Acer Iconia Tab 8
The Acer Iconia Tab 8 has the design edge for budget slates, but you can find a faster performing tablet in the same price range.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 ( white, 7-inch)
The $180 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a fine choice for a budget tablet, but it's ultimately bested by great older devices, and new slates that are cheaper still.
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact's wealth of power, its skinny, waterproof body and decent screen make it a good option to consider if you're after a portable tablet. Although its screen resolution doesn't put it over its competitors, its ability to play games from your PS4 -- although not perfect yet -- gives it a unique selling point.
Google Nexus 9
The Google Nexus 9's premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates render it one of the best high-end Android tablets.
Toshiba Excite Go
Don't be tempted by its low price: the Toshiba Excite Go's middling display is too onerous to use.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 ( 2014)
Impressive Amazon features and an outstanding display make the the Fire HDX 8.9 one of the best and most affordable media consumption tablets.
Amazon Fire HD 7
For an inexpensive tablet, the Fire HD 7 satisfies with a practical, family-friendly operating system, but those interested in a 7-inch tablet can find models with better build quality in the same price range.
Apple iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.
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.
Amazon Fire HD 6
The smooth performing and feature-filled Amazon Fire HD 6 is unrivaled in the bargain tablet category.
LG G Pad 7.0 ( black)
The LG G Pad 7.0 is a basic budget tablet that slightly outmatches its competition with a supremely comfortable build, modest software extras and bargain-basement pricing.
Nvidia Shield Tablet ( 16GB, Wi-Fi)
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook ( black)
While it doesn't offer much to distinguish itself from other Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a decent 7-inch tablet at an affordable price.
Dell Venue 7
The Dell Venue 7 is one of the best small tablet bargains. The larger Venue 8 is just as capable, however there are other 8-inch slates that offer more features for the same price.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S ( 8.4-inch, bronze)
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.
LG G Pad 10.1 ( black)
Run-of-the-mill specs paired with sleek, minimalist designs make the LG G Pads attractive budget buys, but there's little to distinguish them from similarly performing slates in the same price range.
Acer Iconia One 7
If you're on tightest of budgets, the Acer Iconia One 7 will meet your needs for very casual use, but don't expect more than that.
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C with keyboard bundle
With Asus' slickest user interface yet, included keyboard, and a competitive starting price, the small but chunky Transformer Pad TF103 is an attractively affordable tablet hybrid.
Asus MeMo Pad 8 ( white)
The Asus MeMo Pad 8 is an affordable slate with tons of features, but if performance is king, faster options can be had for only $30 more.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S ( 10.5-inch, white)
An exceptional screen and a long list of software goodies make the Galaxy Tab S Samsung's best tablet to date and our top Android choice for an entertainment slate.