Best tablets(Updated December 6, 2013 10:00 AM PST)
It's the iPad Air in a smaller more affordable package. And with an A7 chip in tow, access to Apple's still unbeatable App Store, and a razor-sharp screen, the Mini with Retina is the best small tablet yet.
It's expensive and using the stylus to its fullest takes some getting used to, but the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is powerful, packed with features, and has one of the sharpest brightest screens on any tablet.
Barnes & Noble's decision to open its Nook HD tablets to the Google Play store was almost as smart as the recent price cuts. At $149, the Nook HD+ is probably the best tablet deal currently available.