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For the Holidays, Give the Gift of a Tablet

Not a smartphone, not a laptop — somewhere in between.


You already own a smartphone. Chances are you own a laptop, too. If you’re weighing up your options for a third device, a tablet falls perfectly between the two. Today’s tablets are primarily used as big smartphones: They check email, browse the web, take photos and play games, and they’re great for streaming apps like Netflix or Showtime Anytime. Other tablets more closely resemble high-preforming laptops, great for creative apps like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Whatever you’re looking for, there are plenty of solid options.

iPad Pro 9.7-Inch

Best in Class: For iOS loyalists, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the middle ground between your iPhone 7 and new MacBook Pro. It’s a smaller version of Apple’s 2015 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and it comes with a super-fast A9X chip and an M9 coprocessor. Additionally, it features True Tone technology that automatically adjusts screen brightness according to the surrounding lighting, and it has a beautiful 12MP iSight rear camera. You can also buy it with Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Pencil stylus.

Buy Now: $749

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Tablet/Laptop Hybird: The Surface Pro line is known for its snap-on keyboard, fold-out kickstand and stylus. This fourth-generation tablet matches those features with Windows 10 and an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (your choice), same as the new MacBook Pro.

Buy Now: $749

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

Budget Friendly: At less than $200, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is undoubtedly the budget option of the bunch. It’s powered by Android Lollipop, features an 8MP rotatable camera, and has a 10.1-inch display. Its cylindrical spine makes it easy to hold one-handed, not unlike the enlarged bezel on the Amazon Kindle Oasis.

Buy Now: $198

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