Consumer Reports: Best and worst tablets

Don't Waste Your Money

This holiday season, tablets are bound to be a top gift item.

So just in time for Black Friday, our partners at  Consumer Reports Magazine have released their Ratings of close to 100 tablets.

The Best Tablet Is...

Weighing in at just a pound, and with a super-slender profile, the iPad Air is the lightest full-sized tablet tested. That makes it easy to hold for reading or watching movies.

Even though Apple made the iPad Air thinner and lighter, it didn’t sacrifice screen quality at all.

The screen looks just as good as the screen on the iPad 4.

The iPad Air with 4G earned Consumer Reports’ highest score for any tablet ever. It starts $500 for Wi-Fi.

Consumer Reports also just tested the newest small tablet from Apple, the iPad Mini. It’s even better than the previous version and includes a longer-lasting battery.

Top Android Tablet

If you prefer an Android tablet, Consumer Reports recommends the newest version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It starts at $550.

What’s unique about it is it comes with a stylus and a set of apps that works specifically with that stylus.

The stylus is pretty advanced, and it allows you to do things such as write notes within an app or draw graphics. Another interesting feature is it allows you to run two apps at the same time on the display.

Top Budget Tablet

But if you want to save money, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is a good option at $230.

You don’t get as many features, but you do get a unique tech-support button.

You push a button, and up pops a live tech-support person (OK, its not a real person on your tablet, but you get the gist) who can help you with any question you have about the tablet, right then and there.

Tablet to Avoid

Consumer Reports issued a Don't Buy earlier this month on the Monster M7 tablet sold at Walmart for $150.

The magazine said 3 different versions of it locked up when they were using it.

As always, don't waste your money.

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