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Quick tablet guide: Which model is right for you?

Diana Hwang

Choosing the right tablet can be tough. Do you want something small and handy for on the go, like the Apple iPad mini? Or would you prefer a PC-tablet hybrid like Microsoft's Surface 2?

There are so many different tablets to choose from that making the right choice can seem overwhelming. But fear not -- your one-stop tablet guide is here. Use this chart to quickly compare the specs for 10-inch models from Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Lenovo, as well as 7- and 8-inch tablet comparisons for devices from Apple, Dell, Google and Amazon.

10-inch tablets to check out for the holidays

  Apple Samsung Microsoft Lenovo
Model iPad Air Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Surface 2 Yoga Tablet 10
Operating System iOS 7 Android

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4.3 Jelly Bean
Windows RT 8.1 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Chip A7 64-bit architecture and M7 co-motion coprocessors Exynos® 1.9 GHz Quad Processor + 1.3 GHz Quad Processor Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7 GHz Quad Core MTK Quad Core MT 8125 1.2 GHz ARM processor
Dimensions 9.4" x 6.6" x 0.29" 9.6" x 6.8" x 0.3" 10.81" x 6.79" x 0.35" 10.2" x 7" x 0.3"
Weight 1 lb./1.05 lbs. 19.29 oz. 1.49 lbs 1.3 lbs
Screen Resolution 2048 x 1536 HD display 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1080 1280 x 800
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Fi + Cellular, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi only, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Battery Life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours Up to 18 hours
Cameras, Video FaceTime 1.2 MP photos, 720p HD video, FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi or cellular, 1080p HD video recording, 5 MP photo 2.0 MP (front); 8 MP (rear) 3.5 MP (front), 5 MP (rear) 1.6 MP (front), 5 MP (rear)
Sensors Gyroscope, acclerometer, ambient light Gyroscope, accelerometer Gyroscope, acclerometer, ambient light, magnetometer Accelerometer, ambient light
Memory 1 GB RAM 3 GB RAM 2 GB RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage Capacity 32 GB to 128 GB 16 GB, 32 GB 32 GB, 64 GB 16 GB, 32 GB
Color Space Gray, White White, Black Cyan, White, Black, Magenta, Purple Black
Price $499-$799/$629-$929 $549.99, $599.99 $449, $549 $299.99

 

7- to 8-inch tablets to check out for the holidays

  Apple Dell Google Amazon
Model iPad Mini Venue 8 Pro Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HDX 7"
Operating System iOS 7 Windows 8.1 Android 4.4 KitKat Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito"
Chip A7 Intel Atom processor, 1.8 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 2.2 Ghz
Dimensions 7.87" x 5.3" x 0.29" 8.5" x 5.12" x 0.35"   7.3" x 5.0" x 0.35"
Weight 0.73 lbs./0.75 lbs. (cellular) 0.87 lbs.   10.7 oz./11 oz. (cellular)
Screen Resolution 2048 x 1536 HD display 1280 x 800 IPS LCD display 1920 x 1200 HD display 1920 x 1200 HD
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Fi + cellular, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (Cellular an option) Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi + cellular
Battery Life up to 10 hours up to 10 hours up to 9 hours up to 11 hours
Cameras, Video FaceTime 1.2 MP photos, 720p HD video, FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi or cellular, 1080p HD video recording, 5 MP photo 1.2 MP (front); 5 MP (rear) 1.2 MP (front); 5 MP (rear) 720 P (front facing video)
Sensors Gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light Ambient light Gyroscope, accelerometer ambient light Gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light
Memory 1 GB RAM 2 GB RAM 2 GB RAM 2 GB RAM
Internal Storage Capacity 16 GB to 128 GB 32 GB 16 GB, 32 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Color Space Gray, White Black, Red Black Black
Price $399 to $699/$529 to $829 $299.99 (ships mid-December) $229, $269 $244 to $324/$344 to $424

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