Tablets:

Best mini tablets of 2015

Updated

Tablets smaller than 10-inches offer a more portable and convenient size. While 7-inch tablets are still around, many tablet manufacturers have transitioned to slightly larger models in the 8-inch range. 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: $349.00 - $389.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Dell Venue 8 7000

With its powerful 3D camera and strong image editing features the Dell Venue 8 7000 makes the strongest case yet for tablet photography.

Price: $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: $299.00 - $317.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 with AnyPen

If you can live with the fact that its screen is too small for the full Windows 8 experience, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2's comfy build and cutting-edge stylus technology are compelling enough reasons to own it.

Price: $299.99 - $329.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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