Best bets in holiday tech
Tablets and E-Readers
Apple Inc.s iPad 2, released this spring, was a rather lackluster update. We got a faster dual-core processor, but also a couple of lousy front and rear cameras that take mediocre pictures. Owners of the original iPad had little reason to buy.
Still, the upgrade, priced at $499 and up, kept Apples tablet well in front of its rivals. Hapless would-be competitors like the BlackBerry PlayBook, Motorola Mobility Inc.s Xoom and Hewlett-Packard Co.s TouchPad fell by the wayside.