Tablets are big business -- just take a look at projected Black Friday sales for tablets, which are expected to crush notebook PC sales. But which tablet to choose this holiday season? Do you pick one of the myriad Android slates or opt for the more expensive, but undeniably sexy, Apple iPad? In a roundtable discussion moderated by Manoush Zomorodi, six of our editors went head-to-head about which of their favorite tablets would make the best gifts.
Being an Apple man, Staff Writer Daniel Berg chose the fourth-generation Apple iPad. With its beautiful Retina display, powerful processing and graphics performance, and unbeatable selection of apps, the newest iPad just might be the best tablet currently on the market.
One of the best Android tablets, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, was chosen by Staff Writer Sherri Smith. This top-notch slate boasts a beautiful HD display, speedy quad-core performance and a long battery life. An optional clamshell keyboard dock, which features the same attractive brushed metal design as the tablet, is also available.
Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer loves the small-but-fierce Apple iPad Mini, which packs a lush 7.9-inch display, plenty of processing power, high-quality cameras and a long battery life into a very thin and light aluminum design. Sure, it costs about $100 more than competing 7-inch tablets, but with full access to the App Store's huge selection of apps, the iPad Mini is still at the head of the pack.
Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HD was Reviews Editor Mike Prospero's choice. The Fire HD offers an affordable alternative to the iPad Mini, without losing its premium look and feel. Mike loved the Fire HD's crisp and bright display, impressively loud speakers, large selection of movies and music, and huge storage space.
Konrad Krawczyk, a staff writer, brought the Barnes & Noble Nook HD. The Nook HD features a bright and sharp screen, top-of-the-class battery life, family-friendly features and content, and -- unlike many other 7-inch tablets -- the ability to expand its storage via microSD. It lacks a camera, but if you want an excellent e-reader, the Nook HD is an excellent choice.
Staff Writer Dan Howley toted the Google Nexus 7. With its speedy performance, high-quality design, powerful Android 4.1 Jelly Bean UI, and -- most importantly -- it's excellent $199 price tag, the Nexus 7 gives the iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD a run for their money.
Whether you or your loved one is looking for a fabulous e-reader, a slate to watch movies on or just a gorgeous toy, our editors here at LAPTOP can help you find the perfect tablet for this holiday season. Watch the full video above to get each editor's take on what makes his or her tablet so great.