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)
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 ( red)
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.
Lenovo A8 ( blue)
The Lenovo A8 is a solid, simple slate, but its lack of an app tray makes other budget options more appealing.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 ( 8-inch, black)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a smooth-performing midrange slate, but it's overpriced compared to similar tablets.
The Lenovo A10's offerings are simple, but its smooth performance and solid speakers make it a compelling budget option.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 delivers everything casual tablet users will need, but it's all tied down to an inflated price tag that makes comparable options more attractive to budget-conscious shoppers.
Acer Iconia A1-830
The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a sleek and simple tablet for basic use, but you need only spend $50 more to upgrade to a slate with faster performance and better features.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
While the battery is a concern, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is still a good-looking slate that's loaded with more than enough power for anything you're likely to throw at it. It's a good choice if you're looking for a more affordable iPad alternative with 4G LTE -- particularly if you've ever lost a gadget through water damage.
Huawei MediaPad X1
Although the MediaPad X1's software is unquestionably clunky, it still has a lot going for it. If you're struggling to decide between buying a new phone or a new tablet, the X1's 4G LTE capabilities make it a fair compromise.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro ( 8.4-inch)
The premium specs and high-end feel of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 make it well worth the high price.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro ( 32GB, Wi-Fi, black)
Not quite a workstation replacement, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is an expensive behemoth of a tablet with a vast amount of features that will benefit only the most serious of tablet users.
Dell Venue 11 Pro
Betting on a full 1080p display partly justifies the Dell Venue 11 Pro's higher price compared to other Atom-powered tablets. But the keyboard dock add-on, which should turn this into a functional laptop alternative, is too expensive and occasionally frustrating to use.