A look at the most exciting tablets and e-book readers coming in 2012.
Price: $300 to $800
Availability: October (RT version), January 2013 (Windows 8 version)
Microsoft's foray into the tablet space looks to be a well-engineered, practical device with plenty of useful features and interesting accessories. Price may be the determining factor to its success, however.
HP's latest Envy blurs the between tablet and PC with full Windows 8 support and a full keyboard with touch pad that comes with the device. Its body is completely aluminium-made and feels and looks like a durable and slick piece of tech.
Sony's followup to the previous Tablet S gets some universal remote control abilities, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a slimmer design, and tons of accessory support like the optional keyboard/cover/stand pictured here.
If you liked the original Kindle Fire, you'll love the HD's much-improved screen, faster performance, and streamlined interface. Even if you didn't like the original Fire, the HD is worth checking out thanks to its improvements.
Everything great about the Kindle Fire HD in a larger package, with a higher resolution, and a faster processor for only $299. Add another $200 for 4G LTE and stream movies from almost anywhere.
Availability: Both tablets will launch in early November.
Barnes & Noble gets back in the game with followups to its Nook Tablet. The Nook HD will sport the highest resolution 7-inch tablet screen yet and the 9-inch Nook HD+brings a new level of affordability thanks to its $269 price tag.
The outlook: The Wikipad is a new 10-inch Android tablet designed from the ground up to work with a proprietary game pad dock. The Wikipad's physical game controller add-on is something long overdue, and it works very well in hands-on testing, but the system has a big job in convincing gamers to spend $499 -- more than many high-end Android tablets.