NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tablets have become the new laptops. They're generally thinner, lighter and more portable than similar keyboard-attached models.
Tablets usually fall into two camps, with Apple (AAPL) iPads comprising one group and Google (GOOG) Android devices the other. But, there's a third group this year that made it on the TheStreet.com's list that runs on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8.1 OS.
Read More: 5 Semiconductor Stocks Delivering Big Shareholder Profits Now Although it was difficult to narrow down the selections to only the top 10 tablets, we feel these are the best available designs you can get this holiday season.
10- Asus Vivo Tab Note 8
Never mind its name which sounds like a melding of everyone else's tablet description. This Asus tablet is a winner all on its own. With its 8-inch high-definition (HD) screen (1280 x 800 pixels), it's a perfect size for kids and adults alike. It runs on Windows 8.1 and can handle just about anything you throw at it.
Inside is the same Intel Atom processor that is used in Asus' terrific, new EeePC (See our review here). The tablet is mated with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, cameras back (5 MP) and front (1.2 MP) and stereo speakers. The Tab Note 8 also has a stylus to go along with its built-in Wacom input system. There's also a copy of Office Home and Student 2013 loaded onto the device.
The Vivo Tab Note 8 ranges in price from a reasonable $229 on Newegg to $249 from Amazon (AMZN) and B&H to a mind-numbing $378 on Tiger Direct.