Music: Good news. Amazon's Cloud Player service, which costs $25 a year for storage of more than 250 songs, is available on both iOS and Android devices. But CNET's Donald Bell seems to prefer Apple's iTunes Share cloud-based service. Google also offers a cloud storage service. It doesn't match music the way iTunes Share and Amazon Cloud Player do, but it allows you to store all your music online and share it on any Android device for free. Video: Mixed news. Amazon's Instant video works on PCs, Macs, Roku streaming boxes, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and a variety of televisions, Blu-ray players, and other devices. There is an app for the iPad. But there is no such app for the Android tablets. And since the Nexus 7 doesn't support Adobe Flash out of the box, if you wanted to access your Amazon Instant video straight from the Amazon website, which uses Flash, you'll have to download and install Flash and then install a browser that supports Flash. (The mobile version of Chrome that comes pre-installed doesn't support Flash.) You can get some tips for adding Flash to a Nexus 7 here.
My CNET Reviews colleagues Scott Stein and Donald Bell have written extensively about the different music and video services available, So if you want more information comparing the pros and cons of each service, be sure to check out their stories, So what's this mean for you?, Here's the bottom line: If you've already invested a lot in Apple's ecosystem whether it be movies, apps or music, then you might want to pony up the extra money for the two iPad Minis, But if price is truly your top concern, which is completely understandable in this economy, I'd choose one of the other two tablets, Your kids will still be able to play some games, watch movies, read books, listen to rabbits run iphone case music and surf the Web, with either the Kindle Fire HD or the Nexus 7..
At this particular moment in time, I think the Kindle Fire HD is the device for you. Priced at $199 for 16GB of storage, it's $129 less than the iPad Mini. And if you really want to be a cheapskate you can get last year's model for $159. That's less than half the price of one iPad Mini. As I mentioned earlier, a benefit of the Kindle Fire is that you won't be locked into the Kindle Fire when it comes to content. You'll likely be able to share your Amazon movies, music and books across other platforms that you also own. This means that movies you've downloaded for your kids to watch on their Kindle Fires, can also be accessed on Dad's iPad.
The Nexus 7 is also a great device, I love this little tablet, My husband owns one, But right now, Google is offering the 8GB version for $200 and the 16GB version is $249, This means when you look at the apples-to apples comparison on memory, the Nexus 7 is $50 more expensive than the new Kindle Fire HD, That said, Google is hosting an Android event on Monday where it's expected to announce a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet, so there is a chance that the company will replace the 8GB version with the 16GB and price that model at $200, which will make it comparable in price to the Kindle Fire HD, rabbits run iphone case But even at $249, the Nexus 7 is still $80 cheaper than the iPad Mini for the same amount of storage, But keep in mind, because there is no cross-platform sharing between iOS and Android, you won't be able to share music or videos..
I hope this advice was helpful. Please check out more of CNET's coverage on these products to get even more in depth information. And good luck. Help! I scratched my iPhone 5. Dear Maggie, I recently purchased my new iPhone 5. I dropped it today and found a moderately deep scratch on the front glass. It is not over the screen, it is near the home button. Even though it isn't over the display, I still am finding it to be very annoying. I would like to know if there are any screen protectors or solutions that will do the trick. I have only had the phone for three or four weeks now, and I can't believe I already have a scratch! I will have this device for 23 more months! I am hoping you are able to help me.