Kindle Fire HD
If a 7-inch tablet tops your techie's wish list this season, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD may be the way to go, touting specs that give Apple's iPad mini a run for its money and costing nearly $130 less.
The Kindle Fire HD comes equipped with a 1,280-by-800 HD display, dual-driver stereo speakers and dual-antenna Wi-Fi that, according to Amazon, lets it download content 40 percent faster than the third-generation iPad. Plus, it comes with a free month of Amazon Prime, which lets users stream unlimited movies and TV shows and borrow books from the Kindle library.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD comes in a 16-GB model for $199 and a 32-GB model for $249.