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.

Google Nexus 7

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

Price: $229.99 - $399.96 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best Android tablet gets even better

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: $179.00 - $189.05 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: $397.99 - $410.00 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.

Price: $324.99 - $330.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $142.99 - $199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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