We have been buying iPods, iPhones, and iPads for years but a few months ago I got a Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 is about as big as a tablet can be yet still fit in my jeans pocket and to be safely held in one hand. Not to take anything away from Apple but since I got my Nexus 7 my daughter lost interest in her 1st generation iPad and we fight over who gets to use the Nexus. My wife is one of the biggest Applephiles around and while she won't admit the Nexus is cool I notice her using it more and more over her iPad 2. Google really has strong tablets now. The Nexus 7 is faster and has a better display than the iPad mini and is also cheaper. The Nexus 10 is faster and has a better display than the iPad 4 and of course is cheaper.
I like Apple, but you can also check each brand specifications, and check which one you like better.
The latest iPad if you can afford it. The Nexus 7 is also really good.
many thanks for your suggestions
thanks everybody Great Advice!!
Apple is best.