Kindle Fire HD
Web surfing is slow on Kindles, but this tablet’s 7-inch HD display is “gorgeous,” and you can use it to access Amazon’s impressive library of movies, TV shows, and books.
Apple iPad Mini
Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad “wins the beauty contest” among small tab-lets and holds an edge in app compatibility. Besides, its processing speed “makes browsing the Internet a joy.”
From $329, apple.com
Source: Popular Mechanics
Google Nexus 7
If you can do without the iPad’s apps, price makes this “versatile” rival a better choice. It’s easier to hold, displays movies better, and has a longer battery life.
From $199, google.com/nexus
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
The Galaxy offers “the best-looking small tablet screen yet” and pairs that with “a truly useful stylus.” The price is steep, though, unless you need those features.
Acer Iconia W3
This newcomer makes the cut only because it’s the first mini-tablet that runs Microsoft Windows 8. But “you deserve better” at this price. The build quality and screen display disappoint.