iPad, Tablet and eReader Buying Guide
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Tablet and eReader Buying Guide

You've decided to get a tablet or eReader, but you're not sure which one to buy? Get beyond the confusion of color screens, monochromes and battery life, and into the joy of using these marvelous devices.

eReader for the Bookworm:

An eReader will let the Bookworm condense an oak tree's worth of books into a small device that only needs to be charged once a month. Despite not having a backlight (so it will need a light source when reading in bed at night), an eReader's specialized "eInk" display is easier on the eyes and more paper-like than today's color tablets. But if you want more versatility, your bookworm might want a tablet with Internet browsing and apps.

Tablet for the Business User:

The business user will likely want to use the same Office apps he or she uses at work. A tablet using Microsoft Windows 7 will give the business user that capability and can convert to a real laptop complete with a keyboard. These tablets don't offer the same battery life or simplicity as the others, but they make up for it with lower prices and corporate compatibility.

Tablet for the Customizer:

The vast majority of today's tablets — other than the iPad — use Google's Android operating system. They may share an operating system, but they come in all different sizes, shapes and price points. Want a 7-inch Android tablet? Got it. How about one with a slot to add more storage for videos and music? Got that too. The really good news is that if the person you're giving the tablet to already has an Android-based phone, the apps they've already paid for will work on the Google tablet too.

To narrow your search for the right tablet or eReader even more, have a look at 10 ways a tablet can work for you.

For information regarding Apple product features and functionality, please refer to Apple product item descriptions.

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