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On Tuesday, Apple is holding a media event where it is expected to unveil the long-awaited iPad mini, a 7.x-inch tablet -- we don't know how big the display will be yet -- to tempt the medium-sized tablet buyer. While there is little doubt that whatever Apple unveils will sell by the millions, I'm still not convinced of the need for a petite version of the highly successful iPad.
Depending on what you're looking for, there are already plenty of tablet options out there to suit most people's needs, meaning that there's no need to wait for whatever Apple has planned.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
One of the best Android tablets running an operating system that looks almost nothing like Android.
There's a lot to like about the Kindle Fire HD -- the impressive screen, the easy to use interface, the sleek design, and the incredibly low $199 price tag.
About the only downside to the Kindle Fire HD is that in order to shave $15 off the price Amazon decided to use it to push ads to users. If you'd rather not see the ads, you can pay the extra $15 to get rid of them.
For people who like the Amazon content ecosystem, the Kindle Fire HD is the perfect choice.
Price: Starting at $199 for 16GB.
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Google Nexus 7
Google has showed other tablet makers how to build a decent Android tablet.
The Nexus 7 is powered by the latest Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system, and brings a number of neat features to the tablet -- such as an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and an amazing screen.
A couple of downsides are the lack of an HDMI port, no rear camera, and no way to augment storage capacity by adding a memory card.
The Nexus 7 offers the 'purest' Android tablet experience around.
Price: Starting at $199 for 8GB.
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