The Best Tablet for You

At a Glance

This lightweight, compact, high-resolution model is the only one on the chart that's sold exclusively through a mobile carrier. But it's worth a look if you want a connected, portable Android tablet.

Pros

  • High-resolution displays produces great text

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Only available through T-Mobile
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At a Glance

The Transformer stands well on its own, but it's notable when paired with Asus's terrific optional keyboard dock, which adds an SD Card slot, USB port, touchpad, and extra battery.

Pros

  • Pairs well with keyboard docking station
  • IPS display provides better-than-average images

Cons

  • No ports beyond a docking connector
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At a Glance

The first Honeycomb tablet remains a solid choice in large part due to its strong overall performance and complement of ports. But newer models are lighter.

Pros

  • HDMI-mini output
  • Runs Android 3.0 for smoother tablet OS experience
  • Good performance
  • MicroSD Card slot allows additional storage
  • Solid design

Cons

  • New OS has a few stability issues
  • Images don't render properly in Gallery viewer
  • Expensive
  • Heavy, at 1.6 pounds
  • Middling display
  • Video looked blocky
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At a Glance

This unique tablet has a comfy-to-hold wedge design, an IR port for use as a universal remote, and PlayStation Certified support.

Pros

  • PlayStation Certified
  • Ergonomic wedge design makes it easy to hold

Cons

  • No HDMI port
  • SD Card is for transferring files only
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At a Glance

Samsung's tweener-size tablet perfectly balances usable screen real estate and portability, but we saw a slightly greenish cast to the display.

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At a Glance

The iPad 2 remains the tablet to beat, even though its improvements represent just a satisfying aesthetic and spec evolution over its predecessor.

Price when rated: $699

Pros

  • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
  • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds

Cons

  • Tediously slow to charge
  • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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At a Glance

Like all things ThinkPad, this tablet is built for business. Preloaded with useful software, it has an active digitizer for pen input, on-board encryption, and the best keyboard-case option we've seen.

Pros

  • Pleasing display quality
  • Digitizer allows pen input

Cons

  • USB port awkward for flash drive use
  • Looks bulky, and feels heavy in hand
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At a Glance

The heaviest and thickest tablet we've tested is also the only one with a slide-out keyboard, making it a great choice if you prefer a keyboard while on the go.

Pros

  • Full-size USB port
  • Subtle interface tweaks to Android 3.2
  • Built-in QWERTY keyboard slides out

Cons

  • Power button is in awkward spot
  • Heavy for a tablet
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At a Glance

Samsung's flagship Tab is a sleekly designed, lightweight tablet that features some mostly useful TouchWiz software tweaks.

Price when rated: 499

Pros

  • Sharp, crisp display
  • Thin, lightweight design
  • Android 3.1 preloaded

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Battery charges painfully slow
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At a Glance

With this tablet's added bulk, you get the flexibility of tons of ports not found on the competition. We just wish the display produced better colors.

Pros

  • Removable battery, replaceable back cover
  • Sturdy design
  • SDXC Card slot, plus USB, HDMI, and mini-USB ports

Cons

  • Feels heavy, and stands thicker than most
  • Stereo speakers lack fullness, sound tinny
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