Price: $199 (16GB) $249 (32GB)
Description: Amazon shocked Apple (and probably itself) when consumers started buying and using an enhanced ebook just like a real tablet. Turns out an ebook with a browser, WiFi and decent performance running casual games equals a decent tablet. At $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for 32GB, however, the latest 7-inch version of Kindle Fire HD competes directly with Google's Nexus 7, with unfortunate results. There is an 8.9-inch version, but with prices starting at $499 for 32GB, it's not nearly the bargain its younger siblings were.
Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer covering networking, security, virtualization, cloud computing, big data and IT innovation. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and other leading IT publications. View Full Bio