The perfect tablet for those new to tablets, or as a second tablet for children, the Acer Iconia B1-A71 8GB 7" Tablet is only slightly larger than a paper-back book and at 320g, just as easy to transport - and there's a five hour battery life between charges.
Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and running Android's Jelly Bean operating system it's the perfect device for internet browsing, playing games or enjoying one of thousands of apps that take advantage of the touch screen's capabilities.
Use Google Currents to access more than 500 free online magazines, while 8GB expandable to 32GB via the microSD slot make it a good machine for watching video content on the 1024x600 resolution screen. Note that there's only 0.98GB of space for apps.
There's a front-facing camera, perfect for live chat, plus a USB port for connecting to other USB-enabled devices.