Amazon, for example, offers a huge selection of tablets to choose from. Whether you're replacing an e-reader with something more flexible, or you just want to be able to look up where you've seen that actor before while watching your favorite TV show, our tablet buyer's guide will help you pick out the perfect tablet just for you
Which Operating System and Size is Right for You?
- iPads and iOS — Apple's iPads are the most popular tablets on the market. If you already have an iPhone or an iPod touch, you know just what to expect. iPads are simple, easy-to-use tablets, although a consequence of simplicity is less customization. Your experience will be very smooth, and iOS has the most tablet-optimized apps of any ecosystem. Apple's hardware is top-notch, but iPads can be expensive. However, with the new iPad Mini, there is now a more cost-effective option.
- Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus, and Android tablets — Android is all about customization. Google's flagship Nexus line offers the latest software on affordable tablets. Amazon's Kindle Fire opens a portal right into Amazon, giving you easy access to countless movies, TV shows, music, and eBooks. Amazon's Appstore even offers one paid Android app for free every day.
- Windows Tablets — One of the big draws of a Windows tablet is that it can run most of the same apps as your Windows 8 PC, including Microsoft Office. If you're looking to get serious work done, these may be your kind of tablet. Some Windows tablets can even convert into ultrabook-style laptops.
- Guide to Tablet Sizes — If you plan to use your tablet on your commute, go for a smaller seven-inch device like the Kindle Fire HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, or iPad Mini. If you're looking for a tablet to use while you're on the couch, go for a larger model like the 10-inch iPad or Kindle Fire HD 8.9.