Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft still wants to force their line of tablets, the Surface, into mainstream use. They won’t stop until the bitter end. With the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 though, their efforts might yield favorable, or at least better, results. The overwhelming goal of the Surface Pro 3 appears to be the obliteration of the laptop. They’ve redesigned the Surface Pro 3, increasing its display to 12″, reducing its thinness by 9.1 millimeters and lightening its load by almost 2 pounds.

The Surface Pro 3 now has a “friction-hinge”. Working on previous models of the Surface was never an easy task. The screen only had so many fixed positions, creating awkward viewing, unadjustable angles. This hinge now goes back further and makes screen viewing a lot more comfortable.

You’ll also get a 3:2 aspect ratio, a pixel-packed 2160 x 1400 panel offering brighter and sharper colors. It’ll run on Windows 8.1, comes with 64 to 512 GB internal storage and RAM from 4 to 8 GB. Base models start at $799.

iPad Air: Now Slightly Cooler To Take Pictures With

The iPad must’ve been really working that treadmill and eating a lot of kale because it’s now 20% thinner and 28% lighter than Apple’s last iconic tablet. It’s so darn light that it also has a new name: the iPad Air. It goes on sale November 1 with prices starting at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and up to $629 for a 16GB with 4G LTE connectivity. The fifth generation iPad weighs just 1 pound, down from 1.4, and features the same 9.7-inch screen as seen in previous iPads. It’ll run on the same A7 processing chip that’s found in the iPhone 5S.

Dell Venue 8 Pro: Windows 8.1 To The Rescue?

Add a Windows tablet + Dell and you probably won’t get around-the-block lines for a new device, but early indications are you might get something pretty solid. Dell is back in the small tablet game and looking to ride Windows 8.1 to some success with the Venue 8 Pro ($299). The 8-inch device comes with 32GB of storage, a Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and an IPS screen that reportedly looks pretty damn good with its 1,280×800-pixel-resolution. There’s also a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel back camera, and at just 0.35 inches thick and 0.9 pounds, there’s reason to think this could be a strong step forward for both Windows 8(.1) and Dell.

Kindle Fire HDX: A Hotter Amazon Than Wonder Woman?

The star of Amazon’s newly refreshed line of tablets is the Kindle Fire HDX, and it appears to be a faster, sexier, and smoother experience on all fronts. Available in 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions, the HDX ($229-$579) certainly appears prettier in its revamped molded magnesium body, with its buttons in better places, and oh yeah, sharper screens (the 8.9-incher owns a 2,560×1,600-pixel-resolution screen). One new feature seems perfect for the technologically challenged (or lonely) user: the ‘Mayday’ button. Just tap it and Amazon says you’ll be chatting up a live tech support specialist (G-rated material only) within 15-seconds. That’s 29 minutes and 45 seconds faster than Domino’s guarantees its pizza deliveries, by the way. The guts of the HDX models include a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU, and internal storage in either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB varieties. The Wi-Fi HDX will start shipping November 7, while the 4G model heads out on December 10.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Skinny Love

A lot of tablet makers are seemingly afraid to take on the iPad, choosing to go low-budget instead of high-performance. But Sony appears willing to pick a fight with Apple courtesy its new Xperia Tablet Z. Normally us skinny guys aren’t exactly big brawlers, but when it comes to tablets, slim wins. The Z weighs in at just 1.09 pounds and at just 0.27 inches thick, it currently owns the crown for world’s thinnest. The 10.1-inch 1080p display is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM while running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But the toughness doesn’t stop there. Like the Xperia Z smartphone Sony announced at CES, the Xperia Tablet Z is also waterproof and dustproof. That means you can spill pickle juice on it and umm, leave it under your couch for 11 weeks?

Razer Edge Pro Gaming Tablet: CES’ Golden Child

So it seems like the big winner at CES 2013 was this little doohickey right here, the Razer Edge Pro. We’ll immediately address what’s likely your first question here: No, it does not come with this awesome Perfect Strangers game pre-installed. However, if you can get past that oversight, you might really enjoy this self-billed combination tablet/PC/portable console. The 10.1″ multi-touch display is powered by an Intel i7 core processor with NVIDIA GeForce Series graphics and a solid state drive. Use it as a laptop with the keyboard docking station or get your rocks off with the joystick and button controls. You can also pump the signal to your TV and enjoy many more inches of gaming glory.

Google Nexus 10 Tablet

The Google Nexus 10 (starts at $399) is the company’s first 10-inch tablet, and as Jessie Jane can probably tell you, your first 10-inch anything is always cause for celebration. What?!  I was referring to her first 10-inch Barbie! The Nexus 10’s 2560 x 1600 pixel Super PLS display could be one of the most vivid out there, and a noteworthy new feature lets you customize the tablet for separate users while still using the same account. And again, 10… big… inches.

iPad Mini

The iPad Mini has been born–without any amniotic fluid, thankfully. Starting at $329 for the 16GB Wi-fi model, Apple’s newest tablet looks to straddle the fine size line between the iPod Touch and iPad with a 7.9-inch screen. At just 7.2-millimeters thick, the Mini is 23% than thinner than the (new) iPad. It weighs just 0.68 lbs, despite the aluminum bezel. The “wow factor” isn’t really there with the Mini’s 1024 x 768 screen resolution, but since it’s the same resolution as in the iPad 2, that should mean an easy transition for developers and their apps. It can be yours – sans icky goo – November 2. Preorders start this Friday 10/26.