The iPad 2 is what all other tablets want to be when they grow up—fast, trim, and good-looking. It comes with two cameras, so you can snap pictures with one and use the other to engage in video chat with your iPad buddies. The iTunes store offers millions of songs, movies, TV shows, and apps including music and movie mixing software like GarageBand and iMovie, as well as a host of educational apps and games.
The downside? The iPad 2 remains one of the biggest and priciest tablets, with no purse-sized versions on the immediate horizon. And if you want to live in Steve Jobs' house you have to play by his rules; that means you can't view Web sites that use Flash video or install apps not compatible with Apple.
Bottom line: What every other tablet aspires to be.
Operating System: Apple iOS 4.3
Dimensions: 7.31 x 9.5 x .34 inches
Weight: 1.33 pounds
Price: $499 (16GB, WiFi) to $829 (64GB, 3G)
Data plans: $15 to $25 (AT&T), $20 to $80 (Verizon)