Tablet holiday gift picks

CNET editors round up their favorite tablet computer picks for the 2011 holidays.

Which tablets make great gifts? Josh Miller

Chances are, there's someone on your holiday gift list asking for a tablet. The simplest solution, of course, is to buy that person an Apple iPad 2. It's our highest-rated tablet, and anyone who's ungrateful to receive one should (in my humble opinion) have his or her head examined.

But if an iPad's out of the question financially or you're shopping for someone who thinks of gingerbread as an Android OS rather than a tasty holiday treat, then there are some other tablet options to consider.

No matter what, we've got you covered. Check out our top tablet picks for the holidays, along with our favorite low-priced tablets, Android tablets, and e-ink readers.

If you're shopping for someone who already owns a tablet, consider grabbing a media-streaming box that will help extend the tablet experience to a TV or speaker system. For example, a $99 Apple TV enables iPad owners to wirelessly stream videos to a TV. Android fans can grab a $49 Roku LT and get access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon Instant Video, and other content sources.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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