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Market apk for your giftee. Oh, and did we mention both of them are only .4-inches thick?
Key specs: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, WiFi b/g/n, mini-HDMI
Price: $299.99 / $299.99
Stream TV Elocity A7 - $356.97
Stream TV came out of nowhere with its Android 2.2, Tegra 2-powered Elocity A7, and we're certainly not complaining with its under $400 pricetag. The 7-inch tablet is thicker than the Archos 70 and only has 4GB of storage, but this one can handle 1080p video, and thanks to its mini-HDMI port, output it to the big screen.
Viewsonic G Tablet - $379.99
When you consider that the Viewsonic G Tablet has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.2, and a 10.1-inch capacitive touch display, you'd assume it's the bee's knees. However, like most other Android tablets these days, it doesn't have access to the Android Market or have those preloaded Google apps -- if you can live with that, it's worth a look.
Editor's Note: Since publishing this guide, a Viewsonic G Tablet manufacturing defect has been reported. We'd go with another option in this guide.
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our very own!) and iOS 4.2 bringing multitasking to the platform, there's no arguing that it's the best tablet on the market. The WiFi / 16GB version may be the lowest end model, but there's really nothing low end about it.
Key specs: 1GHz Apple A4 CPU, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
Dell Streak - $550
We're still not sure what to call the Streak -- a megaphone? A phonelet? But if you're looking for a mini-tablet for surfing the web, reading, and watching videos, the Streak's 5-inch display and Snapdragon processor can absolutely get the job done. We've loved the design and size ever since we laid eyes on it, but the recent Android 2.2 update has made it even more enticing. Oh, did we mention it can also make phone calls?
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iPad and a MiFi or go for the integrated AT&T 3G version, you can give the gift of ubiquitous web connectivity in a beautiful aluminum tablet form factor. Believe us, they'll never forget this one... especially when they have to pay the monthly data charges.
Key specs: 1GHz Apple A4 CPU, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G (data only)
If you're shopping for someone in search of a tablet with Windows 7, the HP Slate is your best bet at the moment. The 8.9-inch capacitive display has an active digitizer, which means you can use a finger to navigate but also take notes with the included stylus. It also boasts a VGA front-facing camera and a 3 megapixel one on the back. HP is not promising that orders will ship in time for the holidays, so be prepared to deliver an IOU.
Recently added to the Microsoft Store, the ExoPC is certainly the most consumer friendly Windows 7 tablet out there. The ExoPC UI or "Connect Four" layer, as we like to call it, adds a lot of spice on top of the stock Windows experience and with a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator it can push along HD video rather nicely. Sure, you still have to live with less than four hours of battery, but with 64GB of storage and a 1.3 megapixel cam it's a pretty sweet deal.
We can't say we're completely sold on any of the 10-inch or 11.6-inch Windows 7 tablets we've seen -- mostly because of the weak Atom performance and battery life -- but the Tega v2 has a very solid aluminum build, 32GB of flash storage, 2GB of RAM, and dual boots Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium. The software layer is a bit slow, but pick up a a Bluetooth keyboard and stand, and it could be a decent netbook alternative.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16
Stream TV eLocity A7
HP Slate 500 Tablet PC
Tegatech TEGA v2