Christmas gadget gift guide: tablets – in pictures
Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air Apple’s latest generation premium tablet has a high quality, high-resolution screen and powerful processor, squeezed into a 7.5mm thick frame weighing 469g. It still looks like the tablet to beat with full access to Apple’s App Store and its 800,000 active apps. From £399
Photograph: John Keeble/Getty ImagesMicrosoft Surface Pro 2Microsoft Surface Pro 2 An upgraded version of Microsoft’s 10.6in Windows 8.1 tablet with a stylus, powerful processor and eight-hour battery life. A full Windows PC in a tablet, it has access to 100,000 apps from the Windows Store plus an extensive library of traditional Windows applications. Best bought with the optional Touch Cover 2 keyboard. From £719Google Nexus 10 tablet
Samsung Google Nexus 10 A more affordable high-resolution Android tablet with access to all of Google’s services, apps and stores. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, and is fast, slick and bloat free. Its widescreen is great for watching movies, but a thinner, lighter model is overdue. From £319Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet Z Sony’s latest premium Android 10in tablet with plenty of storage and a great-looking high-resolution screen. It is the waterproof exterior and svelte 6.9mm frame that really sets the Tablet Z apart, however. From £370iPad Mini
iPad mini with retina display At the premium end of smaller tablet market the new iPad mini is both slimmer and lighter than the full-sized iPad, but maintains its solid aluminium build, 10-hour battery life, high-resolution "retina" screen and powerful processor. From £319
Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/APGoogle Nexus 7 tablet 2013Google Nexus 7 (2013) Arguably the best small Android tablet available. The Nexus 7 has a high-res screen, powerful processor, 10-hour battery life and the latest Android 4.4 "Kitkat" operating system. From £199
Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesAmazon Kindle Fire HDX
Kindle Fire HDX 7 The smaller of Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablets sports a high-res screen and powerful processor running Amazon's customised Android Fire OS software, inhibiting its access to the Google Play store and restricting users to Amazon’s own app store with its 75,000 apps. From £199Tesco Hudl
Tesco Hudl The first tablet from Tesco is cheap and cheerful (costs just £60 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers). It runs a standard version of Android Jelly Bean without significant customisation, which means it is fast with full access to Google’s Play Store for apps and media. From £119



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