Revamped Kindle Fire is first sub-$200 tablet recommended by Consumer Reports

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The best sub-$200 tablet we've ever tested and a multitasking,stylus-based Samsung model are among the new entries in our latestRatings of 55 tablets.

Amazon's second-generation Kindle Fire scored as well in our tests asits predecessor, and it also has longer battery life.

But what really makes it stand out is its price tag. At $159, plus $10 extra for the charger (an extra we recommend), it's the least-expensive tablet we've ever recommended.

 

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Our full tests of the Fire's upscale new sibling, the Kindle Fire HD also confirm our first impression that it's among the best 7-inchtablets on the market. Among other distinctions, the Fire HD has thelongest battery life of those we tested in that category. It costs$209, including the extra-cost charger.


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One of the limitations of tablets has been their inability tomultitask. But Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 addresses that shortcoming,letting you have two active windows open at the same time. The GalaxyNote also includes a stylus, and some innovative apps that takeadvantage of it. The Galaxy Note nearly matched the iPad overall, andhad very long battery life.

(See also: 5 reasons to skip layaway)

 



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