Tablets make a great TV companion. You can use them to check you e-mail during TV commercials, post your reactions to the game, or look up an actor on IMDb whom you just can't quite place.
Wouldn't it be great if you could use your tablet to actually control your TV? Well, you can.
We've rounded up our top tablets that can be used to navigate your TV using integrated IR technology or specialized apps.
Apple iPad 2
No, the iPad doesn't include an IR blaster, but with a tablet this popular you can bet that the world will find a way to get it working with your TV. First, there are free apps out there for Tivo owners or Comcast Xfinity subscribers. Then there are the add-ons, like the Apple TV, which interact with the iPad using the built-in AirPlay technology. Logitech even has a Harmony Link accessory that works with the iPad (as well as Android tablets). Read the full review of the Apple iPad 2.
Sony Tablet S
For its Tablet S, Sony cannibalized one of its high-end touch-screen universal remotes and used the same software to drive the IR blaster built into the side of this Android 3.2 tablet. The remote functionality is easy to set up, the graphic interface is beautiful, and the remote is compatible with a huge database of TVs, components, and audio receivers. It's also one of our favorite Honeycomb tablets. Read the full review of the Sony Tablet S.
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
For Samsung's latest 7-inch Android tablet, the company went beyond the IR blaster and included Peel's TV discovery software. The result is a new way to think about seeing what's on TV, bookmarking your favorite programs, and sharing the shows you're passionate about. Read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
Vizio's Android tablet was the first we'd seen with an integrated IR blaster. The interface isn't the prettiest and the screen isn't our favorite, but it gets the job done and will only set you back $199. Read the full review of the Vizio VTAB1008.
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these tablets head-to-head.