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The 10 best Tablet PCs

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1. HTC Flyer

One of the few tablets that still requires you to use a stylus pen. But outdated, it certainly isn't. It comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera and dual speakers and, surprisingly, the pen is a bonus, rather than a burden, allowing users to scribble in the margins, highlight text and draw with ease.

£599, amazon.co.uk

2. Blackberry Playbook

It's all about compactness and easy portability with the 7-inch Playbook. It supports Flash, so you can watch videos and check out websites and it has an unusually high-resolution touchscreen. Be warned, though, it really needs a Blackberry phone to function fully, as it runs off the phone's data stream.

£250, carphonewarehouse.com

3. Nook Colour

Unsurprisingly, since it's produced by a bookseller (Barnes & Noble), the Nook's main function is as an e-reader (with room for 6,000 e-books). It has limited email and multimedia functions, as well.

£249, purelygadgets.co.uk

4. Sony S

The Sony Tablet S excels at multitasking, allowing you to surf the web, check social networking sites and listen to music while typing on the on-screen keyboard. Plus, with the help of its built-in infra red system, it acts as a controller for your TV, Blu-ray player and HiFi system, too.

£349, sony.co.uk

5. Asus EEE Pad Transformer

Tablets are, on the whole, great for consuming content, but not so good at creating it. The new Asus aims to buck that trend with a sturdy Qwerty keyboard dock attachment (£80) that turns it into a hybrid tablet-cum-netbook, while increasing the battery life.

£380, currys.co.uk

6. Samsung Galaxy 10.1

The ultra-slim (0.86cm) Samsung is great for film buffs or gamers. The dual speakers around the screen create surround-sound effects and it comes loaded with a handy social hub which allows you to monitor Facebook, your email account and instant messaging services on one screen.

£399, johnlewis.com

7. Pierre Cardin

This slim, second-generation tablet from the fashion designer is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet still packs quite a punch with its 1000 GHZ processor and 512MB of ram. And, as befits a tablet made by a fashion house, it is the prettiest currently on sale.

£299, pierrecardintabletpc.co.uk

8. Time2Touch

Time2Touch's machine is great if you're after a tablet but don't have a fortune to spend. It has a decentish processor – running perfectly quickly –and a responsive touch screen. It does, however, use a slightly older version of the Android software.

£149, time2.co

9. Toshiba Thrive

The 10-inch screen and unusually thick girth make the Thrive fairly bulky. But you can forgive it that, as it's so feature-packed, coming with full USB and HDMI ports, a full-sized SD memory card and an intuitive filing system.

£311, overstock.com

10. Apple iPad 2

Still the reigning king of tablets, despite the tide of imitators. It's slim-as-you-like with a multitude of apps pre-installed and even more ready to download from the firm's App Store. It also excels at video calls, too. If you need a 3G version, it will set you back an extra £100

From £399, apple.com