If you want a tablet that can do just about anything and is not tied down by nonsense (phone companies and/ or Apple), then check out the Google Nexus 7. Asus currently makes the best (in my opinion) Android tablets and this one is the best yet. Most of that is thanks to Google and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 also features "Project Butter". Basically, this ensures a smooth experience by turning on vsync and enabling triple buffering. Here are the rest of the specs:
- 7" IPS Screen @ 1280x800
- 216 ppi (pixels per inch)
- Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core CPU @ 1.2 GHz
- 12-Core Nvidia GPU
- 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm
- Micro USB
- Headphone/ Mic Combo Port
- 7 - 8 Hour Battery Life
- USB On-The-Go (Supports USB devices like mouses and keyboards)
This is about as good as it gets for $200. I do want to note that this does not use Gorilla Glass, so you will need to be careful, get a case, or both. It also does not have 3g or 4g connectivity. Google wanted to keep the cost low and they seem to be just fine without the cell phone companies getting in the way. It has just about everything else you would ever need. It's just easier to list the few things this does not have rather than to list everything it does have (watch the video).
I'll be releasing a video listing my favorite Android apps for the Nexus 7 soon.