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.

Lightest Tablet: Apple iPad mini

Apple's iPad mini weighs only 0.68 pounds (Wi-Fi only) and 0.69 pounds for the Wi-Fi and cellular model, making it (just barely) the lightest of the 12 tablets surveyed for this guide. Coming in at nearly a photo finish is Google's Nexus 7 at 0.749 pounds (Wi-Fi only) and 0.765 pounds (Wi-Fi and cellular).

In terms of overall dimensions, the iPad mini is slightly larger but thinner (7.87 inches high x 5.3 inches wide x 0.28 inches deep) than Google's Nexus 7 (7.81 inches high x 4.7 inches wide x 0.41 inches deep).

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