Google's flagship model is the best mini Android tablet so far. Its 323-pixel-per-inch display and burly processor pump out smooth 1,080p HD video – amazingly, without taxing the battery life. It's also the perfect showcase for Google's latest OS update, which is every bit as refined and functional as Apple's vaunted iOS – even surpassing it at times with features like multiple account log-ins and a Siri-besting voice search that was quick to answer questions like "How many calories are in a slice of pizza?" Really, the only knock is the relative lack of apps compared to Apple, but if you already spend your digital life in a mostly Google world (Gmail, YouTube, Drive), the Nexus 7 is for you. [$229; play.google.com]
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