Sure, the iPad 2 is still the slam-dunk tablet of choice, but it's also $500. For a cheaper yet versatile gift, the latest color e-readers from Barnes & Noble and Amazon offer great value for their price. The $199 Kindle Fire has bonus content for Amazon Prime subscribers, as well as Amazon's Cloud music and video store services and plenty of apps. The Nook Tablet, at $249, lacks the Fire's music and video stores, but it still has streaming services like Netflix and Pandora and twice the storage. Read our reviews, and decide for yourself.
Read our review of the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Read our review of the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.