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Which Tablet is Right for You?

The holidays are upon us and many people will be buying or receiving new internet enabled devices.  Tablets, such as the iPad and Kindle Fire, are one of the top anticipated gifts for this year.  The biggest difference between tablets is the operating system.  So which operating system is better?  Which tablet is the best?

First thing’s first!  What is an operating system?  An Operating System, or OS, is the base software that runs the computer.  The top three OSs for tablets are Mac iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

Here is an overview of the pros and cons of each OS, the most popular tablet models that use them and the best choice in each OS category.


Mac iOS
Most Popular Models:
Apple iPhones and iPads

iOS is proprietary to Apple and can only be found on iPhones and iPads.  In 2012, iOS was the most popular OS, but as of Q2 of 2013, Android holds the lead. 

Pros:

Cons:         

From CNET’s 2013 Best Tablets review
Best iOS tablet – iPad Air - $499



Android
Most Popular Models:
Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, Kindle Fire, Motorola Xoom, Asus Transformer Pad, Sony Xperia

Android is an open source OS.  Open source means that the base code is available to the public and can be altered to suit their needs, all for free.  This means more brands use Android for their tablet OS than any other.  You’ll find the Android OS on Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG, and more.  Even the Kindle Fire uses Android as the base of their operating system. Theirs is just heavily modified.

Pros:

Cons:

From CNET's 2013 Best Tablets review
Best Android tablet (native OS) – Google Nexus 7 - $229
Best Android tablet (modified OS) – Kindle Fire HDX 7 - $229



Windows 8
Most Popular Models:
Microsoft Surface, Dell XPS 12, Asus Transformer Book, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, Acer Iconia, Nokia Lumia

The final OS we’ll be covering is Windows 8.  This one is a little tricky.  Windows 8 was built for PCs and optimized for use on touch screen computers.  For this reason, it can be installed on desktops, laptops, phones, and tablets.

Pros:

Cons:

From CNET’s 2013 Best Tablets review
Best Windows 8 tablet – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 - $899

There you have it!  As you can see, there are a lot of considerations when choosing a tablet.  We hope this overview helps in making your tablet purchase decision.

Happy Shopping!

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1 http://reviews.cnet.com/best-tablets/