For the fourth holiday season in a row, tablets are some of the hottest gifts of the year. A few years ago, it was easy to pick a holiday tablet: Just get an iPad.
Fast-forward to 2013 and the situation is a bit different. Not only are there multiple iPad devices to choose from, there are a host of iPad alternatives worth looking at too.
So which tablet is right for you? We’ve put together the below flow chart to help you get in the right frame of mind for choosing the perfect tablet. The goal of this chart is to help you start thinking about the criteria that are most important to you in a tablet.
We start with size and then proceed on to budget. After that point, the question centers around what type of tasks you like to do with your tablet.
If your focus is primarily on content consumption, a Kindle Fire might be a great choice. If you want to use a precision stylus, consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. For users who want a good general tablet with tons of apps and support, it’s still hard to beat the iPad. Are you a big Android fan? The Nexus 7 is a great tablet at a great price.
One quick note: we didn’t include the Surface 2 or any other Windows RT-based tablets in this chart, primarily because at this point in time, we don’t think the app ecosystem is broad enough for the general consumer. That said, if you are someone who is deeply invested in the Windows and Office ecosystems — especially at work — those devices are worth exploring.
If you want to get more insight into which tablet to buy, check out our #MashTalk from two weeks ago on this very topic.