(1) Acer Iconia Tab A500
This 10.1in Android Honeycomb tablet is fast, enjoyable to use and has a great internet browser. The lack of dedicated Honeycomb apps is a problem, but these will increase fast. Not as light as the iPad 2, but manageable.
From £380, acer.co.uk
(2) iPad 2
Still the best tablet, with 90,000 dedicated apps, spectacular video playback, swift web browsing and exquisite design.
£499 (16GB), apple.com
(3) Samsung Galaxy Tab 7in
The first Android tablet from Samsung is light, fast and efficient. Because there are more recent models, it's also highly affordable and the price includes a 3G sim card slot as well as wi-fi connectivity.
Form £339.90, amazon.co.uk
(4) BlackBerry PlayBook
The PlayBook suits business and leisure use, with great video and unimpeachable security. For now, it's best for BlackBerry phone users as you need one to get your email on the PlayBook.
£559 (64GB), carphonewarehouse.com
(5) HP TouchPad
This is the one to watch: a 9.7in screen using the superbly slick webOS interface designed by Palm. It collects all your email accounts together, plus Facebook, to integrate contacts, calendar and email effectively.
From £399, carphonewarehouse.com
(6) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung's newest tablet is sleek and amazingly slim. It's an Android Honeycomb tablet so has all the same strengths and weaknesses. Still, it's a highly desirable machine. Out early next month.
From £400, samsung.com/uk
(7) Leapfrog LeapPad Explorer
This tablet, for children aged four and up, launched this week in the States, with Britain to follow imminently. It's a robust 5-in touchscreen with a camera, video recorder and educational extras.
(8) Motorola Xoom
The first tablet to use Google's Honeycomb edition of Android is a solid, responsive and engaging. The power button on the back is odd, but otherwise the 10.1in Xoom is worth a look.
From £479, comet.co.u
(9) Amazon Kindle
There's no touchscreen and it only does one thing: ebooks. But if that's what you want a tablet for, this is outstanding. The e-ink screen is easy to read even in bright sunlight.
From £111, amazon.co.uk
(10) HTC Flyer
Lots of manufacturers use the Android operating system: HTC does something special with it, offering cooler icons and smarter features. Also has a special stylus so you can draw on screen.
From £479.99, htcflyerstore.com