In Pictures: Holiday 2012 tablet buying guide - top picks

The tablet market is awash with iOS, Android and Windows 8 models that come in different sizes and with different features, specs and prices. How do you decide? Start with our Holiday 2012 Tablet Buying Guide, which highlights the top picks in 13 categories.

Best App Selection: Apple iPad and iPad mini

As of this writing, there are more than 700,000 apps in the Apple App Store, with about 275,000 optimized for iPads. While there are also about 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, Google hasn't specified how many are specifically optimized for tablets, and plenty of popular iPad-optimized apps—such as Twitter, Pandora, LinkedIn and Dropbox—haven't been designed yet for larger Android screens. Most Android apps run on both smartphones and tablets, but only those optimized for tablets look good on the bigger screens.

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