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I don’t know if I would quite call them top tier, but Kobo tablets are decent. They have a fairly broad range, so you can get an e-reader or up to a tablet that has hardware specs close to that of a Nexus 10. The price of Kobo tablets isn’t that low, around $400 for the Arc 10” for example, so I wouldn’t really think of it as a budget tablet. You might be able to save 10-20% off the cost of a comparable Samsung or Asus tablet with a Kobo, but unlike many of the cheap no-brand Chinese tablets, the Kobo will most likely function reliably even if the build quality isn't quite up to the best maunfacturers' standards.