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The 10 best tablets for any budget

From bargain 10-inchers to laptop replacers

The 10 best tablets for any budget

We still don't really know why tablets are a 'thing'.

Not as useful as a laptop, nor as practical as a smartphone, they sit in a strange gadget zone all of their own - yet they're still the preferred screen of choice the moment you flop yourself down on a sofa after a hard day of pretending to do loads of hard work.

But which screen is right for your budget? Here we take in the best tablets of 2016. Tap on.

Amazon Fire

  • Brilliant budget tablet, ideal for browsing YouTube, emails or mucking about with Angry Birds
  • Micro SD card slot supports up to 128GB
  • Durable plastic build can withstand knocks 



iPad Pro (9.7-inch)

  • The best 'regular' iPad ever made
  • Retina display is absurdly sharp
  • More useful than ever with the new Smart Keyboard (£129) and Pencil (£79)


Acer Iconia One 10

  • Impressive 10-inch HD display for its cost
  • 32GB internal storage and microSD card slot
  • A neat little all-rounder


Asus ZenPad 10

  • 10-inch full HD display
  • Fancy 7.1 virtual surround sound
  • 11-hour battery life


Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8-inch)

  • Seriously thin (5.6mm) and seriously light (265g)
  • Incredible 8-inch HD screen
  • Basically the Android version of the iPad Mini - but you get more for your money


Pixel C

  • Super-smooth Android interface on a super-sharp 10-inch screen
  • Seriously good magnetic keyboard cover (for an extra £119)
  • Battery life for days


Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

  • Built-in projector capable of projecting a 70-inch picture
  • Impressive front-facing speakers
  • 18-hour battery life


iPad Pro (12.9-inch)

  • A proper 'luxury' tablet that's actually really great for design types
  • 12.9-inch screen is the best there is in tablet land
  • More powerful than a lot of similarly priced laptops


Microsoft Surface Book

  • The best 'hybrid' design going
  • 13.5-inch touch screen (so Windows 10 actually makes sense)
  • A proper keyboard and stylus 


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

  • Waterproof (for those Netflix n bathe sessions)
  • Link up to your PS4 and stream games remotely
  • 2K 10.1-inch screen

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