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Do you need an accident-protection plan for your tablet?

Eighteen percent of tablet owners we surveyed bought a service contract or extended warranty

Consumer Reports magazine: January 2013

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In a recent survey of readers who bought a new tablet since 2010, almost one in five bought a service contract or extended warranty for the device. The figure was about one in four for those who bought iPads.

The leading reason by far for getting a plan, cited by 59 percent of buyers, was to cover accidental damage.

But are these extended warranties a necessary purchase for all tablet buyers—or for any tablet buyers? Find out what our survey respondents told us about their experiences, so you can make an informed decision about whether you might need to shell out extra money to protect that shiny, pricey new tablet. Our advice could save you a bundle.

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