NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This year, tablet computers running Google's (GOOG) Android operating system come in more sizes and styles than ever before. They range from just a little bit larger than many modern-day smartphones to something that's large enough to replace your laptop.
We've research our files and reviewed all or our notes to come up with out top five choices of the best Android tablets to consider as presents to give or receive this holiday season.
5 - Amazon Fire HD 6
Choosing any of Amazon's (AMZN) terrific line of tablets is always a wise decision especially if you're entrenched in the company's ecosystem of offerings such as Kindle books and Amazon music and video online shopping malls. The devices are all feature rich and well priced. But, this holiday season we're highlighting the smallest and least-expensive of the bunch: the new Fire HD 6.
Do not be fooled by the diminutive size or selling price -- this is a terrific little Android-based tablet worthy of your consideration. It's (probably) bigger than your smartphone and somewhat heavier (10.1 ounces) too, but it's well suited to smaller hands. The 6-inch display offers a full (1280 by 800 pixels) HD experience. Inside, there's a quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a front-facing 2.0 MP camera. It runs Amazon's special version of Android 4.4 KitKat and comes loaded with enough software to keep children of all ages occupied for hours on end.
The HD 6 with 8 GB of storage sells for $99, while the 16GB model costs another $20.