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It’s strange to think of the iPad as old, but it is indeed a tried-and-true device in its second generation. Here’s how it ranks against the…

Comparing Tablets | November 2011
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It’s strange to think of the iPad as old, but it is indeed a tried-and-true device in its second generation. Here’s how it ranks against the up-and-comers from Kindle, Nook and Kobo.

Apple iPad

Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Kobo Vox

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iPad

Kindle Fire *

Nook Tablet *

Kobo Vox

AVAILABILITY

Now

Available now. (Originally available for pre-order for November 15, 2011)

Available for pre-order for November 18, 2011 release; U.S. only

Now

PRICING

WiFi:
16GB: $499
32GB: $599
64GB: $699
WiFi + 3G:
16GB: $629
32GB: $729
64GB: $829

$199

$249

$199.99

SIZE

9.5″ x 7.31″ x 0.34″

7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″

8.1″ x 5.0″ x 0.48″

7.57″ x 5.06″ x 0.53″

WEIGHT

WiFi: 1.33 pounds
WiFi/3G: 1.35 pounds

14.6 ounces

14.1 ounces

14.2 ounces

SCREEN SIZE

9.7″ diagonal

7″

7″

7″ diagonal

DISPLAY

LED-backlit glossy widescreen

Vibrant Color IPS

VividView Color Screen

Vivid Color Screen

TOUCHSCREEN/ROTATE

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

STORAGE/EXPANDABLE

16GB; 32GB; 64GB/No

8 GB/No/Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content

16 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

8 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

3G/WIRELESS

Yes/Yes

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

INTERNATIONAL

Available in 22 countries

No

No

Available in Canada

NATIVE FORMATS

EPUB; PDF; Audible; Kindle (through app); iTunes; additional formats N/A

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG, MP4, Flash

EPUB, Enhanced EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CBZ, CBR

AVAILABLE CONTENT

Over 200,000 books; over 140,000 apps; browser, e-mail, iBooks, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Reminders, iTunes, Maps, YouTube, GameCenter, apps

Over 1 million books; 1.8 million public domain books; newspapers; magazines; blogs; 11,000 videos free for Amazon Prime members $79/year; movies, TV shows, apps, games, songs

Over 2.5 million titles, magazines, Nook Book Enhanced Collection, kids’ books. HD Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, e-mail, apps, some games

Over 2.2 million books, 1 million titles are free; over 15,000 apps; e-books are available through OverDrive (Adobe format). Comes pre-loaded with 3 glossy color books, 12 magazines and 7 newspapers. Open access to Android 2.3, web, e-mail and apps

BOOKSTORE

iBookstore

Kindle Store

Nook Book Store

Kobo Store

FREE E-READING APPLICATIONS

iPhone/iPod Touch

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

BOOK SHARING/LIBRARY LENDING

No/No

14 days on eligible titles. Can also borrow Kindle boooks from 11K-plus local libraries through OverDrive.

Yes/Yes. Read any Nook book in B&N stores free up to 1 hour/day

No/Yes

SOCIAL NETWORKING FEATURES

None

Share passages via Facebook and Twitter; view other users’ annotations and notes

Nook Friends reading recommendations and activity feed; can see what B&N readers “like” when shopping on Nook Color

Reading Life technology with Facebook and Twitter integration, badges and awards; ability to share passages with friends via Kobo Pulse

PAIDCONTENT COVERAGE

Apple

Kindle Fire

Nook

Kobo

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on WiFi, watching video, or listening to music

Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with WiFi off

WiFi off: Up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video

Up to 7 hours

CAMERA

Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera

None

None

None

VIDEO VIEWING

Can broadcast live to your HDTV and speakers via wireless AirPlay

Supports HD video

Supports HD video

Video player

BROWSER

Safari

Amazon Silk

Native browser enhanced with video via Adobe Flash Player

Native browser

Source: Based on company information, additional reporting.
Produced by: Amanda Natividad
Edited by: Staci D. Kramer
Additional Reporting by: Laura Hazard Owen
Published: November 14, 2011 // Last updated: 3:53 PM ET, November 14, 2011
We’ll update the chart as warranted.

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