Lenovo IdeaPad K1
Cost: $449 to $499
Dimensions and weight: 10 by 7½ by ½ inches; 1.7 pounds
Battery life: About 8½ hours
Pros: Employs easy-to-use Android technology; comes with 30 free apps; option to customize modes for home, commute, and work use.
Cons: Heavier than other tablets; can be slow to respond to finger taps; screen is prone to having glares.
RS verdict: Physically clunky, but generally the best budget choice.