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5 Top Tablets: Which One is Right For You?

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iPad 2 screen-to-screen callApple’s iPad2

  • Price: Wi-Fi Only, starting from $499; Wi-Fi + 3G; from $629 to $829, plus monthly data plans
  • Dimensions: 9.7” diagonal screen; 1.33 lbs and .34″ thick
  • Carrier: AT&T or Verizon Wireless
  • Operating System: iOS 4.3, Apple’s latest version with multitastking, the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously.
  • Popular Features and Apps: The iPad 2 has the iMovie and Numbers ($9.99 installed upon purchase) apps. iMovie gives the user the ability to shoot, edit, and publish HD quality videos with no training. With Numbers you can create charts, graphs, and spreadsheets that can be opened in Microsoft Excel. Excel files can be opened in Numbers, too. Finally, don’t think that the iPad 2 is digital only. The AirPrint app makes it possible to print from the iPad to compatible printers–wirelessly of course.
  • Storage: Available with 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB or utilize MobileMe iDisk for $99/year after the free trial. A subscription comes with 20 GB of combined email and file storage and 200 GB of monthly data transfer.
  • Turn Offs: The iPad 2 does not come with expanded memory by way of a micro USB, or a Micro SD card slot, which limits its ability to transfer data to other devices unless cables are purchased through Apple. Also, as fans and foes have lamented time and again, the iOS is not compatible with Adobe Flash, which limits a person’s internet surfing. Finally, although Apple has finally added a front-facing camera, some complain that the quality is low.