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Tech Guide’s 2016 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas – Day 5: Tablets/e-readers

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It’s Day 5 of the Tech Guide 2016 12 Days of Christmas gadget gift ideas to help steer you towards the right tech present for the right person on your shopping list.

On this day, we’re presenting the products that will be in high demand this Christmas – tablets and e-readers.

Tablets have become powerful enough to take the place of your laptop and provide amazing versatility whether you’re being productive or relaxing.

And e-readers are more popular than ever especially in this holiday period when people have more time to read the latest bestsellers.

Here is the full list of Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas. Be sure to check back to Tech Guide every day to see all the categories and great gift suggestions.

Day 1: Smartphones

Day 2: Cameras

Day 3: Fitness wearables/smartwatches

Day 4: Speakers

Day 5: Tablets/e-readers

Day 6: Gaming

Day 7: Headphones

Day 8: Drones

Day 9: TVs/Blu-ray Discs

Day 10: Gadgets

Day 11: In-car gadgets

Day 12: Computers

DAY 5: TABLETS/EREADERS

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iPAD PRO – from $849

The iPad Pro shows the evolution of the popular Apple device into a powerful computing product that could take the place of your laptop.

Not only does it have the power you need on the go but also the versatility of a touch screen and the ability to write directly on the screen with Apple Pencil.

You can also accessorise the iPad Pro – available in 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models – with a keyboard cover as well for those who love the feeling of real keys under their fingertips.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REVIEW OF THE iPAD PRO

iPAD MINI 2 – from $369

The cheapest iPad you can buy – the 32GB iPad Mini 2 – is great value for money.

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iPad Mini 2 has a 7.9-inch Retina display and is an affordable gift for a child so they can play the countless game apps or for an older user who just wants an easy way to browse the web, check social media and read iBooks.

We’ve seen the iPad Mini 2 as cheap as $337 in some stores.

SAMSUNG TAB PRO S – from $1,349

Windows 10 is a versatile operating system that works equally well across laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets.

As a result, tablets like Samsung’s impressive Galaxy Tab Pro S are both powerful and versatile.

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The device is just 6.3mm thick and comes with a keyboard cover so you can use it as a laptop and as a tablet.

It is also available in a 4G LTE model as well.

READ TECH GUIDE’S SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB PRO S REVIEW

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S2 – from $549

If it’s a high-quality Android tablet you’re after, then look no further than the Samsung Tab S2.

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Available in 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions as well as wi-fi and 4G models, the Galaxy Tab S2 is a slender 5.6mm thick and has a dazzling Super AMOLED display plus expandable memory through the microSD card slot.

READ TECH GUIDE’S SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S2

MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 4 – from $999

If you want laptop performance packed into a tablet form factor, then the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will tick all the boxes.

The device has a 12.3-inch display and a sixth-generation Intel Core processor with the Surface Pen allowing users to sketch and write on the amazing screen.

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You can also accessorise with the Type Cover for a complete and powerful computing experience on the go.

READ TECH GUIDE’S MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 4 REVIEW

AMAZON KINDLE – $109       

Amazon has a new entry level Kindle e-reader with 4GB of internal storage which can store thousands of books and is a lightweight 161g.

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Kindle has a high contrast touchscreen and has a battery that will run for weeks.

READ TECH GUIDE’S AMAZON KINDLE REPORT

AMAZON KINDLE OASIS – $449

If you’re really into your reading and want to make it a premium experience every time, then the Kindle Oasis is the e-reader to buy.

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It is just 3.4mm at its thinnest point, weighs just 131g and is about the size of a CD case so small enough to take anywhere.

It also has a cover with its own battery so it will keep the device powered for weeks at time.

READ TECH GUIDE’S KINDLE OASIS REVIEW

KOBO AURA ONE – $350

Anyone who loves to read often does it close to water at the beach, by the pool – or even in the bath so it’s a good thing to know the Kobo Aura ONE e-reader is water resistant.

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The device is just 6.9mm thick, weights 230g and has one of the largest e-reader screens at 7.8-inches which means less page turns and more reading time.

READ TECH GUIDE’S KOBO AURA ONE REVIEW