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 Battery Life: Apple iPad and iPad mini

Gauging battery life for tablets, laptops and other devices is a crapshoot. Tablet makers often inflate battery life claims, while reviewers use differing techniques to test battery longevity, making apples-to-apples comparisons difficult. That said, Apple's iPad has always had a strong history of long battery life, with some reviewers finding that the full-sized and mini iPads exceed Apple's 10-hour claim. Worth noting, however, are Macworld tests showing that the fourth-generation iPad battery doesn't last as long as the second- and third-generation iPad models.

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