Optus, $279, optus.com.au
★★★ Telstra got a tablet so Optus had to have one too. The Optus MyTab does have a few advantages over its competitor, including a longer-lasting battery and a lighter body. The MyTab, made by ZTE, uses Android software (v2.1), offers five home screens to fill with apps, and a 3-megapixel camera on its back, though none on its front. Like other low-cost tablets, it uses a resistive touchscreen that requires a deliberate push and it uses a slower processor that can be overwhelmed if you open many programs at once.