I ended up picking up last year's Nexus 7 on the (relatively) cheap as prices plummeted just before the release of the new model. I have to admit, it's pretty nice.
Don't get me wrong, I still definitely prefer iOS over Android -- the more I use Android, the more reasons I find to prefer iOS, in fact -- but in a world without iOS, an Android tablet wouldn't be the end of the world.
What has most surprised me is the fact that I think Android is actually a better fit for tablets than it is for phones. I've had to carry several different Android phones by virtue of my job, and the experience has ranged from "infuriating" in the worst cases to "mildly but regularly exasperating" in the best cases. But on a tablet, Android feels like a better fit.
Which is funny to say, because there are plenty of places where it's clear that tablets are still kind of an afterthought, not just for Android developers, but also for Google itself. So many Android apps -- even ones that are ostensibly "optimized for tablets" -- have truly dreadful UIs, and it's clear that this is the result of developers either simply taking the phone app and making it bigger, or not accounting for the fact that there are a great many display aspect ratios and resolutions among Android tablets. It reminds me of my time as a Palm OS user. Yes, there are a lot of cool apps, but man, are they ugly. And then there's the way that widgets resize and rearrange when you change the tablet's orientation. Aspect ratios change for widgets in ways that distort the contents! Widgets hang off the edge of the screen! Buttons in a widget disappear beyond the resized widget boundary! Seriously, it's awful. This is amateur hour stuff right here, and it makes the entire OS look clunky and unsophisticated.
But for all that, it's still a decent tablet for the price I paid, and I do like the form factor. But all that does is make me excited for the prospect of a high-resolution iPad Mini.