Best tablet 2014: Our top 10 ranking

Top tablets compared - which is best for you?

1. iPad Air

iPad Air

iPad Air - Best in class

If you've already read our iPad Air review Apple's flagship tablet's ranking will come as no surprise, as Cupertino's latest slate is the first ever to gain a five star rating on TechRadar.

People scoffed when Apple launched the first iPad, but the sector has grown exponentially since the first generation device landed and with the Air the Cupertino firm has finally nailed the formula.

Impressive design coupled with a thinner, lighter chassis makes for a premium and quite frankly beautiful tablet, and Apple's powerful A7 and M7 chips under the hood means it chews through even the toughest tasks in next to no time.

Of course the price tag is still high, but it's comparable to the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, finally making it a contender on an even playing field.... and with that in mind, there's no competition.

And we're about to get a new one in the shape of the iPad Air 2 - so probably best to hold on if you're thinking of buying a new Apple tablet.

Quick verdict

"It's not just Apple's best tablet, it's the only tablet you should be considering if you're keen on a larger screen." That's what we said in the verdict of our in-depth iPad Air review. While the Galaxy Tab S is a brilliant tablet, the Air just takes things to the next level.

If you want the best tablet on the market then look no further. The iPad Air has reclaimed top spot for Apple and it's going to take some beating.

Tablet apps

As with today's best smartphones, applications play a big role on tablets – once you've decided which of these tablets if right for you, check out our top app lists so you can get your fill of Temple Run, update your friends on Facebook and read the latest news, all on a bigger screen.