If you’re still thinking of tablets as strictly for media consumption, games and email, it’s time to take a fresh look at what the latest models can do. Sure, they’re still great for entertainment, but they can also function as simple laptops for getting home office tasks done, too.
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If you’re buying for an Apple fan, you’ll have to stick with the company’s iPads ($386 at Amazon). The good news there is there tends to be quite a few good deals on them during the holiday shopping season. Those serious about getting work done, though, should consider something from Microsoft’s Surface line or similar tablets running Windows 10 ($150 at Amazon). And be sure to factor in the cost of a keyboard cover if you want to type; most are sold separately and cost upward of $100.
And don’t forget about Android tablets. They’re great for entertainment and can be significantly cheaper than both their Apple and Windows counterparts.