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The top five tablets for families

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Deciding which tablet is best for your family this holiday can be confusing with so many emerging each year. The answer depends on how you plan to use your tablet. Will it predominantly be for movies, learning or playing games? Will your tablet be primarily for a child or the entire family? Do you want it to be safe and unchangeable or customizable? Our panel of parents have reviewed multiple tablets and applications and even kid-tested them to help you make the best choice for your family and take the mystery out of this decision. Here are the top five tablets for kids:

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Tablets by Apple such as the iPad run apps available through iTunes. iPad customers have access to the App Store℠, which now offers more than one million apps for the iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® and more than 475,000 apps are designed specifically for iPad. Android Tablets run Google's Android operating system and are the biggest competitor to the iPad. Google has made Android available to all tablet makers but it was once harder to use because it lacked a centralized content ecosystem like Apple. Google Play now gives you a substantial amount of content in one place-in addition to 700,000 apps, Play includes movies, music and e-books. With an Android tablet you can download content from multiple app stores and individual developers giving you more freedom in where you get your apps. You can also find apps that give you more control over your tablet than you can with the iPad. The drawback is that it's easier to download malicious apps and that not all apps work on all tablets.

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