Android tablets come in all shapes and sizes. They often run different versions of Android, some can be easily attached to keyboards, others are designed to be slates, and some are ebook readers. Regardless of what you need a new Android tablet for, here are 3 of the best ones as gift for 2012 New Year , based on your nominations.
1. Amazon Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire is a curious beast. While it’s not out in the UK yet, it’s making waves in the USA by virtue of its majorly modified Android 2.3 interface, its integrated iPad-like Amazon ecosystem and of course… a heavily subsidised price.
We’ve reviewed the Fire, and we think it’s a brilliant tablet for the price. But until a worldwide or even UK launch is confirmed, we can’t place it in our list. We don’t know how much it’s going to cost, and we don’t know if all the features available in the US will be included elsewhere
2.Samsung Galaxy Tab Series
Available in 7 inch, 8.9 inch, and 10.1 inch models on all four major US carriers and as a Wi-Fi only model, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series is one of the most recognizable and iconic Android tablets on the market. Most of the models run Android Honeycomb, and can pull duty as a media tablet, productivity tool, or ereader. All models come with and run Adobe Flash, have access to the Android Market, and models with 3G data plans offer 3G or 4G wireless access on your tablet while you’re on the go. Pricing varies depending on the size, wireless carrier (if any), and amount of storage you’re looking for, but the Galaxy Tab starts at $199, and can get as expensive as $629.
3. Barnes and Noble Nook Series
While the new Nook tablet is really the only model that Barnes and Noble is marketing as a proper tablet, the Nook Color is a great option as well, especially once you’ve rooted it and installed a new ROM. Barnes and Noble has all but condoned the process, and even if you don’t root your Nook Color, you get some access to the some apps in the Android Market (through Barnes and Noble), tons of games, streaming video through Netflix and Hulu Plus, and of course access to Barnes and Noble’s catalog of millions of books. All models are Wi-Fi only, and the Nook Color will set you back $199 and the Nook Tablet $249. Both models feature 7-inch displays, tons of pre-loaded apps, and are a great bang for your buck if you’re looking for affordable Android tablets to hack and play with.
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