3rd place: Sony Tablet S
Why: We've long berated Android tablets for being "me too" devices, so when a tablet like Sony's Tablet S lands on our desk we can't help but get excited. It has a distinctive, curved design that Sony says attempts to resemble a folded magazine. It's far from perfect: the 9.4in screen could be brighter, build quality could be better and its software isn't always slick. However, the Tablet S remains one of the better Android devices on the market and is a solid alternative to the iPad 2.
How much: $579 for the 16GB model and $689 for the 32GB model, though you'll more than likely find it a little cheaper at selected stores.
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