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LOOKING for the BEST Christmas Gifts?

One of the BEST Christmas gifts for sale are the latest technology inventions.  One of the latest technology inventions are ereaders. Lets do an ereader comparison in hopes of finding the best Christmas gifts to select from for my husband.  He doesn’t have an ereader yet.

The two ereaders I hear about all the time are the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble NOOK.

So, lets compare Kindle and Nook.

Kindle was created by Amazon and I found a lot of different models.  They come in all different sizes and price ranges.  One of the latest technologies added to the newest Kindle is high definition.

But, I am going to focus on what is called the Kindle Keyboard because out of all the Kindle reviews available, it has the best.

It only has a 6″ display screen, but based on the reviews of its graphics, I think it is worth considering for my best Christmas gifts list.

I could not believe the Kindle Keyboard reviews received from Amazon customers.  It has a 4.5 Star rating out of a possible 5 Stars.  But, what impressed me the most is that this product has been reviewed by over 37,500 people. Maintaining an average 4.5 Stars is a strong indicator that customers are very happy they selected the Kindle.

This ereader offers free 3G wireless coverage in the US, as well as, 100 other countries and Wifi access at all AT&T WiFi locations.  It has  a crystal clear display provided by a relatively new technology in graphics called E Ink that produces virtually no glare.  It downloads ebooks from the HUGH Amazon Kindle library in seconds. It is very light, easy to carry and its’ owners are very happy with how simple it is to use.

However, what really gets my attention is the Kindle price.  It is ONLY $159.  Sometimes there are special offers available that brings the price down to $139.  Just remember, you can not buy a Kindle anywhere except on Amazon.com.

Now, for the Barnes & Noble NOOK.  There are a variety of nooks available too, but you can buy the NOOK in a variety of stores who offer very competitive sale prices.   Since its 2009 release, the NOOK has been updated and upgraded several times just like the Amazon Kindle.

When I started to compare the different ereaders developed by Barnes & Noble, I discovered two new NOOK(s) ready for release on November 1 of this year.

Since I really want to compare the latest technology inventions, I investigated the two New Nook for myself.

The NOOK HD is a 7″ tablet with a price of $199 for the 8GB model and $229 for the 16GB model.  Also set to be released on November 1 is the NOOK HD+  The BIG difference-the Nook HD+ is a 9 inch tablet with a price tag of only $269 for the 16GB model and $299 for the larger 32GB model. That is VERY competitive pricing when you factor in the size of the screen and the memory capacity available.

The NOOK 9 inch tablet is more expensive than the Kindle keyboard with the 7 inch screen, but it just might be worth the mark up. The reasons for the price difference is the larger touchscreen. It weighs less than the new iPad and it is thinner than most of the Kindles.

The HD resolution is incredible; better than any of the Kindles I looked at for comparison.  Books download quickly and you can select from over 3 million.   The battery life of both ereaders are similar

You can see a brief overview of both the Barnes and Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ HERE.

The only disappointment is the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ will not be available for shipment until November 1, 2012.  Check back soon for more product information and Nook reviews..

OK, now I have completed two ereader comparisons and I will add them to my Best Christmas Gifts list.

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BEST Christmas Gifts

Have you ever noticed that the BEST Christmas Gifts are usually the latest technology inventions of the past year?

In recent years, whenever I asked my Husband the proverbial Holiday question: “What do you want for Christmas the year?” The answer I often get is: “Do you know what the hot Christmas gifts are this year?  What about a new internet tablet or the latest iPhone released?”  About four years ago, it was: “what about one of those new ereader things you keep telling me about?”

This year, “when I popped the question”, he answered “Oh, I don’t know. What are the latest technology inventions you have checked out recently?”

I thought for a minute and remembered a new iPad had been released again. He had the first one sold by Apple. I think I bought it for him in 2009 or maybe even 2008. A new internet tablet might be the best gift, but since the release of the first Apple iPad, there have been a lot of imitators.

I decided to investigate the new iPad and, at least, one other internet tablet with good reviews for comparison.

First the iPad. One reason I have selected this tablet is its large 9.7 inch touchscreen. I gotta remember my husband’s aging eye sight. Another reason for consideration, he has the first iPad released and still loves it. I, personally, think Apple’s iPad is one of the best technology inventions of the past decade.

Although costly, I do think the iPad reviews and extensive features support the price tag. The first place I look for a review of any electronics device is Amazon. It is not the only place I look for reviews, but it is where I can find reviews quickly and easily.  You can find out what “Star” rating a product has, how many people have reviewed it and you can read the reviews.

Lets face it, if a product has a 5 Star rating, but has only been reviewed by one customer, does it really have a 5 Star rating?  In my opinion, the more reviews, the more accurate the rating will be.

The Apple model with the best reviews is the new iPad 16GB, WiFi unit. The new iPad vs. the iPad 2 are upgrades to its Bluetooth technology, the Apple iOS 4 has been updated to the Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics and it features a more advanced camera with higher resolution and video recording capabilities. My husband’s iPad does not offer video recording at all.

Amazon customers really seem to love their iPads. They have given it 4.3 Stars. You will find 387 customer, to date, have reviewed the new iPad.

To look at all the new Apple iPad reviews from Amazon customers, CLICK HERE

I’m also going to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with 7 inch screen. The screen is small compared to the iPad, but the graphics are really nice, given its low price. The average price of the new iPad is about $520.00 and the Galaxy Tab 2 is around $250.

The Galaxy 2 has been reviewed by 499 Amazon customers and has received a 4.1 Star rating. That’s a good rating for a small internet tablet. I must admit there are some pretty big differences in the features of these 2 tablets and it isn’t just the price tag or the screen size.

Each works on entirely different operating systems. It is very difficult to compare the two. Both systems get good reviews, but it does seem Apple IOS products have very devoted customers, that usually don’t understand or appreciate the Galaxy Android operating system and “vice-verse”.

The iPad has a better camera and twice the internal memory. I know what you are going to say: “I am comparing apples to oranges”, but remember the price difference.  I must also mention the iPad battery is huge compared to the Galaxy 2..

To check out the Amazon reviews, CLICK HERE.

OK, now its time to add internet tablet to the Best Christmas Gifts list for my husband, Mike. The only decision now is how much money do I want to spend. Will I buy the new iPad or the smaller Galaxy Tab 2 and save about $300.

Tough decision, but I have time. One thing I know is if I select the more affordable internet tablet, there will be money left over to buy Mike another Holiday Gift.

 

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