Tablets with the best screens
The importance of a tablet's screen quality cannot be understated. The vast majority of your interactions with a given tablet take place on its display.
When it comes to qualifying the best, there's more to the screen quality of a tablet than meets the eye -- proverbially speaking. There's a lot of focus on high resolutions and pixels per inch (PPI) and, although these are important, there are other components that contribute to the overall quality of a screen. Brightness and black levels, as well as color accuracy and range, are all equally important factors to consider.
We've rounded up the tablets with the best screens, taking into consideration the various traits that together make Netflix binges and Angry Birds marathons even more hypnotizing and visually immersive. This list is updated as new tablets come out.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
The HDX 7 boasts an impressive feature-to-price ratio, including a sharp 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen that matches that of Google's new Nexus 7. The rebooted 7-inch tablet packs more oomph than last year's model, including a bevy of useful features and exclusive perks for Prime members. Its sharp screen looks great on its small, compact form, but in white balance it can't compare to Google's new 7-incher. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Google's Nexus 7 was one of the first small tablets to offer great performance and a comfortable build for an affordable price, however it has more competition these days. The 2013 model offers a Kindle Fire HDX 7-matching 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution and 323 ppi. Read the full review.
Apple iPad Mini Retina
The Apple iPad Mini Retina is a welcomed addition to the iPad family. The 7.9-inch Mini features a 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution and is unsurprisingly a razor-sharp stunner. Its range of color isn't as wide as the Apple iPad Air (spoiler alert!), but its 326 ppi is higher than the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7. Read the full review.
Google Nexus 10
Though its colors are nicely saturated, the Nexus 10 doesn't hit the high mark set by the iPad Air when it comes to black level, contrast, and color accuracy. Still, the Nexus 10's resolution matches the highest of any tablet yet, and in certain games like N.O.V.A. 3, it's even sharper than the fourth-generation iPad. Read the full review.
Despite its name, the iPad Air is tablet heavy-hitter. In addition to donning Apple's crisp Retina Display, it offers low black levels, high contrast, and precise color accuracy. The iPad Air's super-light build, speedy performance, and signature sleek design give it the must-have appeal iPads are known for. Read the full review.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Amazon makes no qualms about the latest and greatest tablet in the Kindle Fire line-up. Cocky commercials advertising the Fire HDX 8.9's pixel-packed screen throw its super-light design and competitive pricing in the face of a certain top competitor. Though the tablet's smaller size contributes to its higher pixel density, it's still an impressively complete package with a top-notch screen at a competitive price. Read the full review.