In Pictures: 7 solid 7-inch tablets that rival the iPad mini (and cost less)

The best 7-inch tablets available today, including tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo and HTC. And all 7 of these 7-inchers cost less than Apple's brand new iPad mini tablet.

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

Description: Barnes and Noble says its Nook HD tablet is the lightest 7-inch tablet ever made. It integrates nicely with the company's online book store, which offers more than 3 million titles, and the Nook Video store lets users purchase movies and other video content.

Notable Specs: 1440 x 900 HD display; 10.5 hours of battery life during reading; microSD card support to expand storage; free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores; proprietary 30-pin port for charging and syncing.

Price: The 8GB Nook HD costs $199.99, and the 16GB version sells for $229.99. (The Nook HD is currently available for preorder, and it ships on November 1, 2012.)

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