iPad, Nexus, Kindle, Others: Tablet Holiday Shopping Guide
From Apple and Samsung to software makers Google and Microsoft, just about every vendor with a mobile bent has introduced a tablet in time for the holidays. Apple's iPad now has a number of worthy competitors, and if iOS isn't on your list, there are Android options for every budget and even strong Windows offerings. Analysts have suggested that, overwhelmed, shoppers may simply default to the industry leader—the iPad—though even then, given generations and size options, there are more than a dozen iPads to choose from. In an effort to help prospective buys thin down an incredible number of options, eWEEK has summarized, by the broad strokes, a handful of leading models. As it's unlikely that the megapixels on a camera are the make-or-break detail, rather than whether the tablet has a front camera or a back camera or both, below are the need-to-know details to help get you in front on the right device family—at which point you can tap and test and weigh the benefits of gigabytes or connectivity to dollars.
Apple iPad With Retina Display
Apple stepped on the toes of some fans when it introduced a fourth-generation iPad just six months after its third-generation model. But what buyers get now is a new new iPad with a Retina display, Apple's incredibly fast A6X processor, an improved front-facing camera, better battery life and the Apple Lighting port.