They’re great for surfing the Web, checking email, posting to Facebook and Twitter, playing games, reading books, taking notes, getting directions and so much more. Tablets are the must-have gift of the year, and there’s now so much variety in this category that there’s one for everyone on your list. Among our top picks are a big-screen tablet with an amazingly compact design, a 7-incher with built-in tech support and a Windows 8 slate that doubles as a mini laptop with 12 hours of battery life.
There's nothing about this tablet that's not drool-worthy. The iPad Air measures just 0.29 inches thick and weighs a mere 1 lb., making it the most portable big-screen tablet on Earth. A new A7 chip provides quite the speed boost for powering iOS 7, which offers improved multitasking, easier access to settings and a more modern interface. The 9.7-inch display still offers a dazzling 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution for enjoying the more than 475,000 apps in the Apple App Store. Add in more than 10 hours of battery life, and you have a tablet with staying power in more ways than one.