It’s that time of the year where you have to run wild buying presents for the holidays. If someone in your family has requested a tablet, but didnt specify which one, we’ve narrowed some of the newest tablets this year. With a variety of prices and different features you can definitely take your pick from here. There are also alternatives to our main picks. Check out our Top 5 tablets for this holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition:
If you’re looking for a tablet that you can use for more than entertainment. You will be more than satisfied with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. From Samsung’s premium line of tablets, the 10.1 2014 edition, makes the best out of the S Pen. It also has different user profiles(Multi User Mode) which makes the tablet accessible to everyone in the family. Featuring an Exynos® 5420 quad-core processor, the Note 10.1 allows for fast web searching and an overall great user experience. The Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet totes an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, super clear LCD display (2560 x 1600 pixels) and comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 .
- An alternative Note tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Many of the Note lines great features in a 8 inch screen.
Google Nexus 7
This 7 inch tablet is a powerhouse in a small package. You get to enjoy Google Android at its best and cleanest with Stock Android Jelly Bean 4.3 (should upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4 version soon). The Nexus 7 has a clear full HD screen (1920×1200 HD display – 323 ppi). Powered by Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro, 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, you’re guaranteed an overall lag free experience. It even has wireless Qi charging. The Nexus 7 tablet it thin and light. You can’t go wrong with this one
- An alternative is the Dell Venue 8. Another small and affordable Android tablet.
Microsoft Surface 2
Many might think that the Surface 2 isn’t practical because it’s Windows 8.1 RT. But the tablet has a lot to offer. For those Windows fans, the Surface 2 is a productive tablet due to the apps. With an RT version of Microsoft Office you can get more work done on the go. Unlike other tablets, the Surface 2 comes with a MicroSD slot and a USB 3.0 port for maximum use of accessories. The Surface 2 comes with a 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. Full HD screen, long battery life and lightweight at 1.5 pounds the Surface 2 is great tablet option.
Price: $449 for 32 GB version.
- For the full Windows experience, an alternative is the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($899)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet
The Yoga Tablet manages to stand out in a sea of Android tablets due to its unique kickstand. Just like the Yoga ultrabooks, the Yoga Tablet has different stand modes which allows for more versatility. With the unique design and lightweight body, the Yoga tablet can be handled with one hand with no problem and lots of comfort. With front facing speakers a 1.6 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera the Yoga tablet is a great entertainment tablet. You can get the tablet with an 8 inch screen or a 10 inch screen.
For those on your list who love the Apple eco-system. The iPad Air is the 5th generation of the popular iPad tablet. With a lighter body weighing just one pound the iPad Air is now a lot more portable even though it boasts a 9.7 inch screen. The A7 chip promises great performance and multi-tasking. There are over 475,000 apps designed for the iPads’ screen size in the Apple App Store. The iPad Air runs iOS 7. The iPad Air has a 1.2 mp front-facing camera and a 5 mp rear-facing camera.
An alternative to the iPad Air is the new iPad Mini with Retina display. Light weight and smaller 7.9 inch screen.
Earlier this week T-Mobile announced that an exciting Twitter Press Conference to “Unleash” a bit more news for customers and competition alike. T-Mobile had two big pieces of tablet news to announce yesterday, (in perfect timing that they both come on the heels of the iPad Air reveal.) Could T-Mobile really be unleashing new freebies our way?
Freebies is an understatement. T-Mobile is offering everyone 200 MB of 4G LTE data free every month, indefinitely, regardless of whether or not you’re a T-Mobile customer. If you have a 4G LTE tablet, you can use it with T-Mobile’s network. Since 200 MB isn’t very much data to work with, T-Mobile hopes that this freebie lures you away from the competition. For example, you can score $10 per month for unlimited 3G data plus 500 MB of 4G LTE data, then $10 more every time you want to get 2 GB more of 4G LTE data (tablet pricing only.) A second major freebie T-Mobile is offering customers the iPad Air for free when it hits on November 1 without a penny out of your pocket (the day of purchase). Instead, you’ll have to pay in monthly installments (which could work for different financial circumstances) at a T-Mobile starting November 1.
Let’s see, grab an iPad Air from T-Mobile and walk out without any money leaving your wallet AND ON TOP OF THAT the free 200 MB of 4G LTE for life applies for the iPad Air, too? I know plenty of people that may snatch this deal up before it becomes extinct.