Laptops

The best tablets of 2012

It's the year of the tablet but which one do you get? We boil down the options to help you make a decision.

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iPad with Retina
Starting at $499 (16GB Wi-Fi)

Still the standard bearer for the world of tablets, the iPad's beautiful new Retina display and robust app library makes it hard to beat.

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Nexus 10
Starting at $399 (16GB Wi-Fi)

Google's answer to the iPad, the Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10 is a powerful standout tablet with a beautiful screen and fine lines.

Google

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iPad mini
Starting at $329 (16GB Wi-Fi)

The long awaited and constantly rumored miniature iPad is finally here, but with its price and the lack of a Retina display makes it a hard swallow compared more value-oriented competitors. If you've got money to burn and are committed to the Apple ecosystem however, it's a no-brainer.

 

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Nexus 7
Starting at $199 (16GB Wi-If)

Google beat Apple to the punch in the smaller tablet space with the Acer-made 7-inch Nexus and it looks to be a winner. Fast, elegant and priced to move, it's the perfect tablet for those looking for something more portable.

Google

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Kindle Fire HD
Starting at $199 (16GB Wi-Fi)

With its low price and unfussy experience, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is a great value for fans of Amazon's ecosystem.

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Nook HD
Starting at $199 (8GB Wi-Fi)

Barnes and Noble's 7-inch tablet has the best screen in its class but you'll have to make do with half the memory (the 16GB model costs $229).

 

 

Barnes and Noble

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Surface RT
Starting at $499 (32GB Wi-Fi)

Microsoft's first tablet is a gamechanger that blurs the line between tablet and PC, but it's an edgy gamble that has its share of lovers and haters. If you're looking for something a little more versatile than the iPad, the Surface RT could be your ticket. It will cost you though: the nifty Touch cover will run you another $119.

Microsoft

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Galaxy Note 10.1
Starting at $499 (16GB Wi-Fi)

Samsung's 10-inch Note is a tad expensive considering the competition, but if you're in the market for stylus support, this is the tablet for you. 

Samsung

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Transformer Pad Infinity
Starting at $499 (32GB Wi-Fi)

This Asus offering everything you want in a tablet: a great screen and powerful internals. The kicker? It turns into a laptop (the keyboard dock comes standard).

Asus

The best tablets of 2012

It's the year of the tablet but which one do you get? We boil down the options to help you make a decision.

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