So what do you get for $100 more on the new iPad? Here's a comparison of features and specs for the new iPad and the iPad 2. We'll also take a look at the same features and specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (16GB, $500) and the Amazon Kindle Fire (available only with 8GB, $200).
Camera. The 5-megapixel camera on the new iPad represents light years of improvement over the iPad 2's camera, at 0.7 megapixels. The new camera is more akin to the one found on the iPhone 4. The Galaxy Tab has a 3-megapixel camera, and the Kindle Fire has no camera at all.
Weight and dimensions. At 1.44 pounds, the Wi-Fi version of the new iPad weighs a tad more than the iPad 2, which is 1.33 pounds. (Add high-speed 4G capability to the new iPad, and its weight rises to 1.46 pounds.) The Galaxy Tab weighs in at 1.30 pounds, and the Kindle Fire at 1.33. Displays measure 9.7 inches for both iPads, 10.1 inches for the Galaxy Tab, and 7 inches for the Kindle. As for thinness, the new iPad got a bit thicker, growing from 0.34 inches to 0.37. The Galaxy Tab thickness is about 0.30 inches, and the Kindle is 0.5 inches.
Bottom line: The iPad 2 is now $100 less than the similarly configured Samsung Galaxy Tab (both are CR-recommended products). But if you're the type who wants to stay ahead of the curve with your technology, the crystal-clear Retina display on the new iPad and its better graphics processor might prove too tempting to resist. And for those on a budget who want a smaller device, the Amazon Kindle Fire (a Consumer Reports Best Buy) remains a viable choice.
Make sure to come back to our blog for our first impressions and review of the new iPad, which goes on sale March 16.
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