Amazon Fire HD 8

If you want to buy a tablet for someone to just watch some movies and read some books, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best deals. It has a sharp screen ripe for streaming HD video and, as an Amazon tablet, it easily lets you access all of your Kindle e-books, as well as buy more, of course.

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Asus ZenPad Z8

From far away, I bet you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this Asus tablet and an Apple iPad Mini. The Asus ZenPad Z8 is one of the sleekest 8-inch Android tablets around and it has a delightfully crisp and colorful HD screen. The best part? It's totally affordable.

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Apple iPad Mini 2

The cheapest Apple iPad you can buy is the iPad Mini 2. It's also the oldest iPad in the current lineup, meaning it doesn't have the high-end features you'll find on newer models, like an ultra-thin design or TouchID fingerprint scanner. Don't need the fancy bells and whistles? Check this out.

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Amazon Fire

Did you know you can get a pretty decent tablet for only $50? The Amazon Fire is akin to the best tablet you could've bought four years ago. It's not very fast and has an outdated, pixelated screen, but for $50 you can't expect (or complain) too much.

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Amazon Kindle

Looking for a basic e-reader for the avid reader in your life? The Amazon Kindle affordably fits the bill. The entry-level Kindle was updated earlier this year with a slimmer design and some small feature upgrades.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

If you want something a little nicer, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a step up over the simple Amazon Kindle. The Paperwhite has a sharper screen, built-in front light and slimmer design.

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Amazon Kindle Voyage

Buying an e-reader for a bookworm who likes to read at night? The Amazon Kindle Voyage has a superior backlight to the Paperwhite (from the previous slide) and has the best screen resolution and contrast of any Kindle.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis

The Amazon Kindle Oasis is the Cadillac of e-readers. It has every high-end feature available, like a slim, lightweight design and bright backlight, and it also comes with a magnetized leather case that bumps up its battery life.

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Kobo Aura One

Shopping for someone who loves to read in the bath? Or someone who tends to spill their coffee while reading? The Kobo Aura One is the first entirely waterproof e-reader. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory.

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Google Pixel C

Guess who makes the best Android tablet? Google, of course. The Google Pixel C runs the latest version of Android like a dream -- as a Google-branded device it's always one of the first devices to get OS updates -- and its magnetic keyboard is so strong you could nickname it Luke Cage.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4

If a tablet that's essentially a laptop is what you're looking for, you need a two-in-one hybrid. One of the best you can spend your money on is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Though it doesn't come with its slim keyboard case, it's highly recommended for the full experience. It does come with a stylus, if that makes you feel any better about its high cost.

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Lenovo Yoga 900

The Lenovo Yoga 900 has a slim watchband-style hinge that allows the Windows 10 laptop to be used like a tablet. If you don't want to fully commit to a tablet, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (previous slide), then the Lenovo is a nice compromise.

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HP Spectre X2

Though the previous two laptop-tablet hybrids are some of the best, they're also on the expensive side. The HP Spectre X2 is an affordable alternative that still satisfies with its slim, attractive design and must-buy keyboard cover.

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HP Spectre X360

One word: value. The HP Spectre x360 delivers. It has a premium aluminum design, a speedy processor, comfortable keyboard and touchpad, a beautiful touchscreen and great battery life. What else do you need in a backflipping laptop?

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Dell Inspiron 17 7000

If the person you're shopping for wants the biggest touchscreen they can carry around, the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 is one of your best bets.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7

The newest Apple iPad is basically a smaller version of last year's iPad Pro. Sitting at 9.7 inches instead of a whopping 12.9 inches, the iPad Air Pro 9.7 is simply a more compact version of Apple's most powerful tablet ever.

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Apple iPad Mini 4

The Apple iPad Mini 4 is little and luxe. It has the sleekest, smallest design out of any iPad, however if you're not married to its petite size, the iPad Air 2 has the same features for a better price.

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Apple iPad Air 2

Any iPhone-wielding human will feel comfortable with an Apple iPad Air 2 in their hands. It's essentially a large version of an iPhone, with a bigger screen for better marathon-watching YouTube videos or dominating your relatives on Words With Friends.

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Sony Xperia Z4

The Sony Xperia Z4 is a tablet trailblazer with its waterproof design. It's one of the fastest, thinnest and lightest Android tablets around.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Some tablets are meant for binge-watching. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is one of them. Available in two fashionably slim and lightweight designs (8-inch and 9.7-inch), these Android tablets have impressively sharp screens with beautifully rich colors. It's almost like they're begging for you to blow off your chores to watch TV with them instead.

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

Though it's nothing special, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin includes some pretty decent premium features. The 15-inch Windows 10 hybrid has a special HDR mode for better video viewing and great battery life.

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Lenovo Yoga 910

Interested in a super-slim 14-inch laptop that can also be used as a tablet? The new Lenovo Yoga 910 can fold its watchband-looking 360-degree hinge all the way back into a big-screen Windows 10 tablet.

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Lenovo Yoga Book

Shopping for that one person who can't give up their pen and paper notepad? With the Lenovo Yoga Book, they won't have to. Its keyboard doubles as a Wacom tablet, meaning you can write on it with a stylus. It comes with a paper pad that perfectly fits over the keyboard and a stylus that turns into a pen, so the tablet essentially turns into a notebook, transcribing what's written down onto the screen.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has just about everything, including a stunning OLED screen. It's not as thin or skinny as the other Windows 10 hybrid models on this list, but if a spectacular screen is preferred over a compact design, you can't go wrong with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga.

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Huawei M3

Dual cameras are all the rage these days, popping up on flagship phones like the Apple iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel. One of the first tablets to jump on this bandwagon is the Huawei M3. It has its sights on photographers and video creatives with its dual 8-megapixel front and rear cameras.

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