iPad mini, Surface, Kindle Fire: Which one really belongs on your holiday list?

Yes, the holidays are almost here, and anyone looking to buy a tablet will be faced with a dizzying array of options. File this one under first-world problems, but we’re here to help.

Andru Edwards in the KIRO-FM studios. (Erynn Rose photo)

Our guest on the GeekWire radio show this week is Andru Edwards of GearLive.com and the Ask Andru tech advice column here on GeekWire.

He gives us a great rundown of his advice and tips on the iPad mini vs. the regular iPad, the Kindle Fire HD and yes, even the Microsoft Surface, which I’ve been having my own experience with over the past few weeks.

My colleague John Cook serves as a proxy for many others out there as he weighs whether to buy an iPad mini for his family, and by the end of the show it seemed as if Andru had almost convinced John to do it, with his only reservation being the higher price tag ($329 compared with the $199, 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.)

We focus in particular on the screens of these devices, and what you’re going to get in terms of size and display resolution.

But it’s not just tablets: We also get Andru’s thoughts on the new iPod touch and the Kindle Paperwhite, which is my personal favorite gadget this holiday season.

In the final segment of the show, we also talk about the upcoming Seattle Mind Camp 8 event, Dec. 15 and 16 at The Hub in Seattle. Andru has been organizing this event for years, and it’s great to see it still going strong. Use the promotional code geekwire for a special discount for GeekWire readers and listeners.

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Listen to the show in the audio player above or via this MP3 file.

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  • random citizen

    please never interview this macfag again. dude was totally high!

    • Guest

      Todd, John, this is not the sort of post I expect to linger in GW. Please nuke from orbit

  • http://twitter.com/zampano06 Mr. Dwyer

    I might be biased as a former BN employee, but why no Nook HD? I’ve played around with one, and I think BN really stepped it up.

    • http://twitter.com/BrokerChange Ayman Al-Abdullah

      Probably due to ecosystem transferability.

      Most people own apps, books, and movies on other devices and now feel tied to thief current ecosystem, even if a better product comes along.

  • a pissed guy

    only if Andrew was little less biased.

  • Guest

    And you left out the Nexus 7 and 10 because … !?

  • http://www.facebook.com/blair.slavin Blair Slavin

    In the podcast it was stated there was a Kindle extension for the browser to send articles directly to the kindle when you are too busy to read from your browser. I dont see a link for this in the notes or even on the Amazon site. Was this a wrong comment or perhaps it is in beta and not available to the public.