Apple iPad (4th generation) comparison

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Apple iPad (4th generation)

Apple iPad (4th generation)
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Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air
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Google Nexus 7 (16GB, 2013)

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

iPad Mini (with Retina Display)
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
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Price $372 to $469 at 6 stores $459 to $499 at 4 stores $6 to $258 at 8 stores $351 to $429 at 5 stores $379 to $379 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
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 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 38 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews 3.0 stars out of 48 reviews 3.5 stars out of 14 reviews 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date September 11, 2012 November 01, 2013 May 10, 2013 November 12, 2013 November 08, 2013
The Bottom Line 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. 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. Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get. 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. With everything that was great about the HDX 7 and more, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 isn't just a great value, it sets the standard for a media consumption tablet.

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Weight 1.44 lbs
1 lbs
0.64 lbs
0.73 lbs
13.2 oz
Height 9.5 in
9.4 in
7.9 in
7.87 in
6.2 in
RAM installed size Info unavailable Info unavailable 16 GB
Info unavailable Info unavailable
OS provided Apple iOS
Apple iOS
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Apple iOS
Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito"
Clock speed Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 2.2 GHz
Wireless connectivity 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
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
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