Re: How did the Nook HD not make it?!
I personally own the first generation Nexus 7 tablet, which I think fares very well (at $199) with more expensive items; too bad the second gen Nexus 7 (improved) does come at a higher price; a used Nexus 7 gen one offering would be great for someone willing to use only Wifi access. I use mine that way and it does everything I need it to do. More expensive tablets than this would be a waste for me.
I got my mom a Nook HD, and that costs even less and I think it is a bargain. It is easy, energy efficient, and good value for the money.
The other models also seem to have appeal, but too bad we couldn't add a few more to the list. A few years ago, tablets other than the iPad were not too hot; today I wonder if the iPad is even worth the extra money; MANY Android models offer excellent value. For me, the Nexus 7 is perfect, but I see the Barnes and Noble and Amazon low end offerings as excellent, better than the no name Android knock-offs. I don't know if any of them are improved and "good" these days, but I wouldn't go for one unless it had at least Android 4.2 or newer stuff on it.
While I'm not a Windows tablet fan, at least I can see the value if someone really uses a lot of Microsoft applications and wants remote access to them without having to carry along heavy gear.
I personally don't see the value in the iPad line but for those who are willing to pay the price, there is certainly a lot offered in their various alternatives. Compared to 2-3 years ago, there are A LOT of good values now in tablet systems, so this article was worthwhile in sharing them.