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Best tablet gift ideas for Christmas

This year saw more great tablets hit the market than ever before, and it's easy to get lost in specs and features. Here are our picks to help make buying a tablet as a gift a little bit easier.

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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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