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Boy, have tablets changed over the years. They’ve certainly come a long way from Ye Olde Times of ancient Mesopotamia, when tablets were made from clay, only had enough storage space for a few lines of cuneiform, and couldn’t even play HD video. So, these days, it’s probably best to stick to modern-day tablets for your techy friends and family, and a collection of reeds and directions to a riverbank for Nammahani, from Eridu.
Artists and creators will go gaga over the Apple 12.9" iPad Pro, which has a larger screen than previous iPads and packs a serious punch, thanks to Apple’s A9X chip and iOS 9. Designed with art and design in mind, the Pro’s 2732 x 2048, 264 ppi display functions in concert with Apple Pencil to enable digital drawing with pressure and angle detection for detailed, lifelike effects. Split-screen view lets you operate two apps side by side and Picture-in-Picture lets you multi-task while watching video or Face-timing. Available in three colors, 32, 128, or 256GB of storage, and an option for LTE wireless connectivity, the iPad Pro will help you unleash your inner Rembrandt, Fellini, or Adams. While the 12.9" Pro weighs less than 1.6 lb, a smaller, lighter, and less expensive version can be found in the sub-1-lb 9.7" iPad Pro.
If you’re looking for something that straddles the line between laptop and tablet, look to Microsoft’s flagship Surface Pro 4. With a 12.3" 2736 x 1824 LCD touchscreen display, this device looks like a tablet, but its Windows 10 operating system and optional detachable keyboard with trackpad mean it can replace your laptop. When totally tricked out, this tablet’s Core™ i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and terabyte of solid-state storage mean that this hybrid can play with the big boys, but even less heavy-duty configurations won’t flag on tasks that don’t require superhero-level processing abilities, including web browsing, Microsoft Office 365, and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
If you’re an Android fan, you know that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Android tablets. If you’re looking for a media powerhouse at an affordable price, though, you may want to look at LG’s G Pad X II. The Android 6.0 device’s 10.1" display has better-than-FHD 1920 x 1200 resolution for crisp video playback and it has 16GB of storage, expandable by up to 2TB via the microSD card slot. Inside, the device has 4G LTE connectivity to go along with Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a built-in kickstand to prop it up when you’re relaxing. The 6000mAh battery can provide hours of entertainment and is recharged via the reversible USB Type-C port.
For some people, 10.1" just isn’t enough. If you find that bigger is better, take a gander at Samsung’s Galaxy View, an 18.4" behemoth with a 1080p screen ideal for watching videos, movies, and TV shows and browsing the Web. Partway between a tablet and a Smart TV, the View features an octa-core processor, 32GB of storage (along with a microSD slot), and Android 5.1 Lollipop. A built-in kickstand lets you prop up the Galaxy View on your lap or on a table, and a handle makes it easier to move.
Tablets are great multitaskers, but sometimes you need to block out life’s distractions and curl up with a good e-book, and in my opinion, the Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers you can get. Its 6" touchscreen delivers 300 ppi to reduce eye strain and the built-in reading light lets you read in dim and dark environments. Tap words to define, view and write notes, and use the X-Ray function to help you learn about characters, themes, and other useful information. It weighs less than half a pound, lasts for weeks on a battery charge, and features front lighting instead of eyestrain-inducing backlighting. A 3G-enabled version is also available.
Which is your favorite tablet? Let us know below, in the Comments section.