Tablets: Topping Wish Lists Everywhere!

By Megan Capone      

As I dig through all of the great holiday deals I'm noticing two things. 1) Tablet computers are HUGE this year; and 2) Amazon almost always has the best prices. With this in mind, I whipped up this quick an dirty summary (in best-selling order) to help you pick out the right tablet for those on your gift list.

Kindle Fire

(16GB: $199; 32GB: $249, Amazon.com)

  • 1280x800 HD 7" display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World's first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • 16GB or 32GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

($399, Amazon.com)

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 10.1-inch Multitouch 720p HD Screen (1280 x 800)
  • 16GB Internal Memory; microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • Wireless N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0,GPS Enabled with Latitude, Google Maps
  • 1GHz Dual-Core Processor; 1GB RAM

Apple iPad Mini

($429, Amazon.com)

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch Display; 1024-by-768 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A5 Chip
  • 5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 0.68 lbs

Google Nexus 7

($247.99, Amazon.com)

  • 7 inch 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi)
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean),Memory: Slots: Onboard, Installed: 1GB
  • 4325 mAh battery (Up to 8 hours of active use)

Apple iPad 3rd Generation

($559.95, Amazon.com)

  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera, 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + AT&T 4G LTE; 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 9 Hours of Battery Life; 1.46 lbs