The appeal of tablets is in their versatility. Bigger than a smartphone but more portable than a laptop, they can serve as an essential productivity tool or a miniature entertainment hub, depending on your needs.
If you're in the market for a tablet that works well as the latter, you don't have to splurge on a pricey iPad or Microsoft Surface to find something that lets you enjoy the occasional Netflix or web browsing session.
Instead, you can head down memory lane and pick up a Google Nexus 7 (2013), which Amazon currently has in stock for $150.
Yes, months after Google formally discontinued its production, the Asus-built tablet somehow continues to surpass its competition in a variety of ways.
Its superb display remains its biggest attraction — while other 7-inch slates like the Asus Memo Pad 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 skimp on the pixels, the Nexus features a sharp and colorful 1920 x 1200 panel that makes extended viewing less of an eye strain. Beyond that, it's still wonderfully thin, light, and compact; and as a Nexus device, it's still privy to new Android updates well before anyone else.
There are certainly risks involved in buying an older gadget like this — its aging processor isn't so quick for gaming and other intense tasks, and its battery has never been the best — but for light users who've been priced out of iPad range, it continues to be a rewarding choice.