The Kindle's specs are starting to look a bit dated - the screen and the processor are both last generation kit, but the interface has been optimised for the Kindle Fire HD and, as a result, it doesn't feel particularly slow .
The Kindle Fire HD also comes with free cloud storage for content bought from Amazon. However, it's inconceivable Amazon will go into the Christmas season with outdated hardware. Expect a new Kindle Fire very soon and, hopefully, a price cut for this model.
PROS: Nice build, free Amazon cloud storage CONS: Expensive, lower resolution screen, fewer apps, slower processor.
GOOGLE NEXUS 7
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u u k k / / n n e e x x u u s s / / 7 7 / / )[pounds]199 THE NEXUS 7 stunned gadget-lovers with its cutting-edge specifications and cut-throat pricing.
The new Nexus is lighter, thinner and even more powerful than its predecessor. It has an ultra high definition screen that's sharper than the printed page and lasts all day on a single battery charge.
Sadly, the price is creeping up but the Nexus is probably the best 7in tablet available right now.
PROS: Stunning screen, latest operating system, fastest processor, plenty of Ram.
CONS: It can no longer be considered "cheap".
c c o o m m )[pounds]269 FOR the price of one iPad mini you could kit out a family with Hudls, but that won't worry
PROS: Great design, beautiful user interface, classleading eco- system.
CONS: [pounds]269 for a 7in tablet.
B&N NOOK HD Sainsbury's. Asda, Argos, [pounds]79. (u u k k .
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c c o o m m )TESCO isn't the only supermarket selling tablets.
All the big grocery chains will sell you one from their larger stores. The Nook HD has comparable specifications to the Hudl, a nicer screen and a better design - and it costs less than 80 quid.
The Nook HD is cheap because
The positioning of the stereo speakers (on one side of the case) is slightly odd, but you can always wear headphones for movies, and the white casing picks up grubby finger marks (there's a slate grey version, too).
The standard Nook has less onboard storage than the Hudl, but you can add more via the storage card slot. The screen is a dream and the dual core processor really flies. At [pounds]79 the Nook HD is the best low-cost tablet currently available.
PROS: As cheap as (micro) chips, fantastic screen, attractive looks, great for reading and watching movies.
CONS: No camera and no GPS, supplies are strictly limited so get one while you can.
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