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Tablet speed test: Apple, Microsoft and Google battle for top spot

UK consumer watchdog Which? tested a range of popular tablets and discovered that when it comes to speed, there’s only one champion, and that’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

It turns out it wasn’t only Microsoft's slate that bested Apple’s tablets in the speed stakes. The Pad Mini 3, which sells for £319 in the UK, was beaten by the Tesco Hudl 2 which costs just £99.

Which? tested the tablets using the Geekbench software, and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 managed the highest score of 5,069, comfortably beating the Apple iPad Air 2 on 4,046 and the Google Nexus 9 on 3,537. Don’t bother getting your calculators out, that means the Surface Pro 3 is 20 per cent faster than the iPad Air 2.

"Our tablet speed test is a great indication of how fast tablets can run when downloading apps or using multiple functions at once," said Which? editor Richard Headland.

"Nowadays we expect everything in a swipe or a click of the button, so understanding how quickly a tablet is able to process information is important to buyers".

The scores for the ten tested tablets are as follows:

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 128GB i5: 5,069 - BUY NOW
  2. Apple iPad Air 2: 4,046 - BUY NOW
  3. Google Nexus 9: 3,537 - BUY NOW
  4. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 2014: 3,060 - BUY NOW
  5. Apple iPad Air 32GB wi-fi: 2,687 - BUY NOW
  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1: 2,650 - BUY NOW
  7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5: 2,594 - BUY NOW
  8. Asus MEMO Pad 7 ME572C: 2,351 - BUY NOW
  9. Tesco Hudl 2: 2,084 - BUY NOW
  10. Apple iPad mini 3: 1,790 - BUY NOW

Naturally there will be some (or maybe a lot) of disagreement when it comes to these findings, so sound off in the comments below.

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