Consumer Reports has given its top ratings to the Amazon Fire HD 6, the Apple iPad mini 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the Apple iPad Air 2 and the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. All of the tablets on this list are Wi-Fi models.
The Amazon Fire HD 6 with 16 GB of storage is the only budget-priced tablet on the Consumer Reports list. The reviewers cite the display quality, the performance speed, live tech support and the 10.1-hour battery life as their favorite qualities.
Consumer Reports also recommends the Apple iPad mini 2. The reviewers like the display, performance, five-megapixel camera and 12.8-hour battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 in the only Android tablet on this list. The portability of the tablet as well as the 12-hour battery and the OLED display are big hits with the reviewers.
The Apple iPad Air 2 is also among the top five. The reviewers like the display's quality and anti-reflective coating, the 13.3-hour battery life, the performance and the light weight relative to the original iPad Air.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is another top pick. It is the largest tablet and the only Windows tablet on the list.