4 of the Best-Reviewed Android Tablets for the Holidays

King's Bounty: Legions on Android Tablet

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It seems like there's a new tablet on the market every week. Instead of blindly buying one, you should do thorough research on which one would be right for you. After all, you don't want to spend several hundred dollars, only to wind up with a tablet you hate!

With the upcoming holidays, there are bound to be a ton of holiday sales to help soften the blow to your checkbook. As you peruse the many tech Black Friday deals and holiday gift guides, keep your eyes peeled for these seven incredible tablets.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX


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First on the list is Amazon's latest entry into its Kindle Fire family. This version is massively improved over the Kindle Fire HD and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU. Similar to the Kindle Fire HD, it features a front camera, but for the first time in the Kindle Fire line, it also has a rear camera, which is capable of shooting video in full 1080p quality.

The HDX also features an interface that Amazon calls "Mayday." With the simple press of the screen, you'll enter a live video chat with an Amazon Kindle Fire customer service representative. They won't be able to see you, but you'll be able to see them, and they can even draw on your screen to provide assistance. The HDX also makes use of "Silk," which is a web browser assisted by the cloud, offering a much speedier Internet browsing experience.

Similar to all other models, you'll still use the Amazon app store and Amazon.com for purchase, whether it's the latest album, a new movie, or a good book. The HDX will also be able to send content directly to the TV in a future update. 

Nexus 7

Nexus 7 Tablet

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The second version of the Nexus 7 was released in July and features various improvements over the original. It features a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, so running your programs and various other applications has never been quicker. It also boasts an impressive 2 GB of memory, as well as a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, which is higher than its predecessor's 1280 x 800 display. This results in a much sharper image. All of this is packed into an extremely light package — the tablet weighs an astonishing 10 oz.

The Nexus 7 runs a pure version of Android 4.3. It comes in either 16 GB or 32 GB versions, and the battery is among the best in tablets, lasting up to ten hours of web browsing. Thanks to its speed and battery, the Nexus 7 is the favorite among many reviewers, and thousands of consumers remain hopeful that they'll find the Nexus 7 when push comes to shove on Black Friday.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Media Launch

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As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's update to the Galaxy Note 10. It, too, runs Android 4.3, features 3 GB of memory, and runs a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has an unbelievable 2560 x 1600 resolution, which gives you crystal clear images. 

The screen is huge. It's so huge, in fact, that you can multi-task. You can have two images up at the same time and split the screen, allowing you to watch a movie while you work. It comes in 16, 32, or 64 GB versions, and supports expansion with a microSD card up to 64GB. The battery lasts roughly 11 hours on a full charge.

The biggest draw about the Note is that it's both a tablet and a notepad. While there are apps on other tablets that let you draw, the Note encourages it, and even includes a stylus. This is extremely helpful if you're taking notes and browsing the Internet at the same time—you won't have to switch back and forth between windows.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

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Though it may be priced a bit lower than the other tablets, don't count Barnes & Noble's latest tablet out. This tablet runs Android 4.0 with a custom user interface, has a gorgeous 1920 x 1200 display, 1 GB of memory, and 16 GB of built-in storage. It supports microSD cards up to 32 GB, so if you need the extra storage space, you can get it.

The dual core processor is more than enough to browse the net and read the books, and if you want to, the tablet supports TV-out, so you can run a cable from the tablet to the TV and watch movies on your television. The battery lasts about nine hours when watching movies.

Tablets have advanced in a huge way the last two or three years, and now's the perfect time to buy one. Which one should you go with? That's a decision that only you can make.


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