Why I just dumped the iPad 3 (Hint: iPad mini!)

With only a few days of iPad mini use, I know it’s the right iPad for me. Sure, it lacks a Retina display, but the screen has a higher pixel density than the first few iPads. After two years of pining, this was worth the wait.

A stronger ecosystem, not a Nexus tablet, is what Google needs

Rumors of a $199 Google Nexus tablet are making the rounds, but even if true, such a device alone won’t solve the primary problem Android tablet owners face. Google has to do a better job at courting developers, supporting dev hardware and building out its ecosystem.

Even Apple thinks it’s time for an iPad mini

Apple is testing smaller screens for a new mini iPad model, according to The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. It’s about time a smaller iPad arrived for a number a reasons. And the idea that iOS won’t work on a 7- or 7.85-inch touchscreen is flawed.

Toshiba’s 7-inch Thrive on sale, but not at the right price

Toshiba’s 7-inch tablet is already available for purchase if you know where to look: One reseller is offering the smaller Thrive. But the $450 price has to include some large markup; here’s why I suspect Toshiba Thrive will see an official price of around $299.

Unboxing: Amazon Kindle Fire

The highly anticipated Amazon Kindle Fire arrived in our offices on Monday, and here we unbox it and take our first look. The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s first foray into tablets after proving it knows a thing or two about e-book readers.

Acer A100: Honeycomb may be better on 7-inch tablets

Acer’s new 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, the A100, launches today with a compelling $330 price tag. Helping to add appeal to the small slate is support for the compatibility zoom mode in Google Android 3.2 that better supports the many available smartphone apps on the small tablet.

Huawei enters 7-Inch tablet market with Android 3.2

Huawei, the top networking gear maker in China, continues its push into the consumer space with a new Android tablet. The dual-core MediaTab is a 7-inch slate was rumored to have a 1280 x 800 screen, just the right size for Honeycomb in a back pocket.