Coming fully loaded with Windows 8, this super thin 10.6″ tablet lets you watch HD video, snap photos, and browse the Internet. It also has a full-size USB port, microSD slot, and HD video- out port. Even cooler? The cover (sold separately) not only protects the tablet but also flips into a keyboard. ($499, microsoft.com)
> At 1.5 pounds and less than an inch thick, you can bring the Surface anywhere.
> A back kickstand makes this one of the easiest tablets to use hands-free.
> Color options allow you to express your style with ease.
> The Surface features VaporMg casing, which is designed to be durable. So, don’t worry if it gets beat up a bit.
> Built-in “Sky Drive” lets you access content 24/7, from any location.
If you thought Kindle couldn’t get any better, think again. The newest iteration of Amazon’s iconic e-reader has 62% more pixels for better resolution, sharper text, clearer images, plus a built-in front light that makes it easy to read in even the harshest light. The Paperwhite can store up to 1,100 books and comes complete with built-in Wi-Fi for superfast downloading. ($119/$179 for 3G-enabled version, amazon.com)
> 8 weeks of battery life keep your favorite titles within reach 24/7.
> 1 million books are available for instant downloading from the Amazon store.
> Free 3G lets you download books and magazines when there’s no Wi-Fi access nearby.
> Built-in light guides light toward the display, reducing screen fatigue.
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