If you want a low-cost, high-portability media tablet, there’s no reason at all to wait. Right now, you can buy three outstanding media tablets: the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7 or Barnes and Noble Nook HD for $199 with the slightly-large, 7.8-inch iPad Mini likely to launch in the next few weeks.
Since none of these companies refreshes their flagship products more than once a year, if you buy one now, you won’t see a new version come out until late 2013. Even at that time, they’ll be hard pressed to improve the high-res screens, speedy CPUs and long battery lives you get from these devices today. I also don’t expect prices for premium media tablets to drop much below the $199 mark, because the companies that sell them would be swallowing a huge loss.
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