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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

HP Spectre x2

Apple iPad Pro

Amazon Kindle Oasis

Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight

Lenovo Yoga Tab Pro 3

Apple iPad Air 2

Amazon Fire

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is basically a laptop in tablet's clothing.

It's a powerful Windows 10 machine with a supremely portable design. Unfortunately, its must-have keyboard is sold separately.

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On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S includes the keyboard in its base price, making it a more affordable option than the Surface Pro 4.

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Another affordable Windows 10 tablet is the HP Spectre x2. It's slim, sturdy and also includes a keyboard case.

By opting for lower-power processors, HP keeps the Spectre x2 priced attractively low.

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Thanks to its Pencil stylus, the Apple iPad Pro is an art student's dream come true.

It comes in a large 12.9-inch model and more compact 9.7-inch variant. The Pencil, however, is sold separately.

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If you need a tablet for reading, the Amazon Kindle Oasis is one of the best.

The priciest e-reader you can buy, it comes with a magnetized battery case that extends its battery life up to 9 weeks without Wi-Fi on.

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The Barnes and Noble Nook GlowLight Plus has one big advantage over the Kindle Paperwhite: It's fully waterproof.

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Take Netflix-and-chill sessions to the next level with Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 Pro.

The 10-inch tablet has a built-in projector on its side, packs powerful speakers and a long-lasting battery.

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If you want to entertain yourself but feel a tablet that doubles as a movie theater is too much, Apple's iPad Air 2 is a great choice.

It's not the newest model, but it features a sharp screen and a slim design.

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The Amazon Fire is one of the best budget options if you're an Amazon Prime member. The tablet gives you access to Amazon's library of TV shows, movies, music, books and apps, all for only $50.

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