Top 5 Tablets
Shopping for a new tablet this holiday season? We understand, we’ve got the tablet fever too. With all the available brands, models and prices it’s enough to drive anyone crazy. But let us help ease your mind with our top 5 list of tablets that are sure to fit your lifestyle and budget — all without becoming something you’ll regret come December 26th. Feel free to use this as your roadmap while scouring your city, looking for the hottest deals. Let’s get to it!
Google’s flagship tablet, the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch powerhouse built by ASUS and featuring Google’s latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. The stock Google experience offers an Android tablet as Google envisioned it, and its $199 price tag has made it a real hit. Available with 16GB to 32GB of storage and with a 3G option, there is a Nexus 7 model for everyone. Tap into the extensive content library of Google Play and the Nexus 7 is a true media machine.
Big brother to the Nexus 7, Google’s newest tablet is a 10-inch model developed by Samsung. Sporting a super high-res display and well-rounded hardware, the Nexus 10 offers a great alternative for those looking for a slate with a larger screen. As great for gaming as it is for surfing the web, the Nexus 10 starts at $399 for a 16GB model. With Android 4.2, those getting this tablet as a gift will be ahead of the technological curve.
Amazon Kindle Fire (Get it!)
A hit from last holiday season saw a recent update but still comes in an as affordable Android tablet option. The Kindle Fire is perfect for anyone tied into Amazon’s content ecosystem and features access to the retailers huge selection of digital books, movies, music, games, and apps. The 7-inch tablet features a customized version of Google’s Android operating system and is 40 percent faster than last year’s model. Other Kindle Fire options include the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which features a high-res display.
The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 continues where the Transformer Prime left off, offering a high-powered Android experience for a great price ($349). Great for gaming thanks to it’s powerful Tegra 3 quad-core processor, the Transformer Pad 300 can dock into a keyboard station for even greater battery life and productivity. Those looking for a HD display can opt for the Transformer Pad 700. It’s a bit pricier, but provides a full 1080p viewing experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 offers an experience slightly different than any of the other tablets on this list through the inclusion of the S-Pen stylus. The S-Pen is a great tool for artists or those looking to have a more fluid tablet experience. And while the stylus (and it’s Wacom technology) makes capturing and annotating screen grabs, taking notes, or doodling a breeze, the Note 10.1 offers a compliment of hardware that should meet the needs of even the most die-hard user. The priciest of our top 5 picks, the Note 10.1 retails for $499 for a 16GB model.