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Navigating Your Way Through Tablet Computers

With the holiday buying season in full force millions of people will be considering tablet computers for gifts. Each year there are millions sold, with a good portion of them becoming gifts for others.

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For those who are navigating the tablet computer market, they find that they are unsure what to look for and what the best options are. What they will find is that it largely depends on who you are buying the tablet computer for.

Why Tablets

There are a lot of good reasons why tablet computers have become so popular. The biggest reason is that they are convenient. Most weigh just a couple of pounds, are easily transportable, and yet they offer a lot in the way of functionality. Many people find that they can do all the things they want, especially on the run, and tablets are a lot more easily carried around than a laptop computer.

Here are a few of the more popular options that you may be considering in the tablet market this holiday season:

  • Apple iPad. The iPad has remained a popular option across the board. They are lightweight, portable, and allow for a variety of options, including going online, reading, playing games, and even taking pictures. They make a solid option for those who want a tablet computer for work or fun. Another option available this year is the iPad mini, which offers a lot of functionality in a smaller package and price.
  • Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire has become a popular option for the person who wants a tablet computer, but doesn’t want the price of the iPad. They allow people to do many of the same things as the iPad, but they are around $200. Consumers now also choose the 8.9” HD Kindle Fire option. This is also a popular option for those looking to buy one for their kids.
  • Samsung Galaxy. With a price that competes with the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy is an Android tablet that is getting high reviews for its performance.
  • Google Nexus 10. Another Android tablet, this one offers plenty of features and has a price that starts at around $400. This is considered one of the best Android tablets on the market so far.
  • Microsoft Surface. This tablet computer is getting good reviews so far, as it offers a lot of options. There are built-in apps such as Internet Explorer and email, and Office apps, helping people to be more productive. The Surface has a base price similar to the iPad, which is around $500.

Making the Choice

If you are considering a tablet computer as a gift for someone, first determine what they will use it for, as well as what your budget is. That will help you narrow down your options. Next, determine it will be a shared tablet, and if so, what the other person may use it for. The more thought and research you put into your tablet computer purchase ahead of time, the more usage the recipient is likely to get out of it.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal
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