_ Weight: 1.44 pounds
_ Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing
_ Battery life: 10 hours.
_ Operating system: Apple’s iOS
Pros: Unmatched access to third-party applications, high-quality Apple software and the iTunes store. Widest range of cases and accessories available. Available with access to fast 4G wireless broadband networks, starting at $629.
Cons: Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.
Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9” (available Nov. 20):
_ Price: $299 for 16 gigabytes of storage, $369 for 32 GB.
_ Screen size: 8.9 inches diagonally
_ Screen resolution: 1920 by 1200 pixels, at 254 pixels per inch.
_ Weight: 1.25 pounds.
_ Cameras: Front-facing camera.
_ Battery life: Undisclosed.
_ Operating system: Modified version of Google’s Android
Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store. Dolby audio. Available with access to fast 4G wireless broadband networks, for $499.