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
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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