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Quick Guide

COMPUTERS, TABLETS

Lightweight and highly portable, tablets are made to be carried wherever you go. Most have 7- to 10-inch screens. What to look for

• Unless portability is crucial, a 10-inch screen, better for Web surfing, video, and gaming • A display with a wide viewing angle • An operating system that can be upgraded • Ability to access a rich variety of apps authorized by the OS manufacturer
What to skip

office productivity tasks, such as those that require a lot of typing, a tablet isn't for you.
What you'll pay

Shopping tip
Tablets can double as e-readers and photo frames, and a wide variety of inexpensive apps is available.

You'll spend at least $500 for a good, 10-inch Android tablet with 32GB of memory. An equivalent iPad, with Wi-Fi only, costs $600. Smaller Android tablets that we recommend start as low as $350.
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Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is based on ease of use, display, touch response, versatility, battery life, and weight. We judge ease of use reading books, playing media, and using e-rriail and the Web. Display score reflects color, viewing angle, brightness, and amount of glare. Touch response indicates responsiveness of the touch screen when selecting and moving objects or typing. Versatility reflects the presence of useful features. Portability score is based on size, weight, and battery life. Battery life, in hours, indicates how long the tablet could play video clips. Welqht, in pounds, is without a case or cover. The operating system is the program that runs the user interface and apps. Price is approximate retail.

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