Apple iPad Mini
Although long-rumored, the Apple iPad Mini is the surprise of the year, with far superior entertainment capabilities compared to a Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, or Nook HD; plus, it works extremely well as a "regular" tablet. We recommend you get at a model with at least 32GB of storage.
Product: Apple iPad Mini
Price: $329 to $659, depending on capacity and cellular options
Suggested accessory: iPad Mini Smart Cover ($39)