Google Nexus 7
from £160, google.com
Until the Nexus 7 came along there was really only one electronic rectangle worth spending your money on (if you’re struggling, its name rhymes with ‘iDad’). But the Nexus 7 beats that particular oblong to Tablet of the Year largely due to the fact that it’s ridiculously good value for money. Not only is it the best Android tablet, it’s less than half the price of the cheapest of Apple’s latest tablets. Its 7in HD screen and bump-resistant build make it more commuter friendly, plus the Nexus name means it’s at the front of the queue for Android updates. For the first time, a sub-£200 tablet is a viable alternative to the mighty iPad – and for that we salute you, Nexus 7. Read review
There’s no denying it’s still the best in terms of ability, but it’s no longer as far ahead of the game.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
The Infinity adds a full HD screen to the already-excellent Prime.
Not perfect, but the potential is certainly there with Asus’ clever two-in-one tabphone/phablet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The S Pen stylus adds a whole raft of extra creative functionality.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
The Kindle Fire HD is excellent for movies but lags behind the Nexus 7 when it comes to apps.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
The Tab 7.7 is luxuriously built, with a classy coating of aluminium.
Sony Xperia S Tablet
This solid tablet is Sony all over: great to look at, slick to use.