Tablets:

Best mini tablets

Updated April 14, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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.

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Google Nexus 7

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

Price: $198.00 - $229.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best Android tablet gets even better

The best small tablet

iPad Mini (with Retina Display)

It's the iPad Air in a smaller more affordable package. And with an A7 chip in tow, access to Apple's still unbeatable App Store, and a razor-sharp screen, the Mini with Retina is the best small tablet yet.

Price: $329.99 - $409.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Pricey, mighty Retina Mini is best small tablet yet

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.

Price: $199.00 - $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (White)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a stunning tablet with a truly useful stylus, but it's not worth $400 unless you're an artist or prefer pen input.

Price: $239.99 - $399.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-inch, gold-brown)

It costs a bit more than we'd like, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is Samsung’s best non-Note tablet yet.

Price: $174.51 - $174.51 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD's sharp screen and comfortable body make it an ideal tablet choice, especially for reading books, magazines and watching movies. Google Play now only adds to the allure.

Price: $149.00 - $189.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

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.

Price: $199.99 - $226.90 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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