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Which tablet works best for you?

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With the holidays fast approaching, tech companies are readying new products to woo people looking for the latest hot item in the tech industry. Games consoles, flat screens, and smartphones have had their time in the sun as popular holiday purchases, but this year belongs to the tablet.

Apple dominated the tablet market last holiday season with the introduction of their revolutionary iPad, a wild success with consumers. Since then competitors have tried to emulate the magic of the iPad in an effort to cash in on the new tablet market, but to little avail: HP’s tablet failed to impress consumers, while Motorola’s Xoom tablet has struggled to establish a solid consumer base since its release in January.

But Apple now has two serious contenders to face in the tablet arena: Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet. Amazon and Barnes & Noble, are both wildly successful companies in their own right, are looking to transform the popularity of their digital reading devices into sleek, user-friendly tablets. Now that there are at least three viable tablets to choose from, it’s time to determine which would be the best buy for the holiday season.

Price

We can separate the tablets from each other right from the beginning by looking at their price ranges. The Apple iPad 2 starts at $499, while the Kindle Fire Starts at $199 and the Nook Tablet is priced at $249. Now the disparate prices may be enough to determine a consumer’s purchase; the $300 price gap between the Kindle Fire and iPad 2, for instance, will likely drive many consumers to choose the cheaper tablet.

An iPad 2
An iPad 2 showing off how ‘amazingly thin’ it is

But of course these tablets are priced according to their features. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are much closer in price, and analysts expect that consumers will transfer their digital reader loyalties to the tablets — Kindle users will go to the Kindle Fire and Nook users will likely follow suit with the Nook Tablet. Both tablets will be optimal for digital reading, web browsing, and multimedia functions.

Part of Nook’s more expensive price tag can be attributed to the better hardware: the Nook Tablet has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, compared to the 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage on the Kindle Fire.

While the iPad 2 stands as the most expensive tablet on the market, it also boasts more attractive components than either other tablet. With a larger screen (9.7 inch), built-in 3G, and access to hundreds of thousands of apps from the Apple store, the iPad 2 certainly offers a host of features that would make any tablet competitor blush. Is it expensive? Yes. Do you get what you pay for? Yes.

Stand-Out Features

There are certainly stand-out features to consider with every tablet. The Kindle Fire may not have the hardware on par with the other two tablets, it will have optimized internet usage through Amazon’s cloud service based browser, Silk. In theory Silk will allow the user to perform multiple functions online at once without overburdening the tablet because part of the computing power will be done via Amazon’s cloud system. The Kindle Fire also has the Amazon name in its favor, one of the most trusted names in online retail.

The Nook Tablet has the distinct advantage of being sold at brick and mortar Barnes & Noble stores. A consumer can walk into a store and purchase a Nook Tablet on a whim, something that the Kindle Fire simply can’t compare to.

Barnes & Noble have also hinted at creating spaces similar to Apple’s genius bar, built solely for the maintaining and assistance for all things Nook related. If there’s any credence to that rumor, it could help jettison the Nook Tablet to the top of the market.

As for the iPad 2, its standout feature is simple: it’s an Apple product. The brand loyalty alone has driven millions to purchase the tablet, regardless of the high price tag. But it remains to be seen if Apple will continue to charm potential tablet users in the face of these newly minted tablets from its competitors.

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Don’t forget Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, it fills the specific need of someone who needs a well-integrated keyboard on occasion. Nevertheless, the iPad is “original” , it has the advantage of successful “first mover” status, so when most people think tablet, they think iPad.

I’m the tinkering type so I’m seriously considering buying a refurb original Nook Color for around $150 and installing CyanogenMod 7 on it. It’s cheaper than a Kindle Fire but you get the advantages of microSD storage and bluetooth support for a wireless keyboard. Can you tell I’m an Android guy?

It’s hard to compare an iPad to the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, although a lot of consumers will be. The iPad offers a much more comprehensive offering where as the Kindle Fire is more a way of accessing Amazon’s range of digital content. Thanks for the info, I’m hoping to get a Kindle Fire very soon!

I know what you mean Ted, although many people see it as buying one or the other, really they are two different devices meant to do two different jobs.

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Interesting stuff Kevin, I bet that is an exciting industry to be in at the moment 🙂

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Somehow I disliked the Apple tablet. It’s limitation forced me to switch to Galaxy Tab. I care less about the budget. I care more on how much work I can do using the tablet and Apple doesn’t give me that option.

Competition is really tough but Apple wins the battle of iPad. There is another tablet called “Akash” which is designed for Indian sutdents. I think this will work better for students not for businessmen. In short i want to say it depends on the needs. Needs decide which is better for whom?

I know what you mean Mark, most of Apple’s stuff does seem to be geared towards family and students, rather than business.

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I don’t have any tablets as I think they are a bit expensive right now and they can cost cheaper and I welcome new tablet models and versions as they will make the market more competitive and thus they will reduce the prices.

Hey everyone thanks for responding! I’m so glad my post started this conversation.

I do think that the iPad is getting the lion’s share of the tablet attention right now, but soon the market will be dominated by a plurality of competitive tablets. I feel like the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet and the Galaxy are just a taste of things to come.

For me its surely the iPad ! And after using the iPad 2 for a while I don’t think I can move to any other tablet except maybe the iPad 3 itself.. Even the new kindle did not impress me much except its price.. But on the whole, the rise of the tablet computers has really impacted the computer market. A gadget which was only introduced a few years back comprises 20% of all computing devices..

I use an iPad, I couldn’t justify the “upgrade” to an iPad 2. However, I work in IT on Linux, so the Androids’ do appeal to me. But having one might be like a busman’s holiday (I might be tempted to mess about with it too much). Maybe I should get an Android as a second tablet, there’s some really good cheap ones around..

Choosing the right tablet can be a very hard thing to do!

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Good luck with improving the market for children’s computers Jarod 🙂

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