- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Google Inc. said Wednesday that it will sell its own tablet computer, the Nexus 7, based on its Android operating system.

Google is the latest challenger to Apple, maker of the popular iPad. The new tablet will also compete directly with Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire.

Here’s a look at the key differences between the new device, the Kindle Fire, the iPad and other leading competitors. The Nexus 7 will be available next month and the Surface this fall. The others are already available.

Google Inc.’s Nexus 7

_ Price: $199 for 8 gigabytes of storage, $249 for 16 GB.

_ Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

_ Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels

_ Weight: 0.75 pounds

_ Cameras: Front-facing, 1.2 megapixel camera

_ Battery life: 9.5 hours

_ Operating system: Google’s Android

Pros: Access to a variety of games, utilities and other software for Android devices, though not as extensive as apps available for iPad. More features than Kindle Fire at same price.

Cons: Integrates with Google Play store, which is still new and isn’t as robust as Apple or Amazon’s stores. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for cellular wireless broadband.

Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire:

_ Price: $199 for 6 gigabytes of storage

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