Looking for a mini tablet? We round up our favorite small tablets with displays between seven and nine inches. Looking for an agile, small-scale tablet? These tiny tabs pack a big punch.
1. iPad Mini
Check out a review of the iPad Mini in the video above.
The iPad is the gold standard of tablets, and the iPad Mini is a great option for lovers of small screens. The best option at this time is the iPad Mini 2, aka the iPad Mini with retina display. The retina display allows you to keep the small form factor, but without sacrificing visual clarity. This 7.9-inch tab benefits from a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, reducing smudges and keeping your iPad Mini looking factory fresh.
2. Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Check out a review of this tablet in the video above. The review compares the Nexus 7 against the iPad Mini.
Even with rumors of a Nexus 8 swirling about, the ASUS-Google Nexus 7 remains a much-loved Android tab. Despite not getting a refresh in 2014 (at least, not yet), this little tab still has a loyal fan base. This tab gets particularly high marks for comfort and display quality.
3. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Check out Engadget’s review of this tab in the video above.
The Kindle Fire might not be on everyone’s wish list, but Amazon’s powerful tablet offering is more than just a souped-up e-reader. It’s lightweight, pleasant to hold, and has some pretty nice specs. With nearly eight hours of battery life, this is a tablet that’s perfect for long-haul trips when you need a movie to distract the kids. The tablet is on the bigger end of the “small” tablet scale, making it ideal for people who want a smallish tab with a nice-looking display. However, if you want to scale down from the 8.9-inch version, there is a 7-inch tab as well.
• 100 grams lighter than an iPad Air
• 8MP rear camera
• Quad-core processor
• “Mayday” button for tech support
• Over 100,000 apps and games available
• Annoying button placement
• Interface is too Amazon-centric
• FreeTime parental control system lacks web access
• Amazon sometime slow to add new app and game titles
• Fire OS feels limiting to some
4. BlackBerry Playbook 7-Inch
Check out the video above to learn some hidden tricks to using the BlackBerry Playbook.
For those people who just refuse to let go of their BlackBerry phone, a complementary BlackBerry tab is an obvious choice. And let’s be honest, the price is right: even the most die-hard BlackBerry fan doesn’t want to spend more than $100 on a tablet that’s related to an endangered tech ecosystem.
Lucky for those people, you can find a Playbook 7-inch for under $100, which is hundreds of bucks under list. Heck, for that price, a lot of people will be tempted to pick one up, even if they’ve never owned a BlackBerry product before.
5. Dell Venue 8 Pro
Check out an unboxing video for this tablet above.
For Windows users who are tired of waiting for the Surface Mini, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is a solid Windows tab. Dell may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of tablets, but the company has quietly been selling a number of these low-priced Windows tablets. If you need a sturdy little tab that won’t break the bank, this Dell offering will appeal to Windows enthusiasts.