1. Nexus 9
Google's latest tablet is the showcase for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update, which boasts a design overhaul to Android with a new Material Design look, improved multi-user accounts and a whole host of other additions. The tablet itself, size wise, sits between the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2, with an 8.9-inch display, and it's a big jump from last year's compact Nexus 7. Under the hood is the speedy Tegra K1 64-bit chip, 2GB RAM and a choice of 16 or 32GB of internal storage. There's no MicroSD card though, so these low storage options are a little disappointing. Made by HTC, the slate features the brand's BoomSound speakers, so noise is loud and sounds better than its rivals, which is great for a media centric device.
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2. Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact
Tongue twisting name aside, Sony's new small slate is a really exciting prospect. It's water resistant, can stream PS4 games through Remote Play and looks pretty swish with its curved edges and metal design. The screen is 8-inches with a 1080p resolution and running the show is a Snapdrgon 801 processor. Sony's skin is as light as ever, which is always a good thing.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S
This new Android KitKat tablet is Samsung's thinnest and lightest to date and also includes the same fingerprint scanner as the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new slateis set to go head to head with the likes of the iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, Nokia Lumia 2520, Google Nexus 10 and the Kindle Fire HDX, so it'll be interesting to see if Samsung can finally product worthy of the 'iPad killer' tag. It's available in two screen sizes - 10.5 and 8.4 inches, both of which boast Super AMOLED tech and a top of the line resolution of 2560 x 1600.
You can choose between 16 and 32GB of on-board storage and there's also scope to top up via microSD. Software features include Papergarden, Samsung's magazine service and Sidesync 3.0 means that you'll be able to take calls and transfer files from your S5 to your Tab S in a similar way to Apple's OS X Yosemite.
There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back, with an equally standard 2.1-megapixel snapper on the front while everything is powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9Ghz) and 3GB RAM.
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4. Sony Xperia Tablet Z2
If you like your tablets thin and light, then the Sony Xperia Z2 might well be right up your street. At 6.4mm thin Sony claims this is the thinnest waterproof slate you can buy. Even though it is so thin, it still packs some serious punch under the aluminium and glass chassis, like 3GB RAM, a powerful Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 6,000 mAH battery. There’s a new 10.1-inch Full HD Live Colour LED display which drastically improves colour performance over previous Xperia devices and you can even connect up a Playstation 3 DualShock 3 controller for some serious portable gaming. Media remains the focus throughout as Sony has also included dedicated Surround Sound technology for the speakers whilst built-in digital noise-cancelling means that when paired with Sony's own noise-cancelling headset you won't hear anything except what's playing on the tablet.
In camera terms, there’s an 8.1MP Exmor RS sensor along with HDR, Superior Auto Mode and a 2.2MP front-facing camera.
5. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10+
Even though it has only been out for a few months, Lenovo is already updating the innovative Yoga 10-inch tablet, ditching that old low-res screen and putting a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution version in its place. That’s not the only improvement though, oh no. Internally this slate boasts a Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB RAM and an 8-meg camera. Best of all though is the quoted 18-hour battery life.
6. Huawei MediaPad X1
Blurring the lines even further between tablets and smartphones, the MediaPad X1 is a very compact 7-inch tablet, boasting the same 1,920 x 1,200 resolution as the Nexus 7, but it can also makes phone calls. There’s also a large 5,000mAh battery, 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear facing snapper and a MicroSD card slot. At 239g, it’s the lightest 7-inch slate and it’s also the narrowest at just 103.9mm wide.
7. Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
Perfect for business folk, the largest of Samsung's tab line-up boasts a laptop encroaching 12.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560x1600 and the nitfty ability to use four apps at the same time. An interface re-jig, named Magazine UX pulls in a load of content in a design that doesn't look that much different from the tiles in Windows 8. As it's part of the Note series, you'll have access to the S-Pen for drawing, making notes and the like. Under the faux-leather hood is a Snapdragon 800 processor, a whopping 3GB RAM, Android 4.4 Kit Kat, while an 8-meg cam takes care of the snaps.
8. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Not content with just unleashing one version of its new TabPRO, the latest slate from Samsung comes in three flavours - an iPad Mini and LG G-Pad baiting 8.3 incher, a more traditional 10.1 and an extra large 12.2-inch version. Even with these different sizes, each boast a 2560x1600 resolution, Android 4.4 and a snappy Snapdragon 800 processor, while the larger 12.2 device packs 3GB of RAM (the others still have the reasonable 2GB). A new and rather nice looking Magazine UX displays all your content in an easy to read manner, while there's an 8-meg snapper on the rear to take care of photos. It looks like Samsung has finally stepped up its game when it comes to tablets.
9. 10.1 and 12.2
Love: Superb value for money with plenty of power, a premium build and great, high-res screen. Added rear camera and stereo speakers. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Hate: Limited, non-expandable storage.
T3.com Says: We're predicting a solid upgrade on last year’s beauty. Thinner, lighter, faster and with a pin-sharp display.
10. Nexus 7 (2013)
Announced along side the Galaxy Gear and Note 3, the Note 10.1 sports an impressive 2560x1600 display, 8-core Octa chipset and 3GB of RAM – pretty fantastic sounding specs. It also features the same faux-leather rear as the Note 3, a nice change from the slimy plastic of old. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-mp one on the front and a range of storage and connectivity options, plus full support for the Galaxy Gear
11. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)
Following on from the release of the G2, LG are back in the Android tablet game, pinning their hopes on the G Pad. Announced just before IFA, the G Pad boasts a 1920 x 1200 display, powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor. The 8.3-inch display pits it against Apple’s super popular iPad Mini and the lack of bezels give a nice edge to edge feel. Many LG software tweaks are added to Android 4.2.2, including QPair – for connecting your smartphone.
12. LG G Pad
Amazon has really beefed up the specs this year, with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM and a unique Mayday feature that puts a trained Amazon customer service advisor right onto your screen. You should get 11 hours of battery life, which can be extender further when reading.
13. Kindle Fire HDX
Love: Slimline and waterproof, just like the Xperia Z smartphone. Solid spec list.
Hate: Screen delivers pale colours
T3 says: Thin, light and hard as nails. A real Android tablet contender
14. Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The latest edition to the seemingly ever growing line of Transformer pads comes complete with the Tegra 4 chip, a quad-core A15 CPU and a 2560 x 1600 IPS display. Asus also added support for USB 3.0 and a slot for a Micro SDXC card, while improving the battery life from the keyboard dock. All in all this looks a pretty impressive Android tablet.
15. Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
Sporting an LED backlit 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800, quad-core processor and Jelly Bean 4.2, this is the latest attempt by Acer to crack the tablet market. Nine hours of battery life is stated, as well as a new feature called Intellispin, which should improve the way the screen rotates. Snaps are taken care of with a 5-megapixel camera, while 16GB or 32GB options for internal storage are both available.
16. Acer Iconia A3
This slate from Lenovo is slightly thinner and lighter than the Nexus 7 – though that seems the only plus point it has over its rival. The display is a middling affair, with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 and there’s a quad-core processor keeping things moving along. Two cameras are present, a 5-megapixel one on the rear and a 1.6-megapixel one up front, while the 3,450 mAh battery should give eight hours of use.
17. Lenovo S5000
Love: Quadcore processor. Brilliant screen with great clarity. Handy, battery-boosting keyboard dock.
Hate: Heavier than standalone tabs. No USB charging.
T3 Says: This is a corking tablet/laptop hybrid that is more powerful than ever and with Ice Cream Sandwich added into the mix is the best Android tablet yet.
18. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (T3 Star rating: 5/5)
Love: S-Pen and creative apps bring something different to the rest
Hate: You can buy an iPad Mini for less
T3 says: A compact and fun tablet, but the S-Pen and its creative apps aren’t worth the extra cost
19. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (T3 Star rating: 5/5)
Love: Outstanding, super-HD display, Jelly Bean OS is excellent. Smooth operation. Solid build.
Hate: Lack of dedicated apps. Wi-Fi only. Poor case supplied.
T3 Says: Stylishly slim and with Android 4.2 on board, it’s the best 10-inch Android tablet available right now and that’s high praise indeed.
20. Google Nexus 10 (T3 Star rating: 4/5)
Love: Sharp full-HD screen. Keyboard dock. Heavy on storage.
Hate: More expensive than the equivalent iPad. No USB charging. Optimised apps are lacking. Reduced battery life.
T3 Says: Beautiful full-HD screen aside, there’s no reason to buy this over a Prime. Tasty trophy gadget, though.
21. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (T3 Star rating: 4/5)
Love: Great size, decent set of features and expandable Micro-SD slot
Hate: Plastic build, TouchWiz skin takes the gloss off Android
T3.com says: An improvement over the last model, but Samsung’s tablets are not really setting the world alight
22. Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Love: Fantastic price with keyboard dock included.
Hate: Flimsy keyboard, plasticky build. Average screen.
T3 Says: Sibling of the Prime. More affordable, less sexy.