Tablets are a trendy piece of technology and are only continuing to grow in popularity. This popularity also makes a tablet a highly desirable gift to give, but with a sea of options it’s not the easiest task to pick the right one. There are a number of things to consider when selecting a tablet; price, power, and features to name a few.
Take a look at this list of some of the best tablet gift ideas for 2014.
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 is a good mix of size, quality, and price. This 7 inch tablet has lots of features and pricing starts around $198.99. It has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, making it speedy, and comes with Android 4.3 with the option to upgrade to Android 4.4. The Nexus 7 also includes surround sound, built in wireless charging, and boasts a beautiful 2.3 million pixel screen.
It should be noted that Google has announced the new Nexus 9 tablet, available November 3. You could wait and buy the new version at a much higher cost, but if you are looking for a good low price option now, the Nexus 7 might be the right choice for you.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
With a 12 inch screen, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is one of the largest tablets on this list and yet weighs just 1.76 pounds. It runs Windows 8.1 which also means the full Microsoft Office Suite can be installed making this tablet feel more like a laptop.
One great feature is the kickstand integrated right into the back of the tablet making it easy to work with at any angle. It is powered by a fourth generation Intel Core processor; i3, i5, or i7 depending on which model you purchase. Included with this tablet is the Surface Pen, a battery-powered Bluetooth stylus making it easy to markup documents or handwrite notes. This table is on the high end of the price range starting at $799 for the basic model.
Apple iPad Air 2
With a 9.7 inch screen and weighing less than one pound, the Apple iPad Air 2 lives up to it’s name. The newest iPad definitely has the trendy factor and is even thinner than its predecessor, 18 percent thinner to be exact. It also has faster wireless capabilities, coming with improved 802.11 ac MIMO Wi-Fi.
A neat feature is a laminated screen cutting down on glare by 56 percent, so use out in the sun is much easier. The Air comes with Siri, iOS8 operating system, retina display, and a fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button. Pricing starts at $499 but you can choose upgraded models and there are even cellular capable options.
Apple iPad Mini 3
If you want to give an iPad but are looking to spend a little less you could consider the Apple iPad Mini 3. It’s the newest model of the Mini and comes with some of the features the iPad Air 2 has. It has a 7.9 inch screen with retina display and is slightly lighter than the Air, which is to be expected being a mini. It runs iOS8 and has the added bonus of being equipped with Siri. It also has touch ID for security, which can make online shopping easier for those stores with Apple Pay implemented.
A fun new feature is that this Mini can also come in a new gold color. Prices start at $399, with upgraded storage and cellular options costing more.
Asus Transformer Book Trio
At $849.99, the Asus Transformer Book Trio is definitely one of the most expensive tablets you could buy, but it is so much more than just a tablet. The Transformer Book boasts being a tablet, laptop, and desktop all in one. The 11.6 inch tablet comes with a full size keyboard that can be attached to give all the functionality of a laptop yet it easily snaps out again transforming — as the name implies — back to a tablet.
In addition, the PC station keyboard can also be connected to an external monitor, making this tablet a desktop. Couple all this with intuitive flow between dual operating systems — Android and Windows 8 — and you have a truly unique, flexible and powerful tablet.
Dell Venue 11 Pro
If you want to buy a good 3-in-1 tablet at a lower price, consider the Dell Venue 11 Pro. With the addition of a mobile keyboard, the Pro becomes a laptop and even has extended battery life. Add Dell’s desktop dock and this tablet gains more USB ports, an ethernet port, HDMI port, and more. The tablet itself has a 10.8 inch screen, quad-core Intel Atom processor, Windows 8.1 operating system, and a 10 point touch screen.
An added bonus is the swappable 32Wh battery, a handy and uncommon feature in a tablet. Prices start at $429.99, but even with the addition of the mobile keyboard and desktop dock, the Pro comes in below the cost of other 3-in-1 tablets.
Amazon Fire HD 6
The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a budget friendly tablet option. Claiming to be the most powerful tablet under $100, the Fire HD 6 has a quad-core processor giving it over 2x the speed and 3x the graphics performance as the previous model.
This 6 inch tablet runs Fire OS 4 and integrates with Cloud Drive, so Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents are automatically backed up in the cloud. This also means documents created or edited on the Fire HD 6 are available on your other mobile devices and desktop. It is available in five different colors and comes with free unlimited storage of all photos and Amazon content in Amazon Cloud. The Fire HD 6 may not have the high end specs of other tablets on this list but it’s a good option for the money. And it costs just $99 at Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
If you are looking for a good Android-powered tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is one option. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and boasts an 8-core Exynos processor made up of two quad-core processors. It’s large, with a 10.5 inch screen, but also light weighing just 1.5 pounds. This tablet comes with a fingerprint scanner for added security. This feature also makes online purchases easier.
One of the best things about the Galaxy Tab S is the screen. It has a Super AMOLED display with 359 pixels per square inch making for enhanced colors, sharpness, and contrast. Additional features include a multi-window function, long battery life, micro SD card slot, SideSync 3.0, free movies, and more. Pricing starts at $499.99.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
For a smaller and less expensive Android-powered tablet consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. It isn’t as impressive as the Galaxy Tab S, but it comes with some of the same features and will run you significantly less. Prices start at $169.99. The Galaxy Tab 4 runs the Android 4.4 operating system, has a quad-core processor, and a 7 inch screen. It comes with Samsung’s signature TouchWiz skin and has a multi-screen feature making is easier to use multiple apps at once.
Another fun feature is the built in IR blaster, allowing for the control of home theater equipment right from the device.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2 is a tablet for the traveler. This is one sturdy tablet boasting a scratch resistant screen and dust resistance, but it’s truly impressive feature is being fully waterproof. That’s right, waterproof! The Xperia Z2 can be fully submerged in up to 5 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes and come out just fine. This is good news for people that may need a tablet to go anywhere.
The Xperia Z2 also has digital noise cancelling support so using this tablet while on the go is easier and less distracting. It has a 10 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and Android 4.4 operating system. The Xperia Z2 will run you around $499.99.
If you have a tablet lover on your gift list, the selection these days seems almost endless. Hopefully this list helped put the options in perspective making it easier to decide on the best device to choose.
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