Holiday gift guide: Best tablets for Christmas

Apple's iPad has taken the tablet market by storm, but Samsung, Dell and Telstra all offer alternatives.

Apple has played alone in the tablet space for almost a year, but genuine alternatives to the iPad are finally hitting the shelves. This Christmas, at least five tablet devices will be available in Australia, with many more following in 2011. Check out our guide to the best tablets on the market this Christmas.

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Apple iPad

The iPad isn't magical, as much as Apple wants you to believe this is the case. It is, however, a very entertaining device that’s currently being held back by a lack of content and a number of missing features. The iPad will only get better and will ultimately succeed off the back of Apple's existing application and content ecosystem.

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  • 26th May, 2010
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Apple
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  • Pros:
  • Design, outstanding screen, App Store, excellent battery life, impressive performance, works with existing iPhone apps, great digital photo frame
  • Cons:
  • Holding and typing is awkward, display smudges easily, screen almost impossible to see in direct sunlight, no USB port, no SD card reader, no camera, Web browser doesn't support Flash, currently limited content
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