The 10 Best Tablets of 2015 By Wendy Sheehan Donnell August 5, 2015

Looking for something to bridge the gap between laptop and smartphone? Here’s what to consider, whether you’re looking for Android, Apple, or Windows options, along with ten top-rated tablets that fit the bill.It’s difficult to remember a time before tablets, but it’s been just over five short years since the original Apple iPad hit the scene, and the current tablet market was born. Since then, we’ve seen scores of manufacturers trying to snag a slice of the tablet pie. And the game is finally getting interesting. There’s no denying the tablet is here to stay.But which tablet is right for you? Whether you’re eyeing an iPad, one of the many Android tablets available, or a Windows model, here are the key factors you need to consider when shopping for a tablet, along with the top-rated models we’ve tested.

What Do You Want to Do With Your Tablet?

Despite years of refinements, tablets still can’t truly replace computers or smartphones. You can tackle productivity tasks on a tablet, but there are inherent ergonomic benefits to desktops and laptops. Plus, since we’re talking about slates here, we’re mostly talking about on-screen keyboards. There are plenty of worthy add-on hardware keyboards, especially for the iPad, but few will provide the same comfort you’ll experience with a laptop or a desktop. The main focus of the tablets we’ll discuss here is media consumption, rather than productivity. We’ll touch on lower-cost Windows tablets here as well, but if you want a convertible tablet with a laptop-grade processor for serious work, take a look at the top Windows 8 tablets we’ve tested—but be prepared to pay laptop prices, as many run around the $1k mark.

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