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Google tablet: How it measures up to iPad, Nook, and others

Google tablet, announced last week, will have an operating system based on the Android. But how will the Nexus 7 Google tablet compare to other tablets already on the market?

Hugo Barra, Director of Google Product Management, holds up the new Google Nexus7 tablet at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco last week. The new Google tablet will have more features than the kindle fire at the same price, but won't have the welath of apps available to it that the iPad does.

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Google Inc. said last week that it will sell its own tablet computer, the Nexus 7, based on its Android operating system.

Google is the latest challenger to Apple, maker of the popular iPad. The new tablet will also compete with Inc.'s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet.

Here's a look at the key differences between those devices.

Google Inc.'s Nexus 7

— Price: $199 for 8 gigabytes of storage, $249 for 16 GB.

— Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

— Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels

— Weight: 0.75 pounds

— Cameras: Front-facing, 1.2 megapixel camera

— Battery life: 9.5 hours

— Operating system: Google's Android

Pros: Access to a variety of games, utilities and other software for Android devices, though not as extensive as apps available for iPad. More features than Kindle Fire at same price.

Cons: Integrates with Google Play store, which is still new and isn't as robust as Apple or Amazon's stores. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for cellular wireless broadband. Inc.'s Kindle Fire:

— Price: $199 for 6 gigabytes of storage

— Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

— Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels

— Weight: 0.9 pounds

— Cameras: none

— Battery life: 8 hours.

— Operating system: Modified version of Google's Android

Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store.


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