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Melissa lives the tech-driven life she writes about. She's always on the hunt for the next gadget that will wow us with its design.

How Google Nexus 7 with mobile data changes connected tablets

The first mainstream tablet with an unlocked SIM card slot catapults Nexus 7 to the top of the list for jet-setting travelers.

Today's best-performing tablets

We've seen about two dozen tablets in our labs over the past few months. Here are the best of the best on our benchmarks.

Review: Google's Nexus 10 is the Android tablet we've always wanted—almost

The Google Nexus 10 pairs a terrific display with a finely tuned design.

What I like and loathe about Google's Nexus 10

After extensive use, these are the design points that stuck with me--for better or for worse.

Six key messages Microsoft is sending to Windows 8 developers

Microsoft made its pitch to Windows 8 developers -- and by extension, consumers -- during the opening session of its Build conference Tuesday. Sitting in the audience, Melissa Perenson spotted five trends surrounding the company's efforts to promote its new operating system.

Review: Barnes & Noble Nook HD wows with stellar display

Barnes & Noble's latest 7-inch tablet, the Nook HD, packs a high-resolution display—and the results are a visual delight.

Google fleshes out its tablet offerings, adds Nexus 10

Google bolsters its Nexus tablet series with lower prices, the addition of HSPA+ mobile broadband, and confirmation of a long-rumored 10-inch model.

How Microsoft blew its Windows 8 launch keynote

One day before Microsoft's new operating system goes on sale, the company hosted an event to launch its newest OS in style, but said little about it that we didn't already know.

Review: Asus VivoTab RT has thoughtful design, but brings a mixed tablet experience

Asus' latest tablet is stylish and benefits from Microsoft Windows RT's strengths, but also trips up on some tablet basics.

How Microsoft Surface stacks up against competing tablets

We now know most of the specs of Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT. So how does Microsoft's flagship tablet stand up against its iPad and Android competition?

Review: Amazon Kindle e-reader provides bargain basics

Amazon's baseline Kindle is a basic, inexpensive e-reader in a familiar package, but it lacks the software elegance of its competitors.

The 7-inch tablet advantage

Tablets aren't one-size-fits-all. Depending on your tasks and needs, a smaller tablet may do more than just save you money—it may actually be a better choice for you.

Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite really shines

The new Kindle Paperwhite is a dramatic update inside and out, one with fully redesigned software and an appealing built-in light that makes the Kindle more usable in any environment.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD tablet elevates the game

With an impressive high-resolution display, Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD hits the right marks.

HTC's Windows Phone 8X and Phone 8S: Hands-on

HTC's pair of Windows Phone 8 devices have a refined design that makes them worthy of being a hero device for Microsoft's upcoming launch of the new OS.