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Kobo Arc
Kobo Arc
    Sony Xperia Tablet S
  • CNET rating: 3.0 out of 5
  • Price: $309.99 to $563.56
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    Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
  • CNET rating: 4.0 out of 5
  • Price: $444.23 to $691.94
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Gaming is an increasingly popular way tablet owners are spending time with their devices, and chipmakers are paying attention. Here are a few Android tablets that have improved in just the last year:

Kobo Arc

The good: The Kobo Arc features good gaming performance and useful e-reader features. The bad: The Arc's boxy build gives it an antiquated feel, and it ships with an older OS.

Sony Xperia Tablet S

The good: The Tablet S has a comfortable, high-quality design, a sharp-looking screen, storage expansion, and potential as a universal remote alternative. The bad: Unfortunately Wi-Fi currently shuts off whenever the tablet sleeps, and its screen flickers intermittently. Price is a bit high for what's offered.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700


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The good: This tablet's high-resolution screen rivals the new iPad's display in sharpness and clarity. Also, apps launch quickly, GPS works well and its rear camera is the best I've seen on any Android tablet. The bad: So far, not enough Android apps take advantage of the TF700's higher pixel count. Also, its battery life isn't as good as the Prime's.