Season’s Tidings Bring Season’s Tablets

You’ve probably gone back and forth about it. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Somehow, you’ve resisted the urge to purchase one all year. However, now that season’s tidings have rolled in, this season’s tablets have resurfaced on your wish list. Before you grab one to surf the Web and drown yourself in the many apps available to you, here are a few things to consider.

The first thing you need to decide is the size of the tablet. There are two categories: full-sized tablets (such as the iPad) and half-sized tablets (such as the Kindle Fire).

Full-sized tablets are defined because they generally measure approximately 10 inches diagonally. They are ideal for surfing websites, displaying images, playing HD games, watching HD movies, and reading digital publications like magazines. Most people purchase them in lieu of a laptop. They are priced from $400 and up.

Half-sized tablets, which have screens that are approximately 7 inches diagonally, are generally cheaper and often lighter. They are great for e-books, children’s apps, and games. They are priced starting from $99 and up. If you’ve settled on a mini-tablet, here are some choices you might consider:

Apple iPad Mini

This may be the most expensive of the smaller tablets, but it’s also the most visually appealing. Despite having a screen about 40% larger than its counterparts, the Apple iPad Mini is thin, light, and comes with many features like a front and back camera. It is also the only tablet with access to the Apple App Store and the numerous collections of apps.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s Kindle Fire gives the iPad a run for its money, narrowing the gap in the quality and features available. Now, it also includes a front-facing camera and speakers each side of the screen. The only drawback is the selection, which isn’t as vast as Apple’s. There is also no option for a 3G or 4G broadband, so you will need to have Wi-Fi access.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

Barnes & Noble’s Nook top pro is that its screen is comparable to the iPad’s Retina display. It also allows a memory card for expanded storage space. The con is that it’s more of a consumer tablet for books and movies. It doesn’t have a camera, and the selection of apps is comparatively small. If you’re an avid reader, the Nook is a great choice.

Google Nexus 7

This year, Google introduced its first tablet, the Nexus 7. It has a powerful processor and an HD screen. It does run on Android, so it has access to all the apps written for Android smartphones. It has a front-facing camera and allows a cellular broadband connection. The Nexus 7 is a great tablet for multi-tasking.

Book Recommendation

Ok…this is different. Usually our posts are about computer related issues but todays post is going to be a tad bit different but still dealing with technology.


I recently purchased Microsoft Excel 2002: 10 Minute Guide. Basically I was looking for something that would be very helpful and quick at the same time. I found both features in this book.

This 10 Minute Guide to Excel offers simple but practical help for busy people who need results fast.


  • Build Excel worksheets from scratch
  • Perform calculations using formulas and functions
  • Format numbers and text to look great
  • Insert new rows and columns in a flash
  • Print worksheets so they are easy to read
  • Create charts to display your data in a graphical format

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