The advent of media tablets has been a fantastic development for consumers ,who now have a great inexpensive option for mobile devices with big displays. It has also added a nice additional source of revenue for many top consumer electronics companies. Tablets are still stuck in an awkward place for most users, however, since they can’t really replace a laptop computer or a cell phone. As such, these mobile devices had better be as light and portable as possible if we’re going to carry them with us and not leave anything else behind.

With that in mind, CNET has compiled a nice little list of the thinnest and lightest tablets in the world.

First on the list is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, which is just 0.28 inches thick and weighs 0.73 pounds, making it the overall thinnest and lightest tablet on the list. Samsung had a rocky start early on with a few tablets that were pretty terrible, but there is no question that the company has hit its stride now.

Next up is Google’s Nexus 7, which is lighter than the Tab Pro at 0.66 pounds but also thicker, measuring 0.34 inches in depth. Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 7 is next with the exact same weight but adds an extra one-hundredth of an inch in thickness at 0.35 inches.

Last on the list is Apple’s iPad mini with Retina Display, which is 0.29 inches thick and weighs 0.73 pounds. The iPad Air is just as thin as the mini but at 1 pound, it was far too heavy for CNET’s list.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.