Amazon Fire Kids Edition ( pink)
The $100 Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet comes with a two-year guarantee.
Apple iPad Mini 4 ( space gray, 16GB)
The iPad Mini 4 makes the most of iOS 9 and has a number of welcome upgrades, but its high price will have some skipping straight up to larger iPad Air models.
The Amazon Fire is a fine tablet for casual use, but it's not a good tablet, it's just good for the price.
The Epic will run its own educational apps, but also be able to side-load Android apps from the Amazon store.
Asus MeMO Pad 7 LTE
Though its build quality feels dated, the Asus Memo Pad 7 LTE provides a cheap no-frills Android experience with the perk of speedy Internet access on the go.
If you missed the boat the first time, AARP is offering a user-friendly tablet for tech novices.
HP Pro Slate 8
Not to be confused with the earlier HP Slate Pro 8, this Android-powered enterprise tablet comes packing a high-resolution display, metal body and ultrasound stylus.
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.
Amazon Fire HD 7 ( white, 8GB)
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.
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Apple iPad Mini 3
One of 2013'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.