Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air

Best Apple tablet

The best has gotten better with the debut of the Apple iPad Air. Performance is faster, but the real news is the breathtaking design that has squeezed the tablet down so that it's no thicker than a pencil. The Retina display now has challengers among Android slates, but that doesn't mean that it's not as eye-popping as ever. You'll also still find more tablet-specific apps for the iPad than for any other device.
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Est. $500 and up Estimated Price
Apple iPad mini with Retina Display
Apple iPad mini with Retina Display

Best small tablet

Those who want the fit, finish and performance of an Apple iPad Air but in a smaller tablet will be thrilled with the Apple mini with Retina Display. Unlike the first-generation Apple mini, this is not a crippled tablet using generations-old technology. Instead it packs all the performance of the Air in a tablet that's more portable still. Though the resolution of the Retina display is challenged by some Android competitors, it's still one of the best around. Like the Air, the selection of tablet-specific apps is unsurpassed.
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Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7

Best Android tablet

The second-generation Google Nexus 7 might sport a cheap price tag, but reviewers say it doesn't make many compromises. It's not the absolute fastest tablet you can buy, but it's no slouch in that department. The new HD display is stunning -- in the same class as Apple's Retina Display beauties. For all that this slate delivers, the price is almost unbelievably low.
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Asus MeMO Pad HD 7
Asus MeMO Pad HD 7

Cheap Android tablet

The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 proves that you can get a fairly good tablet for less than $150. Experts say that it's a tiny bit slower than the first-generation Google Nexus 7, but that it pretty much delivers the same experience at a significantly lower price. Nice features at this price point include a rear-facing camera and a memory expansion slot -- something the old Nexus 7 lacked. Battery life is exemplary.
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