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The iPad and its challengers: How to buy a tablet

1:59 PM, Dec. 5, 2012
The iPad mini (left) is shown next to the 4th generation iPad. The device has a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model.
The iPad mini (left) is shown next to the 4th generation iPad. The device has a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model.
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Not all that long ago, you couldn't imagine wanting a tablet computer. Your smartphone and laptop met all your computing requirements, or so you figured. And tablets were those awkward, stylus-driven computers that were pushed for years by Bill Gates at Microsoft, with very little to show for it.

Today, you're in crowded company if a tablet computer tops your holiday wish list.

Nearly 6 in 10 shoppers surveyed recently by the PriceGrabber price-comparison site said they'd rather receive a tablet computer than a laptop. And 71 percent said that tablets would replace e-readers as gifts this ...

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