There are plenty of choices for buyers of tablet computers with screens measuring about 10 inches diagonally. Here’s a look at how the iPad and other tablets of similar size compare:
Apple Inc.’s iPad:
_ Price: Starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes of storage, goes up to $699 for 64 gigabytes, more for versions with cellular data access. (Apple still sells the older, iPad 2 for $399.)
_ Screen size: 9.7 inches diagonally
_ Screen resolution: 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, at 264 pixels per inch.
_ 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, and the base 16 gigabytes doesn’t go far.
Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook HD+
_ Price: $269 for 16 gigabytes of storage; $299 for 32 GB
_ Screen size: 9 inches diagonally
_ Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,280 pixels, at 256 pixels per inch