Photos: The 10 hottest tablets of 2011

1. Apple iPad 2

The iPad remains the king of the category and, even with the invasion of an army of challengers, it's difficult to see a scenario in which the iPad won't retain a commanding market share lead when we get to the end of 2011. It still has too many factors in its favor: usability, battery life, a massive catalog of apps, and price. The last factor might be the most important. In 2010, price was the iPad's greatest marketing weapon as rivals had a very hard time meeting the iPad's price tag while offering a comparable experience. The iPad 2 doesn't offer any revolutionary new changes. It's thinner and lighter, has an upgraded processor and display, and adds front and rear cameras. It's a nice refinement, and with its big advantages in app and content libraries, it easily has enough value to keep it at the top of the list. Read full review.

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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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