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Best Tablet PC for the Money 2012-13

By Edited Dec 25, 2015 0 0

What is the best tablet computer to buy?

You are a business professional on the go, or perhaps you're looking for the perfect way to read your favorite books or watch your favorite movies without having to carry them around with you.  Perhaps you're just looking for a substitute for that cumbersome laptop.  

If any of these situations sound like yours, then perhaps what you need is a tablet pc.  The question you're probably asking yourself right now is: with so many available options, which is the best tablet PC to buy?

With high-priced items such as the iPads, or such highly publicized tablets like the Kindle Fire, what is the best way to choose the right tablet PC for your money in 2012-13?  Well, that's all going to depend on what your needs are.  

The business professional looking to put together presentations on the fly will need a different tablet than the full-time mom who is trying to keep her sanity when the kids go down for a nap.  Regardless of your station, bear with us and we'll help guide you to the best tablet pc for the money.

 

For books, movies, tv shows, and reviewing documents and presentations, it is difficult to beat the Kindle Fire pad tablet.  At under $200, less than half the cost of some of the more expensive models, the 7" Kindle Fire HD has been engineered to provide its users with the highest quality multimedia experience on a tablet computer.  For another $100 the 8.9" Kindle Fire HD gives a bigger screen

What makes the Kindle Fire HD so appealing to readers and movie viewers alike is its almost limitless library of options.  With over 20 million titles in the Amazon library, anyone can find a magazine, tv episode, book, or movie to suit their tastes.  

Amazon worked hard to bring some of the highest quality picture and sound presentations to life and for casual use, this is the best tablet pc for the money.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (16GB, Deep Grey)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 

For the business professional, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a much stronger option than the Fire.  This product is designed to offer all the computing and processing power of a notebook computer without the bulk and inconvenience.  

With its quad-core processor2GB of RAM memory, and 16GB of on-board memory (though another $50 gets you 32GB), you can download all the software you need to keep your business running and the entire thing weighs less than a pound and a half.  

The Galaxy Note comes pre-loaded with a software called Polaris which is a relatively simple document reader/editor, but for complex Excel sheets then an app calledQuickOffice is the way to go.

The Samsung Galaxy, includes what is called an "S pen."  The S pen comes with a much finer tip than a traditional stylus (or even those included with other tablet pcs) making it much easier to hand-write your notes on the tablet, and easier yet to read them.  You don't have to waste time trying to type in your thoughts because the "S pen" is so easy and simple to use.

For the business professional on the go (and on a  limited budget) the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be the best tablet pc for the money, at just under $500.


Perhaps you're in the middle of the road.  You don't want simply a casual tablet computer that is little more than an eReader or movie viewer, but you don't need the high powered business tablet with all the bells and whistles (or the corporate salary price tag).  Allow us to present the Google Nexus 7.  This handy, middle-of-the-road tablet should meet all of your tablet pc needs.  

What Google has offered in their Nexus 7 is a 7" screen, lightweight tablet that brings the Google experience into the palm of your hand.  It's quad-core processor will get any job done and its battery will allow you to run for 8 hours without a recharge.  

One of the nice advances that the Nexus has to offer is Bluetooth capabilities.  No longer is there a need for external keyboards or typing on screen, the Bluetooth lets you speak your documents to life.  The front-facing camera that is absent in many models will even allow you to video chat with friends and family from your tablet, a nice advantage over many of the more casual tablet pcs.

 

Ready to shop for your new tablet computer now?

So whether you're just seeking a more convenient way to access your library of books and videos, a high-powered business owner or somewhere in-between, with a little research, you can find the best tablet pc to fit your needs.

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