Lightweight and highly portable, tablet computers are made to be carried wherever you go. They're multifunctional, serving as Web browser, e-book reader, digital picture viewer, movie viewer, and music player. All we tested have a webcam, and most have a 7- to 10-inch screen and weigh from just under a pound to about 1.5 pound
Here's a collection of the highest-rated tablets from CNET editors.
Apple iPad 2 (16GB, Wi-Fi, black)
The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple's claim to being the king of tablets.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime (32GB, gray)
The Asus Transformer Prime is the best full-featured Android tablet yet, with a sexy design, thoughtful features, and an impressive camera.
Sony Tablet S (32GB)
Sony took its time with the Tablet S, and it shows. The industrial design is smart, and the software refinements are both practical and restrained.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (16GB)
Sleek, sexy, and light, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets as close to the iPad 2 as any Android tablet before it.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
With more storage and a growing app store, the Nook Tablet is a worthy--albeit slightly more expensive--competitor to the Kindle Fire.