Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TBone's Holiday Gift List - Tablets and eReaders

Photo by mmlolek

Over the next couple days running up to whichever holiday you happen to celebrate, I will release a new post concentrating on a specific category of gifts with products that I recommend.

In each section I will be limiting the amount of products I recommend to only a select few.  I only recommend products that I own, have used, or have significant knowledge about.  Even though I am recommending these products, I still encourage you to shop around and pick gifts that fit your needs and are within your budget.

If you chose to purchase any of these gifts, then you can click on the link and purchase through Amazon.  I have written before on my thoughts about Amazon and I still think they are one of the best option out there to get the products you need for a great price.  Also if you purchase any of the products using the links provided below, then I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price, which will go into making TBone's Mind a better blog for all to enjoy.

Click the link to see the products that are selected for this post's category.


Apple iPad Tablet (32GB, Wi-Fi)

CAUTION:  I am only recommending this if you have to have a tablet this holiday season.  It is very likely that Apple will be announcing a new version of the iPad in January.  The new version will defiantly have added features and could come at a lower price point.  Consider yourself warned.

There are a lot of crappy tablets on the market today, most of them Android based.  However there is one clear choice in this category and that is the iPad.  Yes, it is basically a giant iPhone, but it is also the best tablet on the market.  You get access to all the apps in Apple's App Store (though only some are optimized for the iPad) and it gets 10 hours of battery life.  I suggest going with the Wi-Fi version since it is cheaper.  If you want wireless data just buy a mifi or hotspot device from your favorite cellular provider.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology

The Kindle is a great single purpose device; it does one thing incredibly well.  Many hardcore readers swear by the Kindle for its easy on the eyes E Ink screen and great battery life.  With the Kindle you also have access to Amazon's Kindle store, which probably has the best selection of ebooks out of all the stores out there.  Plus, you can't beat the Kindle's price.

Apple iPad Tablet (32GB, Wi-Fi)

The iPad might be a tablet, but it is also a great eReader.  If there is an eBook that exists, you will be able to read it on the iPad since it has access to Apple's iBook store, Amazon's Kindle store, and also Barnes & Noble's store.  The iPad is also able to view color eBooks and magazines.  And even though its uses an LCD screen instead of E Ink, it still manages to get good battery life.

1 comment:

  1. So - how long do you think it will be before you have a kindle in color? or one that's got good enough resolution for comics?

    My in-laws got a Kindle a week before the new/current generation was announced, and they were able to return it and purchase the new one. The difference is significant. Assuming you aren't into comics, do you think higher resolution or color are a big deal? They'd certainly make subscribing to magazines on your Kindle much more attractive. Also, the engineers I know don't think Kindle can replace their textbooks yet - do you agree? If so, what's lacking?

    Hmm - apologies if my comment is more about the merits of each as an ereader than their merits as gifts. Feel free to buy me either one :)