Tablets:

Best mini tablets of 2014

Updated

With roughly half the screen area of 10-inch tablets like the iPad, 7-inch tablets offer a smaller, more convenient size. Their paperback-like dimensions also make them a natural fit for e-books. For general tablet-shopping advice, visit CNET's Tablet Buying Guide.

Apple iPad Mini (with Retina Display)

The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet.

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4.5 stars Outstanding

Google Nexus 7

The new Google Nexus 7's smooth performance, frankly stunning screen and low price should launch it to the top of the list for those looking for a new seven-inch tablet.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Armed with a powerful processor and Amazon's exhaustive content library, the Kindle Fire HDX delivers incredible value for its price, especially for Amazon Prime members.

4 stars Excellent

Feature-rich, small, and powerful

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.

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4 stars Excellent

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

Android purists will find Google's mid-sized LG G Pad 8.3 more compelling, but it's pricier than the model that's overlaid with LG's skin.

4 stars Excellent

Evga Tegra Note 7

Though its design and features can't compare with the Galaxy Note 8, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 delivers a solid stylus experience for almost half the price.

3.5 stars Very good