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HOUSTON -- The National Retail Federation says moms are moving into the 21st century, and tablets and other electronics will be among the most popular Mother s Day gifts this year.

Just in time, Barnes & Nobile and Amazon have launched Mother s Day deals on their popular line of tablets.

The 7-inch Nook HD is selling for $150 instead of $200, or you can get the larger 9-inch version for $180. This is a savings of 30 percent.

Amazon responded with a deal of its own: $20 of its Kindle Fire tablets. Pricing on those start at $160 dollars, but the newer HD version with a better display similar to the Nook HD s will cost you $180.

So which should you buy for mom?

If she likes watching movies and looking at photos, go with the Nook HD. It has better picture quality.

If she likes downloading and toying around with new apps, go with the Kindle Fire, since its app store is about ten times larger and has a lot of Android apps.

Warning: if mom says she wants an iPad, spend the extra money (maybe wait until her birthday or Christmas?) and get her the iPad. If she has her heart set on an iPad, she probably won t be happy with anything else, even though the Nook and Kindle are very good products.

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