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Tablet Gift Guide

Tablets are all the rage these days. Everyone from toddlers to pro football coaches are using them. And why not? Tablets are bigger than smartphones and smaller than laptops, so they’re sort of the perfect medium when it comes to portability and functionality. As a result, it’s no surprise that tablet sales this year are outpacing laptop sales.tablet_gift_guide_BLOG

With the holiday season upon us, we thought it would be helpful to break down several of the most popular tablets on the market. So if you’re searching for the perfect tablet for a loved one (or even yourself!) check out this guide.

iPad Air

  • Display size: 9.7 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb. (7.5 millimeters thin)
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours, depending on useage
  • Power specs: A7 Chip featuring 64-bit architecture; M7 coprocessor
  •  Key features: Retina display, up to 300 Mbps (wireless), built-in apps
  • Retail price: $499 (16 GB) to $799 (128 GB) for standard Wi-Fi edition
  • Quick impression: Apple started the tablet revolution and has been the standard bearer ever since. The latest iPad doesn’t appear to do anything to change that reputation.

Microsoft Surface 2

  • Display size: 10.6 inches,
  • Weight: Less than 1.5 lbs. (8.9 mm thin)
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours, depending on usage
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7 GHz Quad Core chip
  • Key features: Integrated dual-position kickstand, multiple ports, includes Microsoft Office 2013
  • Retail price: $449 for 32 GB model, $549 for 64 GB model
  • Quick impression: This tablet has been promoted as ideal for education and business settings, and it’s easy to see why. Having Office 2013 preloaded is always a great thing.

Google Nexus 7

  • Display size: 7 inches
  • Weight: 0.64 lbs (8.66 mm thin)
  • Battery life: Up to 9 hours, depending on usage.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
  • Key features: Wireless battery charging, pre-loaded with apps, scratch resistant surface.
  • Retail price: $229 for 16 GB, $269 for 32 GB (standard Wi Fi editions)
  • Quick impression: If you are on the go often, this could be the tablet for you. Very portable and durable.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

  • Display size: 7 inches
  • Weight: 0.66 lbs. (9.9 mm thin)
  • Battery life: Up to 11 hours, depending on usage.
  • Processor: 1.2 GHZ Dual Core Processor
  • Key features: Dual cameras, multimedia service compatibilty, includes 50 GB of free Dropbox storage for two years
  • Retail price: $199.99
  • Quick impression: Taking photos and storing them is easy with this tablet, thanks to the Dropbox offer.

Kindle Fire HD

  • Display size: 7 inches
  • Weight: 0.76 lbs
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours, depending on use
  • Processor: Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
  • Key features: Amazon Silk, a cloud-based web browser, great accessibility features, includes free month of Amazon Prime
  • Retail price: $139 for 8 GB, $169 for 16 GB
  • Quick impression: Simple but powerful. Ideal for younger users. Doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but gets the job done well.

Happy tablet hunting!


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