By James Paladino (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Dec 11, 2012 06:45 PM EST

The Nexus 7 is positioned as a quality tablet for the "thriftier buyer" (Photo : Google)

The Google Nexus 7 has won praise from critics and consumers alike for its bargain price and impressive computing power. The holiday season is nearing its end, but a few weeks still remain for gift givers to nab the latest and greatest tablet for their family and friends. With the Kindle Fire HD and iPad mini heating up the market, which device should you purchase? Let's check out what our fellow techies on the net have to say.

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Critics

CNET

"The Nexus 7 represents the best that Android has to offer at a very attractive price. The iPad Mini is more expensive, but offers a larger if lower-resolution screen, better apps support, faster performance, and longer battery life. Both are excellent tablets. The iPad is overall the better performer, but the Nexus 7 edges past it in value. And given that it's a better value, the Nexus 7 wins the crown as the current best small tablet."

The Verge

"All of this is to say that if you're thinking about buying a tablet, you're still probably best off with an iPad. But if you're sold on a Nexus 7, I can't think of a good reason not to buy it with mobile data. I recommend buying the cellular version of any tablet, actually, but it's an even easier sell on this device."

TechRadar

"Like a bucket of water being used to douse the Kindle's flames, Google appears poised to reclaim any tablet ground lost since the introduction of Amazon's forked version of Android. It may not tread a lot of new ground, but the Nexus 7 is a solid performer and easily the best tablet around for the thriftier buyer."

Engadget

"So, while we tend to prefer larger tablets that better differentiate themselves from phones, if you've been toying with the idea of getting a real Android slate but didn't want to spend big bucks for a big device, this is what you've been waiting for. This is the best Android tablet for less than $200 and the best budget 7-inch tablet on the market."

Wired

"The Google Nexus 7 makes a good place for itself in the increasingly crowded seven-inch tablet market. With pressure from not just the usuals (Apple) but also hyped-up ebooks like the Kindle and Nook, it delivers a high-quality spec with the very latest version of Android (and the full, untempered joy of Google Play) at an attractive price."

Consumers (Amazon Reviewers)

A. Dent "Aragorn," who claims to have experience with both the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, states: "I am fully aware that when it comes to 'tablets' the technology changes fast and I have little doubt that it will be surpassed by many newer models but, at the time I'm writing this, I have a personal preference for the Nexus 7 even though I enjoy using the Fire HD and they are nearly on par when it comes to 'media consumption' activities with the Fire HD clearly in the lead when the content's is Amazon."

Publicagent says, "With a great calendar, email and web browser, and useable GPS, the device is a hit."

Yu-jin Chia labels the Nexus 7 as "one of the best 7" tablets on the market. It's comparable or better to any other tablet in features and capability, save that some have a micro-SD slot and this doesn't (why?!) If you don't have a 7" tablet and are looking for one, this is an excellent choice."

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