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Comparing the top 4 tablets

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  • The Kindle Fire

    The Kindle Fire

  • Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet

    Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet

  • A new Apple iPad is on display during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster p...

    A new Apple iPad is on display during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

  • A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 is displayed at the showroom of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Samsung Electroni...

    A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 is displayed at the showroom of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Samsung Electronics Co. is free to sell its Galaxy tablet computers in Australia after the country's highest court dismissed rival Apple's appeal in its global patent battle. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

  • An Associated Press reporter holds up the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen ...

    An Associated Press reporter holds up the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. (AP Photo/Jeff†Chiu)

Apple iPad
Price: Starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes of storage, goes up to $699 for 64 gigabytes, more for versions with cellular data access.
Screen size: 9.7 inches diagonally
Screen resolution: 2048 by 1536 pixels
Weight: 1.44 pounds
Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
Battery life: 10 hours.
Pros: Unmatched access to third-party applications, high-quality Apple software and the iTunes store. Unique high-resolution screen. Widest range of cases and accessories available. Available with access to fast "4G" wireless broadband networks.
Cons: Available in only one screen size. Relatively expensive. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Price: $199 for 6 gigabytes of storage
Screen size: 7 inches diagonally
Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Cameras: none
Battery life: 8 hours.
Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store.
Cons: No-frills tablet lacks camera and microphone. Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. Available in only one screen size. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for wireless broadband.
Samsung Galaxy 10.1
Price: $399 for 16 gigabytes of storage
Screen size: 10.1 inches diagonally (other sizes available)
Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
Weight: 1.24 pounds
Cameras: 2-megapixel front, 3-megapixel back.
Battery life: 9 hours.
Pros: Lighter, thinner and cheaper than iPad. Longer, narrower screen better suited to movies. Available with wireless broadband access. Storage is expandable with SD memory cards. Loads memory cards from cameras, without accessories.
Cons: Selection of third-party applications not as good as iPad's, but wider than Kindle's. Screen resolution lower than iPad's.
Barnes & Noble Nook
Price: $199 for 8 gigabytes of storage, $249 for 16 gigabytes
Screen size: 7 inches diagonally (other sizes available)
Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Cameras: None.
Battery life: 11.5 hours.
Pros: Cheap and portable. Storage is expandable with microSD memory cards. Easy access to Barnes & Noble book store.
Cons: Selection of third-party applications is small. Barnes & Noble lacks wide range of content.



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