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Top holiday tablet picks

This is it. The very best tablets you can buy this holiday season.

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Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display

The iPad Mini with Retina Display is the iPad Air in a smaller, cheaper package that's just as capable as its larger brother. Also, thanks to its smaller screen, the tablet's pixel density is one of the highest yet on any tablet. This is not only the best version of the iPad so far but, thanks to its incredible apps options and robust media ecosystem, it's the best small tablet, period.
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Apple iPad Air

Thanks to its vast ecosystem of apps, great performance, and a fantastic screen, the iPad Air retains Apple's title for the best tablet money can buy. Though other contenders from Google and Amazon are beginning to mount stronger competition, the iPad Air weathers the storm.
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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

The Nexus 7 is still the best small tablet you can buy. It has a gorgeously bright screen, the latest version of Android, and zippy performance. Best of all, it starts at only $229.
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon's best tablet yet, the Kindle Fire HDX has the right price, fast performance, and a bucketload of features. It's also packed with more media-based ecosystem goodness than any other tablet, including Apple's and Google's best.
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

The 7-inch version of the Fire HDX is virtually as good as the 8.9 version; however, it ditches the back camera and comes in at a low price of $229.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

An improvement in nearly every way to the 2012 version, the new Note 10.1 has a generously bright and sharp screen, good performance, and a brand-new stylus interface. If the high price doesn't scare you off, this is the stylus tablet to get.
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Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

The Nook HD+ is a 9-inch tablet with a 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen and access to the Google Play store for only $149. Its specs are a bit long in the tooth, but that low price earns it a place on this list.

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