Consumer Report: Tablets for Everyone

Consumer Report: Tablets for Everyone

In this photo taken on Dec. 4, 2012, a Huawei staff member, right, talks to journalists near laptops and tablets manufactured by Huawei during a media event at a hotel in Beijing Tuesday. Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei Technologies Ltd., a maker of network switching gear and smartphones, disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI)-- If you're shopping for a tablet, you'll find more choices than ever! Apple's newest, the iPad Air, has been getting plenty of attention. Consumer Reports just completed testing it and found plenty to like.

Weighing in at just a pound, and with a super slender profile, the iPad Air is the lightest full-sized tablet tested. That makes it easy to hold for reading or watching movies.

"Even though Apple made the iPad Air thinner and lighter, they didn't sacrifice screen quality at all. This screen looks just as good as the screen on the iPad 4," Consumer Reports, Donna Tapellini said.

The iPad Air with 4G earned Consumer Reports' highest score for any tablet ever. It starts at 629 dollars, and at 500 dollars for Wi-Fi only.

If you prefer an Android tablet, Consumer Reports recommends the newest version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It starts at 550 dollars.

"What's unique about it is it comes with a stylus and a set of apps that works specifically with that stylus. The stylus is pretty advanced, and it allows you to do things like write notes within an app or draw graphics. Another interesting feature is it allows you to run two apps at the same time on the display," Tapellini said.

But if you want to save money, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is a good option at 230 dollars. You don't get as many features, but you do get a unique tech-support button.

"You push a button, and up pops a live tech-support person who can help you out with any question you have about the tablet, right then and there," Consumer Reports, Donna Tapellini said.