If you're looking for the best new tablet to buy, you've come to the right place. While the iPad looms large over this category, there's actually still plenty of choice in tablets both big and small.
Only devices we have reviewed in full appear on this list, but we cover all operating systems and all sizes. We've also included some 2-in-1 devices that are basically full Windows PCs, but the key is that they have a detachable keyboard rather than being a laptop - check out our guide to the best laptops as well.
Remember that in tablets, newest doesn't always mean best - the tablet category moves a lot slower than phones, so a tablet that's even a couple of years old is still worth considering. Here are the best tablets to consider, ordered by size.
The best 7 and 8-inch tablets
Amazon Fire 7
The Amazon Fire 7 has been refreshed for 2019 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. Now with a quad-core processor and more internal storage, it remains one of the best tech bargains you'll find. We haven't reviewed the new version as yet but given the new iteration has improved internals for the same money, we don't anticipate a change in recommedability.
If you want something larger than your phone for browsing and shopping, or watching catch-up TV or movies in bed, then Fire 7 is an easy choice. 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.
Amazon Fire 8 HD
The Fire HD 8 sits in a sweet spot between Amazon's incredibly good value Fire 7 and the larger Fire HD 10. While the performance and features of the Fire HD 8 betters those of the Fire 7, it also manages to outlast the Fire HD 10, making it a slightly more enticing proposition for those who want to travel with it.
The Fire HD 8 positions itself well for entertainment, especially for those who are Prime members, where the value for money cannot be disputed. Whether you're a globetrotter, looking for a travel tablet, or just something to entertain your kids, the Fire HD 8 is well worth considering. At this price point, there's very little else that comes close.
Apple iPad mini (2019)
The Apple iPad mini 5 is faster, slimmer and more accomplished than its predecessor. It's now supremely powerful and is as much iPad as many people will need; 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.
As well as Unparalleled power for its price point, the 2019 mini retains the device's most recognisable features: the 7.9-inch screen size alongside Touch ID - the screen real-estate is nearly twice that of the iPhone XS Max. Expect Face ID to come to its successor, though.
Huawei MediaPad M5
There's a lot to like about the Huawei MediaPad M5. 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.
It's biggest challenge is that it's similar in price to the iPad mini and even the larger 9.7-inch iPad, too.
The best 9 and 10-inch tablets
Acer ZenPad 3S 10
From a hardware perspective, there's not a lot missing when you compare the ZenPad 3S 10 to the 9.7-inch iPad. The only blemish is the software. Android is still behind iOS in the app games department and Asus has loaded the ZenPad with extra apps and functions, so it could be overwhelming.
On the whole, however, this is a solid tablet without any major problems. We might still recommend the new iPad as the safer option for purchasing, but for those who don't like Apple or iOS, then there aren't many savvy options that offer the value for money that this Asus tablet does.
Apple iPad 9.7 (2018)
The 2018 Apple iPad offers a solid, consistent tablet experience at the lowest price we've seen from Apple in a full-size tablet. Its design is still lovely, it offers an easy to use interface and its performance is both slick and reliable - there's also support for the super - if costly - original version of the Apple Pencil.
Let's not forget that there's a great app ecosystem too. The iPad 9.7 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. It's not the iPad to pick if you want a laptop replacement, but it's a great tablet for entertainment and general tasks.
There's also a 10.5-inch version - the iPad Air (2019) - now should you want something a little bigger.
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Android tablets are slow to improve, but Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is as good as any we've seen in recent years. In the elements that really matter - like screen quality and general performance - the Tab 4 10 Plus is perfectly adequate for a mid-range tablet.
It's not as well built or considered as an iPad, despite costing the same sum of money. That said, as a media consumption machine, the Tab 4 10 Plus fits in comfortably with day-to-day life, offering an easy-to-use, simple and reliable platform for watching Netflix in bed, or keeping up your progress in Real Racing 3.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
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 (a keyboard isn't included but is available).
It's been replaced by the Galaxy Tab S4 below but it does offer a decent cheaper alternative. As Android tablets go, it remains one of the best.
The best 2-in-1 tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
In our Galaxy Tab S4 review we said this was a tablet that means business and it's certainly more suited to be classified as a 2-in-1 rather than just a standard slate. Android tablets haven't always had the best reputation not least because Android tablet apps tend to be a little substandard. But Samsung's latest tablets - including the older Tab S3 above - are devices to be reckoned with.
The main drawback is that this is an expensive device and the keyboard costs extra. Unlike stylii from other vendors, the S Pen is included.
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12
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 a keyboard and stylus are both included in the box.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
The 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro is a quite exceptional device that delivers a fantastic display and brilliant performance that really is laptop-class. The new Apple Pencil and redesigned keyboard cost extra but they are great additions.
On the go, this model is a natural laptop replacement, making a number of things easier. It won't completely replace the laptop in the office environment just yet though because of the limitations of iOS as a multitasking interface compared to Windows or macOS. In terms of app performance however, it's brilliant.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
The Microsoft Surface has come a long way since it first launched. It's now in its fifth generation (yes, it's called 6) 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 screen is excellent and there's plenty of power on board too.
Battery life has improved over the previous generation and although this 2-in-1 tablet can get expensive to the point that a laptop might actually make more sense, it's a really well made do-anything 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.