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 3

One of last year's best, the iPad Mini 3 is still a compelling choice despite the lack of upgrades. However, the nearly identical and significantly cheaper iPad Mini 2 is a smarter buy.

Price: $365.00 - $399.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best pure gaming tablet

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.

Price: $299.99 - $315.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $169.00 - $229.99 Check prices

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.

Price: $347.99 - $399.99 Check prices

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
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