Google Nexus. So there. (Just because everything I've read says it's the best one out there. I should really have got one for my wife for Christmas, but left it too late, so she'll have to make do with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10. I'll tell her she got that because she likes her S2 phone so much. But I'll always be thinking "Shoulda got her the Nexus"..)
If not that - yep, the iPad is the best alternative. But I wouldn't have any of Steve Jobs' fruit in the house. The only reason my daughter's getting an iPhone 5 is because she'll be going back to university soon after Christmas, so I won't have to look at the bloody thing for too long.
That help? ;-)