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[December 15, 2013]

Take the tablets ; Consumer [Ulster Region] [People, The (England)]

(People, The (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NOOK HD, rrp Pounds 99 THEY SAY: The Nook HD Tablet from Barnes & Noble has a brilliant HD display with access to a huge range of films, books and TV shows. A lightning-fast processor keeps everything responsive, while the streamlined design makes it a joy to read on for hours.

WE SAY: A lot of preloaded items will suit some people but annoy others. A great tablet for reading. Operating system wasn't particularly easy to use at first. No cameras. BEST PRICE: Pounds 79, Argos.

FOR many families the one present everyone is talking about this year is a tablet. Sales of the handheld computers are going through the roof.

PC World and Currys estimate they will have sold one million tablets by Christmas Day alone. But now the iPad is not the only one on the market and there are a few to choose from. So which one do you go for? We've tested a wide range of them and here is is our verdict...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, rrp Pounds 139 THEY SAY: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is slim and with a new thinner bezel. It offers a comfortable grip that makes it easy to use on the go. Although light it offers powerful performance thanks to a dual- core processor. Two cameras. Lots of apps from Samsung and Google plus free 50GB Dropbox storage.

WE SAY: Really nice to hold and very user friendly. It's simple to set up, easy to load and navigate. Great cameras front and rear.

BEST PRICE: Pounds 117, Asda.

Medion Lifetab E7316, ALDI, rrp Pounds 79.99 THEY SAY: Razor sharp multitouch display for a fantastic multimedia experience. High performance quad-core processor for smooth-running apps. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for improved performance. Over a one million apps and games available via Google Play. Two cameras - 0.3MP front webcam with integrated microphone and a 2.0MP camera on the rear Fast wireless. WE SAY: Amazingly good value. Browsing speeds are good. The images are clear. The front and rear cameras are useful.

BEST PRICE: Pounds 79.99, Aldi.

HP Slate 7, rrp Pounds 109.99 THEY SAY: Light and easy to use, the Slate 7 is a great for browsing the web, using social media, watching films or playing games. Shoot and share with front and rear cameras. Listen to tunes with built-in Beats Audio stereo speakers. You can print to an HP printer over wi-fi. With a low-energy, high-performance processor and a powerful battery you can do lots without running out of juice.

WE SAY: Feels comfortable to hold and well built. Really easy to set up. The screen offers a high-quality picture. It is speedy and responsive. Good quality front and back cameras. BEST PRICE: Pounds 99.99,

Archos 7Ob Titanium, rrp Pounds 129 THEY SAY: ARCHOS 70b Titanium is stylish, thin and light. The 1280x800 resolution gives you detailed pictures and videos. With the front camera you can use your Archos for video calling. You can plug it into your HDTV too and see the complete Android interface on your telly. Great for watching videos or sharing that gaming session on a big screen. WE SAY: The titanium case looks nice but feels slippery. It's quick to load.

Lots of apps preloaded.

Good speed for gaming and browsing. No rear camera. BEST PRICE: Pounds 102.72, www.stuffuk.


Wikipad, rrp Pounds 249.99 THEY SAY: A powerful 7inch pad with a detachable gaming controller designed for people who want a premium Android tablet combined with an advanced gaming experience. It comes with three preloaded games but more are available. Detach the controller and the Wikipad is a tablet with front camera, HD display, 16GB memory (expandable via the SD slot). It can be connected to the TV via an HDMI port or Google Chromecast.

WE SAY: Nice to hold. Easy to set up. Screen graphics are great and the gaming speed is very impressive. Gaming attachment is really good. BEST PRICE: Pounds 249.99, Smyths Toys, Dobbies.

OTHERS AVAILABLE: Apple IPad Mini, Argos MyTablet. Thanks to tester Steve Johns. All prices correct at time of going to press.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX, rrp Pounds 199 THEY SAY: The new Kindle Fire HDX has a stunning display and extra memory for ultrafast web browsing, as well as all the exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0. Tap the Mayday button in Quick Settings and an Amazon expert will appear to pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something. WE SAY: Easy to set up and very easy to use. The Mayday help is fantastic. Fast browsing and superclear images. As good to surf the internet as it is to read on.

BEST PRICE: Pounds 199,

Tesco Hudl, rrp Pounds 119 THEY SAY: Hudl packs all your entertainment into one sleek, easy to use Android tablet. Surfing the web is a breeze, films come alive in crystal-clear HD. You can easily read books, stream movies and music on blinkbox and shoot photos and video. Easy access to Google Apps.

WE SAY: Feels good and looks good too. Easy to set up with good, clear instructions. Back and front camera is useful. Good browsing speed. Liked the fact it came preloaded with blinkbox.

BEST PRICE: Pounds 119, Tesco.

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