The 5 best tablets of 2014 that you can buy right now

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Halfway through 2014 and we are looking at the top 5 tablets available to consumers right now.

We have hit June, the halfway mark in 2014, and whilst there is sure to be more fantastic tablets to come this year we are going to pick out the five best tablets worthy of your hard earned cash.

5th - Sony Xperia Tablet Z2

The Xperia Z2 is by far and away the best tablet Sony has ever made. It's incredibly light and thin, performance is extremely snappy thanks to its quad-core processor and to top it all off it's even waterproof.

Sony's Z2 is powered by a brilliant quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with 3GB of RAM so you shouldn't run into any programmes that are too intensive for this tablet powerhouse. It also sports a 1,920 x 1,200 IPS LCD screen that has triluminos technology inside so it displays real depth and vibrant colours.

The cameras aren't fantastic, but then again no one should buy a tablet to take pictures, there is little worse than seeing someone trying to take a quick snap or a selfie with a 10-inch tablet clutched in their hand. The front-facing camera is a 2MP shooter whilst the rear has 8.1MP.

The battery life also isn't brilliant in comparison to its competitors, but its drawbacks are made up for by the device's waterproofness. We aren't sure why you need a waterproof tablet (surely it's technology more suited to a smartphone?) but it could be useful if you plan to take your Xperia Z2 into the bath or shower...

Prices start at - £349.99

4th - Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Announced in January and released in February the GTP 10.1 features an awesome 2560x1600 resolution display with 302 pixels per inch, meaning it will be nearly impossible for the average user to discern individual pixels.

It's slim and has a new faux leather backing making it comfortable to handle and manoeuvre. Under the bonnet you'll find a 1.9 GHz quad-core with 2GB of RAM, and you can buy storage options of either 16 or 32GB, which is expandable up to 64GB thanks to the onboard microSD slot.

Like the Z2 it also has a 2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear camera. It supports 4G connectivity and Samsung claim it has up to 9 hours of battery life. Samsung's tablet has the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, which is then glossed over with Samsung's UI.

Prices start at - £309.99

3rd - Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Despite being released late last year the Fire HDX is well worthy of third place in our list. It's powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM making stuttering and lag a thing of the past for Kindle lovers. An 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 means its amongst the best tablet screens money can buy at the moment.

It has a new sleeker design than its predecessor; it features an all black rear with angled edges and the Amazon logo blazoned in the centre. The battery life isn't too shabby either, with an estimated 12 hours with WiFi turned on you'll struggle to drain this tablet in a single day.

A possible drawback is that it runs on Amazon's own operating system, which might put those Android and iOS lovers off. Nevertheless it does have a nice feature called "Mayday", this means you have built-in video support 24 hours a day.

Prices start at - £271.20

2nd - Nexus 7

Probably the best value tablet in our top 5 is the Nexus 7 which can be purchased for only £150. For that small price you'll get a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM making this little tablet an absolute beast. The 7-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 meaning its pixel density is an extraordinary 323ppi.

It retains the same sleep design as its 2012 predecessor with the only real difference being a smoother rear. The Nexus 7 strangely has a poorer battery life than the older model though it does make up for that with some added hardware and features.

It now has a 5MP rear camera as well as a front camera, and has greatly improved speakers that make the tablet's sound louder and crisper. One drawback is that it does not support additional storage so the storage model you buy is the one you have to work with. The Nexus 7 2013 model runs Jelly Bean OS by default, but Androids fans will be excited to hear that the mini tablet has just received support for Android's latest OS update KitKat.

Prices start at - £149.89

1st - Apple iPad Air

You probably already guessed it. The Apple iPad Air takes the crown as our no'1 tablet of 2014 so far. It was released last November and is the fifth generation in Apple's line of tablets computers.

The Air was completely redesigned in comparison to the iPad 4. The new model sports the same design as the iPad Mini, with a much slimmer profile (the thickness of a pencil) and beautiful chamfered edges. It features a 9.7-inch Retina display but the pixel density is only 264ppi.

It runs on a 64-bit Apple A7 chip with an M7 motion processor, and also includes a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a FaceTime HD front-facing camera. The Air has an incredible 10-hours of battery life meaning you can browse the web, social network or watch videos all day long.

iOS 7 is the operating system and that saw a complete design overhaul last year, but still retained all the OS's brilliant functionality. The Apple ecosystem is one of the reasons behind the popularity of Apple mobile devices, the App Store has an application for everything imaginable and iTunes has all the music and most of the films you would want to watch.

Despite appearing less powerful than its tablet competitors the iPad Air does not struggle with any task that is thrown at it. The Air can be bought in 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB sizes, unfortunately there is no option for expandable storage. As you'd certainly expect different model support WiFi or 3G and 4G connectivity meaning you can be networking wherever you are.

Prices start at - £336