There seems little doubt that the Kindle Fire will prove one of the holiday season’s biggest hits. At $200, the budget tablet will no doubt prove too good a deal to pass up for many consumers not ready to make the price commitment to the industry-leading iPad or a top-tier Android tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Of course, the Fire wasn’t the only budget Android tablet to launch this week — heck, it wasn’t even the only budget Android tablet launched by an e-reader producer. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tabletalso, conveniently, hit stores earlier this week. The company took what it got right with the Nook Color, souped it up a bit internally and wound up with a solid competitor to the Fire.
So, which of these products should budget-friendly gadget shoppers pick up this holiday season? We take a look at their hits and misses after the break.