4. Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

The new Nexus 7 takes over from the original 7-inch effort from Google in 2012, and packs a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage

Offered up at just 260g, it's the perfect tablet for slinging in a bag and hurtling down to the local supermarket, or is equally adept at being a long-haul saviour, with reams of apps, a decent slug of battery life and that all-new high-res 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 display with 323 ppi.

It's a little more expensive than the previous model was at launch, with prices beginning at $299 for the 16GB option and $339 for the 32GB variant - and it's worth remembering that the OS takes a portion of that storage too, to allow for Android 4.3 to thrive.

It's also about to get the 4.4 KitKat update in the very near future soon, so you know you'll be getting the latest version of Android with this all-new tablet.

Plus there's a 4G option from the outset, offering 32GB of storage for $439.

Overall, this has some top end features, a low-risk update policy and is built in a way that makes it feel both premium and robust enough to chuck around the house. That's a good mix in our eyes.

Quick verdict

If you're considering a tablet now and are already dabbling in the Android ecosystem, we see no reason why shouldn't take the plunge with a Nexus 7.

The new iPad mini 2 however has jumped back to second spot by beating everything the new Nexus 7 has, bar the price, but this new Nexus is a worthy competitor.