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5 tablets that reigned supreme in 2013

Florence Ion | Dec. 19, 2013
This was a hell of a year for tablets--and we're thankful for it, too, as 2012 was underwhelming.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 looks like a standard tablet, but when you pop on the keyboard, it resembles a laptop. The Intel Core i5 processor makes it act a lot like an Ultrabook--or if you prefer, you can whip out the included active digitizer stylus to see its softer tablet side. You can use the device for sketching during the train ride to work, and then get to presentation-giving and note-taking the rest of the day. And if you're a power user, you can purchase it with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, and even run a full version of Photoshop on it. 

We have to note one serious caveat: The app selection for the Surface Pro 2 is limited. Although it provides access to office-ready favorites such as Evernote and Microsoft Office, as well as a library of other touch-centric titles, you'll find that it lacks some well-known apps that other tablets have. If your entire tablet existence relies on being app-centric, this device may not be a good fit. But if you like to work and then play a little, you might find the Surface Pro 2 to be a sound investment.


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