Ok, I was researching this for months and pretty much agreed with most of the reviewers when you google for the best pads.
If you have the money, and they are much more expensive, AND want them to always connect to the internet (not just over a wifi) then you need to get an ipad.
IF, however, you are like me and wanted to keep the cost closer to $200 plus a wifi only connection is fine then the 2 to look are really are the Kindle Fire HD or the Google Nexus 7. Both in the 7" models.
Both are light and easy to carry. Both are fairly easy to use. Both connect well with wifi. Love that they are so small you can slip them into most bags even smaller purses or carryons.
I ended up with the Nexus 7 and have had it for over a month. About 2 weeks in I bought a Kindle Fire HD for my mom and had to get it out of the box and entirely set up for her to open and use immediately when she ripped off the wrapping paper for Christmas. The are BOTH nice but I'm glad I have the Nexus 7.
It's abit more computerlike. There are notifications in a narrow bar along the top (like if I get email or facebook notifications or there are updates). I can see all the aps I have open easier and move from one to the next. I love that it's google based and has a ton of aps, many of them free. I can sync my calendars from computer to tablet. Even use different email addresses in the same email ap.
The ONLY issue I had with my Nexus7 was the initial setup. It comes with zero directions/instructions, so when I turned it on and it couldn't connect to my wifi I was in a jam because it wouldn't continue the setup. After a few hours and googling everywhere to figure it out, turns out my wifi security settings were the issue. Resetting them was it's own little nightmare, but made it easier when I visited my parents and had the same issue with their wifi which also had to reset it's security settings. Since then, no issues whatsoever.
Frankly, I am using my computer less since I got my tablet though it can't replace a regular computer. When I'm on my tablet and checking out this forum you'll know cause I'll have shorter responses and more typo's
(right now I'm on a laptop so am typing away)
The Kindle is really a better ereader (go figure) which is my mom's primary use. PLUS, the good and bad is that it's so based on Amazon. So easy to buy things it's crazy, specially if you are have Amazon Prime. Lots of free stuff available easily. All good for my mom.
But what drives me nuts about the Kindle is all the advertising that is always popping up! There is no real homepage, when you turn your KIndle on the page you look at when unlocking it is an ad! So while it can certainly make your shopping easier with recommendations all over the place (like when you are on Amazon on your computer) that's not what I am using the tablet for.
So, for my mom the Kindle is perfect and she likes it. But I am glad I went along with the Nexus7. But if I had been rich I'd have gotten an ipad!!!!
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