: Android Marshmallow| <strong>Screen size</strong>: 10.2-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 2560 x 1800 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Tegra X1 | <strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB | <strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB/64GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: up to 10 hours | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 2MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Google%20Pixel%20C "><p><a href="">See more Google Pixel C deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Fantastic screen</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Premium design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Plenty of power</div><p>Google's done it – the new Pixel C is the best Android tablet. The Pixel C has it all: a fantastic display, heaps of power and a premium design. Plus, for those willing to splash the cash, the keyboard is a great accessory. It's not quite a laptop replacement, but for those in the market for a premium Android tablet - look no further.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Google Pixel C</a></p><p><img src="" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S2" width="420"></img></p><h3>3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>A top notch iPad rival</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 256g/389g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 198.6 x 134.8 x 5.6mm/237.3 x 169 x 5.6mm | <strong>OS</strong>: Android 5.1 | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 8.0-inch/9.7-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 1536 x 2048 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Octa-core | <strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB | <strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB/64GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: 4000mAh/5870mAh | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 2.1MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Samsung%20Galaxy%20Tab%20S2 "><p><a href="">See more Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Thinner, lighter design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Rare expandable memory</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Improved interface</div><p>There are plenty of reasons to invest in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 - especially if you're after a top Android tablet. This is the best tablet that Samsung has ever produced - it's both reading and web surfing-friendly and you can pick it up in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants. Almost impossibly thin, pumped full of power and with a slicker interface it gives the iPad Air 2 a real run for its money.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Samsung Galaxy Tab S2</a></p><p><img src="" alt="iPad mini 4" width="420"></img></p><h3>4. iPad mini 4</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>The best small-screen tablet</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 299g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | <strong>OS</strong>: iOS 9.1 | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 7.9-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 1536 x 2048 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Dual-core 1.5 GHz | <strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB | <strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB/64GB/128GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: 5124mAh | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 1.2MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:iPad%20mini%204 "><p><a href="">See more iPad mini 4 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Brilliant screen</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Sleek design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Touch ID finger scanner</div><p>The best 7-inch tablet at the moment is definitely the iPad mini 4. If you like the look of Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro, but find them a) too big, b) too expensive or c) both? Well you're in luck as the diminutive iPad mini 4 gives you the best of Apple's tablet world in a form factor which is not only beautiful, but highly portable.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">iPad mini 4</a></p><mediainsert caption="null" mediatype="YouTube" height="315" src="" width="420">YouTube :><h3>5. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Lighter, faster, waterproof… a real iPad Air 2 rival</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 389g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 254 x 167 x 6.1 mm | <strong>OS</strong>: Android 5.0 | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 10.1-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 2560 x 1600 | <strong>CPU</strong>: octa-core | <strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB of RAM | <strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: 6000mAh | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8.1MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 5.1MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Sony%20Xperia%20Z4%20Tablet "><p><a href="">See more Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Gorgeous display</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Improved lightweight design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Keyboard dock included</div><p>The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the best option for PS4 owners as it allows you to stream games from your console direct to the tablet when you're in another room of your house. Link up your PS4 controller to the Z4 Tablet and you'll be gaming in bed, in the kitchen and on the toilet. The included keyboard dock in the box also makes for a great stand.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet</a></p><mediainsert caption="null" mediatype="YouTube" height="315" src="" width="420">YouTube :><h3>6. iPad Pro</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Apple's biggest slate isn't its best, but it's not far off</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 713g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm | <strong>OS</strong>: iOS 9.1 | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 12.9-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 2048 x 2732 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Dual-core 2.26 GHz| <strong>RAM</strong>: 4GB | <strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB/128GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: 10,307mAh | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 1.2MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:iPad%20Pro "><p><a href="">See more iPad Pro deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Expansive screen</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Hugely powerful</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Great speakers</div><p>The iPad Pro won't be for everyone, but for those it does appeal to you're unlikely to find a better tablet for your needs. Whether its graphics, multi-tasking or providing a pseudo-Mac experience when you're away from the office the iPad Pro is capable of so much. Even the Pencil - hilarious name aside - is an impressive tool for a particular niche. For pro's, this is the best tablet out there and for some it's more than capable of replacing a laptop.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">iPad Pro</a></p><p><img src="" alt="Nexus 9" width="420"></img></p><h3>7. Nexus 9</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>A perfect all round Android tablet</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 425g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 228.2 x 153.7 x 8mm | <strong>OS</strong>: Android 5.1 | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 8.9-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 1536 x 2048 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Dual-core 2.3 GHz | <strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB | <strong>Storage</strong>: 16/32GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: 6700 mAh | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 1.6MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Nexus%209 "><p><a href="">See more Nexus 9 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Great value for money</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Stock Android experience</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Solid performance</div><p>Originally a rather expensive Google-branded tablet, the Nexus 9 has now dropped so much in price it's the best value tablet out there. There's a whole load of power, stock Android and a high res screen making it a great all-round tablet at a very affordable price.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Nexus 9</a></p><p><img src="" alt="Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact" width="420"></img></p><h3>8. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Compact, portable and powerful</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 270g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4mm | <strong>OS</strong>: Android OS, v5.0.2 | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 8.0-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 1200 x 1920 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Quad-core 2.5GHz | <strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: 4500mAh | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8.1MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 2.2MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Sony%20Xperia%20Z3%20Tablet%20Compact "><p><a href="">See more Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Great battery life</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Very thin and light</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Waterproof body</div><p>Tablets don't have to be big and cumbersome, and the rather clumsily named Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is testament to just that. It's not Sony's best tablet - that goes to the Z4 further up the page, but it's super-slim profile, waterproof chassis, bright display and solid line up of specs means it'll comfortably slip in your bag and won't baulk at the first sign of rain.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</a></p><p><img src="" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 4" width="420"></img></p><h3>9. Microsoft Surface Pro 4</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>The tablet that can replace your laptop</p></div><p><strong>Weight</strong>: 766g/786g | <strong>Dimensions</strong>: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | <strong>OS</strong>: Windows 10 Pro | <strong>Screen size</strong>: 12.3-inch | <strong>Resolution</strong>: 2,736 x 1,824 | <strong>CPU</strong>: Various | <strong>RAM</strong>: 4GB/8GB/16GB | <strong>Storage</strong>: 128GB | <strong>Battery</strong>: up to 9 hours | <strong>Rear camera</strong>: 8MP | <strong>Front camera</strong>: 5MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:Microsoft%20Surface%20Pro%204 "><p><a href="">See more Microsoft Surface Pro 4 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Larger, sharper screen</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Vastly improved Type Cover</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Built in kickstand</div><p>Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Microsoft Surface Pro 4</a></p><mediainsert caption="null" mediatype="YouTube" height="315" src="" width="420">YouTube :><h3>10. iPad Air 2</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>The iPad Air 2 is still a good choice</p></div><p>Weight: 437g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 9.1 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Triple-core 1.5 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 7340mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP</p><div class="hawk-widget-insert _hawk widget_type:price model_names:iPad%20Air%202 "><p><a href="">See more iPad Air 2 deals</a></p></div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Sleek</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Superbly powerful</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk">Unbeatable app selection</div><p>Until the iPad Pro 9.7, this was the best tablet in the world. Even though it has been replaced by Apple, it's still a brilliant tablet that has further raised the bar for the rest of the competition in terms of build quality, features and performance. The best part is this is now cheaper thanks to the release of the iPad Pro 9.7. Apple's range of tablet-optimised apps and a slick user interface makes the iPad Air 2 extremely versatile while also being incredibly easy, and enjoyable, to use.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">iPad Air 2</a></p><h3>Tablet apps</h3><p>As with today's <a href="">best smartphones</a>, applications play a big role on tablets – once you've decided which of these tablets is right for you, check out our top app lists so you can get your fill of <em>Temple Run</em>, update your friends on Facebook and read the latest news, all on a bigger screen.</p><ul><li><a href="">100 best Android apps</a></li><li><a href="">50 best iPad apps</a></li></ul><h3>Best tablets upcoming in 2016</h3><p>If you're not quite ready to part with your cash, then take a look at the slates which will be coming out this year. A few have launched but we're waiting for them to come in for review before seeing if they make it into the top 10, while others are based on rumours but we feel confident they will arrive in 2016.</p><ul><li><a href="">New tablet 2016: the top six you'll be choosing from</a></li></ul><p><img src="" alt="Samsung Galaxy TabPro S" width="420"></img></p><h3>Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Windows 10 where you'd expect Android to be</p></div><p><strong>Weight:</strong> 693g | <strong>Dimensions:</strong> 290.3 x 198.8 x 6.3mm | <strong>OS:</strong> Windows 10 | <strong>Screen size:</strong> 12-inch | <strong>Resolution:</strong> 2160 x 1440 | <strong>CPU:</strong> Intel Core M | <strong>RAM:</strong> 4GB | <strong>Storage:</strong> 128GB/256GB | <strong>Battery:</strong> up to 10.5 hours | <strong>Rear camera:</strong> 5MP | <strong>Front camera:</strong> 5MP</p><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Sleek design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Good use of Windows 10</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Poor keyboard</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Plastic design</div><p>The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S was unveiled at the very start of 2016 and boasts a great screen, solid build and Windows 10 - but you can't buy it just yet. It's an odd device, but one that works better than we expected it to. The keyboard dock isn't great, with a cramped mouse and keys which aren't the easiest to type on - but over all Samsung's made a solid Windows slate.</p><p><strong>Read our hands on review: </strong><a href="">Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S</a></p><p><img src="" alt="Huawei MateBook" width="420"></img></p><h3>Huawei MateBook</h3><p><strong>Weight:</strong> 640g | <strong>Dimensions:</strong> 278.8 x 194.1 x 6.9mm | <strong>OS:</strong> Windows 10 | <strong>Screen size:</strong> 12-inch | <strong>Resolution:</strong> 2160 x 1440 | <strong>CPU:</strong> 6th Gen Intel Core m | <strong>RAM:</strong> 4/8GB | <strong>Storage:</strong> 128/256/512GB | <strong>microSD slot:</strong> No | <strong>Battery:</strong> 4430mAh | <strong>Rear camera:</strong> No | <strong>Front camera:</strong> 5MP</p><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Solid design</div><div class="icon icon-plus_circle _hawk"> Keyboard accessory</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> No MicroSDS card slot</div><div class="icon icon-minus_circle _hawk"> Only one USB port</div><p>Huawei's first Windows 10 device is a well-designed 2-in-1 that rivals the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro in places. It's a promising, yet pricey, first 2-in-1 from the Chinese company, managing to feel fresh despite arriving late to the party.</p><p><strong>Read the full review: </strong><a href="">Huawei MateBook</a></p><p><img src="" alt="Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet" width="420"></img></p><h3>Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>The high-end waterproof tablet</p></div><p>Things have gone a bit pear-shaped in Sony's camp in 2016. After we expect it to launch either the flagship <a href="">Xperia Z6</a> or Xperia Z6 Tablet (or both) at <a href="">MWC 2016</a>, Sony did neither - instead launching the confusing new X series instead. That's left the talk of the Xperia Z6 Tablet a little up in the air. Will we ever see this tablet? We're not sure, but eyes are now on IFA 2016 in Berlin this September.</p><p><strong>Tips for Sony:</strong> <a href="">what we want to see on the Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet</a></p><p><img src="" alt="iPad mini 4" width="420"></img></p><h3>iPad Mini 5</h3><div class="subtitle _hawk"><p>Thinner, lighter and even more portable?</p></div><p>The popular iPad mini range has won fans around the world, probably due to the fact it's the cheapest iPad offering in Apple's range. While the arrival of the iPad mini 5 in 2016 is likely, there's a small question mark around whether Apple will bother after criticism for its less than impressive iPad mini 3 update. If it does arrive expect more power with a new processor, iOS 10 on screen and the same premium metal body.</p><p><strong>What it needs to beat:</strong> <a href="">iPad mini 4</a></p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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