Is 2012 the Year of the Tablet?

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The Year of the Multimedia Tablet

One day, the year 2012 may be remembered as the year of the multimedia tablet device. At least five companies--Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Microsoft--have released upgraded or new tablet devices, all aimed at competing with Apple's iPad, the undisputed king of the tablet computing realm. Indeed Apple also released a new device--the iPad Mini. Once again, tablets and digital readers are poised to dominate holiday gift giving, thanks to a marketplace crammed with reasonably priced, high-performance devices. Here is a chart of the most popular tablets that offer consumers a place to read e-books and other content.

iPad, iPad Mini

Price: iPad: ($500, 16GB) to start; iPad Mini ($329, 16GB) to start; iPad 2 ($400, 16GB)

Screen: iPad: high res 9.7-in. screen; iPad Mini: 7.9-in. screen (no Retina Display on iPad 2 or iPad Mini)

Operating system: iOS6

Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core

Camera: front and back facing

Titles/apps: 1.5 million free and for-pay books/250,000 iPad apps

Battery life: 10 hours (video)

Storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

Connectivity: Wi-Fi/cell

Hype: It's an iPad, and now iPad Mini, world--the small unit's already sold millions. Other tablets are fighting for second place.

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SOURCE: Publishers Weekly
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