If you’re in the market for a tablet, then this buying guide from CNET will set you on the right path.

In the market for a tablet? You can start between the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9. It all depends on what you want. Apple’s tablet has stellar performance, the deepest software catalog and a fantastic ecosystem supporting access to an incredible number of apps, games, music and video.

If you prefer Android, the Google-branded Nexus 9 is for you. It’s a speedy 8.9-incher that boasts top-notch graphics performance. Google’s growing ecosystem is confidently catching up to Apple’s — yet still lacking in tablet-optimized apps. Either way, you’ll likely be satisfied, but there are other options available.

For a user- and family-friendly experience the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is another worthy challenger. It has a fast processor, Amazon’s robust catalog of movies and TV shows, and unique features, like Mayday instant customer service and Firefly item-recognition software.

If price is a concern, there’s a vast selection of bargain tablets to peruse, however the Nexus 7 remains one of the best budget options and provides a pure Android tablet experience. Check out the rest of our top tablets for more options.

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