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.

Fastest Speed: Apple iPad (4th generation)

As with battery life (more on that later), tablet vendors make their own performance claims, which may or may not reflect reality, and reviewers test speed differently. Overall, though, Apple's current iPad tends to get the highest marks for performance, thanks to the tablet's zippy A6X dual-core processor and quad-core graphics. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF7000 often ranks as the fastest Android tablet, but it doesn't quite match the current iPad's mojo.

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