You don't have to pay an arm and a leg if you want to enjoy the simple joys of having a tablet. The small slates in this gallery are the best in this budget category and range from 6 to 8.4 inches in size. Click through to see them all.
Starting with the smallest on the list, the Amazon Fire HD 6 is an affordable and portable companion. It fits perfectly in one hand -- great for commuters or those with small hands (including kids) -- and starts at only $99 for an 8GB model.
If a small bump in size is appealing, the Dell Venue 7 offers sturdy and smooth performance in a simple package.
Also offered in an 8-inch version, the Dell Venue 7 tablet boasts the bloatware-free benefits of running a pure Android operating system, and the grooved (and groovy) texture gives it a comfortable grip.
On the high end of the 7-inch tablet selection sits the Amazon Fire HDX. It rocks a comfy, angular design with a family-friendly feature-filled operating system.
Amazon Fire tablets are unique in user-friendly ways; the HDX series offers the Mayday instant customer service button and the Sangria operating system features a simple layout that makes your favorite apps and contents easy and simple to access.
In between the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2, you'll find the iPad Mini 3. The recently refreshed tablet got a minor update and now brandishes a TouchID fingerprint scanner.
As the most high-end small tablet -- thanks to its sleek construction and expensive starting price -- sports a 4:3 aspect ratio, which lends itself more towards Web surfing and reading. Yet, with its sharp Retina display and fast processor, it still does movie-watching and gaming well.
If you're interested in a tablet for taking your favorite movies on-the-go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 shows off a vivid and colorful display with life-like sharpness.
It won't replace your TV, but thanks to the IR blaster on its top edge, it may replace your remote control. The 8.4-inch tablet looks like a typical Samsung tablet, with a plastic design and capacitive buttons on the bottom bezel, and it's fashionably thin and lightweight.
Anyone who has lost a gadget due to water damage understands how built-in durability can go a long way. The Sony Xperia Z3 tablet compact is a rare waterproof model that doesn't depend on its swimming abilities to impress.
The 8-inch tablet houses a speedy processor, and though its HD screen isn't the highest resolution out there, it's sharp enough to appease any accident-prone tablet-seeker.