The Asus VivoTab Smart is slim and portable, has good screen colours and runs on the full version of Windows 8, letting you install any software you want. Its Atom processor won't let you tackle intense tasks like photo editing without complaining, but it'll handle the day-to-day essentials perfectly well.
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.
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 might only be £150, but its poor screen, terrible performance, outdated software and unimpressive camera don't even justify that. I highly recommend avoiding this tablet at all costs.
The new Archos 97 Titanium matches the resolution of the iPad's Retina Display and ships with Android 4.1 to boot.
With its speedy and reliable performance, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a solid small-sized tablet, but for non-Verizon customers, the smoother and less expensive Google Nexus 7 is the better choice.
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.
The Barnes & Noble Nook HD has a gorgeous high-resolution screen and slick software, though its movie library is currently non-existent. If, when it launches, Nook Video offers a lot of films and TV shows at reasonable prices, that may give this tablet a slight edge over Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. If you can handle the slightly more complex Android interface however, you'd still be better off with the excellent and supremely flexible Nexus 7.
It costs a bit more than we'd like, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is Samsung’s best non-Note tablet yet.
The LG G Pad 8.3 has a good screen and a spritely processor and wraps it up in an attractive metal body. For £250, it's a good choice if you're already an Android user or simply don't want to splash the extra cash on the iPad mini.
The Asus Fonepad is a tablet that can accept a normal SIM card to be used as a phone. At 7 inches, however, it's far too big to be your main phone and it doesn't really impress as a tablet either. Its affordable price and good battery life go some way do add to its appeal though.
The Toshiba Encore 8 offers a lot for its price, but the more appealing Dell Venue 8 Pro is a cheaper and sleeker alternative.
For $679, you can get the Microsoft Windows RT 8.1 slate with 64GB and the perk of high-speed data on-the-go.
The 10-incher is another moderate Windows 8.1 release in HP's latest lineup of slates.
The 7-inch HTC Flyer is generally slick and easy to use, but it doesn't run the tablet-optimised version of Android, so certain apps are out of bounds until a software update arrives.
The Xoom's spec sheet is enough to make any tablet tremble, but the price is high and Google still has some work to do before its tablet software experience is as fleshed out and intuitive as Apple's.
A special Olympic Edition of the quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Acer Iconia Tab A510 will be hitting the shops in April for £380.
The 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom is the first tablet to run Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb software. Despite being first, it feels fun and polished, and it will be even better when more big-screen apps arrive.
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.