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Tricked Out Tablets to Get Your Hands On This Year

Stop schlepping around books, newspapers, magazines—or god forbid, last decade’s laptop. This year’s tablets are lighter, thinner, and clearer than ever.

Microsoft Surface 
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)

Features:
> 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.

Kindle Paperwhite 
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)

Features:
> 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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