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Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

It doesn't matter if your favorite grad is moving onto high school, college, or post-graduate studies; there's a tablet out there to help them on their new journey. Click through the slideshow to check out the top tablet picks to gift your grad. Want more high-tech present ideas? We've got you covered here.

Let's get the obvious out of the way: Apple iPads are a solid choice.

If your grad can't keep their hands off of their iPhone, an iPad will seamlessly fit into their everyday routine. The Air 2 is one of the most powerful and stylish tablets out there, and the iPad Mini 3 isn't too shabby either.

$145.77 at Amazon
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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen

Sometimes it's just easier to write something down. This simple task gets a digital upgrade in the Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen.

The 8-inch Lenovo tablet lets you use any metal object as a stylus, whether it's a pen, pencil or set of keys. Easily jot dot notes during class just like we used to in the old days...but way cooler.

More high-tech presents to give your grad this way.

$841.05 at Amazon
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Google Nexus 9

If your grad is partial to the Android operating system, the Google Nexus 9 is the best tablet to get.

The 9-inch performance monster runs a pure version of Lollipop 5.0, Google's latest OS, and since it's a Google branded device, it gets the latest updates as soon as they're available.

Interested in something more? There's plenty more gift ideas where that came from.

$199.95 at Amazon
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

A tablet can't replace your computer, but it can come close to it. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the best desktop replacement we've seen thus far and for good reason.

The productivity-powerhouse packs a stylus and one of the most stylishly innovative tablet keyboards. If it's out of your price range, Microsoft also offers a cheaper model.

If you're on the fence about choosing a tablet over a more traditional laptop, we've also picked the best one of those to get.

$779.00 at Amazon
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Dell Venue 8 7000

Be honest: are you really just looking for a cool tablet for a present? There's no shame in wanting a device that looks as good as it performs.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 does exactly that. It's one of the skinniest tablets available, and it offers the fun feature of depth-sensing cameras.

Not cool enough? Peruse the rest of our top picks for grad gifts.

$164.99 at Amazon
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Sony Xperia Z4 tablet

If you want a tablet that's intended less for required reading and more R&R, the Sony Xperia Z4 offers a unique experience for aquaphiles and the accident-prone.

The slim and trim 10-inch tablet features an IP65 and IP68 rating, meaning it's waterproof up to 1.5m deep for 30 minutes. With its bright 2K screen you can enjoy this bad boy in the pool or bathtub, any day or night.

At this point, you've probably settled on at least one tablet to give your grad, but if you're really aiming for philanthropist status, check out more gifts here.

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