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Apple iPad: How it stacks up to the Android tablets

Melissa J. Perenson | March 8, 2012
Scores of new tablets have appeared in the past few months, and now that we know what the third-generation Apple iPad will offer when it ships March 16, here's the verdict: Android tablet vendors, get busy. Apple's specs blow past most rivals, whether shipping, announced, or on deck. Expect competing tablet makers to rush back to the drawing board and get a plan B in order to compete.

The bottom line: At 1.4 pounds, the iPad's weight is a serious concern. For casual use, or toting on my back or in a tablet case, no worries; the extra bit isn't that big a deal. But for one-handed use, which this model's superior screen invites, the iPad's extra ounces are neither appreciated nor competitive.

Additional reporting by Daniel Ionescu.

 

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