You are never going to get a definitive answer to your question. There will be three groups.
Many will say the iPad is by far the best Tablet and worth the premium you pay.
Many will say the Samsungs, Kindle Fires and Nexus' are as good and much cheaper.
And finally you will get the "I would never buy from Apple because they are the devil in disguise just trying for world domination and to steal your money with their shiny shiny products"
The best advice is go into a store that has a good selection, see how they perform and how they feel in your hand before deciding which suits the best.