How to Choose a Tablet Computer
Compare prices and features of five popular models before adding one to your Christmas list.
Apple iPad 2 (3G Version)
Cost*: $629 to $829
Dimensions and weight: 9½ by 7⅓ by ⅓ inches; 1.35 pounds
Battery life: About 9 hours
Pros: Stellar graphics; runs faster than many other tablets; syncs with free online hard drive iCloud; exclusive, carefully vetted apps not available on other devices.
Cons: Can run only one app on the screen at a time; not all iPhone apps are perfectly adapted to the iPad.
RS verdict: An excellent all-around pick. (Hey, it’s the most popular tablet for a reason.)
*These are the prices at press time. The range is based on specs, including memory capacity and wireless access.
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Featured November 2011