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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.

Google Inc.’s Nexus 10

_ Price: $399 for 16 gigabytes of storage, $499 for 32 GB

_ Screen size: 10.1 inches diagonally

_ Screen resolution: 2560 by 1600 pixels, at 300 pixels per inch.

_ Weight: 1.33 pounds.

_ Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing

_ Battery life: 9 hours for video playback, 7 hours for Web browsing.

_ 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. Longer, narrower screen better suited to movies. Cheaper than newest full-size iPad.

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