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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Apple iPad (4th generation)

Microsoft Surface Pro

Google Nexus 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (with special offers)

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight

The iPad "4" is the fastest tablet available, and its speed, coupled with the best app ecosystem around, makes it an undeniable first choice.
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As the best productivity tablet around (the keyboard is essential), you'll likely get more done on the Surface Pro in less time. As long as you can stay focused.
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Still the overall best Android tablet, the Nexus 10 is light, durable, thin, and fast, with an amazingly sharp screen. If you're going the Android route, you'll want to make this your first stop.
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And now for something completely different. With the Note 8, you can trade in your finger for the more precise S-Pen stylus. It's expensive for an 8-inch tablet, but if you can get the hang of using a pen instead of your finger, the Note 8 will provide a more intuitive, sensible experience.
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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite combines Amazon's vast e-book catalog and the best e-ink screen we've yet seen for the best e-reader available.
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The Nook Simple Touch's high-contrast screen, long battery life, nighttime glowlight, and storage expansion option make choosing another e-reader a thankfully difficult prospect.
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