Re: Tablet advice
In the small range I'd go with the asus nexus 7. The new gen is a really really good tablet for the price.
The new kindle fire hdx are also very good around that size. They're more aimed for multimedia tablets tho, but at that price you're getting good hardware. 2500x1600 resolution gives a beautiful screen for watching movies.
For iPad the air is amazing if youre into ios, which personally I can't stand.
If youre going big and willing to spend the money the new Samsung galaxy note 10.1 and Sony xperia z tablets are very strong.
But yeah, best bang for your buck will be a kindle or a nexus 7.