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Tablets and e-book readers for dad

Toolboxes and ties are overrated; get your father one of these tablets or e-readers instead.

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If he's already drunk the Kool-Aid...

If he's already knee-deep in the Apple ecosystem, the iPad Air is the best choice. The iPad is the most popular tablet -- and one of the most expensive -- however, it's not for everyone.

Though it offers a multitude of apps and a sleek design, there is an abundance of tablets available that give the Apple slates a run for its money (and they're in this slideshow.)

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For the tech-inclined

It's not the latest 10-incher on the market, but the Nexus 10 still impressively holds its own against its competition -- trust me, it's a long list.

The Google Nexus 10 rocks a super-high resolution screen and comfortably lightweight design - especially for a 10-inch slate -- and since it's a Google branded tablet, it gets the latest OS upgrades as soon as they're available.

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For the non-techie

If your dad sometimes confuses you for tech support, then the Kindle Fire HDX tablets will provide you (and him) with some relief. The Amazon slates come with a Mayday button that almost instantaneously connects you with tech support, however, its simple OS tries to nip any problems in the bud with a user-friendly interface.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX offers one of the most pixel-packed screens on a tablet and its ultra-lightweight and thin design give it a high-end feel. It's also pretty affordable to-boot.

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For the bookworm

Tell dad to put the paper down and pick up the Kindle Paperwhite. The e-reader is the best at replicating the easy-to-read pages of a book -- or newspaper -- without any of the cumbersome girth and weight.

If dad is a bookworm, or if you're just upgrading his old e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite offers one of the best reading experiences out of any tablet, gadget, or doo-dad.

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For the bookworm (budget edition)

If you're on a budget, the Barnes and Noble SimpleTouch is an affordable choice. Its screen isn't as impressive as the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, but it still gets the job -- or book -- done.

Though it's on the cheap side, it still offers a memory card expansion slot, Wi-Fi capabilities, and long battery life.

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For the big-handed dad

Does your father complain about how small gadgets are these days? Well the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 should shut him up -- in the nicest way possible, of course.

The 12.2-inch behemoth won't replace his computer as a workstation, but it does offer an alternative way to get things done, with a large HD screen and handy stylus.

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