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Cons: Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. No rear camera for taking video and photos. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

Amazon.com Inc.’s regular Kindle Fire:

_ Price: $159 with 8 gigabytes of storage

_ Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

_ Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels

_ Weight: 0.88 pounds

_ Cameras: none

_ Battery life: 8.5 hours.

_ Operating system: Modified version of Google’s Android

Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store.

Cons: No-frills tablet lacks camera and microphone. Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for cellular wireless broadband.

Google Inc.’s Nexus 7

_ Price: $199 with 16 gigabytes of storage, $249 with 32 GB. Add $50 for 32 GB model with cellular capability (available Nov. 13).

_ Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

_ Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels

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