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Summer is the most popular time for travel between family gatherings, business travel, graduations, and holiday vacations, and the growing market of electronic devices has made it easier for travelers to stay connected to work, family, and friends. Tablets have quickly risen to the top of everyone’s wish lists as they possess WiFi and Cellular connectivity, expansive app availability, and a smaller, more travel-friendly size compared to a laptop. But with all of the different tablets currently available on the market, each offering unique capabilities – which tablet is right for you?

Because tablets are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ item we put together the top three tablets for your summer travel based on your personal needs and preferences.

Business Travel

If you will be travelling for work this summer, we recommend the iPad 4th Generation with LTE wireless. This tablet is the most popular in the market, featuring a large and beautiful screen, retina display, thousands of Apps, and connectivity at the fastest speeds. You will have access to all of your work documents as well as high-quality, fast performance so you can stay connected to the office at the airport, in the air, at the hotel, or during meetings.

ipad 4g

Family Travel

For the families embarking on a summer vacation, we recommend either an iPad Mini or a Nexus 7 tablet, depending on your current Smartphone operating system—if you have an iPhone, the iPad Mini will be intuitive, easy to navigate, and will use the same apps as your iPhone (including ones you may have already paid for). If you have an Android Smartphone, the same reasons favor the Nexus 7.  We feel these smaller 7 inch Tablets are perfect for travel due to their lighter weight, long battery life, and the full functions of a larger tablet. Mom or Dad can check on things at home with WiFi, lookup maps and travel guides, and use email functionality, or the kids can stay occupied while watching a movie or playing a game.

ipad mini and nexus

Leisure Travel

If the sole purpose of your summer travel is to relax, then the Kindle Fire HD is the perfect tablet. At a low cost ($199) Amazon’s tablet features HD display, WiFi capabilities, and access to Amazon’s extensive online commerce system. There are tons of e-books, videos, and e-magazines available as well as all the mainstream Apps to download. Whether you’re lounging poolside or visiting family, the Kindle Fire HD will be a great addition to your suitcase.

kindle hd


Are you shopping for a tablet this summer? Which one are you planning on buying and why? Let us know in the comments section!


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