The class of semi-portable, two-hands-required, touch-screen devices we generically refer to as “tablets” really contains two distinct species.
There are the 10-inch screens, where the $499-and-up iPad dominates and has reigned all tablets as best-in-class.
And then there is the insurgent class of 7-inch screens led by the Amazon Kindle Fire. Are they as good as the iPad? No. But they’re more than half as good for less than half the price — and so they offer a compelling value to the budget-conscious consumer.
Google's Nexus 7 tablet goes on sale this month.
In the next month or two, expect to see a new wave of impressive innovation in this smaller class of tablets.
Amazon is expected to debut the Kindle Fire 2 by August. Read more