Amazon Kindle Fire HD ( 2013)
The 2013 Kindle Fire HD works perfectly as an e-reader with a few extra tablet features, but users looking to take full advantage of Amazon's ecosystem should pay more for the Fire HDX.
Hisense Sero 7 Pro
The Hisense Sero 7 LT isn't worth your money -- skip it and go for its more robust counterpart, the Pro, instead.
Asus Memo Pad ME172V ( gray)
The Asus Memo Pad ME172V won't set you back a ton, but with much better choices only $50 away, you should simply pay more now and regret less later.
Google Nexus 7 ( 8GB)
With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD ( Gray, 8GB)
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE ( Verizon)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE (Verizon) delivers on 4G speeds and features, but is too expensive to recommend.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet ( 8GB)
The $199 Nook Tablet (8GB) matches up well to the Kindle Fire in specs and price--and has the added advantage of offering an expansion slot for additional memory.
Amazon Kindle Fire
Though it lacks the tech specs found on more-expensive Apple and Android tablets, the $199 Kindle Fire is an outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry.
Archos 80 Helium 4G
Archos is standing out in the small tablet game by unveiling an 8-inch slate with 4G cellular service at Mobile World Congress 2014.
Showcased at CES 2014, the Snakebyte Vyper is an Android tablet that lets you game on your TV via a docking station and controller.