In the market for a new tablet, but not sure what to look for? Don’t make the mistake most people do, and just order the bestseller. Take the time to consider your lifestyle, your needs and your budget. We’ve had a look at three of the top-selling tablet options out there; All have their merits, but are very different beasts.

There’s the iPad Air, an attractive, stylish all-rounder, the hybridised Microsoft Surface which can power through presentations, and the delightful Hudl, Tesco’s crafty way of cornering the family market.

The Good looking mid-range: iPad Air

There’s no denying that for beauty, iPads are front-runners in any contest. The iPad Air’s thin, light build makes it a doddle to hold for long periods of time, meaning that if you spend a lot of time reading, playing games then this is the device for you! Don’t worry when holding onto this thing of beauty, your hands won’t suffer the ultimate in first world problems: tablet strain.

The latest iteration, the iPad 2 is 16% thinner than its predecessor and 7% lighter. With a ten hour battery life and 64 bit memory, there’s certainly some substance behind the style, too, and the Apple retina display will display rich media content with ease, and with an anti-glare screen to reduce reflections.  Here we are showcasing the first generation iPad Air as mid-range as it is a still more than capable device rather than focusing on the iPad Air 2 which is more high end.

High end productivity: Microsoft Surface

With a strapline that reads ‘the most productive tablets on the planet’, the Microsoft Surface comes fully equipped with Microsoft Office, and a detachable keyboard base. Powerful enough to be your primary computer, this hybrid device still manages to be thin and portable as a tablet. It’s the most expensive option on the list by a long shot, but with its 12 inch screen, 4 GB Ram and Windows user friendly 8.1 interface, you get a lot of performance for your money. If, however, you don’t need a full Office suite on your tablet (there are plenty of cheaper options to be found elsewhere), remember you can always just buy a Bluetooth keyboard case for your new tablet.  The Surface Pro 3 is one of the best tablet/laptop replacements in the market if you want full Windows functionality in the portability and ease of use as a tablet.

The family choice: Tesco Hudl 2

In a range of eight bright and beautiful colours, the newly released Hudl 2 is the ultimate family tablet, appropriating the magic allure of tablet tech for pure, unashamed family entertainment. With integrated tools to protect younger users and Dolby surround sound, this cheerful gadget will brighten up long car journeys and quiet complaints of boredom, with access to thousands of Android-compatible apps. There’s even a function to turn off Hudl at bedtime, and its durable design with a soft-touch coating will hold up to being handled by small children.  This tablet was been reviewed by TechRadar and given good marks in the budget tablet category as well.

The tablet market is currently saturated meaning you need to do your research to make sure you find the right product for you. Spend some time browsing online to find the best deals, and remember always read reviews before you purchase!

So here is a final question, do you think tablets which are slightly in decline will continue to gain ground or is the market saturated?  Do you own a tablet or do you plan on buying one in 2015 and do you prefer an Apple tablet or Android?