The iPad Air is Apple's new and truly improved iPad. With a slimmer build (7.5 mm thick, like the iPad Mini Retina) and lightweight 469 g design, the iPad Air is a featherweight tablet that packs a real punch thanks to its new A7 processor. In fact, it runs circles around last year's iPad 4! This powerful tablet is smooth and fluid to use, and the new features of iOS 7, productivity software (iWork, Garage Band, iMovie etc.) and multimedia functions make it more practical and versatile then ever. Plus, with battery life heading over 11 hours, the iPad Air won't let you down.
The new Nexus 7 is far more than a cut-price update of the original. Elegant, responsive and skilled at everything it does (with the exception of perhaps the camera function), this year's Nexus 7 is nearly a flawless device. It's a shame it doesn't have a microSD slot, but then again you can't take the Nexus out of the Nexus. Google and Asus have created yet another reference for 7-inch tablet lovers.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
The 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the same all-round versatility as the previous model, whether you're looking to edit photos, jot down notes, scribble drawings or express your creativity. It's perfect for students or graphic design pros who need a go-to device when on the move. It comes with loads of apps tailored for use with the Wacom-designed stylus and the 2560 x 1600-pixel display is excellent. Battery life could be better but the Note 10.1 is great for multitasking and has an excellent onboard media player.
Asus MeMo Pad HD7
Thanks to a good-quality screen and a battery life that rivals some of the best tablets on the market, the Asus MeMo Pad HD7 is a decent option if you're looking for a tablet under £200. The processor sometimes shows its limits, especially with games, but it's a good budget option for surfing on a shoestring.
Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display (2013)
The first iPad Mini was sorely missing a Retina display, but Apple has put things right with this updated version. The iPad Mini Retina packs all the impressive features of the iPad Air into a compact 7.9" tablet that weighs just 331 g. The Mini is a smooth and speedy tablet to use and can run for up to 11 hours on a single charge. The build and finish are first rate and the Retina display is eye-catchingly impressive. Still, it doesn't come cheap!