Shortcuts: Technology: Which tablet is right for you?
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Apple launches its new iPad tomorrow. But since it first appeared in 2010, the market for tablet computers has been flooded with rivals.
Full-sized (about 10in wide)
Best for reading
The fourth-generation iPad (pounds 399) dominates the market for bigger tablets and boasts a "retina" display - a super high-quality screen. Huge choice of apps and magazines in the Apple app store.
Best for travel
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z (pounds 380) is super-thin and even claims to be waterproof. It has a high-quality screen and a fast processor running on Google's Android software.
Best for techies
The Nexus 10 (pounds 319) is by Google, and therefore well integrated with the Android operating system - updates are immediate. It is fast and well built.
Best for beginners
Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX (pounds 329) runs a custom version of Android that locks the user into Amazon's music and books. It does have "Mayday" support - a real person on video to assist you.
Smaller tablets (about 7in wide)
Best for apps
Apple's iPad Mini (pounds 269) is still the one to beat: small and beautifully formed. It has full access to Apple's apps and services. It is little surprise this one has sold 7m units.
Best for gaming
Google Nexus 7 (pounds 199), one of many cheaper Android options, wins on power: it has a fast processor, high-resolution screen and solid build.
Best for kids
Tesco's 7in Hudl tablet (pounds 119 - or as little as pounds 60, if you can pay in Tesco Clubcard points) has a decent screen and good build quality. Tesco cut a few corners (the camera quality is terrible) but the Hudl is an ideal first tablet.
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