Nexus 7. $230 on Amazon. There are cheaper deals around, but invariably involve refurbished models.
Galaxy Tab 2. Listed at $220.00 but Amazon are currently selling it for $179.00.
Kindle Fire. $159 on Amazon.
The Nexus 7 is ahead on speed and screen resolution, and it's handy to know that Google will automatically update the system software. The Kindle is great if you want to use their proprietary services.
For me, though, some key features made the Galaxy Tab 2 a stand-out.
1.. It's expandable. Why be content with 8GB when you can have 40GB or more?
2.. It has two cameras.We may not always want to take pictures with our tablet, but when we do it's nice to know that this capability is built in.
3.. The price. $179 against $230 for the Nexus. $50 will buy a lot of games, movies and music files (and we'll have lots of memory to store them on the device, rather than in the cloud). We'd rather have a well set up Tab 2 than a bare-bones Nexus.
4.. InfraRed Emitter With built-in software and the infra-red emitter, we can quickly turn the Tab 2 into a universal remote.
Technology is moving faster than ever, and whichever tablet we buy, it's odds-on we'll replace it in about 12 months with the latest Gizmo. At the moment, though, the Tab 2 fills the bill in terms of price, features and ease of use.