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 Value: Tie: Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD

You get a lot from Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. Both start at $199 for 16GB of storage, have seven-inch screens with 1280x800 resolution and run for about 10 hours on a charge.

How to choose? If you want a more pure Android experience, go with Nexus 7; Amazon' offers a curated but more limited Android app selection. If you're deeply tied to Amazon content, and you want a tablet with great audio, Kindle Fire is the tablet for you. (Note: The $199 Kindle Fire comes with ads. For $15 more, they're gone.)

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