Some say we’re living in the Post-PC Era — a time when tablets and phones are replacing desktops and laptops. We have plenty of suggestions for people who would like to join in.
There is a very wide range of tablets available, although from a hardware standpoint they tend to fall into two groups: ones with screens about 10 inches in size, or smaller devices with screens around 7 inches.
Within those groups, it’s not really the hardware that differentiates the models, it’s the software. That’s why we have grouped out shopping suggestions by operating system… if you really want an iPad, there’s no point in making you look at advice on Android tablets, and the reverse is also true.
For those who need a nudge toward where to get started, the iPad is best known for its easy-to-use operating system and large array of third-party apps. Android tablets are more flexible, giving users greater freedom to tweak their devices. Those who are drawn to Windows-based tablets are looking for the full power of a PC in a more portable form.
On the other hand, if you just want something to read ebooks on, you might consider getting an eReader. We have some suggestions for those, too.
But without further ado, we present our guides to buying a tablet in 2012:
The Android tablet market exploded in 2012 thanks the Google Nexus program and an influx of brand-name budget devices. Find out which Android tablets are worth buying this holiday season.
When people go out to get a tablet from Apple, they generally think “I want a iPad.” It’s a little more complicated that that, though, as there are more options than you might realize.
Microsoft recently introduced Windows 8 and Windows RT, two new versions of its iconic operating system designed to run on devices with touchscreens. There are quite a few models with one of the other coming soon.
Who needs a tablet? Bookworms know that eReaders offer the most pleasant reading experience, by far. There are multiple Kindles and NOOKs available, here are the best.
Looking for the best product buys in desktops, notebooks, tablets, amartphones, and cameras? Go to our Holiday Guide 2012 main page to link to additional top choices for the holidays!