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Still trying to decide on a new tablet? A primer.

Techstination feature for Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Still trying to decide on a new tablet?    I’m Fred Fishkin with BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.     If you are out there shopping for a tablet, the choices can be pretty confusing.   Here’s a bit of a primer.   Apple remains king of the hill with the iPad 2.   It is elegant, simple, but expensive.   A couple of emerging alternatives are Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble.   Both are smaller and cheaper than the iPad, do a great job as e-readers and media players.    And while they both run Google’s Android operating system, they don’t have access to the full Android Marketplace for apps,  using their own app stores instead.   That’s different from the Android tablets being sold by Samsung, Motorola, Sony and Acer for instance.     Then there are tablets on the market which use versions of Android that were designed for smartphones.   The good news is those tablets like Coby’s Kyros and the Impression 9.7 are cheaper.   They both are nicely designed and fill the bill for Web surfing and such.   But to get apps, you’re stuck with lesser known services that don’t have the variety you may want.   You can find us with archives, interviews and more at   I’m Fred Fishkin.

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