Getting Ready for Christmas....what tablet do I buy?

Hello All... I am a newby at tablets and have been contemplating buying one for the past 2 years but by the time I am ready, it seems there is a new one coming out and I convince myself its not worth the frustration and I am happy with lugging around with my laptop. But it is time now for me to make the leap and save the extra few lifting pounds for the gym. I want to know from experienced users which is better...NEWEST IPAD OR SAMSUNG TAB 2 10.1? I am also intrigued by the Kindle Fire HD...is it necessary to purchase both pad and Kindle...or will I just be doubling my bank account pain? Your responses are appreciated:)