Friday, November 30, 2012

Best 7-inch Tablets for the Holidays



Well it's that time of the year again, where people start scrambling to find gifts for their friends and family. Tablets are a hot item this year and with so many to choose from it can be hard to decide. In this list I am going to put together my top 7 inch tablets for the holidays.

1. Google Nexus 7



















Google's Nexus 7 is the best 7" tablet out there for the price. With the 16GB model priced at $199 and the 32GB model just $249 it is easily the best full tablet experience at this price range. It offers by far the best under $200 option. Amazon's kindles are close, but they just don't offer the capabilities of the Nexus 7 and the lower price doesn't really make up for it.

I own a Nexus 7, so I could be a little biased. It is wonderful. It is sized just right so that it can be held easily in one hand while reading. Its size is almost just right for typing in portrait as well, no awkward reaching necessary in most cases. The construction is solid and the textured backing feels great in the hand. Overall the device offers a great experience that at it's price point can't be beat considering the only negative I have found about it is the lack of a rear Camera, but on a tablet that is not a deal breaker.

2. Amazon Kindle Fire HD
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The 7" Kindle Fire HD slides in at number 2 because of it's low price and Amazon's massive content library. It makes an excellent Christmas present that won't break the bank. The Kindle Fire is bested by the Nexus 7 because it doesn't offer a "full tablet experience". Amazon's interface is simple, but can be sluggish at times and the Amazon app store tends to lag a bit behind Google's play store in app quantity and quality as updates to apps tend to be slower. Having access to Amazon's prime movies library is a plus that isn't offered on the Nexus 7, but it just isn't enough to overcome the Nexus 7 higher quality software and features.

The Kindle Fire HD comes in a few different versions as well as different screen sizes. The 7 inch model starts at $199(with ads) and the pricing ranges to $264 for a 32GB model without ads. There is also the 8.9 inch model which is slightly more expensive as well as the original Kindle Fire which is much cheaper at $175 for a model without ads. In my opinion the Kindle Fires should be your number 1 choice for children. as they are simple and inexpensive.




3. iPad Mini



The iPad mini makes the list because of its quality. It makes a great gift and its smaller size makes it much more portable than its bigger brother. The build quality trumps all the other tablets on this list, but so does its price. You pay a premium for it at $329 for the basic model if you can find it in stock. The screen is larger than 7 inches coming in at 7.9 inches, but it also has a lower resolution which means things aren't going to be as clear on the mini as they are on the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. You do get a rear facing camera something not included on the Nexus 7. In my opinion the price kills the appeal of this tablet, but it is still a premium device giving the number 3 spot on the list.



4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0



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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is one of the cheapest good tablets out there. You can pick one up for $180 on Amazon. It is an older tablet, but still a very capable device by a well known manufacturer. Internal storage is only 8GB, but an SD expansion slot allows you to expand that storage by up to 32GB. The device isn't running the latest and greatest software, but it does give you the full Android tablet experience on the cheap.

















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