3. Google Nexus 7

New Nexus 7

Whether you call it the Nexus 7 2 or just the Nexus 7, it hurdles right over the iPad mini in both parts and price. For just a little more money, it offers greater functionality than a Kindle Fire HD. It so surpasses the original Nexus 7 that Google has swept last year's tablet under the rug.

Internally, the new Nexus 7 packs a 1.5Ghz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. Those models go for $229 and $269, and there's also an LTE version selling for $300.

Storage space is a bit tricky though - the Android 4.3 OS found on the Nexus 7 takes up a whopping 6GB. Our 32GB tablet came out of the box with 26GB available. Those planning to go for the 16GB model need to brace for having only 10GB to play with.

Quick verdict

Is the New Nexus 7 the best 7-inch tablet on the market today? We think so. With the low price, great battery life, powerful performance and beautiful HD screen, it's enough to rival any other tablet for the number two position.