User:Consumer Pulse Reviewing the Tablets for Kids and Adults

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It’s that time of the year again when stores are studded with sale and discount placards while people are on the lookout for gift items to give, and if you’re one of those who are eyeing a tablet either as a gift for yourself or your loved ones, you’re in for a confusingly wide array of choices.

This year has been speckled by tablet launches and releases from electronics companies all over the world, and with the current market oozing with high-end tablets with great features, it’s hard to choose which one is really worth your money. Knowing the features, the functionality, and the offers that various tablet brands have in store can narrow down your choices.

Consumer Reports had tested and rated a handful of popular, high-end tablets that are in the market, and they’ve noted down some considerations that tablet shoppers should have in choosing a tablet.

Functionality is one of the major factors that consumers should look into. Although Microsoft’s newly-released tablet, the Surface, looks competitive with full-sized 10-inch screen, a portable stand, and a cover with a built in keyboard, all for $500, Microsoft’s tablet is a little behind when it comes to content and apps, because its new app store is no match for the gigantic iOS and Android app stores. “Windows tablets lack access to the big content selection from Apple or the Android Marketplace, or even the Amazon and Barnes & Noble content offerings,” said Paul Reynolds from Consumer Reports.

Size is another factor that Consumer Reports had looked into. The new iPad mini, which stands at only 7.8 inches compared to its 10-inch brothers, is also as good as the bigger-sized tablets. It highly competes with the Barnes & Nobles’ Nook HD and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, but the huge price difference between the iPad mini ($330) and the Nook HD ($200) can be the tipping point of consumer decisions.

Consumer Reports has also evaluated a number of tablets for kids that are specially designed for the little ones, with prices ranging from $150 to $200. The Meep! Tablet featured a clear display screen that’s perfect for kids who love reading books, while among the other brands that were popular on kids were the Kurio 7 and the Nabi2. The tablets showcase a child-friendly interface and parental controls that can limit children’s access to the Internet.

The evaluation also included the purchase of extra warranty services, and Consumer Reports found out that only around four percent of tablet users have needed repairs for their tablets, so availing of extended warranty services may not really be worth the money.