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Ap­ple, from $579 ap­ple.com/au

★★★★ It is the iPad tablet for which afi­ciona­dos had been wait­ing and it’s slowly be­com­ing eas­ier to at­tain. The iPad 2 is sig­nif­i­cantly lighter and thin­ner than the orig­i­nal ver­sion, mak­ing it a lot eas­ier for a mother to carry in a hand­bag. It’s also a lot faster to use, thanks to a dual-core pro­ces­sor that de­liv­ers faster app pro­cess­ing and more sta­ble mul­ti­task­ing. But the big­gest ad­di­tion of all is that of two cam­eras. The iPad 2’s rear cam­era cap­tures 720p high­def­i­ni­tion video, while the front cam­era will let users make Face­Time video calls. A big-screen ver­sion of the iMovie app ($5.99) helps make the most of both. The fresh iPad isn’t great for still im­ages and it still only stores up to 64GB, but it’s a killer Mother’s Day item.

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