Yes, the holiday season is here. Time to start thinking about what to purchase for your loved ones! If you have a gamer, a music lover, an avid reader, or a movie buff on your list, a tablet could easily make their day. There are several new tablets available this year. Here is a summary of their features to help you with your decision making.
||16, 32, 64, 128
||iTunes and App store have the largest selection. iWork and iLife suites come free with purchase. One of the lightest tablets in its size category at 1lb. Sync content between Apple devices with iCloud.
|iPad Mini w/ Retina Display
||16, 32, 64, 128
||Largest screen size of any 8" tablet. Better resolution and same processing power as the larger iPad Air. Same benefits as iPad Air with iCloud, iTunes, the App store and free iWork and iLife suites. Those who want a portable tablet with high-end features will enjoy the new iPad Mini.
|Kindle Fire HDX
||7" & 8.9"
||16, 32, 64
||Now featuring front and rear facing cameras. Higher display quality than iPad Air. Huge selection of entertainment media in Amazon store. Annual Amazon Prime subscription includes streaming video. Kindle Free Time subscription adds parental controls on content and time. Only tablet to offer free online 24/7 tech support with Mayday. Uses Amazon app store.
||$379 for 8.9" and $299 for 7"|
||Natural incorporation of the Google family of apps: Hangouts, Gmail, Calendars, Maps. Syncs easily with Android smartphones. Uses Google Play app store. Google Now offers traffic alerts, flight updates, news, and reminders. Parental controls are included. At $229, the Nexus 7 is the most economical tablet listed here.
|Windows Surface 2/ Pro 2
||2: 32, 64 Pro 2: 64, 128, 256, 512
||Touted as the best of both worlds, the Surface could replace a laptop depending on your usage needs. The Surface 2 is the "lite" version with less storage and a more limited Office suite. Power users will want the Surface Pro 2, which comes with much more storage and Office productivity apps. Both offer a USB port and microSD card reader and the ability to create multiple user accounts. Uses Windows app store.
||$499 for Surface 2 and $899 for Surface Pro 2|