by Andrew Moore-CrispinFire Amazon US$50 or US$250 for six amazon.com/fire
The sub-$100 tablet isn’t a new thing. Manufacturers whose
names you wouldn’t likely recognize or remember (you’re better
off for it, really) have beenmaking creaky, cheap-o tablets since
the iPad cracked the tablet category wide open.
This is the first sub-$100 tablet that you’d actually want...and
it’s considerably sub-$100.
There are certainly sacrifices to be made in reaching this kind of
crazy price point. The 7-inch screen is small by tablet standards
(the iPad screen is 9.7 inches, the iPad Mini’s screen is 7.9
inches). It’s not the brightest screen going either. The Amazon
Fire tablet is powerful enough to run many games and apps
in the Amazon App Store (which contains more than 350,000
titles), but it’s not the cutting edge.
That said, it has the distinct benefit of being so relatively
inexpensive that you can entrust even a particularly clumsy
kid with it.
Maybe think about it this way: You could get 12 Amazon Fire
tablets (two six-packs at $250 each) for the same price that
you’d pay for the entry-level iPad.
A tablet for everyone on your list, a
tablet for every room in your house
and a couple left over to use as cut-
ting boards, to prop up a wonky
table leg or any other application
you can dream up.
This tablet runs Amazon Fire OS,
which is a branch off Android’s
tree, but it doesn’t offer access to
the better-than one million apps in
the Google Play Store, alas.
A Tablet to Cure the Winter Blahs
Tablets have gone fromnewly minted novelty to living roommainstay.
The speed at which they reached ubiquity is impressive and speaks
to the gap between smartphone and full-on computer. Now, at the
higher end of the market, they’re blurring the line between tablet and
laptop, and doing it well.
The original iPad launched in April of 2010. It wasn’t the first tablet,
strictly speaking, but it was the first to really hit the public conscious-
ness. Now, you can buy a six-pack of tablets for $250. Seriously, you can
buy tablets like you buy beer. That is a thing. A thing that you can do.Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Samsung US$399 samsung.com/tab
This is a premium
tablet that’s as nice to
hold as it is to look
at and use. It weighs
a mere 9.3 oz and
is just 0.22 inches
thick. It’s not “paper
thin” but, man, it
sure feels like we’re
We won’t over-
whelm you with
too many tech
specs; if you’re
p a r t i c u l a r l y
tech-minded, you already
know that Google has that which you seek.
Suffice it to say that no cutting-edge game nor
resource-intensive application in the Google Play
Store is out of reach of this tablet. With 32GB of
storage as compared with the smaller-screened
iPad Mini’s 16GB at a similar price, the value
proposition becomes that much more clear.
The screen is the main star of this show. Its Super
AMOLED (read: Spectacularly bright, high-reso-
lution and vibrant) screen makes things like
movies, games and photos pop.
Running a modified (“skinned”) version of
Android, this tablet gives the benefits of that oper-
ating system along with some Samsung-specific
add-ons to boot.
Here are a few tablet options that are sure to be a hit this winter. We’ll start at the bottom and climb up. Seems a logical-enough approach.
are in $U.S.
All of these products
are available north
or south of the 49th
except the Amazon
Fire tablet, which
only ships to the U.S.
at the time of writing.
Fire apps that work
in the U.S. may not
work in Canada.
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