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Skip buying the Nintendo 3DS or the PS Vita and get a tablet instead

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Most gamers did not receive a PS4, an Xbox One, a Nintendo 3DS or a PS Vita as a Christmas gift. A person who wants to correct this error can buy her own portable gaming system. Most people who take this route would choose from one of the dedicated portable gaming consoles, but a wiser consumer would choose an Android tablet. A 7-inch tablet is the ideal portable gaming platform.

Android tablets are not designed to play Nintendo DS or PS Vita games, but emulators allow the owner to get around this problem. The Google Play app contains emulators for most newer portable gaming devices and all of the older cartridge systems. These emulators expand the tablet gamer's library. Mobile device owners can also choose from a wide range of titles designed specifically for Android or the iOS. Grand Theft Auto, The Bard's Tale, and several Final Fantasy titles can be found in the respective app stores.

Android tablets and their competitors share another advantage over the portable systems. An owner can use them for other forms of entertainment, to surf the web, or to keep track of information while they are on the go. She can even attach a keyboard to the tablet to work on documents, spreadsheets or presentations.


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