Tablet computers are big business these days. Most analysts reckon that they will make up more than half of all computer sales in 2014, outselling both notebooks and desktops combined.
If you're an apple fan, your choice will be between the iPad Air and the iPad Mini - the Mini seems to be the most popular choice right now.
If you're not an Apple fanboy, then you might want to look at the Kindle Fire HDX or the Google Nexus 7. Both are excellent tablets with high spec and performance.
Apple will continue to rule the roost for while yet - but there's no way that you could say that the iPad was the best tablet for the money. Of course, if money's no object to you, then the iPad is a pretty desirable piece of kit for other reasons!