Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Has the smaller form factor caught your eye, but iOS not appealing? Well there's a host of Android tablets competing with the iPad Mini and one of the latest is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

There's a clue in the name here, with the "Pro" suffix denoting that this isn't just a casual entertainment tab, but rather one that Samsung is positioning towards the enterprise market.

As you may have already guessed the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 sports an 8.4-inch display, boasting a 1600 x 2560 resolution which gives a crystal clear image.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

You get some impressive power too with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and the option to have a 4G version on top of the standard Wi-Fi only model.

The issue here though is the price, and for the cheaper, plastic body of the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 it's left a little in the wake of the iPad Mini.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Looking for the perfect balance of value for money and great performance? Then the keenly price Google Nexus 7 could very well be right up your street.

Building on the popular tablet of the same name from 2012, the new Nexus 7 is upgraded in pretty much every area, from a slimmer, more professional design to an eye popping full HD display.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

The Android ecosystem is a strong one, even if business isn't totally at its heart, and the vast array of apps and customisation options means the Nexus 7 is highly versatile.

You get the very latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software on the Nexus 7, and it'll be first in line for future updates too, ensuring it's always on the cutting edge of Google's development.

Lenovo Miix 2

There isn't a huge choice of Windows tablets out there, and there are even fewer reasonably priced ones, but in the Lenovo Miix 2 you can get your Microsoft fill for under £250.

The Miix 2 runs the full blown Windows 8.1 desktop operating system, but it's delivered in a far more compact - and affordable - package to the Surface 2.

It does lack the power of the Surface, but at this low price that's hardly surprising. You do get an attractive design, nice screen and decent battery life, while the 8-inch display means it's far more portable than many of the tablets here.

Lenovo Miix 2

While high powered operations may be a bit of a struggle for the Miix 2 you can expect a relatively quick boot time, plus all the standard operations such as email, Microsoft Office and web browsing are catered for well on the tablet.

The added bonus over the fleet of the iOS and Android slates is the Miix 2 can sync automatically with your work computer, allowing you to pick up where you left off when you leave the office and fire up the slate.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.1

For those who need as much screen real estate as possible, but don't want to be lugging around a laptop all day the Galaxy Note Pro 12.1 offers up a bag busting 12.1-inch full HD display.

As this is a "Note" series device the Note Pro 12.1 comes with Samsung's now well known S Pen stylus, perfect for graphical programs and navigating round complex spreadsheets.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.1

Under the hood there's a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, Android KitKat, a meaty 9500mAh battery and the option of 4G connectivity.

Again build quality doesn't match up to the Apple iPad standards, with an obviously plastic finish and creaky frame putting a dampener on the tablet - and you'll need deep pockets because the Note Pro 12.1 doesn't come cheap.