What Tablet is Best for Watching Movies?

At LockerGnome.net, NightviperMT writes:

Hey, Chris!

This is Chris. I’m from Malta and a big fan. In two weeks’ time I’ll be traveling to London for some shopping, and I was thinking of buying a new tablet while I’m there. My main use for the tablet is watching movies, so I need a tablet that has good codecs to play various types of movies. I don’t have a spending budget, but I would like your help and opinion on what tablet is best for watching movies. Thanks!

Nexus 10Thank you for this question. Tablets are a great option for watching movies and videos, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road. The iPad has gotten me through several long flights, and it’s hard to imagine traveling without some screen in front of me despite this luxury being relatively new.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a quality device. You can get by with something as inexpensive as a Kindle Fire or Nexus 7. Between these two, I’d go with the Nexus 7 unless the majority of your content is in the Amazon ecosystem. These devices are small enough to travel well and powerful enough to deliver an excellent viewing experience without paying an arm and a leg to do so.

If you have a bit more cash to spend, the iPad mini is also a great option. You get the advantage of a much larger library of apps made especially for the tablet form factor.

The disadvantages with these budget options may be the screen size. At 7 inches, they’re not the largest or brightest screens out there. It’s great for up close and personal viewing, but sometimes you want something a bit larger.

If a larger screen is what you’re searching for, then the Nexus 10 might be exactly what you seek. Whether or not it’s available in your area is up for discovery, but the tablet itself is really quite good for the amount you spend on it. Being directly supported by Google puts it at an advantage over many of the other 10″ tablets on the market. As with any Android tablet, you can download codecs and additional media player apps to accommodate a variety of different media file formats.

The iPad 2 is priced fairly well compared to other high-end 10″ tablets and still provides plenty of punch. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an iOS app that doesn’t work well on the iPad 2.

Finding the right tablet for your needs is a personal quest. Your choice comes down to your tastes and what you really want to get out of your experience. Look for something that has the support and ecosystem in which you want to exist. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is an excellent choice for Amazon Prime customers just as Nexus devices are great for Android phone users and Apple’s iPad is perfect for someone who exists primarily in the Apple ecosystem.

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