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Price Starting at $329 WiFi only:
  • 16GB $519
  • 32GB $619
  • 64GB $719

Wi-Fi + 4G:
  • 16GB $649
  • 32GB $749
  • 64GB $849
WiFi + 4G:
  • 32 GB $549 (Carriers to offer contract discounts)
WiFi only:
  • 16GB $199
  • 32 GB $249
  • 64GB $299
  • 16GB $349.00
Windows RT and 8 Pro versions:
  • Not available, but expected to be on par with iPad
Buzz "The smaller iPad is clearly aimed at classrooms and readers -- two sectors where frills aren't exactly necessary. Where it excels, predictably, is the overall fit and finish." says Darren Murph of engadget.com. "It's still too big for your average pocket, and it's not going to save you a heck of a lot of room in your knapsack compared to the 9.7-incher." "The new device is measurably better than its predecessor, but with the basic Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 now selling for $419, the older version is starting to look like a deal. Potential buyers have to ask themselves whether the incremental improvements in the new tablet are worth the extra $100," says CBC.ca's Peter Nowak. "It's a nifty gadget, but RIM clearly hasn�t learned from past mistakes, in particular the way it overpriced its first PlayBook," Nowak says of the LTE/4G update. "After spending some time with this newest tablet, it's clear that it's fun to use. But is that enough for the price?" Techradar.com commented on Samsung's redesign, saying "The unassuming lighter grey plastic back of the Tab 2 10.1 leaves little to be desired in the style department, giving off the air of cheapness. However the tablet does feel strong and well built, with no flex experienced with the case or screen." "With Surface, Microsoft has succeeded in making me want to see more," Mark Hachman of PC Magazine wrote after a brief look at the Surface during a June product launch. "Unfortunately, it appears we'll have to wait until the general availability of Windows 8 this fall to get it."
Dimensions Height: 200 mm
Width: 134.7 mm
Thickness: 7.2 mm
Weight: 308 g (Wi-Fi model)/312 g (Wifi + 4G model)
Height: 241.2 mm
Width: 185.7 mm
Thickness: 9.4 mm
Weight: 652 g (Wi-Fi model)/662 g (Wifi + 4G model)
Height: 130 mm
Width: 194 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 425 g
Height: 175.26 mm
Width: 256.54 mm
Thickness: 9.65 mm
Weight: 581 g
RT version:

Thickness: 9.3 mm
Weight: 676 g

Pro version:

Thickness: 13.5 mm
Weight: 903 g
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB WiFi only: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
WiFi + 4G: 32GB
16GB RT: 32GB, 64GB
Pro: 64GB, 128GB
Display
  • Retina display
  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Retina display
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • 7-inch LCD display
  • 1024x600 screen resolution
  • Multi-touch, capacitive touch screen
  • WSVGA
  • 10.1-inch widescreen
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
Chip Dual-core A5 Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics
  • WiFi only: 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • WiFi + 4G: 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
1GHZ dual-core processor
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU (RT)
  • Ivy Bridge Core i5 x86 (Pro)
Wireless and Cellular Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth: Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 Not available
Cameras, Photos, Video Recording
  • FaceTime HD Camera: 1.2MP photos, 720p HD video, FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular4, Face detection, Backside illumination, Tap to control exposure for video or still images, Photo and video geotagging
  • iSight Camera: 5MP photos, Autofocus, Face detection, Backside illumination, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, �/2.4 aperture, Tap to focus video or still images, Tap to control exposure for video or still images, Photo and video geotagging
  • Video Recording: 1080p HD video recording, Video stabilization, Face detection, Tap to focus while recording, Backside illumination
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection in still images
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • Video stabilization
  • FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • 3 MP HD forward-facing camera
  • 5 MP HD rear-facing camera
  • 1080p resolution recording
  • 3mp camera with HD video recording
  • Not available
Battery and Power
  • Built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network (Wi-Fi + 4G model only)
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • 5300mAh battery
  • 10 hour battery life with continual use
  • 7000 mAh battery
  • Up to 14 hours
  • Not available
Input and Output
  • Lightning connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • Nano-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi+Cellular model)
  • 30-pin dock connector port
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 4G model only)
  • Micro USB port
  • Micro HDMI port
  • HDMI output
  • USB available
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • SD card slot (RT), SDXC (Pro)
  • USB 2.0 port (RT), USB 3.0 (Pro)
  • Mini DisplayPort Video (Pro)