Apple's iPad mini.
Don't want a full-size tablet, or can't justify its equally proportioned price tag?
Then Apple and Google have you in their sights with their ''mini tablets'': respectively, the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7.
Pint-size and priced to sell on almost a whim, we expect these to be hot items under the Christmas tree - if you can wait that long. Surprisingly, mini tablets match their big brothers in just about every respect, including wireless internet (and in the case of the iPad Mini, 3G/4G mobile broadband).
Google's Nexus 7 tablet.
They run the same apps, tap into the same online services, read the same e-books and play the same games and movies on the go.
They're just smaller than the more popular 10-inch (25-centimetre) tablets and lack the latest lush, high-resolution screens.
Google's Nexus 7 sports a seven-inch (18-centimetre) display, while Apple settles for a slightly larger 7.9-inch (20-centimetre) screen.
This makes them delightfully portable, and in the case of the Nexus 7, almost purse-size.
There's only $120 between the cheapest Nexus 7 and iPad Mini, so how do they compare?
The Nexus may have a smaller screen, but it's punchier in colours and crisp text.
However, we found the iPad Mini's slightly larger screen makes it much easier to read digital editions of magazines and newspapers.
Battery life is also equally matched, with about 10 hours fully charged.
Apple does outgun Google on some of the specifications.
The iPad Mini has a five-megapixel rear-facing camera, so you can shoot snaps and even HD video clips.
The elegant-looking iPad Mini is a delight to use, and has the edge when it comes to magazines and games, as well as the cornucopia of downloadable apps available. But for most people, we'd rate Google's Nexus 7 higher on the list. It does just about everything the iPad Mini does, but you get to keep $120 in your wallet.
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