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 Display: Apple iPad (4th generation)

The fourth-generation iPad's Apple Retina display makes high-definition videos, pictures, Web pages and text pop. That translates to 2048x1536 resolution, with 264 pixels per inch on a 9.7-inch screen.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF7000 is a close second among many reviewers and is by far the best Android tablet screen currently available. PC World says the difference between the iPad and Asus screens is not "overwhelmingly obvious." Meanwhile, the Google Nexus 10 also comes close to the iPad's display quality. It "packs in even more dots per inch than the iPad's Retina display, although you can't really see a difference," writes David Pogue of The New York Times.

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