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Best tablets to give as holiday gifts in 2020

TechRepublic logo TechRepublic 11/20/2020 Kristen Lotze

'Tis the season of gift giving. Tablets make great holiday gifts for anyone on your list, but there are a lot to choose from--this tech gift guide can help take some of the guesswork out of which tablet to pick. With tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, and more, you're sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one. 

Apple iPad Air (2020)

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Apple iPad Air (2020)
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For that Apple enthusiast in your life, you might consider the iPad Air (2020). With a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, A14 Bionic chip, and a 12-megapixel back camera and 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, this tablet makes a great gift for the Apple enthusiast in your life. The tablet is available in 64 GB or 256 GB options, comes in an array of colors, and has multiple accessory options like the Magic Keyboard attachment or the Apple Pencil (sold separately). Pricing for the iPad Air starts at $599 (64 GB) and $749 (256 GB). 

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Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini
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Another option from Apple is the iPad Mini. The smaller iPad has an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, 7.9‑inch Retina display with True Tone, has an 8-megapixel back camera and 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and is available in 64 GB or 256 GB options. The iPad Mini is compatible with the Apple Pencil, so the user can get as creative as they want on their new tablet. Pricing starts at $399 (64 GB) and $549 (256 GB). 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7
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Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 is an ultra-light and versatile tablet that features a 12.3-inch screen, laptop-class Intel Core processor, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and 8-megapixel rear camera, a built-in kickstand, and is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth compatible. The Surface Pro 7 runs on the Windows 10 Home operating system and comes in 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB options. Pricing starts at $749.99. 

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Microsoft Surface Go 2

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Microsoft Surface Go 2
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Another tablet option from Microsoft is the Surface Go 2, which has a 10.5-inch touchscreen, runs on Windows 10 Home in S mode, and comes in 4 GB or 8 GB options. The Surface Go 2 can be paired with accessories like the Surface Go Type Cover and Surface Pen (sold separately). Pricing starts at $399.99. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab A is great for the tablet lover in your life who enjoys streaming movies and music. The Galaxy Tab A runs Android OS and features a 10.1-inch full HD corner-to-corner display, Dolby Atmos surround sound speakers, a long-lasting battery, 2 GB of RAM, and expandable memory (up to 512 GB with a microSD card). The price is also nice--the Galaxy Tab A starts at only $229.99 for the 32 GB model. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a lightweight tablet, perfect for those who want entertainment on the go. According to the manufacturer, the tablet has dual AKG supply speakers offering Dolby Atmos surround sound, built-in 64/128 GB internal memory (storage can be expanded up to 1 TB with a microSD card), and a battery life that lets you stream music and videos for up to 13 hours. The tablet also includes a magnetically-attached S Pen to write notes or personalize photos or videos.

$270 at Amazon

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
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The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab runs on Android 9 Pie and features a 10.1-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor, stereo speakers, a built-in kickstand, an 8-megapixel autofocus front camera and 5-megapixel fixed focus rear camera, and is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible. The Yoga Smart Tab also has Google Assistant's Ambient Mode built in so it can double as a screen-enabled smart home hub. Pricing starts at $249.99.

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Amazon Fire HD 10

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Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet
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The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet makes a great gift for people who like their entertainment on the go. The tablet features a 10.1-inch 1080p full HD display, 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage (up to 512 GB with microSD), 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 2-megapixel front- and rear-facing cameras, and dual-band, enhanced Wi-Fi. The Fire HD 10 tablet also has Amazon's Alexa built in so the user can get information, find entertainment, and connect with people using voice control. Pricing starts at $149.99.

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Amazon Fire 7

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Amazon Fire 7
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The Amazon Fire 7 is the cheapest tablet on this list, yet it has some great features, especially for the price. The Fire 7 features a 7-inch IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 512 GB with microSD), a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and a 2-megapixel front- and rear-facing cameras. Like the Fire HD 10, the Fire 7 also has Alexa built in and runs on dual-band Wi-Fi. Pricing starts at $49.99

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