HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets

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HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there’s one question that gets asked rather frequently: Have you been naughty or nice? Of course, we all know that a lot hinges on this one question. If you’ve been nice, then perhaps Santa will bring you an awesome gift; that one piece of hardware you've been jonesing for. On the other hand, if you’ve been naughty and have cursed your computer (who hasn’t at one time or another?) or ignored your significant other because Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 beckoned, then you’d better shape up before it's too late.

Regardless, whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special geek in your life, or if you’re dreaming of putting together a new system for yourself, we hope our gift guide will help you make some informed buying decisions.

We're kicking things off this year with tablets -- a product category that has taken off in a huge way. The iPad started the modern-day tablet surge in 2010, but 2011 has seen dozens of rivals pop up with Windows 7 and Android Honeycomb at the forefront.

HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Nov 25 2011 10:12 PM

So I can leave comments now, sweet!

I notice that there are more tablets with keyboards around then tablets without keyboards around... I'm guessing there were very few tablets you considered worthy... I mean when the only tablets without keyboards that you recommend are the iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the Amazon Kindle, it kind of reminds you of the stale tablet market out there and how tablets (especially the very many) are not recommended by the industry.

Can't wait for the next installment of the series.

 

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Manduh replied on Fri, Nov 25 2011 10:41 PM

Even for the iPad I would recommend getting a keyboard, it was the first accessory I bought and I'm glad I did :)

My mother just got a PlayBook so I'm going to play around on it when I go to her place so I can get a feel of the differences from my iPad. Tablets are definitely handy and I'll admit mine goes to bed with me :P I find it easier to fall asleep after playing a couple games and doing some reading.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Nov 25 2011 11:32 PM

Was the comment function broken for you, Taylor?

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 7:42 AM

Dave_HH:

Was the comment function broken for you, Taylor?

No, the comment box didn't appear at all initially. :P

 

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 10:23 AM

As far as it goes I like the FIRE

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 10:26 AM

Hmm.. well that ain't right. Hopefully not something that happens ever again?

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gazd1 replied on Sat, Nov 26 2011 3:26 PM

I'd rather have a keypad than to touch the LCD screen itself, maybe that way it will last longer.

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I really like the ASUS slider even with the slightly odd keyboard. Thanks for these reviews :) I have to say I really like that you added links to the HotHardware reviews for each of them as well.

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gloriad1 replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 12:13 PM

Yep! I think the same also and that is why I buy tablets with keypads.

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rrplay replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 3:06 PM

I actually like the Asus Slider ..seems to be the most useful to me . but not very $wallet friendly. Still would like to see and read more about the Prime tablet when released. Well OK expensiveness tastes but it is what it is. & I like it ..The kindle Fire reader could be just great on long train commutes but would find it lacking in a short amount of ftime esp when looking for a keyboard.

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