The market for an affordable tablets is hot and the makers of these unique devices are competing fiercely for market share. But that's the way it is in business, and it would great if everybody could win.
So this is the natural result and in time some will drop out and others will appear. One thing about this market is they are still not necessarily accepted like mobile.
If you like something more sleek in a tablet, then here is the T-Mobile G-Slate device. This will be fast in terms of connection speeds as it makes use of T-Mobile's 4G network. Just about anything you want to do with entertainment is possible with T-Mobile and the G-Slate. Other entertainment features include an app for digital magazines and gaming. This is not the least expensive tablet on the market due to T-Mobile's pricing structure, but you can get a discount on the G-Slate if you access T-Mobile's monthly service for 4G access.
You'll have a hard time finding another tablet that rivals the Xoom by Motorola, and that does not include the Apple iPad. One thing about it though and bear in mind that it has a larger profile than the iPad, and that also has implications for the weight of the unit.
Take your Xoom with you wherever you go, and then you can chat using HD video from anywhere and at anytime. Basically, the Xoom is a viable alternative to the Apple iPad and at a price point that is competitive if not lower than the Apple.
One of the premier smaller tablets that is very niche is Kindle Fire by Amazon. So that means you can expect a smaller design profile, but you can have this and go and it will be a little more accommodating on the road. You may know that this is mainly for reading, so it is lacking any cameras; on the other hand, you can still watch videos when you're tired of reading. What the market has responded with is a resounding round of approval and the feedback has been great. If you're shopping for a new tablet in 2013, then it's a wide open market with tons of good features and functions. You'll find some inexpensive tablets with impressive sets of features, so keep that in mind too. Nothing on the net can beat holding it in your hands so you get a good feel about it.