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 Audio: Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9

All too often, audio seems to be an afterthought for tablet makers. The new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablets, however, include Dolby Digital Technology and dual stereo speakers, which is music to many reviewers' ears. "We were pleasantly surprised not only by the volume, but the quality," says LAPTOP magazine.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 also gets props for its powerful, front-facing speakers.

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