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_ 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.

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.