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_ 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.

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