by Kevin P. McGrath
Tablets are gaining in popularity and are quickly eliminating the need for a laptop or personal computer. Watch movies, listen to music, surf the Web, and much more, all with a portable and easy-to-use tablet. No matter their age or technological knowhow, kids, teens, and adults will want one of these tablets for Christmas.
Apple iPad: Always among the most popular tablets, iPads are loved for their advanced technology and sleek design. For the latest and greatest iPad this Christmas, check out the iPad Air, which has a slimmer profile and faster speeds compared to the iPad 2 or iPad 4th Generation. Kids or teens may do better with the slightly smaller iPad Mini. Save even more money when you shop Overstock's huge selection of refurbished iPad models.
Samsung Galaxy Tab: One of the best brands for Android tablets is Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Note lineup of tablets does not disappoint. With several sizes and models to choose from, you can find a tablet that will fit any project or budget. For a top-of-the-line experience, look for the 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro.
Google Nexus: Gaining in popularity and users, the Google Nexus provides affordable tablets in both 7- and 10-inch models. Gain access to the Google Play store with thousands of apps, movies, and music. With the Nexus you also have simple integration with Google products you already love and use, like documents and email.
Microsoft Surface: For business professionals or anyone who uses the Windows operating system, the Microsoft Surface is an excellent tablet. With the newest Microsoft Surface 2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3, you get advantages that other tablets don't have. Every Surface tablet comes with a wireless keyboard and stylus for quick note-taking. You will also have easy integration with your PC and Microsoft Office files.
Barnes & Noble NOOK: For the bookworm on your list, a NOOK HD by Barnes & Noble gives you instant access to a huge online library of books. Although this tablet may not have the same high-end features of other tablets, the price is very affordable. The NOOK can be a great first tablet for a child or older adult who would like to try a new e-reader.
If the loved ones on your Christmas list already have the tablet of their dreams, try giving them some new tablet accessories. This could be a pair of new headphones, a screen protector, or a personalized case. These accessories will help enhance their tablet and help protect it from drops and other accidents.
For the best overall experience look for a tablet that can easily integrate with the technology you already have. Consider what operating system your smart phone uses, such as iOS, Android, or Windows. Getting a tablet that uses the same operating system as your smart phone or computer will guarantee seamless use between apps, files, and photos.