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Best Windows tablet: Why a Windows tablet?
The best Windows tablets offer true portable computing on the move. Microsoft's own Surface Pro, for example, is as powerful as many an expensive desktop PC, and it offers decent battery life - for a laptop, if not for a post-iPad tablet. You can install any Windows software on it, and perform any task for which you would normally rely on a desktop PC. All on a chassis that will fit into any man bag.
The Surface Pro 3 offers the best of all worlds, with relatively little sacrifice. If you can afford one, and you really want one device for everything, it is a great purchase. It's those compromises that matter, and that is why we go into depth on all of our Windows tablet reviews.
Best Windows tablet: Window RT vs Windows 8 (and Windows 10)
Windows RT is the cut-down version of Windows 8 that can run on hardware powered by ARM processors. It is all of Windows 8 without the desktop area. On the down side you can install only Windows apps, not full Windows software. On the plus side you get a special version of Office and the battery life is more like a phone than a laptop. I would personally question why you would want a Windows RT device - the whole point of having a Windows tablet rather than an iPad or an Android tablet is that if offers access to full Windows on the move.
But that's just my opinion. Although it is an opinion shared by enough people that Microsoft has now stopped selling the Surface RT 2, and so only a handful of products remain on the market. Window RT is to all intents and purposes dead.
That's also because Windows 10 is on the way. This version of Windows promises to offer the same platform on all Windows devices, from smartphone through tablet, laptop and desktop. And if you buy a Windows 8 tablet today you will be able to upgrade it to Windows 10 - for free - in the autumn of 2015.
Best Windows tablet: tablets, all-in-ones, hybrids
There are other decisions you'll need to make. You'll note in our listing of the top Windows tablets that not all the devices look the same. That's because Windows offers manufacturers flexibility of form. Some Windows tablets are tiny portable devices. Othere are hybrid laptop/tablet devices. Still more at giant all-in-one PCs in which the screen can detach to be a table-top-tablet computer.
This offers you a good choice, but choice isn't always good. Remember that by its very nature a tablet should be a flexible and portable device. So ask yourself whether you need a keyboard (and if so whether an ultraportable laptop would be a better idea). How big a screen do you need, and how much weight are you prepared to carry? Hybrid devices can seem like the best of all worlds, but they tend to be equally imperfect as laptops and tablets - how often will you transform their functions in your daily life?
If a product in the best Windows tablet list below grabs your attention, read the full review in detail, and the answers to these and other questions should become clear.
Below we rank the best Windows tablets you can buy right now.