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Nexus 7  9/10

8GB – $199
16GB – $250
7” 1280×800 HD 216 PPI display
Android 4.1 Jellybean
8 hours active use on battery
Super fast Quad-core Tegra 3 processor

The Nexus 7 from Google is truly one of the best 7 inch tablets we have seen so far. Released in the summer of 2012, it take the idea of a 7″ tablet and perfects it…
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Screen Size: 9.7” diagonal
Resolution: 1024 X 768
30 pin Dock connector port

The Apple iPad2 64GB version boasts an incredibly large memory size, allowing users to carry plenty of movies, music and other large files with them wherever they go…
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Screen Size: 9.7” diagonal
Resolution: 1024 X 768
30 pin Dock connector port

The successor to the market-changing and defining iPad 1 is not too different from its first generation brother. 3G compatibility is great…
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Screen Size: 10” diagonal
Resolution: 1280 X 800
Storage: 16GB
Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2
Operating System: Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Samsung’s display is one of the best out on the market today. If gaming and graphics are top concerns…
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8GB – $220 – $250
Android 4.0 OS
7” 1024×600 screen
8GB Internal Memory (upgradable to 32GB via microSD)
Wireless Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a great Android tablet. This one runs Android 4.0 OS, has a 1024×600 screen, boasts 8GB internetal memory (expandable up to 32GB), and Wi-Fi…
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Resolution: 1280 X 800
Operating System: Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2
Storage: 16GB

Toshiba has been making solid notebooks and computer for years. Their entry into the tablet market is no exception…
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Storage: 16GB
Screen Size: 7” diagonal
Resolution: 1024 X 600

Consumers looking for a quick and easy way to stay connected will find a lot of appealing features in the Nook Tablet…
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Kindle Fire  7.5/10

Screen Size: 7” diagonal tablet
Inputs: Micro USB
1024 X 600

This multi touch, full color tablet is the first fully functional computing device from Amazon versus their ereader devices…
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Screen Resolution 1024 X 600
Screen size: 7” diagonal
Type: Active TFT Matrix
Inputs: Micro SD slot

Barnes and Noble Nook Color 8GB. Finally calling itself a tablet the Nook Color is a good entry point tablet for users who want…
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Inputs: MicroUSB and SD Card Slot
Screen size: 9.4” diagonally measured
1280 X 800 TFT Touchscreen

The Sony Tablet S may be best known for its roll top (in landscape mode) design. The folded design makes it easier to see what’s on screen…
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Tablets Buying Guide

How to Choose the Tablet that’s right for You

Screen Size/Portability
This one is obvious. How large a screen do you need or want. A few considerations for this category might be:

  1. What will I be carrying my Tablet in and Where? Will a 10” Tablet fit comfortably?
  2. How much typing will I be doing on the keyboard and what size keyboard fits my needs best?
  3. What will be my primary purpose for the tablet? E-mail? Surfing? Apps?

Android, Apple, or Other
This has become one of the hottest debates in the Tablet world. Tablet users must decide which Apps they want to be able to choose from. Reputedly Android and Apple have the best choices for Apps so this is a consideration in making your decision. If you do not plan on accessing or downloading many Apps and the Tablet will be used mainly for portable Internet and e-mail then you can get better prices with Tablets like the Nook or Blackberry for your money.

Sound Quality
A much overlooked feature, sound quality is important to many people. Will you be hooking ear bud speakers up to the tablet and listening to music constantly or accessing videos online? Sound quality should not be overlooked.

Processing Power
How fast does the tablet touchscreen respond to your requests and how fast does it load pages, Apps and programs? Processing power is determined by the quality of the operating system built in the Tablet and is an important determinant in speed.

Storage/Memory
Are you planning to download music, videos, pictures and movies to the tablet? These all take memory and storage capacity. Price is usually closely associated with how much memory the tablet contains. For instance the iPad has 3 price levels depending upon how much memory you want. However, there are discounts to be had in this area such as the new pricing on Blackberry Playbook tablets with lots of memory.

Price/Value Considerations
Obviously this is an important feature for many and is usually determined by storage capacity, functionality, design, weight, depth, processing power, popularity and brand. Out of favor Tablets may be purchased at a deep discount, so this may be the best way to search if this is a primary factor for you.

Features like Cameras
Do you plan on using your tablets camera function often. Tablet make it easy to take pictures, view them at a considerable size and send them – all in one device.

Battery Life
Obviously we all enjoy more battery life in our devices so this feature is obvious.

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Top 10 iPad 2 Cases

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The ideal iPad 2 case protects your valuable possession from everyday wear and tear and allows you to use it in comfort and style. We looked for cases with the following qualities: 1. A built-in stand for holding it upright and/or a slanted typing … [more]

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As iPads and other tablets become more commonly used in our day-to-day activities, we need a reliable protective case that safeguards the iPad from water splashes. Whether you want to enjoy your tablet at the pool or beach, or you have a messy kid … [more]

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Saving in price but not sacrificing features – 7” tablets allow a more portable experience. Hold your tablet with one hand, put it in your back pocket, bring it every where. Pay less too. They’re some hot hitters this year and these are our top 10 – 7” tablets of 2012…. [more]

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