Best for business
Now admittedly a designer will have different technology requirements to an accountant, but we're using the term "business" loosely to apply to our pick of tablets that are reliable and allow for easy typing, annotating and email checking while on the move. ASUS Eee Pad Slider Tablet PC, 16GB, from Currys for £429.99. A fast and capable tablet PC running on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), which is a little different to everything else out there because it comes with a slide-out keyboard and a 10" LCD touchscreen, which combined make it ideal for last minute typing, emailing and document tweaking while on the move. Although the keyboard can easily slide away if you'd rather just use it as a regular tablet, there are smaller devices available that are slicker and much more compact, but the ASUS Eee Pad is perfect if you're buying for someone who needs a reliable and highly capable device wherever they are and prefers to have a keyboard at hand just in case. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, 16GB, from Amazon for £399. If you like the idea of the Slider tablet but feel you wouldn't use the keyboard that much, then try the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, which is a similar model but allows you to completely detach the keyboard and trackpad dock from the tablet. Ideal for someone who wants to mix work and play, a capable and reliable netback (well pretty much) during the week and a compact tablet at the weekend. HTC Flyer, 32GB, from Play.com for £591.42. A super lightweight and capable 7" tablet with a superfast 1.5 GHz processor. We put it into the business section because of its high standard of note taking capabilities from within HTC Notes, Timemark for audio recording and its natural pen interaction for all kinds of annotating, note-taking and drawing. It also ticks all of the other boxes too with web browsing, Flash support, video calling, gaming and entertainment streaming capabilities. It's just a shame the device has got quite a hefty price tag in comparison to many of the others in our round-up.
Over the past few weeks we’ve learned that a large proportion of the nation really want an iPad this Christmas, but it’s definitely worth checking out the huge range of tablet PCs that are running on Google’s Android operating system too.
If you’re buying for a die-hard Apple fan then you may find that nothing could ever compete with their beloved iOS, but there’s a lot of choice from a range of different manufacturers that it’s really worth shopping around to find something that may be more suited to their needs and your bank balance.
We’ve divided up some of the most popular tablets of the moment based on who you’re buying for this Christmas and the kind of price you’re hoping to spend. Make sure you scroll through to the last page to see our three favourite all-rounder tablets.