Best Tablets of 2011
Everyone loves the iPad, but with the Kindle Fire there’s now serious competition for the top tablet.
#1: Kindle Fire
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a hot ticket this holiday season, and for good reason. It is ideal for streaming movies, playing games, reading magazines, and, of course, reading books. It’s really a full-featured Android tablet, masquerading as an e-reader.
#2: iPad 2
Apple’s latest version of the iPad is the most popular tablet on the market. With front and back cameras, a very large, glossy screen, and the largest selection of apps, it’s easy to see why. The price tag is also very impressive.
#3: Nook Tablet
Very similar in size, features, and price to the Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet sets itself apart with the most attractive screen of the tablets in our list.
#4: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
A sleek and sexy competitor to the iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has front and rear cameras, GPS, and runs Android Honeycomb. However, at the same price point, unless you’re a serious Android fan, it may not be worth it.
#5: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
It’s the thinnest full-size tablet around, has the fastest processor, but best of all, it has an attachable keyboard to turn it into a full-fledged laptop. The front and back cameras are possibly the best of the tablets in our list, as well.
#6: Sony Tablet S
A unique entry into the tablet market, Sony’s Tablet S has a wedge shape, making it rest at an angle rather than completely flat on a table. However, even with an attractive design, the pricing is the same as an iPad, starting at around $500, which is quite high for a Honeycomb tablet.
#7: Motorola Xoom
Now the old man of the Honeycomb crowd, the Xoom was introduced the beginning of the year to great acclaim. While there are now a number of more recent Android tablets, you can probably get a good deal on the Xoom and it will get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade soon.