questionswhat is the best android tab this holiday?

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What're you looking for?
That's the most important start. I just spent months researching my decision (just bought my Acer A500 last week).
My deciding factors were:
> USB port
> HDMI out
> SDHC card expandability (Toshiba Thrive has full size SDHC support, most others use micro SDHC)
> Current OS & forecast for ICS 4.0? (Some decent tabs still run 2.3 and may never get upgraded).
> Can you live with a cheaper screen or do you have a nice phone you're used to? (the cheaper capacitive and definitely resistive screens will leave you less satisfied if you're used to a decent phone experience)
> Do you plan on rooting or do you want to leave it OEM for simplicity?
> Android Market (sounds funny, but many economy tabs do not have straightforward market access, such as Archos)
> Honest hands on feeling. Go to Best Buy, spend time with each tablet, they carry the main brands. If there's a Fry's go there, they also have the economy one's on display.
> New or refurb?

Lots of options :)

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Oh, and 2 good reasons to look hands on at a store.
> Each manufacturer skins Android to their taste, so even though the mainstream tabs all are running Honeycomb 3.0+, each can look and feel different depending on device manufacturer.
> Each case/size feels different. They may all be 10" tabs that weigh within a few grams of each other, but each can feel different in your hands due to materials or design.

After all was said and done, I preferred the Acer A500, but the Toshiba Thrive was a close #2. I have little desire to buy a dock for it to make it a laptop, and I wanted ports to plug things into it, also wanted something that should be updated to the next level of Android.

And I couldn't use enough self control to wait a few months for the next generation of quad core's to hit the market :)

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The best deal (or will be soon) is the Asus eee pad Transformer. When the Prime comes out, it should knock the price on this quality tablet down even further.

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All I can say is don't get the gTablet.

It's prone to breaking, and there is no warranty.
(Well, there is technically a warranty, they'll just make you pay $200 to repair whatever minor problem there is. IF you can get ahold of them that is.)

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There is no 'best' Android tablet, it really depends on what a person's requirements are and naturally those things will vary from person to person

http://www.downloadfrostwire.org/

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What is best depends on your needs and what you like.
I use the 7" Google Nexus 7 because it is pretty amazing for what it can do and how well it does it. Plus I like being 'pure' Android so that I don't have to mess with upgrades and fixes. Google automatically takes care of all that for free. The 16 gig unit is now $200 and the 32 gig unit is $249.
Downsides is limited USB and also no HDMI output.
But as I said, for my needs and those of most of my family members, Nexus7 fills the bill nicely.