Still the tablet to beat, the iPad 2 is impressively thin (0.3 inches) and light (1.3 pounds), but has a fast dual-core A5 processor and a best-in-class 9.7-inch IPS screen. The front has a VGA camera, and the back has a 720p shooter. We also love the optional Smart Cover, which helps protect the display and doubles as a stand. Still, it’s the apps that really put the iPad 2 over the top. Apple’s creations, including AirPlay, FaceTime, and GarageBand, make a statement by themselves—and then there’s the 140,000-plus third-party apps that just keep on coming, from the all-new Facebook app and Flipboard to eye-popping games.