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.

HTC Flyer

Description: HTC's Flyer is a bit long in the tooth at this point. But it's noteworthy because it works with a unique digital pen (sold separately) and "Scribe" technology that enable a new breed of electronic note taking and drawing. The Android 2.3-powered Flyer has HTC's "Watch" service, which gives users access to a variety of movies and video content.

Notable Specs: 1024 x 600 display; 1.5GHz processor; microSD card slot for expandable memory; SRS WOW surround sound speakers. (Unfortunately, HTC does not plan to update the Flyer to a newer version of Android. But it is also reportedly working on new Flyer-like tablet, called the Vertex.)

Price: The 32GB HSPA+ and W-Fi Flyer is available for $289.99 via Amazon.com.

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