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December 2, 2012

Which tablet computer should Santa bring?

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NORMAN —

Apple’s full-sized iPad is the best choice for middle to high-end tablet buyers. Be it the iPad 2, 3 or 4, they are all wonderful devices that will do what most people want to do, and make them happy while doing it.

I had thought the Microsoft Surface tablet might be a viable contender here, but the product is a little too clunky and half-baked to pull off a real challenge. For about the same amount of money, or maybe a little more, you can get an iPad that will make you smile, versus the Microsoft Surface, which will make you sometimes smile and sometimes struggle. The same goes for mid-to-high priced Android tablets from other manufacturers; in the mid-to-high end tablet market, the full-size iPad still wins.

It’s the small-screen, low-end of the tablet market that’s the most exciting, and where the real action is. For around $2-300, you can get some really nice devices that are loads of fun. The iPad Mini is the real disappointment, here. You’re not really getting “an iPad, only smaller.” Like the Microsoft Surface, the iPad Mini cuts too many corners and makes too many compromises to overcome the challengers in this price bracket. Is the iPad Mini a neat product? Sure. Is it the best tablet for the money? No way.

Like the iPad Mini, the Kindle Fire and Nook HD are cool devices in their own right, but there is one low-priced device that beats them all: the Google Nexus 7. For $200, the combination of features and capability makes the Google Nexus 7 the competition-clobbering champion. Argue with me all you want, but that’s where my $200 of tablet computer money will go. Happy shopping!

Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or www.davemoorecomputers.com.

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