Ask Andy: Top tablet computers

(WMC-TV) - Consumer Reports recently ran the hottest tablet computers through its rigors.

Barnes & Nobles is know for its e-readers, but the Nook Tablet is the bookseller's first foray into the world of tables.  Amazon, which also has a successful line of e-readers, also recently released the Kindle Fire to much fanfare.

The iPad still the tablet to beat, dominating sales with more than two-thirds of the market.

Consumer Reports tested the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, along with more than 20 others.

"The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are much lower priced than the iPad, but they're also more limited in what they can do," said Paul Reynolds with Consumer Reports.  "And the screens are about three inches smaller."

Consumer Reports' tests show both tablets do have very good screen quality, and they do make it easy to get to a web browser, e-mail and other content.

The $250 Nook Tablet offers access to the Barnes & Noble store.  It also has 16 gigabytes of capacity and a memory card slot.

The $200 Kindle Fire has only eight gigabytes of storage, but you can upload your content to the Amazon Cloud service for streaming to the device, making storage less of an issue.

The Kindle Fire also offers access to all of your Amazon content.

"Up until now, lower-priced tablet computers have been pretty unimpressive in our tests," said Reynolds.  "These are the first models to give the iPad some serious competition."

According to Consumer Reports, the iPad is still the best option for those looking for the full tablet experience.  It is a bit more pricey, starting at $500, but the big screen is great for movies and games.  It also has a camera.

The 32 gigabyte iPad with wi-fi and 3G is Consumer Reports' top-rated tablet.

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