3. Google Nexus 7
Release date: July 2012
Price at launch: from $254.99
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
TechRadar review: 4.5/5
Compare Google Nexus 7 prices
The 7-inch HD IPS display means you can easily hold the Nexus 7 in one hand, making it a perfect reading device, as well as a great portable entertainment machine.
Then consider the 16GB version is available for just $254.99 and you'll start to realise that this might well be the bargain of the century - the 32GB model is still a steal at $285.00.
OK, so there are a few shortcomings, such as the lack of 3G support for on-the-go data, no microSD card slot, meaning you're stuck with 16GB at most, and no rear camera - although we still think tablets shouldn't replace your cameraphone or point-and-shoot snapper.
For the ultimate tablet experience, the Google Nexus 7 gets close, but doesn't quite hit the mark of Apple's offerings. But as a cheap alternative you can't really go wrong.
The Google Nexus 7 is the best budget Android tablet on the market. Nothing in its price range is able to touch it, although Apple has managed to have the last laugh with the iPad Mini.
If you're looking for a tablet that won't put you in the poor house, but provides enough power to keep your lights on, then look no further – the Google Nexus 7 is the tablet for you.