Tablet shopping: Finding the right tablet

A year ago, the iPad was more or less the entire tablet market, and one size had to fit all. Now, Android tablets of all sizes, specialties and price points have emerged. Whether you're shopping for Auntie Erma who loves to read or even for yourself, this handy flowchart can help you get it right.

Should the pick for vice president be:

Do you want a...

Is it most important
for the pick to come from a
battleground state?

Is it better that they are a:

Should it be someone with
Washington experience?

Mitch Daniels

Governor, Indiana

He has a national reputation for speaking uncomfortable truths on debt and spending issues. He could have been a presidential campaign favorite but decided not to run.

Bob McDonnell

Governor, Virginia

A popular governor from an important new battleground, his gubernatorial message on jobs and the economy could help win in toss-up states.

Rob Portman

U.S. Senator, Ohio

A safe pick who helped lead Romney's Ohio primary victory. He is an expert on budget matters but was part of the Bush administration, which ballooned national debt.

Should the pick be:

John Thune

U.S. Senator, South Dakota

He is good-looking and has an almost impeccable conservative reputation, but he may not be enthusiastic about taking on the vice presidency.

Tim Pawlenty

Former Governor, Minnesota

Very loyal but lacks charisma. He would be a safe pick but may not generate excitement for Romney among the GOP base or with independents.

Is it most important
for the pick to . . .

Jeb Bush

Ex-governer, Florida

Very popular and conservative Indian-American governor viewed as a potential presidential candidate in the future.

Should the pick be:

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Very popular and conservative Indian-American governor viewed as a potential presidential candidate in the future.

Susana Martinez

Governor, New Mexico

The first Hispanic female governor in the country, Martinez has issued a firm denial of any interest in being vice president. She is the guardian of a developmentally disabled sister and says it would be "devastating" to separate her from the rest of their family.

Need a sketch pad?

HTC Flyer/EVO View $299/$399.99

The Flyer, a k a the 4G EVO View on Sprint, is notable for its stylus integration. The Flyer's pen lets you highlight, annotate and draw -- perfect for those who love scribbling in the margins.

How about a camera?

HTC Jetstream $649.99

AT&T's snappy 4G Jetstream uses the same stylus as the HTC Flyer but with much more integration. While a little on the heavy side, it has great cameras, solid battery life and a quality build.

Apple's new iPad $499

The iPad is still a well-designed, easy-to-use beauty. With an incredibly intuitive interface, fine app store and integration with your other Apple devices, it's great for just about anyone.

Apple's new iPad $499

The iPad is still a well-designed, easy-to-use beauty. With an incredibly intuitive interface, fine app store and integration with your other Apple devices, it's great for just about anyone.

Samsung Galaxy $499.99/$529.99

With a great screen and very little bulk, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the best Android tablets out there and a great alternative to the new iPad. Verizon also offers a more pricey 4G version.

Nook Tablet $249

The Nook Tablet is a souped-up e-reader aimed at the bookworm who wants to go digital. It's perfect for those who want a little e-mail and multimedia with their favorite books and periodicals.

HTC Jetstream $649.99

AT&T's snappy 4G Jetstream uses the same stylus as the HTC Flyer but with much more integration. While a little on the heavy side, it has great cameras, solid battery life and a quality build.

Amazon Kindle Fire $199

Not much to look at, but access to Amazon's multimedia ecosystem is a clear advantage.

Road trip?

Apple's new iPad $499

The iPad is still a well-designed, easy-to-use beauty. With an incredibly intuitive interface, fine app store and integration with your other Apple devices, it's great for just about anyone.

Amazon Kindle Fire $199

Not much to look at, but access to Amazon's multimedia ecosystem is a clear advantage.

Bad penmanship?

Chromebook $299

This isn't a tablet, but bear with me: Chromebook is ideal for that extra work from home -- particularly to create documents or presentations; 3G connectivity aims to ensure you're never in the dark for long.

Mr. Impatient?

HTC Jetstream $649.99

AT&T's snappy 4G Jetstream uses the same stylus as the HTC Flyer but with much more integration. While a little on the heavy side, it has great cameras, solid battery life and a quality build.

HTC Flyer/EVO View $299/$399.99

The Flyer, a k a the 4G EVO View on Sprint, is notable for its stylus integration. The Flyer's pen lets you highlight, annotate and draw -- perfect for those who love scribbling in the margins.

Alpha?

... or a bottle of scotch

HTC Jetstream $649.99

AT&T's snappy 4G Jetstream uses the same stylus as the HTC Flyer but with much more integration. While a little on the heavy side, it has great cameras, solid battery life and a quality build.

Toshiba Thrive $379.99

The Thrive may not be sleek, but it makes up for it with a full USB port, full HDMI port and full-sized SD card. With its intuitive filing system, it's perfect for people who are always working at home.

Wears especially fine suits?

Fan of Apple?

Apple's new iPad $499

The iPad is still a well-designed, easy-to-use beauty. With an incredibly intuitive interface, fine app store and integration with your other Apple devices, it's great for just about anyone.

Samsung Galaxy $499.99/$529.99

With a great screen and very little bulk, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the best Android tablets out there and a great alternative to the new iPad. Verizon also offers a more pricey 4G version.

Toshiba Thrive $379.99

The Thrive may not be sleek, but it makes up for it with a full USB port, full HDMI port and full-sized SD card. With its intuitive filing system, it's perfect for people who are always working at home.

Sony Tablet S $499.99

The gently sloping Tablet S has a form factor reminiscent of a folded magazine. The slight angle also makes it great for typing flat on a desk. Sadly, its software isn't as well designed.

Apple's new iPad $499

The iPad is still a well-designed, easy-to-use beauty. With an incredibly intuitive interface, fine app store and integration with your other Apple devices, it's great for just about anyone.

Of how long?

Tablet is a bit much, no?

Buy a gift card

T-Mobile SpringBoard $179.99

This snappy tablet packs a lot into its seven-inch screen and zips along at high 4G speeds. But before you fall in love with it, remember it comes with a two-year commitment, a long time in an emerging market.

Apple's new iPad $499

The iPad is still a well-designed, easy-to-use beauty. With an incredibly intuitive interface, fine app store and integration with your other Apple devices, it's great for just about anyone.

A sketcher?

HTC Jetstream $649.99

AT&T's snappy 4G Jetstream uses the same stylus as the HTC Flyer but with much more integration. While a little on the heavy side, it has great cameras, solid battery life and a quality build.

Chromebook $299

This isn't a tablet, but bear with me: Chromebook is ideal for that extra work from home -- particularly to create documents or presentations; 3G connectivity aims to ensure you're never in the dark for long.

The list of options

A look at Mitt Romney's possible choices for a vice presidential running mate. Read related article.

East

Battleground states are labeled orange

Chris Christie

Endorsed Romney

Governer, New Jersey

His regular-guy manner makes him very popular. Despite his personality, it would still be tough for him to deliver a Democratic-leaning New Jersey.

South

Bobby Jindal

Governer, Louisiana

Very popular and conservative Indian-American governor viewed as a potential presidential candidate in the future.

Marco Rubio

U.S. Senator, Florida

Young, Hispanic and from a key swing state, Rubio is a favorite of the tea party, and could be a strong choice for the Romney presidential ticket.

Bob McDonnell

Governor, Virginia

A popular governor from an important new battleground, his gubernatorial message on jobs and the economy could help win in toss-up states.

Midwest

John Thune

U.S. Senator, South Dakota

He is good-looking and has an almost impeccable conservative reputation, but he may not be enthusiastic about taking on the vice presidency.

Tim Pawlenty

Former Governor, Minnesota

Very loyal but lacks charisma. He would be a safe pick but may not generate excitement for Romney among the GOP base or with independents.

Paul Ryan

U.S. Representative, Wisconsin

Although heavily courted to join the presidential contest, he turned it down. Beloved by the policy wonk side of the GOP, he may still not be interested in the race.

Mitch Daniels

Governor, Indiana

He has a national reputation for speaking uncomfortable truths on debt and spending issues. He could have been a presidential campaign favorite but decided not to run.

Rob Portman

U.S. Senator, Ohio

A safe pick who helped lead Romney's Ohio primary victory. He is an expert on budget matters but was part of the Bush administration, which ballooned national debt.

West

Susana Martinez

Governor, New Mexico

The first Hispanic female governor in the country, Martinez has issued a firm denial of any interest in being vice president. She is the guardian of a developmentally disabled sister and says it would be "devastating" to separate her from the rest of their family.

GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Hayley Tsukayama - The Washington Post. Published Dec. 23, 2011. Updated March 7, 2012.