I have always felt rather mixed about tablets. They provide a service, sure, and I can see their use as an entertainment platform. But as a small business owner, I tend to find my phone more versatile, not to mention more powerful. In the past, I just haven’t really seen the point to these intermediary devices between smartphone and laptop.

Slowly, my opinion is beginning to change thanks to the capabilities of newer models. The year 2015 is already proving to be a good one for tablets, and these are some of the best to get in the next twelve months.

Apple iPad Air 2 

Though it came out at the tail end of last year (it began arriving in stores on Oct 22, 2014), this is still promising to be among the greatest tablets currently on the market. Available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, it’s 9.4” screen comes with an impressive 2048 x 1536 resolution with 264 PPI. The 64-bit A8X processing chip is already well know for its performance, and the iPad Air 2 is smoother than its predecessor.

Dell Venue 8 7000 

Dell made a surprise move into the tablet arena recently, a market they had been slow to take advantage of in any meaningful way. Now, with the release of the Dell Venue 8 7000, they are once more proving their worth after years of being a punchline. For only $399 you are getting an 8.4″ 2560 x 1600 OLED display with 359 PPI. Under the hood it runs a 2.3 Ghz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processing chip, and 2 GB RAM. It only has a 16 GB on board storage option, but it has a microSD slot for expansion.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

If your primary concern is a tablet with a decent screen size, your best bet is going to be Samsung this year. Not only is the resolution at 2560 x 1600, but it is on a 10.5” display. The design is another pro, as it is ultra lightweight and slim, easy to handle, and looks gorgeous. If you have a Galaxy phone, you can sync it to transfer files or even control it. The only downside is in the performance; Samsung tablets are notorious for a bit of lag when running multiple apps. Still with 3 GB of RAM and a combined 1.9Ghz quad-core + 1.3 Ghz quad-core Exynos 5 Octa processing chip, the problem is less pronounced on the Galaxy Tab S than past models.

Lenovo Yoga 2

The Lenovo Yoga 2 admittedly has its problems. For professional use, it is pretty much useless (in spite of having a pro version that isn’t worth the almost $500 price tag). But for entertainment use, the standard Yoga 2 is a dream. You have either an 8” or 10” display option, with little price difference between the two. It can also run on either Android or Windows, though I would personally suggest the former. It is beautiful, leans back on a kickstand, and is perfect if you want a way to watch media or play games for under $300.

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