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The best 7-inch tablets for gifting

Trying to decide on the best 7-inch tablet this holiday season? We round up our favorite little tablets.

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Eric Franklin led the CNET Tech team as Editorial Director. A 20-plus-year industry veteran, Eric began his tech journey testing computers in the CNET Labs. When not at work he can usually be found at the gym, chauffeuring his kids around town, or absorbing every motivational book he can get his hands on.
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Nexus 7

Trying to decide on the best 7-inch tablet this holiday season? Here, we round up our favorite little tablets.

The Nexus hits the near-perfect price-to-performance ratio with NFC, a front-facing camera, and one of the most comfortable designs of any tablet, all at a $199 price.
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Kindle Fire HD

Amazon's follow-up to the original Fire gets it right with a great-looking screen, incredible-sounding speakers, and Amazon's huge treasure trove of books, video, and music. Paying $199 for something rarely feels this satisfying.
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Kindle Fire (2012)

The original Kindle Fire gets a processor speed upgrade, its RAM doubled, and includes Amazon's new Kindle Fire interface. At $159, it's difficult not to include this on any and all gift lists.
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Apple iPad Mini

The iPad Mini's light, thin design and extra screen real estate compared to other 7-inch tablets is both a blessing and a screen-resolution curse. Still, it's the cheapest way to get the iPad experience.
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Barnes & Noble Nook HD

The Nook HD delivers the best-looking movies and books of any 7-inch tablet thanks to its sharp 1,440x900 resolution screen. We're just hoping its selection of apps, movies, and TV shows increases over the next few months.

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