Gift Guide – tablets

Flatter than Santa’s feet and shinier than Rudolph’s nose... every Christmas tree wants to stand over a tablet this year

Amazon Kindle Fire


Make no mistake, you won’t be reading Tolstoy on Amazon’s first non E Ink Kindle tablet. But for early adopters who want to put their magazines, videos, pictures and music in one place (or store 'em in the cloud), the Fire looks hot to trot. Lack of UK support means the Kindle Fire won’t truly come into its own until 2012. But that means this half-the-price-of-an-iPad tablet will keep on giving when that day comes. Read the review


Apple iPad 2

£400, Apple Store

It doesn’t have the best screen or the best spec of the tablets in this list, but there’s no denying Apple’s slick and genuinely idiot-proof tablet tops the bill for great apps. And the upgrade to the iPad 3 (expected to be announced early in 2012) will be seamless. Read the review

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

£300, PC World

This Android Honeycomb tablet comes with a trick up its sleeve. For an extra £100, you can pick up a keyboard “dock” that snaps on to one edge, instantly converting into a capable netbook. It’s no gimmick though… the Asus Eee Pad Transformer scooped Gadget of the Year at the Stuff Gadget Awards 2011. Read the review

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

£345, Amazon

Motorola’s second Xoom comes in a 10.1in version as well, but this cheaper 8.2in model has the same power, the same angular shoulders and the same duck-like ability to repel water. The future of reading in the bath, we think. Read the hands-on review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

£480, Currys

Samsung is – after Apple – the vanguard of the tablet world. Its Galaxy Tab was the first non-iTablet and it’s continued to bust out its brilliant flat wares since. This is the shape of its current slate – also available in 8.9in, but get the 10.1in version and revel in its stunning screen. Read the review

Andy Pad Pro


For less than half the price of top-line tablet, you expect some compromise, but the Andy Pad Pro wears its shortcomings well with a decent screen, good apps compatibility and a 1080p HDMI output.

Sony Tablet S

£350, Sony

Sony’s first Android tablet is a polished affair, but it’s those TV tricks that make it stand out from the crowd. Well, those and its disregard for the monolithic designs of its peers. An infra-red transmitter means it can be used as an intelligent universal remote, while sending videos to a compatible TV is a mere flick of the wrist away. Genius. Read the review

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