The tablet computer has been around for years, but it wasn’t until Apple’s iPad hit the market two years ago that the form factor exploded. Apple infused the notion of tablet computing with the company’s signature focus on hardware quality and beautifully smooth user engagement. Of course, the iPad’s snappy multi-touch capability bested the typical stylus approach of previous tablets, rendering them instantly obsolete. But now that the game has changed, a flurry of gorgeous and functional tablets is vying for a piece of the market—in homes, schools, and workplaces.

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