So you're looking for a new tablet or 2-in-1? If you're looking for the best tablet or 2-in-1 to buy in 2017, then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest tablets and 2-in-1 devices available today, in order to help you reach a decision on which tablet is the right device for you.
The tablet market is vast and newest doesn't always mean best. Refreshes are always on the horizon and this best tablets and 2-in-1 feature is continually updated to reflect recent launches, price changes, and ensure 2017's latest devices appear alongside the best of previous years, if applicable.
Only devices we have reviewed in full will appear on this list, but it covers all operating systems and all sizes, so you'll be armed with everything you need to consider when choosing to buy your next device.
Of course, the most important factor in buying a new tablet or 2-in-1 is making sure you have the best unit for you, including the best for your budget, the features you need, the size that feels right, the build quality you want and platform that suits you best.
Best 7-inch and 8-inch tablets
Amazon Fire 7
Buy the Amazon Fire 7 from around £49 from Amazon.co.uk
The Amazon Fire 7 won't win any awards for its design, but it does offer a solid build, great value for money and seamless integration with your Amazon account. It's one of those devices that you'd probably dismiss based on its spec sheet, if it wasn't for its ridiculously accessible price point. Instead, this tablet is one of the best tech bargains you'll find.
If you want something larger than your phone for browsing and shopping, or watching catch-up TV or movies in bed, then the Fire 7 is an easy choice. It's not as good as its rivals in that its slower and less resolute, nor is its battery life brilliant, but it's a tablet that is so affordable, it's almost disposable. As a bedside companion or travel pacifier for the kids, the Fire 7 should be the among first devices that you consider.
Read the full review Amazon Fire 7 review
Huawei MediaPad M3
Buy the Huawei MediaPad M3 from around £299 on Amazon.co.uk
There's a lot to like about the Huawei MediaPad M3. It is as much as you might want from a tablet designed to entertain you, a great portal for your browsing, movies and gaming and it offers the performance that will satisfy many while avoiding the temptation to encourage you to use it for work. It's also well built, a pleasure to use, delivers good audio performance and it's got a smart fingerprint sensor too.
Then we come to the price. The Huawei MediaPad M3 comes in a number of different versions, but starts at £300 with 32GB storage and Wi-Fi, which means its biggest challenge is the competition at a similar price point, such as the iPad mini 4 at around £360.
Read the full review Huawei MediaPad M3
Apple iPad mini 4
Buy the Apple iPad mini 4 from around £360 on Amazon.co.uk
The Apple iPad mini 4 is faster, slimmer and more accomplished than its iPad mini 3 predecessor. It's not as powerful as the likes of the iPad 2017 or iPad Pro 10.5, but that doesn't mean the mini is a compromise; this is as much iPad as many will need. It's a lovely, compact tablet with an anti-reflective screen coating that makes it good for watching movies, playing games, and reading or writing on the go.
If you want to get the most out of Split View multi-tasking or need some extra performance then the larger-screen iPad 2017 is the one to go for. Otherwise, if you are looking for compact, the iPad mini 4 will serve you well as an on-the-go tablet.
Read the full review Apple iPad mini 4
Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Buy the Asus ZenPad 8.0 for around £129 from Amazon.co.uk
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a couple of years old now but it crams a good, super-sharp screen into a very slim and handy body for a great price. At time of launch, the ZenPad S 8.0 piddled all over the hardware some rivals were bringing out at the same price.
You'll need to spend 10 minutes fiddling with the software to get the most out of it, and the speakers are naff but if £130 is as high as the budget will stretch and you have the patience for some little software tweaks, the ZenPad S 8.0 is a tablet that is very easy to recommend.
Read the full review Asus ZenPad 8.0
Nvidia Shield Tablet K1
Buy the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 for around £400 from Amazon.co.uk
Another one that's a couple of years old, especially as Nvidia only tweaked the Tablet K1 model rather than load it with more recent technologies when it launched. That said, the older tech still stood up to scrutiny very well, remaining a powerhouse of a slate.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is still a device most suited to the gaming community, and still one of the best on the market for that purpose we'd argue, though its capabilities and usability with everyday functionality might attract others to the party too.
Read the full review: Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 review
Best 10-inch tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for around £550 from Amazon.co.uk
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 offers a great-looking slim and light design, a fabulous AMOLED display that packs in resolution and HDR brightness, as well as a brilliant S Pen stylus that's included in the box.
It's not the cheapest tablet out there and there is no keyboard included in the price, while its multi-tasking capabilities aren't as good as a laptop setup but as Android tablets go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 can't be bettered. It doesn't achieve laptop-level replacement levels but it's an entertainment powerhouse for sure.
Read the full review Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review
Apple iPad 9.7 (2017)
Buy the Apple iPad (2017) for around £319 from Amazon.co.uk
The Apple iPad 9.7 (2017) model replaces the excellent iPad Air range and it offers a solid, consistent tablet experience at the lowest price we've seen from Apple in a full-size tablet. Its display isn't as good as the Air 2 with Apple getting rid of the fully laminated element, but its design is still lovely, it offers an easy to use interface and its performance is both slick and reliable.
Let's not forget that great app ecosystem too and the long lasting battery. The iPad 9.7 (2017) answers the question for those with dying two-to-three-year old iPads who want to know what they should upgrade to, without spending £500+ on an iPad Pro. Its not the iPad to pick if you want a laptop replacement, but it's a great tablet for entertainment and general tasks.
Read the full review New Apple iPad 2017 review
Asus ZenPad 3S 10
Buy the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 for around £300 from Amazon.co.uk
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 features a lovely slim design, a bright and colourful display and it delivers a generally reliable performance. Its battery life isn't as good as some of its competitors, nor is its camera but from a hardware perspective, there's not a lot missing when you compare the ZenPad 3S 10 to the 2017 9.7-inch iPad.
Android is still behind iOS in the app games department and the Asus software is full of un-installable apps but on the whole, this is a solid £300 tablet without any major problems. We'd still recommend the 2017 iPad as the safer option for purchasing, but if you don't like Apple or don't want to use iOS, then there aren't many savvy options that offer the value for money that this Asus tablet does.
Read the full review Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review
Best 2-in-1 tablets
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Buy the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) from around £749 from Amazon.co.uk
The Microsoft Surface has come a long way since it first launched. It's now in its fifth generation and its refined design is the best yet, while the new keyboard makes for the best typing experience yet, even if you do have to buy it separately. The Surface Pro (2017) offers a great screen resolution and brightness, while there is plenty of power on board too.
Battery life still isn't amazing and this 2-in-1 tablet can get really expensive to the point that a laptop might actually make more sense, but it's a really well made and great performing Windows device. With an official Type Cover clipped into place, the Surface Pro is a formidable machine that not only looks better than its rivals, but brings fewer compromises than many too.
Read the full review Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Buy the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S for around £840 from Amazon.co.uk
The Galaxy TabPro S is a slender 2-in-1 with a keyboard in the box that, given the device's 12.2-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system, feels like a new-generation laptop in many respects, offering a slender, fan-free design.
This is a tablet-come-laptop that gets plenty of things right. It runs full Windows 10, lasts for a full working day, has a bright and colourful screen and it delivers a sturdy and solid design compared to Samsung tablets of old. It's not perfect in that its expensive, its trackpad is small and its two-position stand options are restrictive, but it's on par with much of the competition in the 2-in-1 sector.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review
Apple iPad Pro 10.5
Buy the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 from around £570 from Amazon.co.uk
The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 replaces the company's 9.7-inch Pro model to join the larger 12.9-inch device in a larger format than its predecessor but a much more portable one compared to the 12-incher. The iPad Pro 10.5 delivers a fantastic display and a brilliant performance, whilst also offering compatibility with a keyboard accessory that is now full size.
It's a lovely tablet to not only look at, but also to use and when iOS 11 is released in September, it's only going to get better, especially at multi-tasking. On the go, it's a natural laptop replacement, making a number of things easier than our MacBook Pro, but it won't completely replace the laptop in the office environment just yet given its current software setup.
Read the full review Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12
Buy the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 for around £570 from Amazon.co.uk
With the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12, the Taiwanese company's bet is on liquid cooling, affordability, and a full laptop-like experience straight out of the box. It has a limited battery life and it doesn't offer the smallest or lightest design, but as a full laptop-replacement, or 2-in-1, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 ticks many of the right boxes.
Its stand is solid, the silent operation from the LiquidLoop cooling system is an obvious benefit and there's as much power on hand as a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. It's also affordable, delivers a decent screen and there is a both a keyboard and stylus included in the box.
Read the full review Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 review
Google Pixel C
Buy the Google Pixel C from around £550 from Amazon.co.uk
The Google Pixel C's simple design is lovely, while the optional keyboard (£119 extra) has been considerately designed too. For those looking for a lightweight solution to working on the move, this is another contender that's great for productivity, whether crunching through emails or word processing, even if it is one of the older devices on this list.
Its great design is paired with a wonderful display and great Android user experience, also making it ideal for browsing, shopping and gaming. It's got work and play down to a tee and overall the Google Pixel C is a wonderful tablet with quality and power in abundance.
Read the full review Google Pixel C review
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Buy the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet for around £600 from Amazon.co.uk
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is pretty old now but it offers a super-sharp 2K display and waterproofing with a Micro-USB proofed port over a flap-protected port, making the Z4 Tablet a lot more practical to live with than earlier designs. It's also altogether slimmer and more compact than earlier models, adding to the overall appeal.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet is a great tablet to use, offering solid performance and battery life, and a bundled keyboard which is a big nod to the productivity ambitions that this tablet harbours. It isn't cheap but the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was one of the slickest Android tablets out there when it arrived with power that will leave many standing.
Read the full review Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review
Buy the Huawei MateBook for around £615 from Amazon.co.uk
The Huawei MateBook isn't one of the newest devices on this list but this slim-build Windows 10 tablet is really well made, not a cheap knock-off competitor. The MateBook gets lots right as 2-in-1s go: it's slim, well made, has a decent size keyboard and trackpad (if you buy it anyway), plus a built-in fingerprint scanner that helps stand it out from the crowd.
As with many of the 2-in-1s, it doesn't do well in the battery department and its stand is limited by available angles, while being useless for on-the-go lap work, but for a laptop-replacement to use around the house then the MateBook is a decent option. It's not as powerful as the Surface Pro devices, but we never expected it to be - this is a different proposition.
Read the full review Huawei MateBook review