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Buy a tablet this Christmas

It’s the holiday season again, which means aggressive ad-campaigns from retailers, last-second decisions on gifts, and a month-and-a-half of stress. Looking for the gift that keeps on giving? Buy a computer tablet.

These days (and for the past couple of years, to be honest), tablets have seriously stepped up their game to directly compete with PC’s, and now more than ever is the time to buy.

Apple just came out with their new line of iPads: the 5th generation full-size iPad (now called the iPad Air), and a new iPad Mini w/Retina display. Google has another Nexus 7, Samsung has the 3rd Generation Galaxy Tab, Windows has the Surface 2, and Amazon released a new Kindle Fire.

Having a hard time deciding what to pick? Still trying to figure out if you even need one? Your number one question before anything else is probably price. The Nexus 7 is your best bet in that arena, starting at just $229, while the premium iPad line will cost you a little extra, with the 1st generation iPad Mini starting at $299.

As I said earlier, this is the season of the tablet. Why? Because you can finally ditch your bulky laptop/desktop, and carry one of these devices around. Each tablet was created with eco-friendliness in mind, as they’re thin, light, battery-conscious, and can be easily recycled (compared to your laptop, which has tons of removable items that likely will end up in a landfill).

The new iPads come with 64-bit A7 chips installed, which means you’re getting the same experience as you would on your laptop. This comes in really handily if you do a lot of image-intensive work, such as video editing, photoshopping, etc. All of these tablets comes with apps for such work pre-installed.

No more worrying about replacing your keyboard because you busted a few keys, or getting a new battery because you kept the old one on the charger all day, etc. A 9.7″ screen isn’t too small to perform standard office work, and with Apple releasing their iLife suite for free, you don’t really have much of an excuse not to switch anymore.

You can’t go wrong with a tablet, either as a gift or a weekend-splurge for yourself. You’ll be doing both the earth and your wallet a favor.

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