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Tablet gift ideas

There are so many tablets on the market, picking the right one as a gift is harder than ever.

Here's a list of some very varied tablets that should help you find the right present, no matter who you're shopping for.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

If you want a tablet that's ready for work, it's hard to go past the Surface Pro 3.

Easily the best of Surface range, the enhanced kickstand and the new stylus combine with a larger screen to ensure that this is a tablet capable of being used both in the office and out.

It's not cheap, but you're getting a full-power and very versatile Windows machine.

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Apple iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is a well-made refinement of last year's model. A significantly faster processor and the welcome addition of Touch ID, and many more tweaks and changes make this a hard tablet to pass up.

As we say in our review: "it's still the gold standard for tablets".

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S

With its slim frame, good looks and stellar screen quality, Samsung Tab S is perfect for anyone looking for an entertainment-focussed tablet.

There's a 4G option available for people who want something while out and about, but keep an eye on that download limit!

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet

It may not have the greatest screen on the market, but this compact tablet is no slouch under the hood.

The 8-inch tablet has a razor-thin design and the waterproofing means you can take this into the bath and not worry about any accidents.

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

It's a little long in the tooth now, but for AU$459 you're getting a truly great screen in a compact size.

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Sony Xperia Z2

While the Z3 might be newer, the Z2 still has plenty of appeal, especially for anyone looking for a larger tablet.

The 10.1 Z2 runs on a Snapdragon 801 processor but -- much more importantly -- is still waterproof.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

It's pretty much everything there is to like about the 10.5-inch version of the Tab S, but with a smaller design that makes it a great e-reader option.

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Google Nexus 9

The Nexus range has a reputation of being one of the best Android experiences you'll find, and the Nexus 9 is no exception.

The 8.9-inch screen sits above an Nvidia Tegra K1 chip, all running the latest version of Android. Compact and smart, this is a great device with a reletively low price.

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