Apple iPad (March 2012, 16GB, Wi-Fi, black) comparison

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Apple iPad (March 2012, 16GB, Wi-Fi, black)

Apple iPad (March 2012, 16GB, Wi-Fi, black)
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Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air
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Apple iPad (4th generation)

Apple iPad (4th generation)
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iPad Mini (with Retina Display)

iPad Mini (with Retina Display)
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

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Price $477 at 1 store $450 to $499 at 4 stores $379 to $449 at 6 stores $353 to $399 at 5 stores $224 to $386 at 7 stores
CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 82 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews 3.5 stars out of 38 reviews 3.5 stars out of 14 reviews 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews
Release date March 16, 2012 November 01, 2013 September 11, 2012 November 12, 2013 May 10, 2013
The Bottom Line With a host of improvements--faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen--the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack. Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market. The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply. The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

Basic specs

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Packaged contents Dock connector to USB cable
10W USB power adapter
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Weight 23 oz
1 lbs
1.44 lbs
0.73 lbs
0.64 lbs
Height 9.5 in
9.4 in
9.5 in
7.87 in
7.9 in
Built-in devices Display
Touchscreen
Speakerphone
Digital camera
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RAM installed size Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 16 GB
OS provided Apple iOS 5
Apple iOS
Apple iOS
Apple iOS
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Wireless connectivity IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
Input device type Camera
Touch-screen
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