The new iPad's great but what's wrong with a good, inexpensive Android tablet?
Great new display, check; faster processor, check; 4G mobile connection, check; better camera, check. Price, still starts $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for 4G. Hmmm... How about a $199 Android-powered Nook Tablet instead?
Oh sure, if you want to use a tablet for work, the iPad is the way to go. If you want to video-conference with your friends, buy an iPad. If you want to make a high-definition movie, you could try an iPad—after you attach it to a steadicam. But what are you really going to use a tablet for?
Well, I've been using a variety of tablets, including both the already shipping iPads and the 16GB version of the Nook Tablet, and here's what I use my tablets for: Reading e-books, watching Netflix and Hulu Plus videos; listening to music; playing some games; and lightweight Web browsing and writing. That's it. Guess what? For my purposes, I use my Nook Tablet about nine times as often as I do my iPads.
That's in no small part because I've found the Nook Tablet's smaller form factor to be ideal for when I'm lying in bed or just sitting back in a comfy chair. The iPad is indeed better in many ways, but sometimes bigger isn't better.
If you really want to have the best of the best and you have to have it Right Now and you can afford it, sure buy an iPad 3. I'll be in line behind you. I cover this the leading edge of technology for a living so I have to have the latest and greatest.
But, if all you want is a cheap, but good, tablet for entertainment and low-end Web play, then why not get a Nook Tablet or some other low-end Android tablet like Amazon's Kindle Fire? You just may find that one of those is all the tablet you really need. I have.
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