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CNET News Video: Tablet gift guide: Our picks for play, productivity, and parents

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CNET News Video: Tablet gift guide: Our picks for play, productivity, and parents

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There's a new crop of tablets this season from the iPad Air to the Kindle Fire HDX. But don't just consider price and size. Finding the right one will depend on how you plan to use it. In this CNET holiday gift guide, Sumi Das focuses on which tablets are best for playing games, consuming media, doing work, and parental controls.

-Whether you're shopping for a grandparent or grade school student, a tablet makes a great gift. The only question is, "Which one?" For many shoppers, Apple's new ultra-slim iPad Air and iPad Mini are the default choice and with good reason: They're easy to use, gorgeously designed and-- -You know, they have the most and best apps. The Apple iOS version will look and be even better, have more features sometimes, it will run smoother. -Making the iPad, especially the Mini, a favorite among gamers. You will pay a premium, though. The Air starts at $500 for a 16-gig model. The Mini with the sharper Retina display starts at $400 for the same amount of storage. If productivity is a priority, the Microsoft Surface 2 starting at $450 for 32 gigs is preloaded with Microsoft Office and has a generous 10-plus-inch screen. -The Microsoft Surface 2 is the more laptop replacement type of tablet. -On the more affordable end, there's the Kindle Fire HDX and the Nexus 7, both start at $230 for 16 gigs. The 7-inch Nexus, an Android tablet, has improved greatly since it debuted two years ago. Thanks to more offerings in Google's app store, Play. The Kindle Fire HDX is the go-to choice for bookworms and the Amazon faithful. Prime members have the added benefit of access to thousands of movies, TV shows, and book titles. Other key selling points: Strong kid controls. Parents can set time limits on tablet use and restrict what they watch and play. And then, there's Amazon's Mayday feature. -Within 15 seconds, it connects you with an Amazon service rep. -And you know what that means. You don't have to play tech support, win-win. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das, CNET for CBS News.

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